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Man jailed for 22 and a half years for rape and sexual assault of children

|News, Sexual offences

A man has been sentenced to 22 and a half years’ imprisonment today for a series of rapes and sexual assaults on children over a period of approximately 20 years.

Mark Stephen Hubbucks, aged 63, pleaded guilty to 17 charges relating to four different victims whose ages ranged from around 10 to 14 years old. He also pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children. The charges cover a period from 1994 to 2015.

Stella Waata of the CPS said: “Mark Hubbucks carried out repeated rapes and sexual assaults on vulnerable children and made threats to prevent them reporting his crimes. Thanks to a diligent police investigation we were able to build a compelling case that resulted in guilty pleas.

"We want every victim of rape and sexual assault to be able to come forward with the confidence that the police and CPS are dedicated to securing justice for them. The victims in this case showed immense courage in reporting the offences and I would like to commend their bravery throughout the whole investigation.

“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

  • Stella Waata is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit
  • Mark Stephen Hubbucks (D.O.B. 10 May 1957) was convicted of:
    • 4 counts of rape of a child under 13
    • 6 counts of indecent assault
    • 1 count of attempted rape
    • 2 count of sexual assault of a child under 13
    • 2 count of sexual activity with a child
    • 1 count of indecency with a child
    • 1 count of causing a child to watch a sexual act
    • 3 counts of making indecent photographs of children
  • Hubbucks was sentenced to 22 and a half years' imprisonment, to be followed by 2 years on licence.

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