A MAN who was convicted of a string of child sex offences after a trial has been jailed. 

Police have welcomed the sentencing of 42-year-old Martin Price man for the sex offences, which involved two children.

Price, of no fixed address, was found guilty of eight offences including sexual assault on a child under 13, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, making an indecent image of a child, causing a child to watch a sex act and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The offences related to two children and were committed in Merseyside.

St Helens Star: Price was sentenced at Liverpool Crown CourtPrice was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court (Image: Stock)

The case went to trial at Liverpool Crown Court and Price was sentenced on Friday, March 8 to six-and-a-half years in prison.

He was also given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and 10 year restraining order and has a notification requirement for an indefinite period.

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Victims 'showed immense courage'

Detective Constable Alexandra Lawrence said: “The behaviour displayed by Price was utterly appalling and he deserves to be behind bars for a number of years.

“His victims showed immense courage and bravery to report his actions and even though he pleaded not guilty to the offences I am pleased the jury saw through his lies and rightly convicted him.

“If you have experienced any form of sexual abuse, or know of a child being abused, please come forward and report this to police.

“We take all such reports extremely seriously and if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us we have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and compassion.”

How to report sexual abuse

If you are a child or young person suffering sexual or physical abuse, the following organisations can also provide help and support:
NSPCC – call 0808 800 5000 or e-mail help@nspcc.org.uk.
Childline – call 0800 1111

If you’ve been affected by sexual violence of any kind don’t be afraid to tell someone, find the courage to come forward and get the help you deserve.

You can report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences anonymously here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/advice/rape-sexual-assault-and-other-sexual-offences/how-to-report-rape-sexual-assault-other-sexual-offences/

There is a lot of support available from specialist officers within Merseyside Police and through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim Care Merseyside service delivered jointly by two registered charities.

In Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral, support is provided by Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (RASA) Merseyside who are available on 0151 558 1801 and, in St Helens and Knowsley, by the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063.