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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 jailed for kidnap and indecent assault


A 72-year-old man has today been sentenced to nine years' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping a six-year-old girl from a village in Staffordshire and indecently assaulting her more than 15 year ago.

On 22 September 2016, Arnold Baxter was arrested for drink driving, which resulted in him supplying his DNA and fingerprints to the police. The profile from Baxter's DNA matched that obtained from saliva recovered from the coat worn by the victim during the assault.

The defendant was arrested on 6 October. He confessed to driving to the village in a car bearing false registration plates, snatching the young girl and indecently assaulting her before dumping her in another village some 40 miles away.

He pleaded guilty to kidnap and indecent assault and has been sentenced at Stoke Crown Court.

Claire Nicholls from the CPS said: "For over 15 years Arnold Baxter thought that he had got away with his crime, however, today he has been brought to justice and will now have to face the consequences of his actions.

"Once the prosecution was able to demonstrate the DNA match of the defendant to the indecent assault, Baxter had no other option but to plead guilty to what he had done.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the victim and her family for their support with the prosecution case."


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  1. Claire Nicholls is the senior Crown Prosecutor at the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit in CPS West Midlands
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