11-year old boy charged with sexual offences

Superintendent Matt Richards. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Superintendent Matt Richards. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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AN 11-year-old boy has been charged as part of an ongoing police operation to crack down on sexual offences.

He was among four males charged yesterday in Edinburgh as part of Operation Wolf, a month-long enforcement initiative.

The 11-year-old was charged under section seven of the Sexual Offences Act, which covers communications, police said.

A 14-year-old boy was also charged under section seven of the Sexual Offences Act and with voyeurism.

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A 58-year-old man was charged with rape and another man, 24, was charged with indecency.

Superintendent Matt Richards said: “The type of crimes which have an adverse effect on our communities are not just limited to drugs, violence and housebreakings.

“Sexual crime has a profound and traumatic impact on victims and their families, and yesterday’s Operation Wolf activity was aimed at showing the public that we will robustly pursue those responsible for offences of this nature.

“Whenever we receive reports relating to sexual crime we investigate every element thoroughly to identify offenders. Alongside our partners we use forensic, technological and traditional methods to bring perpetrators to justice and offer every support to victims.”

“Anyone wishing to report a sexual crime can do so by contacting Police Scotland on 101 or by making an anonymous report through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Officers are following positive lines of inquiry in relation to a number of other crimes, he added.

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