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Showing 1 - 10 of 96 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "CPS"

Dark web child abuse forum administrators jailed

The second moderator of a dark web forum for sharing indecent pictures of children to be jailed within a week has today received five years and four months in prison.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Former Essex Police officer guilty of filming sexual assault after night out

A former Essex Police officer has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman after a night out and filming it.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

First person convicted under new cyber-flashing law

Nicholas Hawkes, 39, from Basildon has become the first person in England and Wales to be convicted of cyber-flashing.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

More to do to tackle rape misconceptions and lack of understanding of consent, CPS survey finds

More still needs to be done to tackle common false beliefs about rape and understanding of consent, especially among young people, according to the largest survey of its kind in five years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Serious sex offender who used false identities to blackmail women and children online jailed

A man who blackmailed women and children into engaging in degrading sexual acts has today been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

Q2 CPS data shows a continued increase in the number of suspects charged in rape-flagged cases 

Between July and September last year, there was a 11.5% increase in the number of suspects charged in adult rape-flagged cases from 599 in Q1 23/24 to 668 in Q2 23/24. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Convicted sex offender jailed two more years for assaulting teenage girl

A sex offender who assaulted a teenage girl after stealing her phone from her has been jailed for two more years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

Rapist who targeted sleeping passenger on London Underground service jailed for 14 years

A dangerous predator who raped a sleeping passenger on a London Underground service has been jailed for 14 years. 

Ryan Johnston, 37, launched his attack after targeting the woman who was returning home from an evening out with friends in February 2020.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Man who posed as model agency scout to blackmail children into sending him indecent images jailed

A man who blackmailed children into sending him indecent images of themselves over social media has today been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

Rotherham man jailed for child sex abuse offences

A man who groomed schoolgirls and abused them on multiple occasions at his home in Rotherham has today been convicted and jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

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Telephone: 0203 357 0625

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Elizabeth Ogborn
Email: elizabeth.ogborn@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186

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