Man jailed for 14 years for abusing young girl - Bedfordshire


A man from Arlesey in Bedfordshire, who sexually abused a girl over a nine month period, was jailed for 14 years on Tuesday, 10 April 2012.

Stephen Albon, 46, told his victim: "Don't tell anyone or I will be in deep trouble."

The supermarket worker was caught after the girl, who was aged 11 and 12 when it happened, told a friend at school. She told her mother who contacted the victim's own mother. The police were called and Albon was arrested on 08 September 2012.

Sarah Gaunt, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the abuse happened between 01 December 2009 and 03 September 2010 in East Bedfordshire.

Albon, of Carters Close, Arlesey, denied 7 charges - 4 of rape, 2 of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual acts, and 1 of assault by penetration.

He denied anything happened, but was convicted by a jury by a majority of 11 to 1 in February 2012. He had two previous convictions for drink driving, and two for criminal damage.

On Tuesday, 10 April 2012, Albon, who previously ran a courier business, appeared for sentence at Luton Crown Court.

Defence barrister Helen McCormack said: "Mr Albon knows he faces a substantial prison sentence. He is not someone who has spent his life in and out of prison."

She said he had been suffering depression and had suicidal tendencies at the time of the offences when he was drinking heavily. He continues to deny the offences, she said.

Jailing him, Judge Michael Baker QC told Albon: "She knew what was going on was wrong, but could not bring herself to tell."

The judge said Albon will be on the the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

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