A Banbury man has been imprisoned for seven years after abusing a young girl in the 1960s and 1970s.
Neville Feasey, 76, of Yule Court, was found guilty at Oxford Crown Court, of 12 counts of indecent assault following a five day trial, which took place in September.
He was sentenced yesterday, Monday. He was also issued with a sexual harm prevention order for an indefinite period.
The offences, which relate to one victim, a girl, were carried out between 1966 and 1979 in Banbury. Feasey was also found not guilty of six counts of rape.
He was arrested on March 2 last year and charged on September 30, 2014.
Investigating officer, Det Con Rebecca McLeod of the child abuse investigation unit, based at Banbury police station, said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Feasey, who will now face a substantial amount of time in jail for his offences.
“The victim has shown considerable bravery in coming forward and I now hope she feels some sort of justice has been served with Feasey’s conviction and sentence.
“I would like to thank the victim, the witnesses, all staff and officers at Thames Valley Police involved in the case, and the Crown Prosecution Service for securing these convictions.
“We hope this case will encourage other victims to have the confidence to come forward and report offences, no matter how old. You can contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101, or if you prefer by visiting your nearest police station.
“If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”
Adrian Foster, chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “This case involved sexual activity between a man, who is now 76-years-old, and a young girl, which occurred between 1966 and 1979 in Banbury.
“Neville Feasey abused the girl for his own sexual gratification. It is only due to the great courage of the victim the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed. After living with the memories of her sexual abuse for almost 50 years I would like to pay tribute to her for her strength and tenacity in coming forward.
“Feasey denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct, but on September 15 2015, at Oxford Crown Court, he was found guilty, by a jury, of 12 counts of indecent assault, after a five-day trial, despite his denials.
“The conviction and sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that know such crimes are being committed, they should come forward and time is no barrier to justice. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.
“The emotional impact, on the victim, of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope the conviction and sentence give some small comfort to her. Our thoughts are very much with her at this time.”