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15 July 2010, 08:32 | Updated: 15 July 2010, 08:41
A 49-year-old man from the Fullers Slade area of Milton Keynes has been charged with 57 serious sexual offences against children.
The man - who can't be named - had been charged with 40 of the alleged offences in March, but was re-arrested on Monday and charged with one count of indecent assault against a child and 16 counts of rape against a victim aged between 10 and 19.
The charges are in connection with incidents alleged to have happened over the last nine years on four girls who were all under 16 when the offences started.
The man has also been charged with one count of child cruelty, relating to cruelty against a boy over several years.
Det Con Tracy Wescombe leading the investigation said: “This is one of highest number of charges for sex offences against one person that I have ever dealt with.
“The original case came to the attention of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit in December last year after one of the victims contacted the police. Since the original charges, a further victim came forward at the beginning of July and a thorough investigation was launched.”
The man is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court in August and then at Huntingdon Crown Court in November.
Police say that if an offender is convicted of rape they can get life imprisonment and - as with any case involving convictions for serious sexual offences - they will be on the sex offenders register for life.