Man Who Sexually Abused Girls Jailed

Friday, 13 April 2018

A man who sexually abused three girls over a period of almost 20 years has been jailed. 

Maurice Rhodes, 61, was sentenced to a total of 15 years at Bradford Crown Court today (Friday) after he was found guilty last month of indecently assaulting his victims between 1984 and 2003.

The abuse took place at several addresses in the Bradford area and in a hotel.

Rhodes was also found guilty of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after he held a gun to the head of another girl, who was just 13 at the time.

Police first became aware when one of his victims reported she had been sexually assaulted by Rhodes in 2003. He was charged and remanded into custody but she later withdrew the allegations and he was subsequently released from prison.

The same female came forward again in 2016 and disclosed the abuse had continued after she had withdrawn the allegation and an investigation was launched into Rhodes’ offending.

This resulted in more victims coming forward to make disclosures.

Rhodes was charged with a number of offences in May 2017 and bailed to appear before court the following month, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

But following a trial in March this year he was found guilty of charges relating to indecent assaults and possession of a firearm and remanded in custody prior to sentencing.

Detective Constable Polly Jackson, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said:

“Rhodes not only sexually abused his victims over many years, he was also prepared to threaten them with violence to ensure he got what he wanted.

“We would like to praise their bravery in coming forward and hope today’s outcome will give them some closure.

“We also hope it will encourage other victims of sexual abuse to speak with our specially trained officers, who will investigate all reports with partners to identify perpetrators and bring them before the courts.”

The Judge commended DC Jackson for her excellent performance, determination and professionalism in what he described as a difficult, lengthy and complicated investigation.

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