Choosing the right offence (2) – getting it right when prosecuting historical sexual allegations
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Choosing the right offence (2) – getting it right when prosecuting historical sexual allegations

As noted in the last blog posting, new allegations of old sexual misconduct continue to be made and the newest area is football. At the time of writing there are 350 potential victims, 98 clubs involved and 21 police forces investigating[1] with at least two defendants so far charged[2] and another 83 suspects.[3] Some of … Continue reading

Rolf Harris, indecent images and the dangers of the dark net
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Rolf Harris, indecent images and the dangers of the dark net

  News of concern over child abuse on the dark net came within a month of the children’s entertainer and artist Rolf Harris being convicted and sentenced for historic indecent assaults on more than one complainant. The full sentencing remarks are here. Other counts for making indecent images of children were separated and then not pursued. News reports … Continue reading

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Sexual Offences Prevention Orders – Tips for practitioners

Sexual Offences Act 2003 s 104 Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (imposed post-conviction) are designed to protect the public from serious sexual harm occasioned by the offender. It is now relatively well settled as to what ‘serious sexual harm’ and ‘protecting the public’ mean. Appeals founded on the grounds that the judge was wrong to determine … Continue reading