Kemp and Petrauske found guilty of historic child sex abuse

14/12/2012

Jack Kemp and Peter Petrauske were today found guilty by a jury at Truro Crown Court of a series of child sex offences. Kemp was convicted of 10 counts indecent assault and sexual activity with a child and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Petrauske was convicted of rape, aiding and abetting rape and indecent assault and sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment. Both men had pleaded not guilty.

Commenting on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Crown Advocate Julian Herbert said: "The sexual abuse of children is abhorrent and the CPS takes crimes of this nature very seriously. No matter how long ago they took place, we will prosecute alleged perpetrators when there is sufficient evidence.

"The defendants took advantage of positions of power and influence to sexually assault vulnerable children in ways which must have been terrifying for their victims. We hope today's verdict helps to bring some closure for the victims and their families."

Following the hearing, DC Rick Milburn commented: "Todays guilty verdicts are the culmination of a sensitive and complex 17-month investigation into the horrific abuse of children spanning more than three decades.

"This outcome would not have been possible were it not for the courage of the victims who have undoubtedly helped to prevent further abuse of children at the hands of Jack Kemp and Peter Petrauske. I would like to reassure the public that Devon and Cornwall Police take all allegations of abuse seriously.

"We will continue to work with and support victims alongside our partner agencies and ensure that we conduct detailed investigations in order to bring some form of closure to those affected by these terrible crimes."