A St Helens man has been jailed after being found guilty of committing sexual offences against children.
Keith Worthington was sentenced to 18 year and given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order for offences against three children.
The 47-year-old of Silkstone Street, St Helens, was found guilty at trial of nine sexual offences, consisting of:
Victim one: Two counts of indecent assault with a child.
Victim two: Two counts of indecent assault on a male, rape of a male under 13, rape.
Victim three: Sexual assault of a child by penetration, two counts of rape of a child under 13.
The majority of the offences took place during the 2000s.
Detective Constable Wayne McGuffie said: “Worthington’s victims have shown an immense amount of bravery coming forward. Time should never be a barrier to obtaining justice and I hope today’s sentence gives his victims some sense of closure and vindicates their decision to come forward.”
There are specially trained local officers in the Protecting Vulnerable People Units (PVPUs), who thoroughly investigate allegations and make sure that those reporting are properly supported.
Det Insp Jacky Fitzpatrick said that Merseyside Police takes every report of sexual offences extremely seriously, whether or not they are recent.
She added: “I would like to take this opportunity to reassure anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with you sensitively and make sure that reports are properly and thoroughly investigated.”
People can call Merseyside Police on 101 or report matters on line . Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.