Man jailed for sexually assaulting young girl 40 years ago - Hoddesdon


A 74-year-old man from Broxbourne has been jailed for a year after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a young girl nearly forty years ago.

A jury at St Albans Crown Court found the man guilty on Friday, 09 January 2015, of four offences of indecent assault.

Before being led away to begin his sentence the man was told his name will be added to the sex offenders register for the next 10 years.

During the trial the court heard how the man had kissed and inappropriately touched the youngster between 1977 and 1979 when he was living in Hoddesdon. Some of the offences even took place in a local swimming pool when he had rubbed himself against her.

The victim, who had been a young schoolgirl at the time, finally spoke to Herts Police in August 2013 and told them how she had been so scared "she froze" when offences were taking place.

The defendant was arrested two months later and denied the allegations that had been made by the woman. He pleaded not guilty to four offences of indecent assault at his trial.

Judge John Plumstead told the man he would also be made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

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