Swindon man sentenced for 38 counts of sexual abuse

A Swindon man, previously from Warrington, who repeatedly raped and sexually abused five females between 1977 and 2014 was sentenced at Swindon Crown court yesterday (17 November 2016) to 25 years.

George Tinsley (61) from Welcombe Avenue, Park South, Swindon was earlier yesterday found guilty of 38 counts of historic sexual offences at Swindon Crown Court.  He was sentenced to 20 years in jail and five on licence.

He committed the offences against five victims over a period of 37 years.

A number of the indictments he was found guilty of where multi-incident counts of rape and sexual abuse, meaning the offence happened more than once.

Det Con Janet Thomas who led the investigation said:  “Tinsley coerced and threatened the girls as he satisfied his own perverted sexual desires.

“He preyed on the young victims and made them believe that there would be serious consequences if they spoke of the abuse.

“The victims have shown strength and bravery in coming forward despite it being very difficult for them, but we hope that the verdict today will provide them some peace of mind.

“Today’s result has been the culmination of a thorough, detailed investigation and many months of partnership working with the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service (RASSO).

“We hope this case will highlight how seriously Wiltshire Police and CPS take both current and historic abuse cases and that we will take every action available to bring offenders to justice.”

Wiltshire Police encourage all victims of abuse to report it. If not to police, tell a trusted friend, teacher or GP; or contact the Swindon Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on their 24 hour helpline – 0808 168 0024.

This centre is available to support victims across Wiltshire.