A man who went missing before police were able to question him over child sexual abuse allegations has pleaded guilty to a string of offences.
In March this year, William Orchin, 34, of Houghton, went missing from his home address before officers were able to speak to him in connection with the alleged sexual offences.
He was located a week later in Scotland and was brought back to Sunderland by local officers.
He was subsequently charged with a number of child sex offences including rape, sexual assault and sexual activity.
Orchin has today, Tuesday, April 16 appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a total of 16 offences and officers from the Safeguarding department have welcomed the pleas in the hope it brings a sense of justice for the victims.
Detective Sergeant William Kemp of the Force's Safeguarding Department said: "This man has committed some truly awful crimes but has at least shown some remorse for his actions by not making these victims endure more torture of giving evidence at trial.
"I absolutely commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward and would encourage anyone who has been a victim of any form of abuse to speak out and seek help.
"I think it also highlights the absolute importance of educating children about what sexual abuse is and how to report it. These victims were able to identify themselves as victims after recently learning about sexual abuse.
"This is something that we must all work together on and make safeguarding everyone's business."
Orchin was reported missing from his home address in March . Officers were concerned for his welfare and a missing person search was carried out. Officers from the Force's Southern CID team managed to locate him safe and well in the Inverness area of Scotland and travelled the 600-mile-round trip to bring him back to the force area to face questioning.
Detective Inspector Sean Mcguigan, of Northumbria Police’s Southern CID, said: “Today’s conviction of a dangerous sex offender is a result of some outstanding work from a number of departments across the Force.
“I would like to thank the team of detectives who carried out a thorough three-day search and helped successfully locate William Orchin, who was eventually found in North-East of Scotland.
“His crimes were horrific and he must now face the consequences of his actions.”
He is due to be sentenced in June.
If you have been a victim of rape, sexual assault or exploitation, whether this is recent or historic, please come forward and contact police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
To contact the 24/7 Crisis Helpline contact 03333448283 or find out more about our Sexual Assault Referral Centre by searching REACH SARC online.
Victims can also contact Victims First Northumbria on 0800 011 3116 who will give independent advice and support.