Luton man found guilty of sexual offences against a child
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A 59 year-old man has been found guilty of sexual offences against a child following a trial at St Albans Crown Court which ended last week.
Bharat Gohil from Rodeheath in Luton was arrested in September 2021 after historical allegations of sexual abuse were made against him.
Following a lengthy investigation, Gohil was eventually charged with 14 offences in May 2022, including four counts of rape of a child under 13 and numerous counts of sexual assault by touching. The offences occurred between 2010 and 2017 in Dacorum in Hertfordshire, when the victim was between 7 and 12 years of age. He pleaded not guilty and a trial was set for December 2023.
On 14 December Gohil was found guilty of all the offences and was remanded into custody to be sentenced in May 2024.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Adam Haines said: “I want to praise the victim in this case for the bravery they have shown throughout this investigation and the court process. This investigation and the result achieved from court shows that no matter how long ago the offence took place, or what your circumstances are, these types of allegations will be investigated thoroughly and diligently.
“Becoming a victim of sexual assault is never your fault and if you’ve been a victim please report it. We have specialist officers on hand to provide advice and support throughout an investigation.”