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Prison for man after he admitted two non-recent sex offences

17 Jul, 2017 16:07 News Behind Bars

A man is facing a year in prison for non-recent sex offences following an investigation by Surrey Police.

Charles Phillip Johnson, 72, of Hall Place Drive, Weybridge was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court last Tuesday (11 July), after pleading guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 14 years. He was also given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

The offences took place between 1979 and 1980 while the victim was a pupil and boarder at Barrow Hills School in Godalming. The school was owned by the Josephites (a religious order), but was sold by them in 1990. Since then it has been run by Trustees as an independent charity.

Investigating officer Peter Gahan from Surrey Police’s Safeguarding Investigation Unit, said: “I hope this guilty verdict and sentence will in some way help the victim to come to terms with what’s happened and move on with his life.

“He had the courage to report Johnson’s vile offending and I’d like to commend his bravery in coming forward.

“I would also encourage any victim to come forward to Surrey Police and report any similar incidents by calling 101. Surrey Police treats all allegations of sexual abuse, whether recent or non-recent, extremely seriously. Our priority is victim care and people need to feel confident that if they come forward and report an offence, we can help. We have a dedicated investigation team for such crime and the dedicated unit works to obtain best evidence.

"We also work closely with our partner agencies including the NHS with whom Surrey Police has a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.”

Advice for those affected by sexual abuse and assault can be found on the Surrey Police website at http://www.surrey.police.uk/

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