Lower Earley man found guilty of sexual activity with a child

Reading Crown Court
Reading Crown Court

A 30-year-old man from Lower Earley has been found guilty of sexual offences, including rape.

Following a week-long trial at Reading Crown Court Brian Russell, of Clevedon Drive was found guilty of two counts of rape, and one count of sexual activity with a child.

The jury found Russell unanimously guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child, unanimously guilty of one count of rape, and returned a majority verdict on the other count of rape.

Russell invited the victims, two girls, to his property where the offences took place between August 11 and 12 2014. He was arrested on October 2 2014 and charged on May 15 last year.

He has been remanded in custody until May 13 when he will be sentenced at the same court.

Senior investigating officer, Det Ch Insp Stuart Bosley of Force CID for Berkshire, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victims in this case. They showed incredible courage to come forward, report the incident and then wait patiently to give evidence in court about these serious offences.

“This investigation and successful conviction serves as a reminder to victims that Thames Valley Police will deal with any such allegation sensitively, listen and help you, regardless of the circumstances or the time taken to report the offence.

“Please have confidence in reporting similar offences to us. The easiest way to do this is by calling us at any time of day on 101. Alternatively, you can visit your nearest police station to speak to an officer.

“This case should also serve as a warning to offenders of sexual offences that they will be prosecuted whenever possible and that Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service will continue to work closely to achieve justice for victims.”

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