Man who sexually abused young girls jailed
APERVERT who sexually abused two young girls in Rossendale has been jailed for nine years.
John David Royal, 46, was found guilty after a trial at Preston Crown Court of historic indecent assaults on two girls.
He was jailed for nine years and given an extended two years licence period.
Judge Heather Lloyd also ordered Royal, now of Heysham Road, Heysham, Morecambe, to sign the sex offenders register for life, and gave him an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
Speaking after the hearing DC Lisa Jeffery, of the Lancashire Police child protection team, said: “I am satisfied with the result today and would like to thank the court for taking this case as seriously as we did.
“The two victims have shown a great deal of bravery in coming forward and I hope they are now able to take some comfort from this result and begin to move forward with their lives.
“I also hope it also sends the message that this type of crime will not be tolerated in Lancashire and that any victim of a sexual offence should report it to us safe in the knowledge they will be taken seriously and will be treated compassionately and sensitively at all times.”
An NSPCC spokesperson said: “This case shows that anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse can come forward in the confidence they will be listened to, no matter how much time has passed.
“Royal’s victims have shown great bravery in recounting their ordeals and should be given all available support to help them move forward with their lives.”
Anyone with concerns about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline in confidence on 0808 8005000, children seeking advice and support can call Childline on 0800 1111.
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