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Two offenders involved in an historical sex abuse case in Gloucester have been sentenced to a total of 12 years 9 months imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court.

Stephen Lee, 58 and of Sandyleaze in Longlevens and David Bevan, 67 and of Coney Hill Road, Gloucester were convicted of sexual offences against young children between the 1970s and 1990s following a lengthy trial at Bristol Crown Court that started on 4 April 2016.

Lee was given an 8-year term while Bevan was sentenced to 4 years 9 months. Both had to be sentenced in accordance with the sexual offences legislation that was in place at the time their crimes were committed.

They will now be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Stephen Lee was convicted of indecent assault and indecency with a child between 1986 and 1990, whereby he abused his position of trust and indecently touched a girl aged between 8 and 11 years and forced her to touch his penis on a systematic basis. He was also convicted of indecent assault and indecency with a child between 1982 and 1988. This was against another girl who was aged between 6 and 12 years at the time. Again he committed acts of gross indecency against her.

David Bevan was convicted of indecent assault on a boy who was aged between 5 and 8 between 1977 and 1980. This involved him abusing his position of trust and indecently touching the boy on a regular basis. Similarly he was also convicted of indecent assault on a boy who was 12 to 13 between 1978 and 1979.

Both men had pleaded not guilty to their crimes and made the victims endure giving evidence in front of a jury. They were both found guilty by the jury on Tuesday 26 April 2016 and sentencing was adjourned for full medical reports.

His Honour Judge Longman, who passed sentence, said that the defendants’ refusal to admit their guilt and therefore take the case to trial had “caused additional trauma” to the victims and “demonstrated a lack of remorse”. He added that as a result of their offending the victims’ suffering would be “profound and long lasting”.

The officer in the case DC Faye Satchwell-Bennett said: “The victims have all demonstrated huge courage and bravery throughout this investigation and while having the horrendous ordeal of giving their evidence to the jury. I commend them all for coming forward to the police and having the strength to support the prosecution in finally bringing these dangerous offenders to justice.

“This has been an extremely traumatic ordeal not only for the victims, but also their families. The victims have all suffered with their own individual battles and are all haunted by the memories of their childhood. These two men were in positions of trust and strongly abused their positions and caused damage to these victims that will forever be irreparable. I truly hope today that the sentencing passed will finally give them some comfort and closure and help them move forward with their lives.”

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