Man charged with multiple non-recent child sexual offences - South of England and Wales

16/08/2017

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man with multiple non-recent sexual offences against children.

Robert John Dando, aged 53, of no fixed abode, who was arrested on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, was charged in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday, 16 August 2017, with eight charges of indecent assault on a boy, two charges of assault of a boy by touching, one charge of assault of a male by penetration, two charges of rape of a boy, and two charges of sexual assault on a male.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Robert Dando.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge Robert Dando with multiple non-recent sexual offences against children.

"The charges relate to a number of sexual offences, which are alleged to have been committed against nine complainants between 1986 and 2009 in the South of England and Wales.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Robert Dando was remanded in police custody to appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court this morning, Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

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