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Norfolk care worker jailed for sex offences against vulnerable woman

64-year old Robert Smith. Credit: Norfolk police

A Norfolk care-worker who was found guilty of sex offences against a vulnerable woman has been jailed for 11 years.

Robert Smith from Gorleston was working in the Great Yarmouth area when the offences happened in 2016.

He was convicted at Norwich Crown Court of three counts of penetrative sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice and two counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice, contrary to section 30 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Smith was sentenced to 11 years and six months and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

"This sentencing marks the end of what has been a long and difficult investigation. The impact of this case on the victim and her loved ones has been life changing, and the courage she has shown throughout is commendable. Throughout the investigation, Smith has denied all offences and shown no remorse for what he has done and I am pleased he has received a significant custodial sentence."

– Detective Constable Nick Appleton

The case was investigated by the Adult Abuse Investigation Unit ( AAIU) which was set up in 2001 and was the first of its kind in the UK.

The AAIU investigates allegations of abuse against vulnerable adults, which includes physical, financial, sexual or even emotional abuse.

The unit works closely with local partner agencies such as Social Services and health providers to investigate offences and safeguard adults from abuse.

If you are worried about an adult at risk or concerned about someone's safety, you can contact Norfolk's Adult Social Services on 0344 800 8020 or fill out an online form at: online.norfolk.gov.uk/socialcareenquiry.