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Derbyshire paedophile jailed for raping three children

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A paedophile has been jailed for 26 years after raping three children over a period of 23 years.

Derbyshire police officers who snared Stephen Bower have described the sentence as “fantastic” and reassured other abuse victims that allegations will be taken seriously.

Investigating officer DC Ellie Borrett said: “The victims are really pleased with the outcome. One said ‘finally I’ve had the first decent night’s sleep in decades’.”

Derby Crown Court heard how Bower, 55, of Spring Bank Road, Chesterfield, was detained and charged last year when a victim used her mobile phone to record him admitting his crimes, which began in the 1970s.

He was charged with 31 counts of sexual abuse against children including rape.

DC Borrett said: “The victim recorded a conversation that had evidence abuse had been happening when they were younger. That was a good starting point for the investigation.”

Bower committed abuse in Chesterfield and in Lincolnshire. He began abusing one victim but later raped the other two, becoming more confident that his victims would not alert the police.

One was raped over a three-year period.

The rapes of the second victim – who made the recording – began in the 1990s when they were at school.

DI Fiona Macdonald, of the Bolsover, Shirebook and Clay Cross area, said: “The sentence is reassuring for victims that they can come to the police and they will take allegations seriously.

“This reflects the seriousness of the crime but also the hard work that has gone in to this case.”

Bower, who initially said he could not remember the sex offences, was told he could not seek parole until he is 68.

He has been put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

DC Borrett said the case, heard earlier this month, had been extremely harrowing for the victims. She added: “This has had a huge impact on the victims’ lives and will do for years and years to come. Twenty-six years to them, for what they have been through, might not seem a lot but in terms of sentencing powers this is a great result

“The bravery and courage of the victims in this case is commendable. This was a lengthy and complex investigation but the commitment shown by the victims to see this through and support the police investigation was invaluable. I can only hope that they are finally able to put this chapter of their lives behind them and look to the future.”

 

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