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Elderly man jailed for 14 years for non-recent child sexual abuse

18 Dec 2017

An 84-year-old man faces spending the rest of his life in jail after being sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for child sexual offences dating back more than 50 years.

James Smith, of Grove Road, Houghton Regis, was found guilty of 10 counts of child sexual abuse, including six counts of rape, following a trial in October.

On Friday (15 December) a judge sentenced him to 14 years in prison at a hearing at Luton Crown Court.

Smith had sexually abused a girl on multiple occasions throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2015 the victim contacted us to disclose her abuse and an investigation was launched.

Investigation Officer Tony Arrow said: “Smith got away with his repulsive actions for decades so we are pleased that he has now been brought to justice.

“The sexual abuse of a child is one of the worst crimes a person can commit, and Smith now faces a significant period behind bars in which to reflect on the trauma he has inflicted on his victim.

“I’d like to praise the victim for her bravery in coming forward. This shows that no matter how long ago abuse took place, we will still do all in our power to investigate it and justice can be done - it’s never too late to report it.

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