Man jailed for child sexual abuse spanning 24 years


A 57 year old man has today been sentenced to 17 years imprisonment at Carlisle Crown Court for sexual offences against three young girls. He was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

William Hope pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to six counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault of a child under 13 years and four counts of indecent assault, when the victims were between the ages of eight years and 16 years old.

Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the North West Rasso Unit said: "William Hope today begins a prison sentence for carrying out systematic sexual abuse on young girls over a 24 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 three victims have shown immense bravery in coming forward and taking a stand against their abuser, which resulted in Hope 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.

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