Man jailed for New Forest child sex offences

Man jailed for New Forest child sex offences

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 3:54pm 23rd January 2020. (Updated at 4:54pm 23rd January 2020)

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41 year old Dean Randall subjected two boys and one girl to abuse for nearly a decade.

Randall's crimes date from 1993 to 2004, starting while he was living in the New Forest.

His victims eventually came forward to police in 2017.

Randall was found guilty on Monday (20th January) by a jury at Southampton Crown Court of 25 child sex offences and one against a victim over the age of 16:

  • Four counts of rape
  • Three counts of buggery
  • Four counts of indecency with a child
  • 15 counts of indecent assault

Today (Thursday 23rd January), he's been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Detective Sergeant Russ Smith from the Western Investigation Team said: 

"Randall perpetrated repeatedly evil crimes against his victims and now adults, they have broken the silence. The verdict and sentence is testament to their courage and bravery in coming forward. 

"I sincerely hope this begins to bring some closure to those he affected, and that it helps others who have suffered similar abuse to find the confidence to come forward and speak to the police knowing their voices will be heard." 

Hampshire Police car (Mike Draper) (7)
Hampshire Police have praised the victims for coming forward and pushing for justice

An NSPCC spokesperson said: 

“Randall’s horrific abuse has been brought to light thanks to the bravery of his victims in coming forward. 

Child sexual abuse can cause trauma and pain that lasts a lifetime, and we hope the survivors in this case are getting all the support they need.

This case highlights that anyone who has been abused can speak out and be listened to, no matter how many years have passed."

VICTIMS URGED TO COME FORWARD

Hampshire Police is encouraging anyone who's been a victim of child sex abuse to contact police, no matter how long it's been since the incident.

They've said anyone who comes forward can speak to a specialist detective in confidence.

If you do want to get in touch with officers, you can do so by calling 101.

Children can contact Childline 24/7 on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.

Adults who want to report abuse or who are concerned for a child’s well-being can contact police or the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.

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