Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Detectives Who've of Our Most Dangerous Put Away Some Sex Offenders

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Detectives Who've of Our Most Dangerous Put Away Some Sex Offenders

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IT has featured in a BAFTA winning TV series and has put away some of the most dangerous sex offenders in the region.

Set up in 2012 to investigate complex sexual offending, the Serious Sexual Offences Unit was highlighted in the BBC 2 documentary The Detectives.

Cameras went behind the scenes in the show to follow officers investigating one of the 1,802 rape cases dealt with by GMP in 2014.

Based in the heavily fortified modern building, Nexus House, in Ashton-under-Lyne, the unit's officers spend all of their time investigating rape or attempted rape.

It was set up by Det Supt Jon Chadwick, who has just starred in the latest series of the programme, which focuses on another specialist unit, the Major Incident Team.

Rape class of people own. It has like no Det Jon When he set up the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, Det Supt Chadwick said: "Rape victims are a class of people on their own … It just has an impact like no other crime.

"Trying to keep that person safe, manage their expectations day-today, trying to get them into the recovery process - are a on their an impact crime Supt Chadwick - that's the biggest challenge. "You have to be a people person, rather than a cold, hard facts person, like some detectives are." The conviction rate for rape in Greater Manchester, however, is poor. According to the CPS, in 2013-14, there were 274 cases that reached court, with just 158 ending with successful prosecution.

But the unit's work has resulted in violent predators getting lengthy jail sentences. In 2015 twisted rapist Roman Torac was jailed for eight years after he took a woman captive in her own home.

The victim woke to find Torac in bed with her and during the next four hours she was raped six times, repeatedly sexually assaulted,beaten up, and pyschologically tortured.

At one stage Torac, of Claremont Road, Manchester, held a carving knife to her and told her: "You're already dead."

When he dressed her in her own clothes, she thought her ordeal was over. …

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