Man jailed for indecent assaults on young girl in 1970s - North Bedfordshire

18/07/2016

The past caught up with Bedford man Michael Flynn today, Monday, 18 July 2016, when he was jailed for three years for a series of indecent assaults on a young girl in the 1970s.

Flynn had carried out the assaults on the girl when she was aged between nine and her early teens. Today, Luton Crown Court heard it involved frequently touching the child in his car over her clothing. For years the victim said nothing of her ordeal and it wasn't until nearly 40 years later that the truth emerged and Flynn was arrested.

Today, Flynn of Crediton Close, Bedford, who will be 70 at the end of the month, appeared for sentence having been found guilty of six offences of indecently assaulting the girl.

Judge Barbara Mensah, who had been the trial judge, was told the offences had left a lasting impact on the victim whose life had been blighted because of what Flynn had done to her. Her victm impact statement was read out in court in which she told how she had suffered 40 years of "mental anguish" because of what happened to her in North Bedfordshire between 1972 and 1977. The statement finished with her saying: "When this is over I just want to start my life anew. There are so many things I want to do."

Tim Nutley, defending, said Flynn was a man who had worked hard all his life for his family and had no previous convictions.

Judge Mensah jailed Flynn for three years and odered he register as a sex offender. She also made him the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which forbids him from having any unsupervised contact with a female child under 16.

The Judge told Flynn he had frequently assaulted the youngster and for him it had become "an addiction" for his own sexual gratification. She said: "The impact on her has been devastating."

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