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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

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Charles Napier to face 21 charges of child sexual abuse

19/08/2014

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to allegations concerning Charles Napier, a teacher at the time of the alleged offending between 1968 and 1973.

"Having completed our review, we have concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Napier to be charged with 21 offences of indecent assault. These date from 1968 to 1973, and relate to 21 male complainants aged between eight and 13 at the time of the alleged offending and who were pupils at the school where he taught."

The charges are:

  1. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 11-13 between 1968 and 1970
  2. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 11 between 1969 and 1970
  3. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 11-12 between 1969 and 1970
  4. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 11-13 between 1969 and 1972
  5. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 11-12 between 1969 and 1970
  6. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 9-11 between 1970 to 1972
  7. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 8 or 9 in 1970
  8. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 9-11 between 1969 and 1972
  9. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 9 or 10 between 1969 and 1970
  10. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 10 to 13 between 1969 and 1972
  11. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 13 in 1970
  12. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 9-12 between 1969 and 1972
  13. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 8 in 1971
  14. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 11-13 between 1969 and 1972
  15. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 8 or 9-12 between 1969 and 1972
  16. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 8-9 between 1969 and 1970
  17. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 11-13 between 1969 and 1971
  18. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 10-13 between 1969 and 1972
  19. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 12 in 1971
  20. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 8-12 between 1969 and 1973
  21. One charge of indecent assault on a boy aged 8 between 1969 and 1970

Ms Ubhey said: "The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and Crown Prosecution Service legal guidance on rape and child sexual abuse. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"Mr Napier will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 2 September 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that Mr Napier has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

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Notes to Editors

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  2. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three national casework divisions: Specialist Fraud (formerly Central Fraud and Welfare, Rural & Health Divisions), Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. CPS Direct is a 'virtual' 14th Area which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  3. At 31 March 2014 we employed a workforce of approximately 6237 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2226 prosecutors and 3629 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website:  www.cps.gov.uk.
  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.