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Man jailed for 27 years for child sex offenses – Birkenhead News

A man has been jailed for 27 years for multiple child sex offenses which took place in Wirral more than 30 years ago.

Raymond Hawthorne, 59, formerly of Crescent Road, Bolton, was sentenced to 27 years in prison and eight years on extended license at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday, May 14, after being found guilty at a trial in March of more sex crimes. towards children.

He is already under a sexual harm prevention order and a lifetime sex offender notification requirement.

Following a lengthy investigation, detectives charged Hawthorne and he was convicted of 14 counts of child sexual offenses, including rape of a boy under 16 (ie 12-13), indecency and indecent assault on children dating back to the 1980s and 1990s when he was alive. in Wirral.

One of Hawthorne’s victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gives a description of the significant impact the abuse had on him.

He said: “For as long as I can remember, I have lived a life of fear. Afraid of Ray, of getting in trouble if anyone knew what was going on. I had feelings of embarrassment, guilt, remorse. I was so young and I wondered if anything was my fault or not.

“As I got older, I realized that what was going on was not right. I was a boy and I was very embarrassed that it happened to me. I was afraid to talk about it with anyone. I felt ashamed, I didn’t think anyone would believe me, and I wasn’t strong enough to deal with what was happening. He was a big and strong man and I was just a child.

“As I reached my teenage years, I became aware of a change in myself – my personality, my feelings, my mind – I became angry and frustrated. Looking back, I think I closed myself off. I think I stopped caring and loving others.

“It deprived me of my childhood and ultimately the person I was supposed to become.

“I struggle to maintain relationships. I met my daughter’s mother and we were together for almost 10 years. She did everything to help me, she loved me very much, and because I couldn’t function as a normal person, I let her and my daughter down.

“The relationship broke down because I couldn’t empathize and I didn’t have the ability to relate to my feelings that I attributed to my childhood trauma. I deeply regret what I put them through and wish I had handled things differently.

“It’s only in the last five years that I’ve found some peace and tried to put the past behind me. I hope those hurt by this case can now heal and move on.”

Detective Constable Lauren Blackmore from the RASSO (Rape and Serious Sexual Offenses) Team said: “This sentence follows an investigation to bring Hawthorne before the courts to pay for his completely depraved and manipulative actions on the boys.

“This result was only possible because of the determination and courage of his victims. Despite Hawthorne denying the crimes, a jury saw through his lies and he will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison.

“The heart at court that Hawthorne displayed predatory behavior on young boys, where he would gain their trust by buying them gifts and preyed on their innocence when committing such acts.

“As you can imagine for the victims of such a horrific crime, the impact on them is significant and long-lasting. I hope this sentence gives us some comfort in knowing they did the right thing by reporting his heinous crime to us.”

Detective Constable Blackmore added, “I hope this sentence shows that time is no barrier to reporting crime to Merseyside Police and we will take every report extremely seriously, regardless of when it happened.

“We are fully committed to protecting children from sexual abuse and those who seek to harm them.

“If you have experienced any form of sexual abuse or know that a child has been abused, please come forward and report it to the police.

“We take all these reports extremely seriously and if you can find the courage to come and speak to us, we have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and compassion.”

If you are a child or young person experiencing sexual or physical abuse, the following organizations can also offer help and support:

NSPCC – call 0808 800 5000 or email [email protected]
Childline – call 0800 1111

If you have been affected by sexual violence of any kind, don’t be afraid to tell someone, find the courage to come forward and get the help you deserve.

You can report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offenses anonymously here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/advice/rape-sexual-assault-and-other-sexual – crimes/how-to-report-rape-sexual-assault-other-sexual-crimes/

There is lots of support available from specialist officers at Merseyside Police and through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Merseyside Victim Care Service, jointly provided by two registered charities.

In Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral, support is provided by Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (RASA) Merseyside, who are available on 0151 558 1801 and, in St Helens and Knowsley, by Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Center (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside who can be contacted at 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063.

Merseyside Police also works with other forces, agencies across the UK and the Child Online Protection Centre, as well as law enforcement agencies around the world, who share our determination to protect children from dangerous online criminals.

Here’s a guide from Merseyside Police and the National Crime Agency’s CEOP education team on how to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse:

Image: Raymond Hawthorne/Merseyside Police

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