Man who went on the run jailed for child sex offences

21 June 2019, 08:47 | Updated: 21 June 2019, 08:57

William Orchin

A man from Sunderland, who went missing before police were able to question him over child sexual abuse allegations, has been jailed for a string of offences.

In March this year, William Orchin, 34, went missing from his home address in Houghton before officers were able to speak to him in connection with the alleged sexual offences.

Officers found him a week later in Scotland and was brought him back to Sunderland.

Orchin has now been sentenced to 14 years behind bars at Newcastle Crown Court for 16 sexual offences including rape, sexual activity and sexual assault. 

Detective Constable Steve Hawkins, of the Force's Safeguarding Department, said it is closure for the victims. 

He said: "I want to commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward and I hope it gives them some solace that this man is now behind bars and will never be able to abuse them again. 

"I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of any form of abuse to speak out and seek help."