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Man jailed for sexual offences

News   •   Aug 03, 2017 14:07 BST

[Jailed: Anthony Coraldean]

A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a number of historic child sexual assaults.

Anthony Coraldean, 58 (14.09.58), of Vincent Road, Chingford, was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault on a child under the age of 16 and one count of child cruelty on a child under the age of 16 between 1989 and 1990 at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 11 July.

The victim, now aged in her 40s, contacted police in September 2016, reporting that she had been forced to carry out a number of sexual acts against her will by Coraldean in the late 1980s and early 1990s at an address in Chingford.

Coraldean was subsequently arrested and charged in October 2016. He denied all allegations and pleaded not guilty. The trial lasted seven days.

He was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault on a child under the age of 16 and one count of child cruelty on a child under the age of 16. He was acquitted of two other indecent assaults.

Coraldean was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment on Thursday, 3 August and was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Detective Constable Lauren Brady, of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, who led the investigation, said: "We are pleased to see Coraldean has received a significant custodial sentence for his abhorrent crimes. His offences may have taken place a long time ago, but they have had a long-lasting impact on the victim's life. We can only hope that his imprisonment provides her with some closure, and that she is now fully able to move on with her life.

"I would like to thank her for her bravery in reporting her abuse and throughout the judicial process. I would urge any victims of abuse to come forward and speak to us; the Metropolitan Police Service takes such allegations of abuse very, very seriously and will treat any victims with the utmost confidentiality and sensitivity."