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Former carer jailed for three years for sexual offences

Former carer jailed for three years for sexual offences
A former carer has been jailed for three years for sexual offences against a 37-year-old disabled woman.

Vicky Hooper, 29, was employed to look after the victim and help her with day to day tasks including personal care.

A court heard how she sexually assaulted the victim while she was in the shower in March 2016.

She also indecently exposed herself to her.

Hooper, of Trinity Court, Halstead, was arrested and later charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of assault by penetration and one count of indecent exposure.

She denied the charges and stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on January 8.

Following the four day trial, the jury found her guilty of one count of assault by penetration, one count of sexual assault and indecent exposure. She was acquitted of the other charges.

Hooper was sentenced on Friday, February 2 to three years for the first count, 12 months for the second, and two months for the third, to run concurrently.

She was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years and banned from working in the care industry for life.

Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Claire Hicks said: “Vicky Hooper abused her position of trust as a carer and sexually assaulted the victim in her own home, causing her considerable emotional distress.

"I hope that the sentence handed down gives Hooper time to reflect on the seriousness of the offences that she has committed.

"I would particularly like to thank the victim for the trust she has placed in Essex Police and the court system and I hope that, with the support of her family, she will be able to move past what has been a very difficult time for her.”

Also speaking after the hearing, the victim said: “I hope this case will encourage other victims of sexual abuse to come forward and not to keep things to themselves.”

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