Pensioner Roy Humphreys told young abuse victim: 'It's our special secret'
by Dan Bloom
A pensioner who repeatedly sexually abused a young girl
- telling her it was a "special secret" - has been jailed
for six years.
Roy Humphreys, 69, corrupted his victim so badly she thought it
was her fault, a court heard.
Humphreys, of Broadway, Gillingham, shook his head in the dock
as he was handed six years' jail and an indefinite Sexual Offences
Prevention Order at Maidstone Crown Court.
He was also placed on the sex offenders' register for life,
banning him from ever working with children.
Humphreys, who previously worked as a steward at Gillingham FC
on match days, denied the abuse throughout a trial.
But he was convicted by a 10-2 majority on three charges of
causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one of
sexual assault. He was acquitted of three other charges.
Judge Philip Statman praised the young victim's bravery in
giving harrowing evidence in which she was able to describe
Humphreys' private parts.
She said the pensioner would climb on top of her, kiss her and
touch her private parts.
"You have not shown one shred of remorse…" – Judge Philip Statman
The judge told Humphreys the abuse had "a profound effect on
her", adding: "Nothing will ever be the same again."
"As you stand before this court today you have not shown one
shred of remorse," he added.
"She was a very young girl, not aware of the illegality of your
acts towards her.
"Then there was the issue of the 'special secret' you and she
had, which she eventually divulged."
Nina Ellin, prosecuting, previously told the trial the victim's
behaviour had become sexualised as a result of grooming.
Miss Ellin told the jury: "She said she should have stopped
"She said everything was her fault, adding: 'I was supposed to
Humphreys followed the hearing closely from the dock, at one
point asking the judge to speak louder.
Roy Humprheys has been
jailed for six years at Maidstone Crown Court
Danny Moore, defending, said it would be hard for Humphreys
in the three years he is due to remain in prison.
He said: "It is a fact that it's much more difficult for a man
of that age in custody."
But he added: "It's not easy to identify mitigation. It was a
vulnerable victim and the damage was obvious."
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