Man jailed after being found guilty of sex offences
A 64 year-old man has been jailed after being found guilty of sex offences against a vulnerable female.
Robert Smith, of St Catherine's Way in Gorleston, was found guilty by a jury following a trial at Norwich Crown Court of three counts of penetrative sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice and two counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice, contrary to section 30 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The offences relate to one female victim in July 2016 whilst he was a care worker in the Great Yarmouth area.
Smith was arrested a day later by officers from Norfolk Constabulary's Adult Abuse Investigation Unit (AAIU) and was subsequently charged in February 2018.
He was sentenced yesterday, Thursday 11 October 2018, to 11 years 6 months imprisonment and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
Detective Constable Nick Appleton, from the AAIU, who carried out the investigation, said: "This sentencing marks the end of what has been a long and difficult investigation.
"The impact of this case on the victim and her loved ones has been life changing, and the courage she has shown throughout is commendable.
"Throughout the investigation, Smith has denied all offences and shown no remorse for what he has done and I am pleased he has received a significant custodial sentence.
"Norfolk Constabulary remains dedicated to safeguarding vulnerable adults and identifying those that offend against them. I urge anyone who has been victim of sexual abuse, past or present, to come forward in the faith that we will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice."
The Adult Abuse Investigation Unit (AAIU) was set up in 2001 and was the first of its kind in the UK. The AAIU investigates allegations of abuse against vulnerable adults, which includes physical, financial, sexual or even emotional abuse. The unit works closely with local partner agencies such as Social Services and health providers to investigate offences and safeguard adults from abuse.
If you are worried about an adult at risk or concerned about someone's safety, you can contact Norfolk's Adult Social Services on 0344 800 8020 or fill out an online form at: online.norfolk.gov.uk/socialcareenquiry.
Alternatively, you can contact the police by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999 or find help and support on our website at: www.norfolk.police.uk/advice/assault-abuse-threats/adult-abuse