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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

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Crimes involving young people

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Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support young victims and witnesses and treat them with dignity.

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Youth crime

The Crown Prosecution Service acts in partnership with other agencies such as the police, the youth justice board, children's services, courts and youth offending teams. Each area of the CPS has a youth justice specialist who oversees the prosecution of youth crime in their area.

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Former TV worker convicted of non-recent sexual assaults on boys and girls

02/08/2017

A former TV and film special effects worker has admitted sexually assaulting boys and girls in the 1980s and 1990s.

David Trainer, 63, admitted 14 charges relating to two boys and two girls during a hearing at Inner London Crown Court today [2 August].

Trainer's victims came forward after becoming aware of his previous trial at Inner London Crown Court in 2011 for which he received an eight year prison sentence for similar sexual offences against young girls.

His four victims were aged between 7 and 13 years old at the time they were molested, forced to perform oral sex and indecently assaulted, and are now adults.

Some of the assaults were carried out at Trainer's home on the Loughborough estate in Brixton when children were allowed to stay with him, some at the homes of the children's parents, and others at a folk music festival.

Varinder Hayre from the CPS said: "David Trainer worked as a technician in television and on well-known films as well as a photographer when he manipulated these children into gratifying his sexual desires.

"He abused the trust of these children and their parents to damage lives.

"These guilty pleas will spare those victims from having to attend a trial and we thank them for supporting this prosecution."

Trainer is due to be sentenced on 11 August at Inner London Crown Court.

Charges:

  1. Indecent assault - between 29 May 1980 and 30 May 1985 indecently assaulted a female under 13
  2. Indecency with a child - between 8 December 1987 and 15 August 1991, committed an act of gross indecency with a child under the age of 14
  3. Indecency with a child - between 8 December 1987 and 15 August 1991 committed an act of gross indecency with a child under the age of 14 (at the defendant's property)
  4. Indecent assault - between 8 December 1987 and 15 August 1991 committed an act of gross indecency with a child under the age of 11
  5. Indecency with a child - between 8th day of December 1987 and the 15th day of August 1991, committed an act of gross indecency with a child under the age of 14
  6. Indecency with a child - between 8th day of December 1987 and the 15th day of August 1991, committed an act of gross indecency with a child under the age of 14
  7. Indecency with a child - between 1 January 1985 and 31 December 1987, incited a child under the age of 14 to commit an act of gross indecency with him
  8. Indecent assault - between 1 January 1985 and 31 December 1987 indecently assaulted a boy under the age of 10
  9. Indecent assault - between 1 January 1985 and 31 December 1986 indecently assaulted a female under the age of 13
  10. Indecent assault - between 1 January 1985 and 31 December 1986 assaulted a female under the age of 13
  11. Indecent assault - between 1 January 1985 and 31 December 1985 indecently assaulted a female under the age of 13
  12. Indecent assault - between 30 October 1986 and 1 November 1988, indecent assault
  13. Indecent assault - on occasions between 31 October 1987 and 31 October 1990, indecent assault
  14. Indecency with a child - between 1 January 1985 and 15 August 1990 committed an act of gross indecency with a child under the age of 14

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