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Man and woman sentenced to 35yrs for child sex offences

November 21, 2014, 3:45 pm

A man and woman from Ipswich have been sentenced to a total of 35 years imprisonment in connection with child sex offences in Suffolk and the north-west of England.

On 30 July Brian Callaghan, aged 78 years, retired, from Waterford Road, Ipswich pleaded guilty to 19 historic child sex offences committed in Suffolk and Lancashire in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of administering a drug with intent to have sex; six counts of inciting indecency with children; six counts of sexual assault; three counts of child rape; two counts of committing gross indecency with children and one count of cruelty to a child.

On Monday 13 October Diane Foster, aged 56 years from Downside Close, Ipswich was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of aiding and abetting rape, committing gross indecency and causing/inciting a sexual act.

Today, Friday 21 November, Brian Callaghan was sentenced to 24 years and Diane Foster was sentenced to 11 years at Ipswich Crown Court.

Speaking after sentencing Detective Chief Inspector Tonya Antonis said: “This case highlights that, no matter how long ago an offence or offences took place we are committed to carrying out a full and thorough investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

The crimes committed by both Callaghan and Foster were abhorrent. We wonder if they have ever stopped to think about the damage they have done to the children while they sought sexual gratification or how their lives will probably be scarred forever.

“Hearing a victims account of the abuse they faced as a child is always distressing  and all credit to Callaghan and Fosters victims that they came forward and reported to us what they went through.

We have dedicated officers who are specially trained to undertake difficult and emotive investigations on a daily basis. We would urge anyone who has been abused or sexually assaulted to come forward, safe in the knowledge that we, together with our partners within child protection, will provide help and support, and do all we can to identify, charge and bring before the courts those responsible.”

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