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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Sex, Lies and Consent

People have been lying to other people to get them into bed for as long as there have been beds. This and other deceptions or false promises can cause problems for the courts where the allegation is of a non-consensual sexual offence.  Courts have spent the years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act … Continue reading