Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced to an extended prison sentence of 18 years and a further seven years on licence after he was convicted of multiple sexual offences against a vulnerable woman in the Faringdon area following a trial lasting 12 days at Oxford Crown Court.
Nigel Wheeler, aged 62, formerly of Eastmere, Swindon, was found guilty by unanimous verdicts of one count of common assault and the following sex offences.
- Two counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice.
- One count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a person with a mental disorder impeding choice.
- One count of causing a person with a mental disorder impeding choice to watch a sexual act
- One count of voyeurism
- One count of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship
The offences took place between 1 and 11 July 2018 at the victim’s home address.
The victim, a woman in her thirties, suffered no physical injuries.
Wheeler was charged with the offences on 20 August 2018, before being convicted on Wednesday (30/1).
Wheeler’s sentence consists of 18 years’ imprisonment and a further seven years on licence – a total of 25 years.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for life.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Shelley Slater, of Force CID based at Abingdon, said: “Wheeler committed these abhorrent acts against a vulnerable victim.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victim and her bravery, and that of other witnesses in this distressing case.
“Thames Valley Police is committed to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable members of society, and I hope that this conviction and sentence will go some way to providing some closure for the victim.
“I would urge anybody who is victim to such offences to contact Thames Valley Police, and we will always investigate such offences thoroughly and bring offenders to justice.”