Surrey man jailed for 12 years for 'despicable' abuse

A 55-year-old man has been jailed for sexually abusing two girls over a four-year period.

William Roalfe, formerly of Fairview Road, Ash, was sentenced to 12 years in prison at Guildford Crown Court on Friday.

He was found guilty of 15 counts of sexual assault between June 2005 and October 2009.

Surrey Police described the abuse the two girls aged between 12 and 15 faced as "despicable acts of depravity".

Roalfe, who had denied the charges, was told he would have to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

'Victims felt tormented'

Following the sentencing, Det Con Kevin Furlonger said: "This sentence reflects the severity of the offences committed by this cruel and devious individual.

"Not only did he commit these despicable acts of depravity over a period of time, leaving his victims to be tormented and feel unsafe on an ongoing basis, but he then refused to acknowledge his crimes putting the victims through a lengthy, intense investigation before trial.

"It can only be imagined how his pattern of offending has affected the lives of his victims and I hope at some stage they will be able to put some of this behind them in order to move on with their lives as young adults.

"It has been an extremely difficult time for the victims and their families in waiting for the final conclusion of this case.

"They are to be praised for their courage in coming forward and working to bring the perpetrator to justice."

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