Charges authorised for multiple sexual offences investigations
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Our Crime and Public Protection Team have had a successful week, securing charges for multiple investigations.
As part of their continued work to keep vulnerable people safe, our North Crime and Public Protection detectives have had charges authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service.
This week, Kevin Harper, 40 of Kenneth Road, Basildon was charged with assault against a girl under 13, assault by touching and causing a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity. This follows an investigation into non-recent allegations of sexual abuse.
In a separate investigation, a man has been charged with several sexual offences and remanded into custody. Glen Farrant, 49 of Armoury Road, West Bergholt has been charged with five sexual offences including one count of rape against a female.
Detective Superintendent Neil Pudney KPM said “These are just a couple of examples of the types of investigations Essex Police are working hard on every day to keep the public safe.
“It’s easy to underestimate the extreme work that goes into securing a charge and getting a defendant to court. “These results are rarely achieved within 9-5 hours and our officers and staff work long hours to make sure they are doing everything possible to support victims and gather the evidence needed for the investigation that leads to the CPS authorising charges. “I would encourage anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse, no matter when the offence occurred, to have the confidence to come forward and report such incidents to Essex Police, knowing that our specialist teams will investigate these fully. ”
Support is there for anyone affected by rape and sexual abuse, and no victim or survivor is alone. Synergy Essex provides specialist support for victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse of all ages and all genders across Essex, Thurrock and Southend.
Synergy Essex is a partnership of rape and sexual abuse centres in Essex: CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse), SERICC Rape and Sexual Abuse Specialist Service and Southend-on-Sea Rape Crisis (SOS Rape Crisis). Synergy Essex is independent from the police and provides support for victims and survivors throughout their journey.
Victims and survivors can self-refer, or be referred by a parent, partner, friend or professional and can access specialist emotional support, counselling and advocacy. For victims and survivors who report to the police, Synergy Essex provides an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) service, providing support throughout the criminal justice process.