A man has been jailed for four years in prison for historic sexual offences with a child.
Iain Lloyd, 33 years, of New Ferry, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday 10 February after pleading not guilty for the offences.
Lloyd was convicted in December following a trial, and has been sentenced to four years in jail after being found guilty of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 years. He will also be on the sex offender register for life.
Detectives from Merseyside’s Unity Team who specialise in Rape and Serious Sexual Assault Offences, charged Lloyd with two counts of indecent assault with a minor which took place more than 20 years ago.
The Officer in Charge of the investigation, Detective Constable Claire McDonald said, “This sentence follows a lengthy investigation to bring Lloyd before the courts so that he pays for his crime.
“Thanks to the determination and bravery of his victim, Lloyd will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars for his actions.
“Despite the evidence against him, Lloyd chose to plead not guilty and put his victim through the ordeal of a trial. I would like to praise the courage and dignity shown by his victim throughout the investigation.
“Merseyside Police is completely committed to protecting children from sexual abuse and those who seek to do them harm.
“We hope that he will now reflect on the consequences of his utterly depraved actions while serving his jail time.”
DC McDonald added, “I would like to take this opportunity to stress that 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.
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