By Ian Dipple 21/05 Updated: 21/05 09:49
A REDDITCH man has been jailed for more than five years for indecently assaulting a teenage boy and possessing extreme pornography.
Jeffrey Hims, aged 63 and of Longfellow Close in Redditch, was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court last Thursday (May 17) after previously admitting nine charges of indecent assault on a teenage boy. The offences were committed between 1992 and 2001.
Hims was sentenced to five years for indecent assault and a consecutive six-month prison sentence for possession of extreme pornographic images, which he also admitted. He has also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
The offences were reported to police in February after the victim, who had suffered years of abuse, spoke out about what had been happening.
When police arrested Hims they found a number of video tapes belonging to him which contained pornographic material of an extreme nature.
Det Insp Leighton Harding, of West Mercia Police, said: "We would like to thank the victim for having the bravery and resolve to contact us and help us bring this case to court.
"Hims abused a position of trust in order to commit these terrible offences and deserves to lose his liberty. The seriousness of his crimes is reflected by the sentence he has received.
"We hope seeing the likes of Hims convicted and put behind bars will help other victims of sexual abuse to have the confidence to take steps to end their suffering and get in touch with the police.
"The case shows even when such abuse has happened years ago, we will thoroughly investigate it and pursue a prosecution whenever possible."
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