Figures show what job sex offenders in Devon are most likely to…

Shocking figures obtained by The Herald have revealed how sexual abusers of children have held jobs ranging from butchers, barbers, soldiers and drivers to chefs, farmers, fishermen, waiters and teachers.

The Freedom of Information request made to Devon and Cornwall Police also revealed how of those sexually abused during a five year period, the majority were young girls and the two key age groups targeted were six to seven-year-olds and 13 to 14-year-olds.

It has prompted a child protection charity to warn parents that potential offenders come from all walks of life and that parents and children should be encouraged to speak more about potential risks not just when they are very young, but also into their teens.

Devon and Cornwall Police responded to the request to reveal the number of sex offences committed 'against under 18s which resulted in a warning, caution or charge and the occupation of the suspect, between 2011 and 2015'.

The force noted in its findings that a person could be a victim of such offences more than once in any time period and that an offence could involve multiple victims and one offender or multiple offenders and only one victim.

In addition, the force noted how some of the charges logged between 2011 and 2015 may have been for a historical offence which occurred "many years previously".

Of the 1,125 incidents which resulted in a warning, caution or charge between 2011 and 2015, 88 involved "students", 47 were defined committed by "school pupils", 78 were "retired people" and 394 were "unemployed".

The breakdown noted how 17 were recorded as "builders", 13 as "chefs", 14 were "cleaners", 16 were "drivers" and 11 were "waiters".

Out of the 1,208 victims over the five year period, 1,057 were female and 144 were male, with seven recorded as unknown gender.

This was broken down further: in 2011, there were 253 victims of sexual offences on females aged under 18, compared to 24 males. In 2012 the figure stood at 222 females under 18 and 31 males. The 2013 figures showed 225 females and 37 males under 18 were victims of sexual offences while in 2014 the figure dipped to 189 females and 26 males, with two unknown. A further dip in 2015 saw 168 females under 18 become victims of sexual offences as opposed to 26 males.

The ages of the victims released by Devon and Cornwall Police also revealed an unexpected grouping.

For each year between 2011 and 2015, there was a rise in the number of victims aged from five to seven years old.

The figures spiked again at 13 and 14-year-olds, who – the figures suggest – are most likely to be victims.

However, when comes to who commits child sexual abuse, Devon and Cornwall Police recorded a frighteningly broad range of occupations.

The list included teachers, hairdressers, taxi drivers, sports instructors, care workers, carers, residential care assistants, postmen, police service workers, nurses, Navy personnel, Marine personnel, a lifeguard, fire service staff, shop workers, driving instructors, coach and bus drivers, farmers, electricians, disc jockeys, computer engineers, bar workers, an actor, Air Force personnel, scaffolders, tree surgeons, underwriters, window cleaners and volunteers.

A spokesman for the NSPCC in South West England said: "These figures highlight the fact that child sexual abuse is committed by men, women, teenagers and other children.

"Gender, age and profession are no barrier and offenders can come from a variety of different backgrounds.

"While there is not likely to be a link between occupation and crime in the majority of these cases, it remains worrying that a number of offenders have held positions of trust within their community.

"This highlights the importance of child safeguarding provision within any organisation that comes into contact with children and young people.

"The reasons why someone would sexually abuse a child are wide-ranging and complex – but child sexual abuse is preventable.

"By each of us playing our part we can help keep children safe from abuse.

"This means making sure all children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe and adults know how to identify and support children at risk. Together we can stop sexual abuse before it happens.

"Children can report their worries at any time of day to Childline on 0800 1111, while adults can contact our Helpline on 0808 800 5000. For information about talking to your children about this difficult topic, please visit nspcc.org.uk."

