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Devon man jailed for historic sexual offences

|News, Sexual offences

A 68-year-old man from Devon has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years imprisonment at Exeter Crown today for sexual offences committed in the early 1990s.

Stephen Hepher, who also uses the name Steve Black, was convicted of four counts of Indecent Assault at Taunton Crown Court in September 2021. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Hepher ran a drama group which he used to gain access to his victims. The four counts of Indecent Assault relate to two separate victims who were both 15-years old.

Clare Smith of the CPS said:

“Stephen Hepher ran a drama group that gave him access to children and he used his position to groom and abuse his young victims. 

“I would like to commend the victims for their strength in coming forward and supporting this prosecution. 

“We want every victim of sexual assault to be able to have confidence that the CPS and police are dedicated to securing justice for them. 

“This conviction shows that even when many years have passed since an offence was committed offenders can still expect to face justice”.

Notes to editors

Clare Smith is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West.

Stephen Donald Hepher (DOB 29/10/53) was convicted of four counts of Indecent Assault, Contrary to Section 14(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

  • Count One: Indecent Assault against victim one, 1991 - 1992
  • Count Two: Indecent Assault against victim two, June 1992
  • Count Three: Indecent Assault against victim two, June - July 1992
  • Count Four: Multiple occasions of Indecent Assault against victim two, June to November 1992

He was sentenced to:

  • Two years for Count One.
  • Two years for Count Two.
  • Five years for Count Three.
  • Six-and-a-half years for Count Four.

Counts Two, Three and Four will run concurrent to each other but consecutive to Count One.

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