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Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

Find out more about how we prosecute sexual offences

Adam Johnson jailed for sexual activity with a child

24/03/2016

Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years at Bradford Crown Court after being found guilty following a trial of one count of sexual activity with a child earlier this month. He had also pleaded guilty to another count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming a child.

Gerry Wareham, CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North East said: "Adam Johnson exploited a young star-struck fan, actively grooming her over a number of months in single-minded pursuit of his own sexual gratification. He gave no thought to this girl's interests or welfare during that time or at any point since, repeatedly denying any wrongdoing for nearly 11 months until his trial began.

"We should all be clear that there is only one victim in this case, the fifteen year old girl he sexually assaulted.

"This situation had a devastating effect on the young victim and it is my sincere hope that she and her family will be granted the respect and space they deserve, to recover and rebuild their lives."

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