Child sex suspects by occupation

Calendar Year

Occupation

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Accountant

1

1

0

0

0

Actor

0

0

0

0

1

Administrative Assistant

0

0

0

1

0

Air Force Personnel

0

0

0

0

1

Army Personnel

0

1

0

0

0

Bar Worker

2

1

3

2

0

Barber

1

0

0

0

0

Builder

4

1

3

7

2

Bus Driver

0

0

0

2

1

Butcher

0

1

0

0

0

Car Park Attendant

0

1

0

0

0

Car Salesman

1

0

0

0

0

Car Valeter

0

0

0

1

0

Care Assistant

0

3

0

1

3

Carer

0

1

1

0

0

Carpenter

1

0

1

0

1

Catering Industry

0

1

0

0

0

Catering Manager

0

0

1

4

1

Cavity Wall Insulator

0

0

1

0

0

Checkout Operator

0

0

0

1

1

Chef

2

6

0

5

1

Civil Engineer

0

0

0

0

1

Civil Servant

0

0

0

1

0

Classroom Assistant

0

0

1

0

0

Cleaner

2

4

4

3

1

Coach

0

0

0

1

1

Coach Fitter

0

1

0

0

0

College Student

0

0

0

1

0

Computer Engineer

0

2

3

0

2

Construction Worker

0

2

0

0

0

Database Manager

0

1

0

0

0

Delivery Driver

2

3

0

0

0

Deliveryman

3

0

0

0

0

Disc Jockey

3

0

0

0

1

Doorman

0

0

0

1

0

Drinks Maker

0

0

0

2

0

Driver

4

1

2

5

4

Driving Instructor

0

1

1

0

3

Electrical Engineer

0

0

0

2

0

Electrical Fitter

1

0

0

0

0

Electrician

2

0

0

0

0

Electricians Mate

0

1

0

0

0

Engineer

0

0

0

3

2

Environmental Health Officer

0

0

0

1

0

Factory Worker

0

2

3

4

1

Fairground Employee

1

0

0

0

0

Farm Worker

0

0

1

1

1

Farmer

4

0

3

0

2

Fast Food Employee

0

1

0

0

0

Finance Officer

0

1

0

0

0

Fire Service

0

0

0

0

1

Fisherman

2

1

0

0

0

Fishing Industry Employee

0

0

3

0

0

Food Industry

1

1

0

0

0

Food Technologist

0

2

0

0

0

Fork Lift Driver

1

0

0

1

0

Freelance Artist

0

0

0

0

1

Garage Owner

0

0

0

1

0

Garage Worker

1

0

0

0

0

Gardener

1

1

0

0

0

Government Employee

2

0

0

0

0

Ground Worker

1

0

0

0

0

Groundsman

0

0

0

1

0

Hairdresser

0

1

0

0

0

Handyman

1

0

0

0

0

Health And Safety Person

1

0

0

0

0

Hgv Driver

1

0

4

0

0

Hotelier

0

0

0

1

0

House Wife/Husband

0

3

0

0

0

Instructor

1

0

0

0

0

Kitchen Assistant

1

0

2

0

0

Kitchen Porter

1

0

0

0

0

Kitchen Worker

1

1

0

4

3

Labourer

1

1

1

2

1

Landlord

1

0

0

0

0

Landscape Gardener

1

0

0

0

0

Life Guard

0

1

0

0

0

Machine Operator

0

0

0

1

0

Maintenance Employee

0

0

0

1

1

Maintenance Engineer

1

0

0

0

0

Maintenance Man

1

0

0

0

1

Manager

1

0

0

0

0

Managing Director

0

0

1

0

0

Manufacturing Employee

0

0

1

0

0

Marine

0

1

0

0

0

Marine Engineer

0

0

0

0

1

Marine Personnel

0

0

2

0

0

Marine Pilot

0

0

1

0

0

Mechanic

1

1

0

2

1

Navy Personnel

0

0

1

1

2

Night Porter

1

0

0

0

0

None

0

0

0

0

1

Not Recorded

22

17

16

24

33

Not Stated

1

2

0

0

1

Nurse

0

0

4

0

0

Nursing Auxiliary

1

0

0

0

0

Office Manager

0

0

1

0

0

Pcv Driver

0

1

0

0

0

Plasterer

1

0

0

0

0

Plumber

0

0

2

0

0

Police Service

0

0

1

0

0

Postman

0

0

1

0

0

Printer

1

0

0

0

0

Production Controller

0

4

0

0

0

Promoter

0

1

0

1

0

Refuse Worker

0

0

0

2

0

Residential Care Worker

0

2

0

0

0

Restaurateur

1

0

0

0

0

Retail Employee

0

0

1

1

1

Retired

18

25

11

15

9

Sales Assistant

0

1

1

2

0

Sales Representative

0

0

0

1

0

Salesman

0

1

0

0

0

Scaffolder

1

1

0

0

0

School Pupil

0

4

12

13

18

Security Officer

0

0

0

1

0

Self Employed

12

3

2

6

4

Shipwright

0

0

0

1

0

Shop Assistant

0

1

0

0

1

Shop Employee

2

3

1

1

1

Shop Staff

0

3

1

0

0

Slaughterer

1

0

0

0

0

Social Services

0

0

0

0

1

Sports Instructor

0

0

0

1

0

Spray Painter

1

1

0

0

0

Store Manager

0

1

0

0

0

Store Worker

0

1

0

0

0

Student

21

20

16

16

15

Supermarket Employee

0

1

0

0

0

Supervisor

0

0

0

1

0

Surveyor

0

