Man jailed for child sex offences - Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire

03/03/2016

A man appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday, 02 March 2016, and was jailed for 18 years and nine months for child sex offences in Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Ian Stokes, aged 50, of Chettle Road, Leicester, was sentenced after pleading guilty on 7 December 2015, to eight sexual offences namely one count of raping a girl under 13 on multiple occasions, six counts of indecent assault on a female under 14, and one count of sexual activity with a child under 16.

The offences took place between 1999 and 2006 in Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Leicestershire. There were two victims, who were aged 10 to 14 at the time of the offences.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the sexual abuse, including rape, of two young girls aged 10-14, by a man, now aged 50, which occurred between 1999 and 2006 in Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire.

"Ian Stokes took advantage of his circumstances to sexually abuse the girls for his own sexual gratification. It is only due to the great courage of the victims that the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.

"Stokes went 'no comment' during his police interview, but on 07 December 2015, at Aylesbury Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to rape, sexual activity with a child, and six counts of indecent assault. His pleas prevented his victims from the added trauma of re-living their horrific abuse and giving evidence during a trial.

"The convictions and today's sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward and that time is no barrier to justice. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact, on the victims, of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope that the convictions and sentence give some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them both at this time."

Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Tejinder Sidhu from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, Bletchley, said: "Firstly I would like to thank the two victims and recognise their bravery throughout this investigation. I know it has been difficult for them, but I hope that the successful outcome of this case will give them some comfort and allow them to move forward.

"Offenders like Stokes destroy lives and within the Child Abuse Investigation Unit at Thames Valley Police we work tirelessly to investigate and bring to justice perpetrators of these terrible crimes, while supporting the victims.

"I ask anyone who believes they may have been a victim of child abuse to tell someone and contact us on 101. With their support we can bring these people before the courts and prevent them abusing others."