Police urge victims to speak out

This Is Wiltshire: Ian Sidney has been jailed for 40 months for sex offences Ian Sidney has been jailed for 40 months for sex offences

DETECTIVES have appealed for more potential victims to come forward after a teenager who groomed his victim using several aliases was jailed yesterday.

Ian Sidney was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple incident counts of sexual activity with a child.

Sidney, formerly of Galloway Road, met his 14-year-old victim on a bus in Swindon before assaulting her in September last year.

At the time of the incident, 19-year-old Sidney was serving a community order for having sex with two different 14-year-old girls between 2011 and 2012 when he was 17.

Sidney used a number of aliases including Sam Boid, Sammy Boid, Ryan Boid, Joey Sidney, Josiah Sidney, Samantha and Angela McDough when abusing his latest victim.

He changed his plea to guilty during a trial at Swindon Crown Court in August.

Speaking after the case Detective Constable Gemma Vinton, who led the investigation, said: “Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to Sidney’s young victim who showed great courage in giving evidence in court, which has no doubt contributed to the successful outcome in this case.

“I would still urge anyone with information to come forward.

“All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

As well as serving 40 months imprisonment, Sidney will be on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to last for six years.

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or suspects that children are being abused should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone with information about Sidney should contact Detective Constable Gemma Vinton or Detective Constable Kirsty Wilson on 101.

Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary, The Gables, Shrivenham Road, Swindon.

The SARC is a dedicated centre offering support to any victim of a sexual assault where trained professionals can provide immediate medical care and treatment, a forensic examination, counselling and onward referral to other necessary services.

The SARC offers a 24-hour helpline on 0808 168 0024 or log onto www.newswindonsanctuary.co.uk.

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