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Woman praised for reporting she was sexually abused by a former counsellor

Posted on 5th April 2017

Detectives have praised a woman who came forward to report that she was sexually assaulted by a former counsellor who should have been helping her beat an alcohol addiction.

Richie Ciccone was working for a substance misuse service in Derby when he sexually assaulted a client during one-to-one counselling sessions in 2015.

He had denied the charges put to him but pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial. He admitted sexual assault and causing the woman to engage in sexual activity without consent and was jailed for 18 months.

Ciccone (49), of Hollybush Lane, Wolverhampton, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Thursday, March 30. He was also placed on the sexual offenders register for ten years.

Detective Inspector Richard Burton said: “The victim in this case must be praised for coming forward. She was vulnerable and concerned that her allegations wouldn’t be believed because she was suffering from alcohol addiction at the time.

“But she quite rightly reported what happened to her and I hope this sentencing brings her some comfort in what has been a very distressing time for her.

“The case illustrates that victims are believed and supported and I hope it encourages other people who find themselves in a similar situation to come forward.”

A Derbyshire-based charity, SV2, can provide specialist support to victims of any kind of sexual assault. SV2s services can be accessed without reporting to the police, but support can also be provided to help victims make a report to the police. You can call the advice line 01773 746115 or visit our website

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