A third of sex offenders found guilty in Preston are not jailed.
In one year, 127 people were convicted of offences including rape, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child – but 43 were not given an immediate prison term.
Today a charity blasted the shock figures and said not jailing the criminals gives a ‘green light’ to sex attackers. Valerie Wise, from Preston Domestic Violence Services, said: “I believe that anyone who is found guilty of rape or sexual assault should be given a custodial sentence.
“If this is not happening then this sending out the wrong message to both perpetrators and also to victims and in essence gives the green light to these terrible crimes.”
Preston MP Mark Hendrick asked for the figures in Parliament and today said he was “shocked” by the findings.
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