Former Aylsham schoolboy guilty in child sex abuse case

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Jul 27, 2015 4 mins read

Jason Adams, a former Aylsham schoolboy who was well known in the town is one of four people who have today been convicted of the serious child sexual abuse and cruelty of children.

Two women and two men were found guilty, following a three month trial, of a total of 40 offences, including rape, sexual assault and GBH, carried out against five victims all aged under 13 at the time.

The senior detective who led the investigation described it as the “most harrowing” child abuse case he had ever dealt with.
Today at Norwich Crown Court (Monday 27 July), the jury returned guilty verdicts against:

Marie Black, 34 of Atkinson Close, Norwich, was found guilty of 23 offences including rape, conspiracy to rape and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Jason Adams, 44 of Aspland Road, Norwich, was found guilty of seven counts including rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and cruelty.

Michael Rogers, 46 of Romford in Essex, was found guilty of 14 counts including rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and cruelty.

Carol Stadler, 60 of Atkinson Close, Norwich, was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm but clear of nine other charges.

Black, Adams and Rogers have been remanded in custody while Stadler has been released on conditional bail until sentencing on 28 September.

Six other people charged with offences were found not guilty by the jury. Those acquitted of all offences are;
Anthony Stadler, 64, of Church Close, Norwich
Kathleen Adams, 85, of Catton Court, St Faiths Road, Norwich
Nicky Collins, 37, of Lucas Court, Norwich
Andrew Collins, 53, of Lucas Court, Norwich
Judy Fuller, 32, of Gertrude Road, Norwich
Denise Barnes, 44 of Long Row, Norwich

The verdicts follow a lengthy and detailed investigation by detectives from Norfolk Constabulary’s Safeguarding and Investigations Department.
Allegations were first reported to police in 2010 but it was in December 2012, when further evidence was disclosed, that police had sufficient evidence to progress the criminal investigation and eventually make the initial arrests in 2013.

On advice from the Crown Prosecution Service East of England Complex Case Unit, 10 people were charged with a total of 101 offences in January and June 2014.

The trial heard that the victims had been subject to cruelty and regular sexual abuse, including being forced to take part in sexual acts with each other and with adults at pre-arranged “sex parties”.

Several victims described watching Marie Black and Jason Adams taking photos and laughing.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Hornby, said: “Our priority has always been – and remains to this day – the safety, protection and welfare of the children in this case.

“In their tender years, these children were subjected to sexual abuse beyond most people’s imagination by adults they believed were telling the truth. It is the most harrowing case I have dealt with in 23 years of policing.

“Marie Black has been found to be at the centre of this abuse and incited others to commit abuse against them. She thought they would never speak out.

“Today’s verdict is testament to the children’s bravery and to the hard work of dedicated professionals from a range of agencies in this case. It has brought them the knowledge they are believed and, I hope, will encourage other victims of abuse to find their voice and come forward.”
Police work closely with partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable children in Norfolk.

Every report or suspected case of child sexual abuse is dealt with by the county’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, based in Norwich, where specialists from the police, social services, health and charities work together to ensure action is taken by the correct agency, if necessary, to protect those at risk.

Norfolk Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the national policing lead for child protection, said the case illustrated that child sexual abuse happens everywhere, and it is everyone’s “social responsibility” to report concerns.

“It is every child’s right to be protected and no child should have to endure cruelty or abuse in any form. We are committed to rooting out and stopping it,” he said.

“A huge amount of work is taking place to tackle this threat but we must stand together in this. Everyone has a moral obligation to report any suspicion of child abuse to the authorities and to help protect vulnerable children from harm.”

If you have been a victim or suspect child abuse call Norfolk Constabulary on 101. All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence. Help and support for victims of child abuse is available by calling the NCPCC 24/7 helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Carol Stadler

Carol Stadler

Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Marie Black

Marie Black

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

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