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Weymouth man jailed for sexually abusing a young girl

Sean Sage, 5 April 2019

Published at 11:10am 12th April 2019.

A Weymouth man who subjected a young girl to horrific sexual abuse has been jailed for seven years and four months.

Sean Sage, 28 and of William Street in Weymouth, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 11 April 2019 after admitting a catalogue of offences at a previous hearing.

They were attempted rape of a child aged under 13, three counts of assault by penetration of a child under 13, five counts of sexual assault of a child aged under 13 and five counts of taking indecent images of a child.

At sentencing Sage was told he would also have to serve an additional year on licence once released from prison.

'Footage on Sage's mobile phone'

Sage’s mobile phone was examined on Friday 25 January 2019 after he had come to the police’s attention in connection with an unrelated matter. Officers discovered it contained footage of Sage raping a child.

Further analysis of the phone revealed 64 indecent videos of which 16 were Category A, the most serious, 18 were Category B and 30 Category C. All these videos were taken and made by Sage.

Sage was arrested on Saturday 26 January 2019.

'Horrific sexual abuse'

Detective Constable Adam Taylor, of Dorset Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Sean Sage subjected his victim to the most horrific sexual abuse and his actions will have a lasting impact on her and her family who we continue to offer support to.

“No child should be attacked in this way and I hope the sentence handed out by the court will provide them and the wider public with some level of reassurance that no other children will be harmed by him.

“We are absolutely committed to investigating any allegations of sexual offending against children and I would urge anyone who believes their child may have been a victim of such offences to come forward to Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190013155. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org."

Report Child Abuse: 

Dorset Police: For non-urgent reports, or to make an enquiry, please go to www.dorset.police.uk and follow the ‘Do it online’ function. Here you can pass all the details of your concerns to us via the online enquiry form.  You can also email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or call 101. If you believe a child is in immediate danger please dial 999. 

Local Authority Children’s Social Care:

•             Bournemouth: 01202 456900
•             Poole: 01202 735046
•             Dorset: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/393713

You can also report directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) www.ceop.police.uk 

For more information visit: 

•             Child Online Safety Advice: https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/crime-prevention-help-advice/cyber-crime/child-online-safety/ 
•             NWG http://www.nwgnetwork.org/ 
•             Barnardos  http://www.barnardos.org.uk
•             NSPCC 0808 800 5000, help@nspcc.org.uk, www.nspcc.org.uk/childsexualexploitation 
•             National Helpline for male victims of CSE 07808 863 662
•             UK safer internet centre website. www.saferinternet.org.uk
•             CEOP resources suitable for parents and children of different ages: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
•             Concerned about your thoughts or behaviour? Visit: www.stopitnow.org.uk
•             Child Online Safety: www.internetmatters.org

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