A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for six years for sexually abusing children.

Dean Willmott was found guilty of five counts sexual activity with a male child under the age of 13 and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity following a seven-day trial at Hereford Crown Court.

Willmott, aged 35, of Eastfield Close, Fernhill Heath, near Worcester, pleaded not guilty to the offences.

DC Adam Howard said: "This was a detailed investigation completed over the last year. It involved children and six counts of sexual touching. We would like to praise all the witnesses in this case in what was a traumatic situation.

"We are pleased with the result at the end of a very detailed and painstaking investigation."

He was convicted and sentenced on Wednesday, November 22.

Willmott was also placed on the sex offender register for life.

Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault, whether this happened recently or some years ago, is encouraged to call West Mercia Police on 101 to speak to specialist officers.

Alternatively, victims can speak to The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), a specialist centre which provides a service of care to women and men who have been raped or sexually assaulted in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. For more information call 0808 178 2058 or visit theglade.org.uk.