Former church minister jailed for historical sex offences

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A former church minister has been jailed for historical sex offences committed over a period of 22 years.

Robert Dando, 53, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on 9 April after admitting the offences at the earlier hearing.

His offending came to light after Dando was arrested by American police for unrelated child sex offences in United States in 2010.

While being interviewed by US investigators, Dando made admissions that he abused children while he was a Baptist minister in the United Kingdom.

He named some of the victims and the US investigators alerted UK authorities. Police then carried out an extensive investigation and traced yet further victims.

Dando – who was also a magistrate - was part of a Baptist church in the Worcester Park area of London, having previously worked as an ordained church minster in Bicester, Oxfordshire and in Cardiff, Wales.

He served seven years of an eight year custodial sentence imposed in the US in 2011. Following his release he returned to the UK and was arrested. He was then charged with multiple offences against boys aged between 10 and 15.

The offending against seven victims took place between 1985 and 2007.

He was jailed for nine years and four months.

Jeremy Taylor from the CPS said: "Prosecutors were able to build a strong case against Dando which resulted in him pleading guilty

"I hope this sentence will bring some comfort to Dando's victims who have finally seen justice done, in some cases decades after being assaulted by a prolific offender in a position of trust."

Notes to editors

Robert Dando (DOB: 10/8/1964) admitted the following at Oxford Crown Court in February this year:

  • Eight counts of indecent assault on male person, contrary to section 15(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956;
  • One count of sexual assault of a child under 13, contrary to section 7(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; and
  • Four counts of sexual activity with a child, contrary to section 9(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Jeremy Taylor is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS.

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