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Michael Jackson sentenced for kidnap and child sex assault


A man from Oldbury in the West Midlands has today been jailed indefinitely for public protection at Wolverhampton Crown Court after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to kidnapping two children in separate attacks.

Michael Jackson, aged 50, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to the charges of sexual assault, false imprisonment, child abduction, kidnap and committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Emma Garnett, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said: "Michael Jackson is a dangerous man who preyed on young children for his own gratification.

"One of his victims, a young boy of 10, had been abducted after he had gone to the shops, which were only a few minutes from where he lived. Jackson took this opportunity to approach him and force the young victim to go with him to his flat where he was sexually assaulted, gagged, bound and locked in a cupboard.

"As soon as the victim failed to return home, the victim's mother raised the alarm immediately and the police and local community began searching for him.

"Once the defendant left his flat, the boy managed to free himself of his bounds and a member of the community, who had been part of the search party looking for him, spotted him at the ground floor window of the flat and he was subsequently rescued.

"Jackson was then arrested and a further offence of abducting an 11 year-old girl in a separate incident in the West Midlands on 14 September 2011 was reported.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their assistance in the search for the victim and pay tribute to the 10-year-old boy for his courage and bravery in managing to escape his captivity and raising the alarm. This must have been a traumatic ordeal for him, his family and friends and we hope that today's sentence can bring this chapter to a close and they can now move on with their lives."