51-year-old Claudio Sergio Da Silva, who sexually abused 3 young boys over a period of 6 years, has today (Tuesday) been jailed for 10 years.
Da Silva, of Monks Walk in East Cowes, began abusing his first victim in 2010 before going on to sexually assault 2 other boys – who were under the age of 16 at the time. The assaults continued until 2016.
The paedophile’s reign of abuse was brought to an end when the brave boys came forward and reported it.
Following an investigation, Da Silva was charged with 6 counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and 1 count of sexual assault.
Although Da Silva denied the offences, he was convicted by a jury at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday (7th February). He appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court today where His Honour Judge Melville QC jailed him for 10 years, for what he described as “systematic abuse”, and handed him an unlimited Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
PSI Claire Linton, from Isle of Wight CID, said:
“I cannot emphasise enough the strength and bravery of these young boys. It is down to them that this dangerous sex offender has been taken off the streets.
“I would encourage anyone who has been victim of this type of offence to come forward and speak to us.
“We understand this can be a really difficult thing to do, but I hope the verdicts of the jury and the sentencing are reassurance that we take these allegations seriously and you will be listened to.”
An NSPCC spokesperson said:
“The extent of Da Silva’s abuse is truly appalling, but those he targeted have brought his horrific offences to light through their courage in speaking out. We hope they are getting all the support they need.
“The NSPCC listens to adult survivors of childhood abuse, no matter when it took place, on 0808 800 5000. Children can speak to trained Childline counsellors 24/7 on 0800 1111.”