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Man sentenced to 15 years behind bars for serious non-recent sexual offences in Runnymede

November 4, 2014, 5:35 pm

A 48-year-old man from has been sentenced to a total of 15 years imprisonment and a further five years on extended licence at Guildford Crown Court on Friday, 31 October for five serious non-recent sexual offences in the Chertsey area of Runnymede.

Stuart Mortimer of no fixed abode pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to the rape of a girl at aged 11 and 13-years-old in the 1990’s; the rape of a 13-year-old girl between 2004 and 2005 and the rape of a 28-year-old woman in 2003. He also admitted sexual assault by touching of a 10-year-old girl in 2006.

PC Kate Hyder of the Surrey Police Public Protection Investigation Unit said: “This sentence reflects the severity of the offences committed by this dangerous paedophile who preyed on vulnerable young children and a young woman. I hope it will, to some extent, help the victims begin to move on with their lives and feel that justice has been served.

“The victims are to be commended for their bravery in helping bring Mortimer to justice and it is thanks to their courage that the public and specifically young children will be protected from this insidious individual for some time. I am grateful that they placed their trust in Surrey Police and enabled my team to investigate the allegations.

“This should serve as a warning to those who do or have sexually abused individuals, including young children that Surrey Police take all such allegations seriously and will fully investigate whether in regard to a recent or non-recent allegation.”

Mortimer, who had failed to return on police bail in December 2013, was located as a result of a media and social media appeal. Detective Inspector Paddy Mayers said: “I want to thank the public for the response to that appeal because it was as a direct result of information received that Mortimer was found at an address in Virginia Water. Without this assistance he would have been at large for longer and potentially a further risk to the public.”

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