1

0

0

0

Tarmac Layer

1

0

0

0

0

Taxi Driver

0

0

0

1

2

Teacher

0

0

7

1

1

Teaching Assistant

1

0

0

0

1

Tele Sales

0

1

0

0

0

Telecommunications Employee

0

1

0

0

0

Tiler

0

0

0

0

1

Tree Surgeon

0

2

0

0

0

Tyre/Exhaust Fitter

0

0

0

0

1

Underwriter

0

0

2

0

0

Unemployed

91

73

98

84

48

Voluntary Worker

0

1

0

0

1

Volunteer

0

0

1

0

2

Waiter

1

1

2

3

4

Warehouseman

1

2

0

0

1

Watchman

0

1

0

0

0

Water Authority Employee

0

0

1

0

0

Welder

1

0

0

1

0

Window Cleaner

0

2

0

0

2

Window Fabricator

0

0

2

0

0

237

229

227

240

192


Victims of sexual offences by gender

Calendar Year

Gender

2011

2012

2103

2014

2015

Female

253

222

225

189

168

Male

24

31

37

26

26

Unknown

0

0

0

2

5

Total

277

253

262

217

199

Victims of sexual offences by age

Calendar Year

Age

2011

2012

2103

2014

2015

1

4

4

0

3

0

2

1

2

5

5

0

3

9

2

4

6

5

4

7

9

6

10

5

5

9

12

6

6

9

6

11

8

7

8

6

7

14

7

13

7

11

8

5

8

8

6

10

9

8

16

22

3

6

10

20

15

10

13

7

11

16

15

21

12

8

12

27

27

24

17

13

13

45

31

34

29

40

14

49

36

40

36

31

15

27

33

38

26

26

16

9

10

13

16

10

17

16

18

11

14

12

Total

277

253

262

217

199

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Figures show what job sex offenders in Devon are most likely to…

Shocking figures obtained by The Herald have revealed how sexual abusers of children have held jobs ranging from butchers, barbers, soldiers and drivers to chefs, farmers, fishermen, waiters and teachers.

The Freedom of Information request made to Devon and Cornwall Police also revealed how of those sexually abused during a five year period, the majority were young girls and the two key age groups targeted were six to seven-year-olds and 13 to 14-year-olds.

It has prompted a child protection charity to warn parents that potential offenders come from all walks of life and that parents and children should be encouraged to speak more about potential risks not just when they are very young, but also into their teens.

Devon and Cornwall Police responded to the request to reveal the number of sex offences committed 'against under 18s which resulted in a warning, caution or charge and the occupation of the suspect, between 2011 and 2015'.

The force noted in its findings that a person could be a victim of such offences more than once in any time period and that an offence could involve multiple victims and one offender or multiple offenders and only one victim.

In addition, the force noted how some of the charges logged between 2011 and 2015 may have been for a historical offence which occurred "many years previously".

Of the 1,125 incidents which resulted in a warning, caution or charge between 2011 and 2015, 88 involved "students", 47 were defined committed by "school pupils", 78 were "retired people" and 394 were "unemployed".

The breakdown noted how 17 were recorded as "builders", 13 as "chefs", 14 were "cleaners", 16 were "drivers" and 11 were "waiters".

Out of the 1,208 victims over the five year period, 1,057 were female and 144 were male, with seven recorded as unknown gender.

This was broken down further: in 2011, there were 253 victims of sexual offences on females aged under 18, compared to 24 males. In 2012 the figure stood at 222 females under 18 and 31 males. The 2013 figures showed 225 females and 37 males under 18 were victims of sexual offences while in 2014 the figure dipped to 189 females and 26 males, with two unknown. A further dip in 2015 saw 168 females under 18 become victims of sexual offences as opposed to 26 males.

The ages of the victims released by Devon and Cornwall Police also revealed an unexpected grouping.

For each year between 2011 and 2015, there was a rise in the number of victims aged from five to seven years old.

The figures spiked again at 13 and 14-year-olds, who – the figures suggest – are most likely to be victims.

