A man from Liverpool has been jailed for 10 years for eight sexual offences against two children.
Charles Riley, 72, of West Derby, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, 7 December, to 10 years in prison with a lifetime registration requirement and Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He had pleaded guilty to six counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching, one of making an indecent image of a child and one of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Detectives carried out the investigation after receiving a report in May 2023 of sex offences against two children which began in April 2022.
Detective Inspector Daniel McWhinnie said, “Riley exploited two young girls whose ages made them vulnerable targets for his utterly depraved actions.
“He betrayed the trust they would have had in an adult in the most deplorable way, and I hope he spends his time behind bars considering the very severe impact he has had on both victims and their families.
“His victims showed tremendous courage and bravery to speak about these deplorable offences. The impact on them both has been significant and I hope this sentence provides some comfort to the girls and their families, knowing they did the right thing by reporting his heinous crimes to us and ensuring his offending has been stopped.”
Det Insp McWhinnie added, “Merseyside Police is completely committed to protecting children from sexual abuse and stopping those who seek to do them harm.
“If you have experienced any form of sexual abuse, or know of a child being abused, please come forward and report this to police. We take all such reports extremely seriously and if you can find the courage to come forward 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 suffering sexual or physical abuse, the following organisations can also provide help and support:
NSPCC – call 0808 800 5000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Childline – call 0800 1111
If you’ve 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 offences anonymously here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/advice/rape-sexual-assault-and-other-sexual-offences/how-to-report-rape-sexual-assault-other-sexual-offences/
There is a lot of support available from specialist officers within Merseyside Police and through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim Care Merseyside service delivered jointly 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 the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063.
Image: Charles Riley/Merseyside Police