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Former Educational Welfare Officer and Foster Carer Sentenced to 13 Years Imprisonment for Sexual Offences

In a trial at Manchester Crown Court, Stephen Newmarch of Broomfield Close in Bolton was found guilty of 15 sexual offences against two victims. Yesterday, on Monday 13 May 2024, he was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.

The victims, now in their 30s, displayed tremendous courage as they gave their testimonies during the trial. Their compelling evidence led to the conviction of Newmarch, who had committed these heinous crimes in the early 2000s. At that time, Newmarch held positions as an Educational Welfare Officer and a foster carer in Bury.

The court heard how one of the victims, who was only 14 years old at the time, bravely came forward and reported an incident of inappropriate touching during a holiday with Newmarch and others. Shockingly, Newmarch dismissed the incident as “play fighting” when confronted by other adults on the trip.

Both victims revealed that they were foster children under the care of Newmarch when the sexual abuse occurred. Their courage in speaking out against their abuser has ensured that justice has been served and that Newmarch will face the consequences of his actions.

In addition to the prison sentence, Stephen Newmarch will be placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for life and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO). These measures aim to protect the public and prevent any further harm caused by Newmarch.

Detective Sergeant Ellie Sproat of Bolton CID expressed gratitude towards the victims for their bravery in coming forward. She stated, “Through their courage, we have been able to remove a prolific child sex offender from the streets of Greater Manchester. We acknowledge the shared and horrific experiences these victims have endured. While today’s sentence cannot erase their past, we hope it will provide them with some measure of healing and closure.”

Detective Sergeant Sproat urged anyone who believes they may have been a victim of child sexual abuse by Newmarch to come forward and contact the Greater Manchester Police (GMP). She assured potential victims that their claims will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. Reports can be made by calling 101 or using the Live Chat function on the GMP website, http://www.gmp.police.uk.

The GMP emphasises that victims will be believed, and their voices will be heard. By reporting any suspicious or concerning behaviour, the community can help protect vulnerable individuals and prevent further harm.

“If something doesn’t feel right, report it,” concluded Detective Sergeant Ellie Sproat.

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