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Pensioner Sentenced To 26 Years For Historic Sex Offences

A 78-year-old has been sentenced to more than a quarter century in prison for multiple historic serious sexual offences against young victims in the Wakefield District. 

Terence O’Reilly (78) from South Elmsall was sentenced to 26-years in prison at Leeds Crown Court on Monday January 16 after pleading guilty to 17 sexual offences including six rape offences against a child.

Detectives have welcomed the very strong sentence and described the abuse meted out by the 78-year-old to his two victims as ‘absolutely shocking.’

O’Reilly pleaded guilty to multiple sexual offences against a girl in the South Elmsall area.

The offences he pleaded guilty to were three indecency offences, two indecent assaults, six rape offences and three other sexual offences.

He also pleaded guilty to three sexual offences against another young girl in the South Kirkby area.

The offending took place over several decades from the late 1960’s to the late 1990’s.

Police investigations into the men began in early 2015 after one of the victims disclosed the sexual abuse she had suffered.

O’Reilly was questioned and, following investigation, were charged in early 2016 with multiple sexual offences.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Vanessa Rolfe of Wakefield District CID, said: “We welcome the very significant sentence given to O’Reilly today for what were absolutely shocking crimes perpetrated against innocent young girls who were in no position to defend themselves or resist.

“He displayed utter wickedness in his actions and the fact that he received such a significant sentence despite his age and guilty plea reflects just how abhorrent his behaviour has been.

“The courage his victim’s have shown in coming forward and assisting our investigation must clearly be commended.

“I hope seeing O’Reilly receive a sentence which will most likely see him spend the rest of his life behind bars will bring them at least some sense of closure in seeing justice done.

DI Rolfe added: “I can promise all victims of sexual offences that they will be treated with the utmost sympathy and discretion and that all reports of sexual assault will be fully investigated.”

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