Jail for 1980s sexual abuse


A Leicester man has been jailed for 24 years for sexually abusing four children over a number of years in the 1980s.

Robin Burrows targeted and abused the children between 1980 and 1986, committing offences including indecent assault and rape.

For decades, the victims suffered the effects of the abuse alone, until one of the victims disclosed what Burrows had done and reported it to the police. The other victims reported the offences against them shortly afterwards.

Burrows was tried at Leicester Crown Court and found guilty in November 2014. He was sentenced today at Derby Crown Court.

Janine Smith, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said: "Robin Burrows systematically exploited and abused four children over a number of years. His actions not only robbed them of their childhood, but have also had a devastating impact on their lives as adults.

"Our message to people who have committed abuse in the past is simple: there is nowhere to hide. No matter how long ago you committed these crimes, you will still face justice.

"We can and do prosecute these difficult cases. We appreciate that it will require courage on the part of the victims to come forward and tell what has happened to them. Many victims of these crimes report that seeing their abusers face the consequences of their actions helps them come to terms with what has happened to them.

"I would like to thank the victims in this case for coming forward and for their support in giving evidence. I hope that the conviction of Robin Burrows will help them begin to move on with their lives."