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Telford man jailed for rape and sexual assault of young girls

A man who raped three girls and sexually assaulted one girl was jailed yesterday (Tuesday, 4 July 2017).

Nicholas Gallentree
Nicholas Gallentree
Nicholas Gallentree, aged 25 and of Hurleybrook Way, Leegomery, Telford, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty at Shrewsbury Crown Court of:

- Three counts of rape.
- One count of sexual assault.

He was ordered to sign the sex offender's register for life.

He groomed the young girls, aged between 14 and 17, with drugs and alcohol, gaining their confidence by playing computer games with them during the summer holidays and after school.

Once he had gained their trust he used drugs and alcohol as a way of controlling and exploiting them, demanding sexual favours in return.

Investigating officer DC Kulvinder Dhatt, from Shropshire Child Sexual Exploitation Team at West Mercia Police, said: "Nicholas Gallentree groomed, intimidated and abused his victims, telling them not to trust people in authority and that they would not be believed.

"All four victims suffered abhorrent abuse and were incredibly brave in coming forward to tell police what had happened to them, I hope the sentence handed to him allows them to move on with their lives.

"Gallentree originally denied the charges against him and as such was brought to trial as a result of a lengthy and complex investigation and the support of the four girls involved.

"This dangerous sexual offender is now behind bars where he can cause no further harm, thanks in large part to the victims' trust and confidence in our investigation. I'd urge anyone who has been affected by sexual abuse of any kind to contact police."

For more information on child sexual exploitation, the types of exploitation and recognising the signs, visit the West Mercia Police and partners campaign website www.tell-someone.org
Tell Someone is a campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.

The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a specialist centre which provides a service of care to women and men who have been raped or sexually assaulted in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. For more information call 0808 178 2058 or visit http://www.theglade.org.uk/

Issued 1:39pm, Wednesday 5 July 2017, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications

Published 05/07/17