Keswick man jailed for child sex offences

20/04/2016

A 45 year old man has today been jailed for eight years at Carlisle Crown Court for sexually abusing four girls between 2009 and 2016.

He will also serve 5 years on extended licence once he has been released from prison. He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

Duncan Waterhouse pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 20 sexual offences.

Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "Duncan Waterhouse today begins a prison sentence for carrying out sexual abuse on impressionable young girls over a five year period.

"The sexual abuse of young people strips away their innocence and their trust in adults who they should be able to look up to as future role models. It has long lasting impacts on their lives, not only at the time but well into their adult lives and could have significant effects on all their future relationships.

"The four victims have shown immense bravery in coming forward and taking a stand against their abuser, which resulted in Waterhouse pleading guilty to the offences he faced.  I sincerely hope that following today's sentence, they can begin to move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been served.

"We are committed to bringing those who have committed such offences before the courts and will continue to work with the police and other agencies to support victims in every possible way throughout the process."

Detective Constable Paul Scougal said: "Today justice has been served against Waterhouse, a predatory paedophile whose actions were utterly perverse and deplorable. The victims in this case will have to live with the memories of his actions and I would like to thank them and their parents for their bravery. Our thoughts continue to be with them.

"Protecting children in Cumbria is of the utmost importance to Cumbria Police, and we work hard to bring those found to be abusing children to justice. I would urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward and report them. We take all complaints seriously, and they will be investigated professionally and sensitively."