Hereford & Worcester

Kennel director sentenced for sex assaults on young staff

A 72-year-old man who sexually assaulted young workers and volunteers at the kennels he ran in Worcestershire has been given a suspended sentence.

Alan Sims, of Staple Lodge Road, Birmingham, was given a nine month sentence, suspended for two years.

The offences were against girls aged between 14 and 17.

Birmingham Crown Court also imposed a two-year supervision order and ordered Sims to remain on the sex offenders' register for five years.

Det Con Kate Terris, of West Mercia Police, said: "Sims was in a position of trust and clearly abused that."

Sims was found guilty at an earlier hearing of nine counts of sexual assault on girls between 2005 and 2008.

The offences were committed at the kennels where Sims was a director and involved three girls.

The assaults involved kissing, hugging, and inappropriate touching and comments.

The police said the offences came to light after a girl started work at the kennels and told her parents Sims had made a "pass" at her.

During the course of the police investigation other victims were traced.

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