On Thursday 9 February, Colin Phillips, aged 56, from Stevenage, was sentenced to 14 years in prison (10 years custodial and four years licence) for sexual offences against children.
- Rape of a child under 13.
- Three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13.
- Four counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
- Three counts of making indecent images of a child.
Phillips pleaded guilty to the charges, which were related to incidents that occurred between February 2022 and July 2022.
He was also added to the sex offenders’ register and placed under a sexual harm prevention order.
The judge at St Albans Crown Court expressed his shock and disgust at the crimes Phillips had committed and determined that a significant custodial sentence was warranted.
Detective Sergeant Dan Osborne, of the Joint Child Protection Investigation Team (JCPIT), said: “A dangerous offender has been removed from the community and put behind bars for despicable behaviour towards children.
“I’d like to highlight the bravery of the victims and families who have supported the investigation to help bring Phillips to justice.
“Anyone who has been a victim of child abuse, or thinks a child is being abused, should contact police immediately and a report can be made in confidence.”
If anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for practical and emotional support.
The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them.
To contact Herts SARC, call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448,
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