Man jailed for non-recent sexual offences in Stevenage
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A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for non-recent sexual offences which took place almost 40 years ago in Stevenage.
Paul King, aged 63, from Brighton, appeared at St Albans Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 8 February) for sentencing having previously pleaded guilty to attempted buggery and indecent assault following an incident in 1983.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison for each offence, which will run concurrently. He will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.
The court heard how at around 10pm on 10 February 1983, a teenage boy was walking on a snow-covered path through Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage when he was approached by a man and sexually assaulted.
The victim reported the incident to police. No offender was located at the time, however a DNA profile of the man was recorded.
A forensic review of the cold case resulted in a positive DNA profile match for King. He subsequently was arrested, charged and later pleaded guilty to the offences.
Detective Inspector Iain MacPherson, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “I’m pleased that King has finally been jailed for this awful attack.
“Officers conducting a review of this cold case, assisted by the advancement of DNA technologies, were able to find justice for the victim almost 40 years later.
“I hope historical offenders hearing about this case sleep a little less easy at night knowing we could be knocking on their door.”
Anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for practical and emotional support. The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them.