Victims of sexual abuse urged to come forward after paedophile jailed

POLICE want children to know they are there to help and protect them, Acting Detective Inspector Cathy Davison said following the sentencing of child sex attacker Jason Mark Le Chevere to 15 years in jail.

Jason Mark Le Chevere entering the Royal Court Picture: ROB CURRIE. (24267533)
Jason Mark Le Chevere entering the Royal Court Picture: ROB CURRIE. (24267533)

Referring to child sexual abuse as the ‘most detestable of crimes’, DI Davison said young victims’ courage must be recognised.

And she encouraged any child experiencing abuse to reach out for help.

‘I think the message is that the States of Jersey Police will thoroughly investigate any abuse of any child rigorously,’ she said. ‘Where we have evidence, we will bring offenders to justice. These offences are always difficult. We are talking about young children. Their courage in speaking up is incredible. For me, the important thing is the voice of the child. The child being listened to, being understood.

‘Knowing that their offender has been brought to justice, knowing their voice has been heard, they have been listened to, is really key for them and may be a small stepping stone in helping them rebuild their lives,’ she said.

Le Chevere was sentenced for raping a girl under the age of six and indecently assaulting a second girl on 11 occasions when she was under the age of 12.

Commenting on the sentencing, DI Davison said the two girls had shown ‘immense courage’ and demonstrated great strength and resilience throughout this long and complex investigation.

‘He subjected the children to many forms of abuse over the space of many years,’ DI Davison said. ‘The victims should have felt safe and been able to trust this man, but instead were treated abhorrently and he gave no consideration to the impact his actions would have on their lives.’

Police take all complaints of abuse seriously, she added, and there is no time limit on coming forward.

‘I would like the children of Jersey to know that if they experience any form of abuse – physical, sexual, neglect, emotional abuse – that they wish to report, they can do that by calling the police on 612612. If they want to speak confidentially, they have Dewberry House they can speak to on 888222. And there is the MASH on 519000 – the multi-agency safeguarding hub and they can report any abuse there. Historic abuse will be recorded. It will be investigated as rigorously as any type of abuse.’

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