A Torquay man has been jailed for 14 years after being convicted of 24 non-recent sexual offences against children in Penzance in the 1990s.
William Michael Reynolds, 76 of Matlock Terrace, Torquay, was sentenced at Truro Crown Court today following a 5 day trial. He has been sentenced for 14 years and will also sign the sex offenders register.
Reynolds had befriended the teenagers in the 90’s in Penzance, committing offences over a number of years. One of the victims came forward, speaking to the police in 2016, a second victim was identified and agreed to give evidence.
Reynolds pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the jury found him to be guilty on 21 counts of indecent assault on a male person, two counts of buggery and one count of attempted rape.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Lara Turner said: “This has been a lengthy and complex investigation made all the more difficult due to the defendant’s continual denial.
“I have nothing but admiration and respect for the victims bravery and strength; not only in what they endured and suffered both mentally and physically as children but in finding the strength to come forward and report this abhorrent man and the heinous acts he inflicted on them.
“Reynolds could have prevented these men enduring a protracted investigation and subsequent trial where they have been forced to relive the horrendous acts they suffered time and time again. Instead, he continued to exert his control to the last minute causing them further unnecessary distress in the process. Despite this, the victims have shown nothing but patience, respect and dignity throughout and have finally received the justice they deserve.”
Detective Inspector Daniel Massey said: “Both victims have been extremely brave and have had to relive the truly awful events that Reynolds put them through all those years ago.
“They are to be commended for their courage and strength, making them a positive beacon for victims of this type of crime and I would urge anyone who has been a victim of either this individual or others, to feel confident enough to come forward and make contact with us.”
For anyone needing advice or help, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. The police can also be contacted via email@example.com or by phone on 101.
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