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Once the Police have completed their investigations, they will refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on how to proceed. We will then make a decision on whether a suspect should be charged, and what that charge should be.

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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

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Man charged with kidnap and sexual assault of a 10 year-old child


West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from West Midlands Police to charge Michael Jackson, aged 49, from Oldbury, West Midlands with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 10 year-old child in Oldbury on Sunday 13 November 2011.

Emma Garnett, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands CPS said: "Having carefully examined all of the available information which was submitted to me by the police, I have decided that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Michael Jackson with one count each of kidnap, false imprisonment, threats to kill and sexual assault.

"I have also authorised the police to charge him with one further count of child abduction which is in connection with a separate incident involving an 11 year-old child."

Mr Jackson will be appearing before Warley Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning, Wednesday 16 November.