Peter Bunyan was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting the girls when they were aged between three and six. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA
A former police community support officer has been jailed for 24 years for raping two young girls after one of the children had a flashback when another officer made a routine school visit.
Peter Bunyan, 43, from Penzance in Cornwall, was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting the girls when they were aged between three and six. One of the girls remembers him wearing at least some of his police uniform when he attacked her.
Bunyan, formerly a PCSO in Camborne and Redruth, was previously jailed for having sex while on duty and for using police computers to collect data about vulnerable women.
A jury at Truro crown court found Bunyan guilty on Monday of three counts of rape and one of sexual assault between 2005 and 2009. He was found not guilty of one charge of rape against one of the girls. Bunyan had denied the allegations.
The jury heard it was only when one of the girls had a police officer visit her school that her memory was triggered and she began to piece together what happened before confiding in family members and school staff.
Medical examinations carried out following the allegations suggested both the girls had suffered injuries that suggested they had been sexually abused.
Sentencing Bunyan, judge Simon Carr said: “You assaulted them in a way that they would stay quiet .... Both of the victims have since spoken of the pain they were in during and after the ordeal.
“Both of the girls are struggling to come to terms with what happened to them and the utter devastation caused by your actions. The victims have also since self-harmed as a way of coming to terms with it all.”
An NSPCC spokesman said: “Bunyan is a sexual predator who is now thankfully behind bars. His appalling crimes robbed his defenceless victims of their childhood and could have a lasting impact well into their adult years.
“No child should ever have to experience what the victims went through. It is vital anyone affected can get the support they need rather than suffer in silence, as sadly so many do.”
He had neglected his duties by turning his police radio down on shifts before having sex with women and treated police computers “as a dating agency” by using them to perform background checks on women.
Bryan Reed, pictured outside court in 2014, raped two young brothers in the 1970s. Picture: Hamish Blair
EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Police has been slammed for taking almost 20 years to prosecute a child predator who raped two young brothers.
Elderly swimming coach Bryan Reed, 86, today escaped jail after receiving a three-year sentence suspended for two years for the buggery of two young brothers in the 1970s.
Reed, who has multiple convictions for molestation involving young boys spanning almost 60 years, is deeply remorseful for his behaviour which he blames on his own abuse at the St John’s boys’ home in Canterbury, where he was dumped as a six-year-old.
“You were lonely, abused and unhappy as a little boy,” County Court Judge Claire Quin said today.
The two victims of the latest offences first gave statements to police in 1996 after Reed’s offending against other boys was publicised - but no action was taken.
But the prosecution today was unable to tell Judge Quin why it took so long to bring Reed before the court for the abuse of the two brothers.
“For reasons that remain unknown no action was taken,” Judge Quin said today.
“This delay is most unsatisfactory and no reason for it... has been proffered by the prosecution.”
One the brothers has considered suicide and blames his depression on Reed’s abuse - and says his life may have turned out very differently had his complaint been dealt with earlier.
Reed befriended the boys’ father promising to teach them to swim and take them ice skating.
One of the brothers was “beaten to within an inch of his life” after reporting the abuse to his father.
Judge Quin said Reed groomed the children and the offending was a “grave example of this kind of abuse”.
But Judge Quin said the delay and Reed’s fragility meant he deserved a suspended sentence.
Reed, who is confined to a wheelchair and is in failing health, has few friends or relatives and lives in a nursing home.
The court was told police were not aware of any other other victims of Reed.
ORTING, Wash. — Orting Police arrested Brian Ackles Sunday morning after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip from a Washington’s Most Wanted viewer. He was booked into Pierce County Jail for extradition to King County.
Ackles is accused of raping a 6-year-old girl in Auburn.
Ackles also has a long history of various issues including misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor & felony convictions of which some are for domestic violence.
“Orting Police is most appreciative of the information received, which led to this individual being brought into custody and we are glad to be of assistance to Auburn Police on this case,” the department said in a news release.
Ackles is Washington’s Most Wanted capture #816.