A 35-year-old man has today, Friday 25 February, been jailed for 19 years after being found guilty of child sex offences.
Richard Green was found guilty following a trial of 15 counts including rape of a child under 13, assault by penetration, sexual assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and cruelty to a child.
Green, of no fixed abode, but originally from the Tuebrook area, was jailed for 19 years at Liverpool Crown Court.
As well as the sexual assaults, he tied the boy to a bed and blindfolded him on occasion to allegedly punish him for “bad behaviour.”
The boy eventually told a family member of the abuse and the police were called in and Green was arrested.
The child’s mother spoke of the effect of the abuse on her son’s mental health in a Victim Impact Statement to the court.
She said, “ I am so glad that my child has got the justice he deserves. He can breathe a sigh of relief that Richard Green cannot harm anyone’s else’s family.
“Maybe one day he will realise the damage he has done to this family.
Senior District Crown Prosecutor Jo Lazzari, Head of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit of CPS Mersey Cheshire said, “Richard Green treated this young boy as an object for his depraved sexual behaviour.
“As in so many of these cases, the feelings of the child he abused seemed to not matter at all. This child can barely have understood what was happening to him yet may well feel the effect of it for many years to come.
“He thankfully found the courage to speak of his abuse and we would like to thank him and his family for their help in bringing this sexual predator to justice.
“The Crown Prosecution Service will work hard to help victims through the process of a prosecution to enable them to stay on board and see their abusers brought to justice.”
Detective Constable Joanne Waldron said, “Green continued to deny his offending meaning his victim was forced to endure a trial. I am pleased that he will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars for his actions.
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise his victim for their courage and dignity throughout the whole of this investigation and hope that by seeing him sent to prison will give them some sort of closure and allow them to move on with their lives knowing he cannot harm anyone else.
“We are committed to protecting victims of sexual offences, and anyone who reports an incident to us will be safeguarded and supported throughout the investigation.
“Anyone that has been a victim of a similar sexual offence, is concerned for the safety of someone they know or suspects someone to be engaging in this criminal activity, should come forward and speak to us. We have a team of dedicated staff who will expertly and compassionately deal with your reports and we will do everything we can to bring offenders to justice
“Time is no barrier to reporting offences and I would urge anyone who has been victim at any time to come forward and we will do everything we can to help and support them.”
Anyone with information or wants to report a sexual offence is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.