However, when comes to who commits child sexual abuse, Devon and Cornwall Police recorded a frighteningly broad range of occupations.

The list included teachers, hairdressers, taxi drivers, sports instructors, care workers, carers, residential care assistants, postmen, police service workers, nurses, Navy personnel, Marine personnel, a lifeguard, fire service staff, shop workers, driving instructors, coach and bus drivers, farmers, electricians, disc jockeys, computer engineers, bar workers, an actor, Air Force personnel, scaffolders, tree surgeons, underwriters, window cleaners and volunteers.

A spokesman for the NSPCC in South West England said: "These figures highlight the fact that child sexual abuse is committed by men, women, teenagers and other children.

"Gender, age and profession are no barrier and offenders can come from a variety of different backgrounds.

"While there is not likely to be a link between occupation and crime in the majority of these cases, it remains worrying that a number of offenders have held positions of trust within their community.

"This highlights the importance of child safeguarding provision within any organisation that comes into contact with children and young people.

"The reasons why someone would sexually abuse a child are wide-ranging and complex – but child sexual abuse is preventable.

"By each of us playing our part we can help keep children safe from abuse.

"This means making sure all children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe and adults know how to identify and support children at risk. Together we can stop sexual abuse before it happens.

"Children can report their worries at any time of day to Childline on 0800 1111, while adults can contact our Helpline on 0808 800 5000. For information about talking to your children about this difficult topic, please visit nspcc.org.uk."

