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Date: 07 November 2019

Man jailed for multiple counts of child sex abuse is found guilty of further offences

A Wiltshire man who was jailed last year for multiple counts of child sex abuse has been convicted of further offences after another young victim came forward.

Edward Caldwell, 36, previously from Melksham but currently serving an 18 year prison sentence, had been on trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Yesterday (6/11/19) a jury found him guilty of three counts of sexual abuse, which took place between 2013 and 2014 when his victim was aged eight and nine.

His sentence will run concurrently to the substantial prison sentence he is already serving.

Det Con Melonie Neal, from Wiltshire Police's Public Protection Department, was the officer in charge of the previous investigation into Caldwell and took on this new case when a second victim came forward.

She said: "The previous court case and conviction and the fact that Caldwell was now behind bars meant the victim in this case felt safe enough to come forward and speak to police about the abuse she had suffered years earlier.

"This is very often the case in these types of investigation – someone being convicted and imprisoned gives others the courage to report their abuse for the first time.

"I would like to praise both the young girl in this case and her mother, who have had to endure a difficult trial, but have shown incredible bravery through the whole process.

"I hope that this case once again shows victims that we are here to listen to them and we will fully investigate all reports, doing our best to get justice for them.

"If you are reading this and you have been a victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago it happened, please do not suffer in silence - please tell someone.

"Please talk to someone you can trust, whether that is a family member, a friend, a charity or the police. There is help and support out there for you."

You can find more information, including links to organisations which can provide relevant advice and support, on our website

Alternatively you can report abuse by calling the police on 101.
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