Man jailed for historic child abuse in Benfleet

A man has been jailed for a total of more than 17 years for historic child sex abuse offences.
Andrew Dutton, 63, of Dean Street, Blackpool, abused two boys in Benfleet in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The investigation by the Essex Police Quest team – which investigates non-recent child sexual abuse – started after the offences were reported in March and April 2019.

Dutton was later charged with 10 offences:
• Five counts of indecent assault;
• Five counts of indecency with a child.

He was found guilty of all charges on Wednesday June 15 following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.

At the same court two days later, he was jailed for a total of 17 and-a-half years.

One of the victims, who is remaining anonymous, said: “When I first came forward, I never thought I would get so far as to see my abuser sentenced.

“Coming forward as a victim of this sort of crime takes courage and will be stressful at times. But these criminals can be brought to justice.

“Andrew Dutton is a disgusting, manipulative, remorseless child sex abuser. He ruthlessly exploited my vulnerability as a teenager and young adult for his own sexual gratification.”

Investigating officer Detective Constable Emily Monk said: “I want to praise the courage and bravery of Andrew Dutton’s victims.

“The ordeals he subjected them to have had long lasting impacts on their mental wellbeing.

“I cannot imagine what they have been through but I’m pleased Dutton has now been held accountable for his actions.”

You can find out more about the Quest team, the other teams who investigate sexual offences on the website: https://www.essex.police.uk/police-forces/essex-police/areas/essex-police/au/about-us/sexual-abuse-investigation-team/

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You can also call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mick Ferris

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