Moseley man jailed for 24 years for raping girl under 13 and countless other sexual assaults

Written by on March 2, 2019

A MOSELEY man has been jailed for 24 years after being found guilty of sexual offences, including the rape of four girls under 16.

Robert Bessant, of Windermere Road, groomed and sexually assaulted four girls aged between 12 and 14 over a 12-year period.

One of the girls reported he had indecently touched her after massaging her legs but he claimed he – through his job as a personal trainer and masseur – was helping the girls who were experiencing a growth spurt.

But the reports led to more girls coming forward and being identified during an investigation. It was revealed he raped one of the girls when she was just 12 and engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old after befriending them and their families.

Bessant

He had a sexual relationship with both girls, taking advantage of their age and vulnerability.

Following a week-long trial he 37-year-old was found guilty of two counts of sexual assaults on two of the girls and 14 counts of sexual activity, including three counts of rape on a child under the age of 13.

The girls had to give evidence during the trial.

Det Sgt Mark Hickman, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said the bravery and courage of the girls in coming forward was admirable and he so very thankful to those who reported their experiences to the police.

“I would like to reassure and urge anyone who has ever thought about speaking to police about sexual abuse to come forward. We are here to help you.

“If you want to speak to me about this case in particular, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 101 ext 862 6037.”

Survivors of sexual abuse can also speak to the NSPCC 24 hours a day on 0808 800 5000 and more information can be found on their website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/signs-symptoms-effects/non-recent-abuse/

Counselling services and support for survivors of sexual abuse can also be found here: http://www.rsvporg.co.uk/


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