Former Teaching Assistant Jailed for Raping a Child and Multiple Sexual Offences

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Former Teaching Assistant Jailed for Raping a Child and Multiple Sexual Offences

Sam Powers, 28, Given 20-Year Custodial Sentence and Must Register as a Sex Offender

A former teaching assistant from Swindon has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape of a minor and numerous other sexual offences against children. Sam Powers, 28, was sentenced today at Gloucester Crown Court, where he had previously pleaded guilty to an additional 44 counts of sexual offences against children.

Powers will serve 16 years in custody, with the remaining four years to be served on licence. Additionally, he has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register and issued a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for a minimum of 25 years.

Detective Sergeant Zoe Purnell praised the courage of the survivors who supported the investigation, which ultimately led to Powers’ conviction. I would like to pay tribute to the numerous survivors who bravely came forward to give evidence which has led to the conviction of Powers,” she said.

DS Purnell highlighted the complexity of the investigation, describing Powers as a “predatory paedophile” who exploited his position to groom and abuse young people. This case has been brought as the result of a wide-ranging, complex and challenging investigation in which it became clear that Powers is a predatory paedophile who sought opportunities to work closely with young people, to groom and abuse them in order to satisfy his own selfish desires,” she stated.

She expressed hope that the sentence would bring some closure to the survivors of Powers’ abuse and encourage others to come forward. He now faces a lengthy jail term which I hope brings survivors of this abuse some form of closure. I hope this sentence will encourage other survivors of abuse to report it – we are here to help you, you will be listened to, and we have trained officers who work closely with partner organisations to support you in any way we can.

For more information and links to organisations providing support to victims of sexual abuse, please visit the Wiltshire Police website: Support for victims of rape and sexual assault

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