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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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Todros Grynhaus sentenced to 13 years for sexual offences against teenage girls

10/07/2015

A religious studies teacher from Salford has today been sentenced to 13 years and 2 months with an extended licence period of 4 years for sexually abusing two teenage girls between 2000 and 2005.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, a prominent member of the Haredi Jewish community, was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault after a trial at Manchester Crown Court in June.

Elizabeth Reed, Head of Crown Court Prosecutions for Greater Manchester said: "Todros Grynhaus was a respected man in the community and he was a teacher both in the UK and abroad. But behind this public image he systematically sexually abused two teenage girls over an extended period of time under the guise of showing them love and affection.

"The victims both disclosed the abuse to friends and relatives at the time but at that stage no report was made to the police. However, in 2012, the victims found the courage to report the abuse to the authorities and his past finally caught up with him.

"In an attempt to evade justice, he fled to Israel using a false passport where he remained for a year and a half before he was deported back to the UK to face the charges against him. Grynhaus denied the allegations at trial and suggested they were simply a plot to damage him.

"I would like to pay tribute to the two victims for showing immense bravery in coming forward and standing up to their abuser, which has enabled us to bring this man to justice.

"The CPS and police urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the offences took place, to come forward and report it to the police, and we will support them in every way possible throughout the process."

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