Man who raped girl 30 years ago sentenced to 15 years in prison
A 66-year-old Southam man has been jailed for 15 years after being convicted of a series of rapes and indecent assaults on a girl which took place thirty years ago.
Richard Guy Wells was found guilty of six counts of indecent assault and three counts of rape on a girl under the age of 16.
At Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, Wells was sentenced by Judge Paul Farrer who also condemned his actions.
Wells was arrested after his victim, who is now in her 30s, reported the attacks following two years of counselling which gave her the courage to come forward to the police.
Speaking from his experience in dealing with historic reports of sexual abuse, PSI Peter Herring of Warwickshire Police said: “The biggest barrier to reporting a sexual assault tends to be a combination of shame because people often blame themselves. When it starts with a child for example, and they don’t know what is happening is wrong, they agree to it and don’t put up any resistance.
“It is only when they get older they realise something is wrong and they blame themselves.
“Threats may also be made to them by the perpetrator at the time.
“The person affected also fears not being believed by people they love and losing the trust of other family members.
“This is a heartbreaking situation for anyone to be in and we would like to reassure anyone that wants to speak to us about a sexual assault, the decision on whether to go ahead with a prosecution is entirely with you.
“We are here to give the advice you need in order to make your mind up - we never pressurise anyone.
“Often something in the person’s life changes and this makes them report an historic sexual assault.
“They may have a child themselves that has contact with the same individual and they want to protect the child or have a fear of it happening to someone else.”
During the trial Wells’ victim had the courage to give evidence in court but television links can be used in cases where a victim wishes to make process a little easier.
PSI Peter Herring, who conducted the investigation alongside Det Con Susan Timmins, said: “These offences occurred some 30 years ago and once again Warwickshire Police would like to acknowledge the courage it took for this woman to come forward to report the abuse and take this opportunity to encourage others to talk to us if they have been sexually assaulted, even if only to seek advice in the first instance.
“This is one of several cases over the last three or four years where offenders who have committed offences many years ago are now serving significant custodial prison sentences.
“It is also hoped that this sends out a message to those who choose to commit this type of offence that no matter how long ago it happened any complaint will be fully investigated.”
Wells will be managed under public protection arrangements upon his eventual release from prison, as a registered sexual offender.
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