Dear Mr Bougeard
Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request
I refer to your Freedom of Information (FOI) request which we received on 22 December 2014.
The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you, subject to any exemptions which may apply. It is a public disclosure regime, not a private regime. This means that any information disclosed under the FOI Act by definition becomes available to the wider public.
In your request you referred to the sentencing remarks relating to Ray Teret’s conviction, who was recently sentenced to 25 years for child abuse charges. You asked the following questions below and I have supplied our answer in bold font next to each question:
Please could you let me know:
1) Was the charge of "intercourse with a girl between 13 and 16" considered to begin with? (Yes or No) Yes
2) Due to the length of time between the crime and disclosure, was the charge amended to "indecent assault" to guarantee a conviction? (Yes or No) No
3) If question 1) was "No", why was it No? N/A
4) Ray Teret was cleared of various other sexual offences in relation to six other complainants - a) did any of these relate to the crime "intercourse with girl between 13 and 15", No
and b) was he cleared because of the 12 month timescale (Yes or No to 'a' and 'b' ) No
I trust this information assists.
Needless to say, one further FOI has been submitted in relation to questions and answers one and two.
More to follow when I receive an update.
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