Man jailed for 13 years for child sex crimes

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A MAN found guilty of a string of sex offences against children has been put behind bars for 13 years.

A MAN found guilty of a string of sex offences against children has been put behind bars for 13 years.

Gary Auker (51), who gave his address as Kent Close in Sutton Bridge, was sentenced for his crimes, which date back to the 1970s and 80s, by Norwich Crown Court today.

He had previously been found guilty of 17 counts of indecent assault and one of attempted rape.

His victims got together on social networking website Facebook and decided to go to police and bring him to justice for the crimes, which were committed at an address in King’s Lynn.

Police have praised the victims for their bravery in coming forward.

Det Con Frances Cable of Norfolk Constabulary’s Vulnerable Persons Unit said: “This investigation began in June 2010 and has involved extensive enquiries due to the time which had elapsed.

“For years Auker committed these terrible crimes against very vulnerable young children who until recently had been too scared to come forward.”

Det Insp Richard Ellis added: “By pleading not guilty Auker forced the victims to have to relive the ordeal in court which has proven an immensely stressful experience. The misery he has caused has not only affected the victims but their families too.

“I would like to commend the witnesses and victims in this case for the bravery they have shown in helping officers from the Vulnerable Persons Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service achieve justice for them all.

“This has taken an enormous amount of courage on their part, and we hope such a sentence will give them a sense of closure, and that they can now move on positively with their lives.”

Auker was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which means he cannot live with a child under the age of 16 or have unsupervised access with anyone under 18.

Det Insp Ellis added: “If a victim of abuse contacts us, we will endeavour to conduct a thorough investigation, no matter how long after the alleged offence, and to bring to justice those who abuse and mistreat children and other vulnerable persons who have the right to be protected.”