Man Sentenced

Today Mark Loane (48) was sentenced to 8 years in prison, and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years, after being found guilty of six counts of indecent assault. He subjected a young girl to serious sexual abuse over the space of many years.

The victim should have felt safe in his company, but was in fact sexually abused by him and deprived of her innocence at an early age. This involved an appalling breach of trust.

Throughout this period Loane gave no thought or consideration to the abuse that he was subjecting his young victim to.

The victim has shown incredible courage in reporting the abuse she suffered to the police and since the initial disclosure has shown strength and commitment in supporting the investigation to its conclusion. The huge emotional impact on the victim is impossible to quantify but without doubt long-lasting.

We hope that the sentences handed down today will help her to rebuild her life and gives her some small comfort.

Sexual abuse of young people will not be tolerated and the police will be proactive in investigating such crimes and where evidence exists put offenders before court, even if the disclosure is made some years later.

The police have specially trained officers who are skilled at working with victims of sexual abuse to help them through extremely difficult times. The opening of Dewberry House further provides expert independent and confidential support to victims of sexual abuse.

Any parents who have concerns about suspected Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation can contact the MASH on 519000 or the Public Protection Unit at Police Headquarters via 612612.



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