A BORDESLEY Green man has been jailed for 19 years after committing a string of sexual offences against young girls spanning over two decades.
Peter Collins of Talfourd Street began his abuse of young children in the 1990s and his deviant behaviour continued up until 2016, when one of his victims was brave enough to report him.
The aged 58-year-old was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after being convicted of 12 charges, including sexual assault, indecency with a child, indecent assault and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity against three young girls following a three week trial.
Collins, a delivery driver, began his abuse in 1995 on a girl who was aged 11 at the time.
He then sexually assaulted two other girls, with his last recorded assault being on a 12-year-old girl, which was reported in 2016.
In 2016, the young girl managed to speak out about her ordeal and the police began an investigation.
Detective Constable Katrina Sands, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Collins abused vulnerable young girls and continued his predatory behaviour for over several decades.
“All victims gave evidence in court and I commend their bravery in re-living what are surely very painful memories.
“When confronted, Collins denied the allegations and claimed in his defence that he had a condition which led to him fall asleep unexpectedly in a number of places and being unaware of what he was doing. Expert witnesses gave evidence which didn’t support this claim.
“We are delighted that the jury saw through Collins’ denial that the offences had happened and this now means he will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
“We hope that anyone else who may have been abused by him now has the courage to come forward.”
To report abuse call police on 101.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood is a charity providing survivors of non-recent abuse with support and advice. Visit: http://www.napac.org.uk/or call 0808 801 0331.