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Work by one of our specialist sexual offences teams has ensured justice for two women who were abused when they were girls over the course of a decade.
Richard Oliver, who is now 50, abused the girls between 2005 and 2015.
The offences came to light when they were reported to us in September 2020 and Oliver was arrested shortly after.
The case was investigated by a specialist detective who investigates child sexual abuse.
They were able to support the women throughout the investigation and court process, while also investigating the offences and compiling evidence.
When interviewed, Oliver, of Frobisher Drive, Jaywick, denied committing any of the crimes put to him.
However, due to the evidence we were able to build against him, he was charged with a series of offences.
He was convicted of nine charges, including rape, on Friday (20 October) following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.
He is due to be sentenced in November.
Detective Constable Leanne Howes, who led the investigation, said:
“I want to pay tribute to the two women in this case, they have demonstrated immense bravery in coming forward and reporting what happened to them.
“Richard Oliver subjected them to an unimaginable ordeal and then, because he denied his crimes, made them re-live that through a trial.
“Throughout it all they have shown incredible strength and dignity.
“And while no result will turn back the clock, I hope the fact that Oliver is now facing a significant amount of time in prison will help them move forward.”
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