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“Perverted” man sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of four offences

A “perverted” man has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars, and given a Stalking and Harassment Prevention Order (SHPO) and a restraining order following his appearance at court.

Stephen Linley, aged 57 of West Parade, Lincoln appeared at Grimsby Crown Court on Thursday 19 January for sentencing after pleading not guilty to the offences.

Linley was charged with rape and sexual assault and was later found guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Abusing his position of trust, he exploited his victim’s vulnerabilities and preyed on their innocence for his own sexual gratification.

Detective Sergeant Kirstie Hinds leading the investigation said: “The courage that his victim has shown throughout the entirety of this investigation has been phenomenal. Their sheer bravery in coming forward and reporting this offence has been key in obtaining this positive outcome.

“I know this does not take away the hurt he has caused to the victim and their loved ones, but I hope the outcome will provide them with some closure in knowing that nobody else can come to harm at the hands of this perverted and manipulative man.

“I would like to provide reassurance to anyone who may have suffered sexual abuse, if you come to us, we will listen to and support you and act against those responsible.

“All victims are encouraged to speak to us or partner agencies, when they’re ready, whether they decide to pursue through the justice system or not. You will be believed, and we will thoroughly investigate your report.

“If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault, you can speak to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, or you can report directly through our 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.”

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