A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of a number of serious sexual offences against children in Norfolk.
Gary Auker, of Sutton Bridge, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday after previously being found guilty of 17 counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted rape.
The offences involved male and female victims and took place in Norfolk between the early 1970s and early 1990s.
Det Con Frances Cable of Norfolk Police’s Vulnerable Persons Unit said: “For years Auker committed these terrible crimes against very vulnerable young children who until recently had been too scared to come forward.”
Det Insp Richard Ellis, added: “By pleading not guilty Auker forced the victims to relive the ordeal in court which has proven an immensely stressful experience. The misery he has caused has not only affected the victims but their families too.
“I would like to commend the witnesses and victims for the bravery they have shown in helping officers from the Vulnerable Persons Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service achieve justice for them all.
“This has taken an enormous amount of courage and we hope such a sentence will give them a sense of closure, and that they can now move on positively with their lives.”
Auker was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and issued with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which means he will never be able to live with a child under the age of 16 or have unsupervised access with a child under the age of 18.
Anyone who is, or has been, a victim of abuse is urged to speak out. Call Norfolk Police on 0845-456-4567 or Norfolk Council’s Children’s Services on 0344-800-8014.