Crime & Policing

Sexual predator receives 14 year jail sentence

Today (Friday 11 February) a sexual predator has been sentenced to 14 years behind bars after being charged with sexual activity and rape of a child.

Liam Croft (34) of Holme Lane, Selby, appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentencing today, Friday 11 February, after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a child and four counts of rape of a child.

The court heard how Croft systematically abused his victim, preying on their vulnerabilities for his own sexual gratification over the course of a number of years.

Detective Sergeant Paul Tyrer leading the investigation said: “Before I address today’s outcome at court, I would like to start by commending the bravery and courage his victim has shown throughout the entirety of this investigation and court proceedings.

“I know that does not take away the pain and hurt he has caused, but I hope this sentence will provide his victim with some comfort in knowing that nobody else will come to harm at the hands of this sexual predator.

“I would like to provide reassurance to anyone who may have suffered a sexual abuse, if you come to us we will listen to and support you and act against those responsible.

“It is never the victim’s fault and I would strongly appeal for any child who believes they are being manipulated into doing something they don’t want to, to speak with an adult or friend and report it to us.

“We work in partnership with the local authority and a number of local charities and agencies to ensure victims of this type of crime are offered advice and support whether they decide to pursue through the justice system or not.

“If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault, there are various ways you can report it to the police. You can speak to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, or you can report directly through our 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.

“You will be listened to and we will continue to take action against offenders.”

Call 101 to report and incident, or 999 in an emergency.

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