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Former Avon and Somerset Pc guilty of sex offences

Bryan Davis leaving Bristol Crown Court
Image caption Davis has been bailed until sentencing at a later date

A former Avon and Somerset Police officer has been found guilty of 20 sex offences against children.

Bryan Davis, 87, of Gilslake Avenue, Brentry, Bristol, appeared before Bristol Crown Court accused of sexual assault charges, including six of rape.

Avon and Somerset Police said the verdict was a "reflection of the seriousness of the crimes he committed from the 1950s to the late 1990s".

Davis has been bailed until sentencing at a later date.

It took the jury four hours to find Davis guilty of all charges on Thursday.

The court heard how he had abused and raped girls between 1954 and 1998.

One victim, who was 13 when the abuse happened, told the jury: " I certainly hadn't heard of the word paedophile. It made me feel ashamed in a way. He was in the police force.

"All those years ago we just didn't talk about things like that."

Serving officer

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said following the verdict: "When this matter was brought to our attention in 2010, it was fully investigated by Bristol's dedicated team to tackle rape and sexual assault.

"This investigation revealed that Davis was a serving police officer at the time some of these offences were committed.

"This was the first time full details of his past had been revealed to police by the victims."

Davis, who retired from the Avon and Somerset force in 1976, was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault on a female; six charges of rape; and three of gross indecency with a female child.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said: "The successful prosecution of Bryan Davis illustrates that however long ago crimes like this were committed, the police and Crown Prosecution Service will work together to ensure offenders are brought to justice."

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