Child sex suspects by occupation

Calendar Year

Occupation

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Accountant

1

1

0

0

0

Actor

0

0

0

0

1

Administrative Assistant

0

0

0

1

0

Air Force Personnel

0

0

0

0

1

Army Personnel

0

1

0

0

0

Bar Worker

2

1

3

2

0

Barber

1

0

0

0

0

Builder

4

1

3

7

2

Bus Driver

0

0

0

2

1

Butcher

0

1

0

0

0

Car Park Attendant

0

1

0

0

0

Car Salesman

1

0

0

0

0

Car Valeter

0

0

0

1

0

Care Assistant

0

3

0

1

3

Carer

0

1

1

0

0

Carpenter

1

0

1

0

1

Catering Industry

0

1

0

0

0

Catering Manager

0

0

1

4

1

Cavity Wall Insulator

0

0

1

0

0

Checkout Operator

0

0

0

1

1

Chef

2

6

0

5

1

Civil Engineer

0

0

0

0

1

Civil Servant

0

0

0

1

0

Classroom Assistant

0

0

1

0

0

Cleaner

2

4

4

3

1

Coach

0

0

0

1

1

Coach Fitter

0

1

0

0

0

College Student

0

0

0

1

0

Computer Engineer

0

2

3

0

2

Construction Worker

0

2

0

0

0

Database Manager

0

1

0

0

0

Delivery Driver

2

3

0

0

0

Deliveryman

3

0

0

0

0

Disc Jockey

3

0

0

0

1

Doorman

0

0

0

1

0

Drinks Maker

0

0

0

2

0

Driver

4

1

2

5

4

Driving Instructor

0

1

1

0

3

Electrical Engineer

0

0

0

2

0

Electrical Fitter

1

0

0

0

0

Electrician

2

0

0

0

0

Electricians Mate

0

1

0

0

0

Engineer

0

0

0

3

2

Environmental Health Officer

0

0

0

1

0

Factory Worker

0

2

3

4

1

Fairground Employee

1

0

0

0

0

Farm Worker

0

0

1

1

1

Farmer

4

0

3

0

2

Fast Food Employee

0

1

0

0

0

Finance Officer

0

1

0

0

0

Fire Service

0

0

0

0

1

Fisherman

2

1

0

0

0

Fishing Industry Employee

0

0

3

0

0

Food Industry

1

1

0

0

0

Food Technologist

0

2

0

0

0

Fork Lift Driver

1

0

0

1

0

Freelance Artist

0

0

0

0

1

Garage Owner

0

0

0

1

0

Garage Worker

1

0

0

0

0

Gardener

1

1

0

0

0

Government Employee

2

0

0

0

0

Ground Worker

1

0

0

0

0

Groundsman

0

0

0

1

0

Hairdresser

0

1

0

0

0

Handyman

1

0

0

0

0

Health And Safety Person

1

0

0

0

0

Hgv Driver

1

0

4

0

0

Hotelier

0

0

0

1

0

House Wife/Husband

0

3

0

0

0

Instructor

1

0

0

0

0

Kitchen Assistant

1

0

2

0

0

Kitchen Porter

1

0

0

0

0

Kitchen Worker

1

1

0

4

3

Labourer

1

1

1

2

1

Landlord

1

0

0

0

0

Landscape Gardener

1

0

0

0

0

Life Guard

0

1

0

0

0

Machine Operator

0

0

0

1

0

Maintenance Employee

0

0

0

1

1

Maintenance Engineer

1

0

0

0

0

Maintenance Man

1

0

0

0

1

Manager

1

0

0

0

0

Managing Director

0

0

1

0

0

Manufacturing Employee

0

0

1

0

0

Marine

0

1

0

0

0

Marine Engineer

0

0

0

0

1

Marine Personnel

0

0

2

0

0

Marine Pilot

0

0

1

0

0

Mechanic

1

1

0

2

1

Navy Personnel

0

0

1

1

2

Night Porter

1

0

0

0

0

None

0

0

0

0

1

Not Recorded

22

17

16

24

33

Not Stated

1

2

0

0

1

Nurse

0

0

4

0

0

Nursing Auxiliary

1

0

0

0

0

Office Manager

0

0

1

0

0

Pcv Driver

0

1

0

0

0

Plasterer

1

0

0

0

0

Plumber

0

0

2

0

0

Police Service

0

0

1

0

0

Postman

0

0

1

0

0

Printer

1

0

0

0

0

Production Controller

0

4

0

0

0

Promoter

0

1

0

1

0

Refuse Worker

0

0

0

2

0

Residential Care Worker

0

2

0

0

0

Restaurateur

1

0

0

0

0

Retail Employee

0

0

1

1

1

Retired

18

25

11

15

9

Sales Assistant

0

1

1

2

0

Sales Representative

0

0

0

1

0

Salesman

0

1

0

0

0

Scaffolder

1

1

0

0

0

School Pupil

0

4

12

13

18

Security Officer

0

0

0

1

0

Self Employed

12

3

2

6

4

Shipwright

0

0

0

1

0

Shop Assistant

0

1

0

0

1

Shop Employee

2

3

1

1

1

Shop Staff

0

3

1

0

0

Slaughterer

1

0

0

0

0

Social Services

0

0

0

0

1

Sports Instructor

0

0

0

1

0

Spray Painter

1

1

0

0

0

Store Manager

0

1

0

0

0

Store Worker

0

1

0

0

0

Student

21

20

16

16

15

Supermarket Employee

0

1

0

0

0

Supervisor

0

0

0

1

0

Surveyor

0

1

0

0

0

Tarmac Layer

1

0

0

0

0

Taxi Driver

0

0

0

1

2

Teacher

0

0

7

1

1

Teaching Assistant

1

0

0

0

1

Tele Sales

0

1

0

0

0

Telecommunications Employee

0

1

0

0

0

Tiler

0

0

0

0

1

Tree Surgeon

0

2

0

0

0

Tyre/Exhaust Fitter

0

0

0

0

1

Underwriter

0

0

2

0

0

Unemployed

91

73

98

84

48

Voluntary Worker

0

1

0

0

1

Volunteer

0

0

1

0

2

Waiter

1

1

2

3

4

Warehouseman

1

2

0

0

1

Watchman

0

1

0

0

0

Water Authority Employee

0

0

1

0

0

Welder

1

0

0

1

0

Window Cleaner

0

2

0

0

2

Window Fabricator

0

0

2

0

0

237

229

227

240

192


Victims of sexual offences by gender

Calendar Year

Gender

2011

2012

2103

2014

2015

Female

253

222

225

189

168

Male

24

31

37

26

26

Unknown

0

0

0

2

5

Total

277

253

262

217

199

Victims of sexual offences by age

Calendar Year

Age

2011

2012

2103

2014

2015

1

4

4

0

3

0

2

1

2

5

5

0

3

9

2

4

6

5

4

7

9

6

10

5

5

9

12

6

6

9

6

11

8

7

8

6

7

14

7

13

7

11

8

5

8

8

6

10

9

8

16

22

3

6

10

20

15

10

13

7

11

16

15

21

12

8

12

27

27

24

17

13

13

45

31

34

29

40

14

49

36

40

36

31

15

27

33

38

26

26

16

9

10

13

16

10

17

16

18

11

14

12

Total

277

253

262

217

199

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