Monday, 22 January 2018

Former Rotarian jailed for sex assaults

Former rotarian jailed for sexually abusing vulnerable women

A MAN has been jailed for a string of sexual offences against women with learning difficulties in Henley.

William Busher, 69, of Long Lane, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, was sentenced to a total of five years and four months at Oxford Crown Court on Monday.

He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to seven counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder, impeding choice, and two counts of inciting sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder, impeding choice.

Busher, a former member of Henley Rotary Club, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and was given a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victims.

The offences occurred between February 2012 and June 2016 in the Henley area and involved three vulnerable female adult victims, all of whom have learning disabilities. The court heard Busher was working as a taxi driver for vulnerable adults and was responsible for driving them to their day centres and places of work. He sexually assaulted the victims in his vehicle on numerous occasions.

Busher was charged with the offences on October 24.

Dc Sophie Holliss, the investigating officer, said: “This has been a long and complex investigation involving three vulnerable victims with learning disabilities.

“Busher abused his position of trust in order to take advantage of their vulnerabilities for his own sexual gratification.

“I would like to particularly thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward to report this.

“I would also like to thank the victims’ families, other witnesses and partner agencies for assisting with the investigation.

“I hope that Busher’s sentence will bring some closure to all those involved.

“This case shows how seriously Thames Valley Police treats all sexual offences and I would encourage victims of similar offences to come forward. I would like to reassure them that they will be listened to and supported.”

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