We are welcoming the sentencing of a man to nine years in prison for sex offences against a boy in the Wirral area.
51-year-old Paul Jones from Hayling Avenue in Portsmouth was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today (Friday 3 May) in relation to sexual assaults against a boy in Wirral, which took place in the 1990s.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Kevin Thomas said: "This has been a long-running and complex investigation and we are pleased to see the outcome today.
"While no sentencing can undo the devastation that Jones has caused, we hope it goes some way to giving his victim a sense of justice. The victim in this case has showed immense bravery, courage and patience in coming forward and has been supported through the process.
"No matter how much time has passed, we will take all reports of sexual assault seriously and will do all we can to bring dangerous predators to justice.
"If anybody else is out there suffering in silence I want you to know that there is help and support available to you, both from Merseyside Police, where we have specially trained officers who will listen to you and treat you with sensitivity and compassion, and from reliable and trusted support groups who will support you from your initial report and for as long as you need*.
Anyone wishing to report a sexual offence can call officers in the force's specialist Unity team on 0151 777 1382. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
*Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.