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Newcastle man convicted of child sex offences

A man from Newcastle has been convicted of a series of sexual offences involving children over a 20 year period. 

Derek Stevenson, 65, from Mendip Place, admitted 11 counts of indecent assault, one offence of sexual assault, two offences of rape and two counts of indecency with a child.

The offences occurred between 1988 and 2009 and involved eight child victims, some as young as five. 

Stevenson has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 16 July at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Detective Constable Tracy Adams, from Staffordshire Police's Child Protection and Exploitation Team, said: "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 three decades but 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."

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