A pair of Stoke-on-Trent brothers, aged 80 and 76, have been locked up after being found guilty of historical sexual offences that occurred over 20 years ago.
Joseph Salt, 80, of Malton Grove, Tunstall, was found guilty of two counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in January.
Salt has been sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment.
Prosecutor Graham Russell said the sex offences happened when the victim was aged 11 or 12.
Russell said: “The victim has been left with severe trust issues as a result of the abuse he suffered. He has a problem making friends and sustaining relationships.
“He doesn’t like attention, also, he feels embarrassed by what happened to him and has difficulty in talking about it.”
His brother, Brian Salt, aged 76, of Casewell Road, Sneyd Green, was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault on a male. He was cleared of two counts of indecency with a child at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on August 17. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
Judge Paul Glenn, said: “I saw the victim give evidence and he was totally and plainly truthful. He was made to feel it was his fault.”
The trials came after Brian and Joseph Salt were arrested in January 2015 on suspicion of historical sex offences.
Detective Constable Ann Blairs, the officer for the case, said: “These men are rightly serving a prison sentence for what they have done.
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the victims who not only had the bravery to come forward but also had the confidence in the police that what they said to officers would be listened to.
“Some of the offending went back two decades. Despite the passage of time we investigated their crimes and took action. Victims of sexual offences should come forward, no matter how long the passage of time, and tell police what happened. They will be listened to.”
Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or suspect others are at risk should contact Staffordshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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