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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

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Andrew Hutchinson jailed after pleading guilty to 27 sexual offences


On Monday 27th April Andrew Hutchinson, aged 29, was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court. The sentence was to be extended to allow for a further seven years on licence, which means that he will not be released until he has served at least 12 years of his sentence and then only with the approval of the parole board.

Further sentences were passed for the additional 25 counts - but were ordered to run concurrently to the extended sentence of 18 years which was imposed for the two counts of rape.

This case involved a sustained and prolonged course of sexual offending against a number of girls and women (aged between 9 and 35) in Oxfordshire between 2011 and 2013, by an A&E staff nurse. Several of his victims were unconscious and receiving medical care, therefore extremely vulnerable.

His offending came to light after his arrest on 4th November 2013, on suspicion of voyeurism in the unisex changing rooms at an Abingdon leisure centre. Images and films of sex offences being committed, indecent images of children, and images taken up women's skirts taken at the hospital and in public were recovered on devices seized from him.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Andrew Hutchinson abused his position of trust and took advantage of his circumstances to assault his victims. Many of the victims of the sex offences had been unaware that offences had been committed against them because they were unconscious when they took place. They only became aware when they were contacted by the police during the course of their investigation.

"The emotional impact on the victims and their families is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and today's sentence gives some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

On 30 March 2015, at Oxford Crown Court, Hutchinson pleaded guilty to all 27 counts, including rape, voyeurism, sexual assault, making indecent photographs of children, and theft.


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