Richard Budd convicted of non-recent sexual offences


Richard Budd (75) of Weston Super Mare appeared at Taunton Crown Court today (9th October) for sentencing, having pleaded guilty to non-recent sexual offences at an earlier hearing.

At that hearing Budd, having pleaded guilty to a string of sexual offences, was told to be prepared for a jail term for the crimes he committed which date between 2000 and 2003.

Today His Honour Judge Ticehurst sentenced Budd to six years' imprisonment with a one year extended licence; a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for life was also imposed. Any breach of this order is a criminal offence and is punishable by a maximum of five years' imprisonment.

Budd was also told he cannot work with children and must not live in same household as any child under the age of 16 years.

Crown Prosecution Service; Senior Crown Prosecutor Lesley Ness said: "I would like to praise the victim for their bravery and I hope this sentence will give them some measure of closure. I would encourage anyone who might have any concerns about sexual abuse, whether current or historic, to come forward. We take all allegations of this type extremely seriously, and we ensure that victims are supported throughout the process."

If you would like to report any offences, call 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.