A 58 year-old Southport man has been jailed for 15 years for sex offences involving children.
Steven Halton, of Merlewood Avenue, Southport, was convicted of 14 counts of indecent assault and sexual activity with a child involving two females aged under 16 between 1993 and 2018.
Halton pleaded not guilty but was convicted on all counts following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court in May this year. On Friday, June 11, he was jailed for 15 years. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a restraining order.
Detective Inspector Paula Furlong said: “Halton continued to deny his offending meaning his victims were forced to endure a trial. I am pleased that he will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars for his actions.
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise both of his victims for their courage and dignity throughout the whole of this investigation and hope that by seeing him sent to prison will give them some sort of closure and allow them to move on with their lives knowing he cannot harm anyone else,
“We are committed to protecting victims of sexual offences, and anyone who reports an incident to us will be safeguarded and supported throughout the investigation.
“Anyone that has been a victim of a similar sexual offence, is concerned for the safety of someone they know or suspects someone to be engaging in this criminal activity, should come forward and speak to us. We have a team of dedicated staff who will expertly and compassionately deal with your reports and we will do everything we can to bring offenders to justice.”
Anyone with information or wants to report a sexual offence is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.