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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Prison warning for man who abused three girls

A man who sexually abused three little girls when he was a teenager living in a north Cumbrian village has been warned he faces a long prison sentence.

Joseph Benjamin Alcock, now 42, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court today to total of 19 sex offences against the girls, all in the mid 1980s.

He admitted one charge of attempted rape, three of gross indecency and nine of indecent assault on the first girl, who was aged seven or eight at the time.

He also admitted one charge of gross indecency and three of indecent assault on the second girl, when she was aged about nine.

And he admitted two charges of gross indecency with a third girl, who was aged between five and seven.

Most of the offences were simply specimens, giving examples of his continuing behaviour over three years.

Alcock, who has recently moved to Derby from his previous address in Rolleston-on-Dove, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was remanded in custody and put on the sex offenders’ register.

He will be sentenced on May 22.

Judge Paul Batty QC, the honorary Recorder of Carlisle, told him the offences were so “very very serious” a lengthy custodial sentence was inevitable.

He refused an application that Alcock should be allowed bail until he is sentenced, saying the gravity of the crimes he admitted made such a thing “wholly inappropriate”.

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