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11 September 2017

Luton man sentenced to 20 years for sexually abusing young girl

A man from Luton has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of a number of sexual offences against a young girl.

Delroy Henton, 61, of Wolston Close Luton, was sentenced on Friday (8 September) at Luton Crown Court, after being found guilty of three counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault.

Henton’s abuse began when the girl was just 10 years old and continued for a number of years. He sexually assaulted and raped her on several occasions until she disclosed the abuse to someone she trusted. Police then launched an investigation and Henton was arrested.

Detective Constable Tom Pantony, from the Bedfordshire Police Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse unit (CAVAA), who led the investigation, said: “This was an absolutely sickening case of child sexual abuse.

 

"Henton subjected his victim to a period of four years of horrific abuse, and I'm pleased that the sentence reflects the severity of his offences. This should act as a stark warning to anyone that thinks that child sexual abuse is acceptable or that they will get away with it.

"I’d like to pay tribute to the bravery of the victim in coming forward, and I hope we have achieved some sense of justice and closure for her. We are dedicated to tackling child sexual abuse, and I hope this gives others the confidence to come forward knowing that you will be supported and justice can be achieved."

If you're worried that a child you know is being subject to child sexual abuse, please contact police on 101. You can also call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website for further advice and support.