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Nineteen years for man who sexually assaulted girl from North Wales

AFTER being found guilty of sexual offences against two children, including a notorious offence against a North Wales youngster, a man was sentenced to 19 years in prison. ‌

​​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​Sheffield resident Melvyn Richardson, 68, was questioned by police in February 2020 after two victims came forward to say they had previously been sexually assaulted by him. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

One of the victims, a Llanrwst resident, claimed to have experienced abuse in the late 2000s, and the second victim claimed to have had abuse in 2018. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Richardson stated during the interview that he had not sexually assaulted the girls and that he had instead been attempting to “teach” them. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Richardson was charged with two counts of indecent assault, one count of indecency with a child, two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, one count of causing and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and one count of cruelty to a person under the age of sixteen following a joint investigation led by North Wales Police DC Delyth Jones and South Yorkshire Police DC Carla Davey. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

After a nine-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court, he was unanimously convicted guilty of all charges. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Richardson received his sentence of 19 years in prison on Friday, January 20. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

In a statement, one of the victims—who shall remain unnamed for legal reasons—said:

“I would like to express my gratitude to everyone involved in securing a conviction against Richardson. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The resulting sentence of 19 years demonstrates the seriousness of his offences towards me, and the other victim and I am happy justice has prevailed. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“I will forever be grateful for the hard work and dedication of both police forces to put this man behind bars.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

South Yorkshire Police DC Carla Davey, who led the investigation, said: “I would like to commend both victims for their bravery and patience throughout this investigation. Their courage and strength have been acknowledged by all officers in involved. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The passage of time should be no bar to victims of serious crime receiving the justice they deserve, nor should it be a veil for offenders to hide behind. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Victims must be assured that they will be listened to, and their allegations fully investigated, and this is a prime example of our determination to ensure the people of South Yorkshire can have confidence in us. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“I would also like to thank North Wales Police for their continuous support over the last four years.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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