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Smethwick man put behind bars for historic child sex abuse


A 52-year-old Smethwick man who repeatedly raped and indecently abused three children throughout the 1990s has been handed a 16-year prison sentence after finally facing justice.

Unemployed Paul Dwyer was found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday (13 February) of three charges of rape and a further two counts of sexual assault, committed between 1990 and 1999 at addresses in Smethwick and Erdington.

He was arrested for the sickening crimes after his victims, who were all aged between five and 12 when they were attacked, finally found the courage to report him to West Midlands Police in a bid to prevent other children being put at risk.

And their bravery was rewarded this week when he was at last put behind bars.

DC Gemma Denwette from the Historic Sexual Offences Team said the case should send a message out to other victims of historic abuse.

“The victims in this case were affected for many years by what had happened. They all had to undergo counselling and it had a major impact on their personal relationships,” she said.

“It took a great deal of bravery to come forward but they decided they had to in order to prevent other children becoming victims of Dwyer.

“Allegations of this nature will always be taken seriously by our officers no matter how many years have passed and I hope the lengthy sentence that has been handed out proves that it is never too late to tell your story and take a dangerous offender off the streets.”

Dwyer was sentenced to 16 years for the three rapes, as well as a further year on licence. He will serve 9 years concurrently for the indecent assaults. He has also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.