Paedophile is jailed for historical and recent child sex offences

A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for five years for recent and historical sexual offences on children.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 9:38 am

Michael Wort, 69, of no fixed address, was found guilty of three offences including one count of sexual assault of a girl under 13 (by touching) and two counts of indecent assault of a girl under 16 after committing the offences against three children in the New Forest.

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The offences took place in the 1970s, 1985 - 1986 and 2018 - 2019. Wort was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court to five years in prison and was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life. He was also given an indefinite Restraining Order against contacting his victims.

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Michael Wort has been jailed for child sex offences

Detective Sergeant Oliver Battersby from Hampshire Constabulary’s Criminal Investigation Department said ‘We would like to commend the women who have shown incredible bravery and courage in coming forward.

‘These are extremely difficult times for these women and it would not have been easy, both emotionally and physically, to have to re-live their ordeals from when they were younger.

‘We know how hard it is to come forward and report these offences, whether they have taken place recently or in the past.

‘We are committed to getting justice for victims and have specially trained officers to support them through the process.

‘We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of child sexual abuse to contact police on 101 where you can speak with our specialist detectives in confidence.’

Two of the victims also came forward to say: ‘We would like to thank all the officers involved in the case and Hampshire Constabulary’s witness care team, for all their support through this most difficult time.

‘They made the whole experience of coming forward so comforting, and while it was hard, we now have closure. We would recommend anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward.’

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