Hundreds of sex offenders escape serious punishment

Hundreds of sex offenders escape serious punishment and are allowed to apologise to their victims instead 'Community resolutions' were used to deal with 431 sex offences last year The settlement means the guilty party must apologise or pay compensation   The crimes included sexual assault, grooming and flashing offences 

By Amelia Wynne For Mailonline

Published: 09:34 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 09:40 GMT, 1 March 2020

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Hundreds of sex offenders avoided serious punishment last year after being allowed to apologise to their victims, new figures have revealed.

More than 400 criminals escaped getting a criminal record after the police and Crown Prosecution Service allowed them to receive a 'community resolution'.

The settlement means that the guilty party must admit responsibility for the offence and either apologise or pay compensation to the victim.

More than 400 criminals escaped getting a criminal record after the police and Crown Prosecution Service allowed them to receive a 'community resolution' (file image)

More than 400 criminals escaped getting a criminal record after the police and Crown Prosecution Service allowed them to receive a 'community resolution' (file image) 

This method was meant to be used for low-level crimes but Ministry of Justice statistics show that these 'community resolutions' were used to deal with 431 sex offences last year.

The crimes

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