A teenager who engaged several young girls in sexual behaviour has been jailed for four years.
Dale Wycherley, of HMP Nottingham, encouraged his teenage victims to send him indecent photographs, exchange inappropriate messages and subjected them to sexual assaults.
Today (Friday 27 January) at Leicester Crown Court, the 19-year-old was sentenced to four years imprisonment and was also ordered to spend an extended three years on licence when released. He was given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order and life on the sex offenders register.
In June, Wycherley arranged to meet two girls in Barlestone, Leicestershire, who he had been chatting to on Facebook. He encouraged them to buy alcohol and took them back to a flat where he sexually assaulted them.
The girls, aged 13 and 15, reported it to the police and Wycherley was arrested. As part of their investigations officers seized his iPad and mobile phone, and discovered indecent images of other victims.
At an earlier hearing Wycherley pleaded guilty to:
• making Category C indecent images of a child between October 2014 and July 2015
• meeting a child following sexual grooming in June 2016
• sexual assault in June 2016
• inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between January and June 2016
• making Category A, B and C indecent photographs of a child between January and June 2016
• inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in March 2016
• making indecent photographs of a child in March 2016
• inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in May 2016
Detective Constable Amanda Thwaites, who has worked on the case, said: “The victims in the case have shown tremendous courage in coming forward and speaking about their ordeal.
“I know it has not been easy for them to go over what happened, but ultimately, without their support we would not have been able to bring Wycherley to justice.
“We are committed to tackling child sex exploitation and take all reports seriously and investigate them thoroughly. It can be very difficult for people to come forward and report abuse, whether it happened a long time ago or more recently.
“We have a specialist team who deal with these cases and we work closely with social workers and other partner agencies to provide the best possible support and help to victims.
“I would urge anyone who thinks they could be a victim to come forward. Anyone that does contact us will have their report treated with the upmost sensitivity and specialist officers will be on hand to support and assist victims.”
Leicestershire County Council staff are part of the specialist CSE team and have offered support to the victims and family members.
Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families, said: “It takes immense bravery for victims to speak out and I’d like to praise the young people in this case.
“We’re committed to tackling CSE and our social workers work hand-in-hand with police officers to help victims feel confident about disclosing abuse and exploitation. I’m pleased this support is helping to secure convictions.”
Anyone who is, or thinks they may be, a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation can call the NSPCC 0808 800 5000 or Leicestershire Police on 101.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News