“I hope that this case shows it is never too late to report sexual abuse”
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A complex investigation into non-recent sexual abuse which happened over a forty-year period has resulted in a man being sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment.
Anthony Holloman (Senior), 80, of Grafton Gardens in Lymington, was found guilty of 17 counts of sexual offences against seven children. He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on 10 June.
An investigation was launched in 2018 after a woman came forward with reports of sexual abuse which had happened when she was a child.
During the course of the investigation, further victims were identified, and Holloman was arrested in August 2018.
The court heard how Holloman would brazenly target boys and girls who were manipulated into not speaking about the abuse he subjected them to.
Most of the offences took place in Woking between 1950 and the mid 1990’s.
Detective Constable Andrew Whittle, who investigated the case, said: “I would like to commend the incredible bravery of the victims who came forward and showed formidable resilience throughout the investigation and court process.
“This was a complex investigation which relied on the testimony of the victims and the determination of the Child Abuse Team to hold Holloman to account for his actions.
“Holloman is a dangerous and prolific sex offender who targeted children over a considerable period of time. He showed breath-taking arrogance throughout his offending and subsequent trial, and it is a relief that he will be behind bars for a long time to come.
“I hope that this case shows that it is never too late to report sexual abuse and that we will do everything we can to investigate reports, support victims and pursue perpetrators.
“If you are thinking of reporting sexual abuse, please be reassured that your report will be taken incredibly seriously, and that we have specialist support in place to help you.”
All survivors of rape and sexual assault are encouraged to come forward – whether directly to us, to a support service such as RASASC, or to someone you trust, such as a healthcare professional.
Surrey’s Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre provides a support service for survivors of recent and non-recent rape and sexual assault. More advice about the support they offer can be found on their website: https://www.rasasc.org/