Man jailed for child sex offences

A Hereford man has been jailed for 10 years for non-recent child sexual offences.

Shawn Shellam, 30, of Nolan Road, Hereford, was today sentenced at Worcester Crown Court to 10 years in jail for non-recent of child sexual offences that took place in Leominster.

Shellam pleaded guilty to one count of gross indecency with a child under 14 years old and 13 counts of indecent assault of a child under 14 years old at Worcester Crown Court on February 27.

The sentencing comes following a West Mercia Police investigation into allegations of sexual offences that happened between 2000 and 2002 when the two victims were aged between four and six, and the defendant was aged 12 to 14.

Sex predator admits a string of indecent assault on girls aged four to six years

A sexual predator from Hereford has admitted a string of indecent assaults against two young girls and has been told by a judge he faces an ‘inevitable’ jail sentence.

Shawn Shellam, now 30, carried out the indecent assaults when he was himself a youth between 2000 and 2002.

The girls were said to have been between four and six years old when Shellam committed the offences which include penetrative sexual activity and sexual touching.

Shellam of Nolan Road, Moorfields, was arraigned at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday, admitting 13 child sex offences.

There was one charge of indecency with a child committed between September 20, 2000 and September 24, 2002 and 12 charges of indecent assault over that period.

He denied a single charge of rape September 25, 2000 and September 24, 2002.

The prosecution is not seeking a trial on this count and the next hearing is listed for sentence.

Because the defendant was under 18 at the time of the offences the maximum sentence the court can impose is one of 10 years.

Judge Jim Tindal adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report because he said it would be ‘useful to get an updated assessment in relation to dangerousness’.

The court heard that Shellam had already served a long custodial sentence in the past, including an extended sentence for public protection.

The judge listed the case for a one hour long sentencing hearing on March 19. Judge Tindal said: “I’m sure you will have been advised that a long custodial sentence is inevitable in your case.”

He added: “It is important that the court has an up-to-date picture of the risk you currently pose – that’s the reason I’m adjourning for a report not because there’s any any alternative to immediate custody.”