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Portadown man sentenced for indecent and common assaults against child

A Portadown man has been sentenced to three years for indecent assault against a child.

Mark Smith was also sentenced for common assault against a child at Laganside Crown Court on Wednesday.

The 57-year-old will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register and will be subjected to a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) for seven years.

Detective Inspector Jenny Smith said: “I would like to thank the victim in this case for their bravery and determination in coming forward.

“We hope this sentence encourages others who have experienced any form of abuse to report to Police.

“We have specially trained officers who work closely with victims throughout the criminal justice process. We are determined to bring anyone involved in any form of child abuse before the courts to be made amenable for their crimes.

“We treat victims with the upmost respect and sensitivity and will work closely with them, even in challenging circumstances, to support them in any way they can.

“We will help you, we will listen to you, we will treat you with sensitivity. You don’t have to suffer in silence. Please contact us on 101 or in an emergency call 999.”

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