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Showing 1 - 10 of 23 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "London South"

Rapist jailed after DNA from robbery linked

Mohammed Tarik, 21, was caught after his DNA from a robbery was linked back to a rape two years before.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Photographer guilty of sexual assault during photoshoot

Pascal Molliere, 55, exploited the then 22-year-old victim during an hour-long photography session for professional model pictures at a warehouse in Fulham, west London in July 2010.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Rapist who attacked 70-year-old woman in graveyard jailed

Anthony Hurley, 55, chose his victim knowing she had learning difficulties. He persuaded her to leave the safety of her care home and go with him by offering to buy her a milkshake.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Convicted paedophile jailed for a further five years over Lambeth care home abuse

Leslie Paul, 70, worked as a residential care worker in Lambeth for 12 years when he preyed on teenage boys at the South Vale Assessment Centre in West Norwood.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Former music teacher who groomed schoolgirls jailed for 17 years

Ben Breakwell, 41, used his position of authority at a London secondary school to sexually exploit three students aged between 13 and 16

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Former Croydon Council worker and football coach jailed for nine years

David Hughes, 66, targeted three of the children when he worked in youth clubs in New Addington and while working in a voluntary capacity as a football coach between 1988 and 1995. Further offences took place on a teenager between 2017 and 2018. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Midwife convicted of downloading indecent images of children

Scott Butler, 39, was found to have more than 400 indecent images of male and female children between the ages of four and 13. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Social worker who sent indecent video of child in work group chat pleads guilty

A former social worker who accidentally sent an indecent video of a child to colleagues in a WhatsApp group chat has pleaded guilty to charges against him. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Teenage boy jailed for attacks on schoolgirls in Thornton Heath

The schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stabbed two of his victims and sexually assaulted four others between November 2019 and November 2020 in Thornton Heath.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Youth custody officer jailed for sexual relationship with 15-year-old boy

Ashley Wright, 26, carried out the inappropriate relationship between December 2018 and June 2019 with the teenager while he was remanded at a Milton Keynes secure training facility where she worked.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

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