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Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

Find out more about how we prosecute sexual offences

Prosecuting International and Organised Crime

Drug trafficking, people trafficking, use of firearms, money laundering, internet crime, fraud, serious robbery and organised vehicle crime at home and internationally, are all dealt with by the International Justice and Organised Crime Division. A specialist team of experienced prosecutors, the International Justice and Organised Crime Division work closely with the police and international law enforcement agencies to bring criminals to justice.

Find out how we refer crimes to the International Justice and Organised Crime Division

Man sentenced to over 19 years for child sexual abuse undertaken in the Philippines

26/01/2016

Trevor James Monk has been sentenced at the Old Bailey today to 19 years and six months for child sexual abuse, including the possession of over 80,000 indecent images of children.

The 47-year-old bought child abuse material from the Philippines, and travelled there to physically abuse children.

Laura Tams, specialist prosecutor in the Organised Crime Division at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Trevor James Monk owned over 80,000 indecent images of children. He travelled to the Philippines to sexually abuse his victims, including a girl as young as eight years old, and ordered children to engage in sexual activity with others.

"Trevor Monk accessed these indecent images and 'chatted' with abusers who were thousands of miles away online.

"The CPS worked closely with the National Crime Agency to bring this man to justice and the strength of our evidence left him with no alternative but to plead guilty to all charges."

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