Published: 15:23, 11 October 2018
| Updated: 17:58, 11 October 2018
A man who sexually abused a child more than seven years ago has been jailed.
Kenneth Lewis was convicted of non-recent child sex offences committed in the Maidstone area between 2005 and 2011.
Lewis, of York Road, Maidstone targeted a young child victim on multiple occasions.
He was arrested in May 2017 and later charged with causing a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and sexual touching of a child.
The 71-year-old denied the charges but was convicted after a five-day trial at Maidstone Crown Court.
Lewis was sentenced today Thursday to 10 years in prison. He will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order and remain on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Becky Taft said: "Kenneth Lewis is a sexual predator who targeted and abused a vulnerable child for his own gratification.
"The damage he caused is considerable and the victim will have to live with these memories for the rest of their life.
"I commend the victim for their bravery in coming forwards to help us bring this appalling individual to justice.
"I would advise anyone who has been a victim of any sexual offence, it is never too late to report this to police. We will always treat any information with the upmost confidence and sensitivity.
"We have a team of specialist officers who work relentlessly to ensure that offenders like Lewis do not evade justice, just because a crime may have happened a long time ago."
Speaking after the sentencing, an NSPCC spokesman said: “This case sends a clear warning to abusers that no matter how long ago the offences took place, their past can catch up with them.
“It is also proof that when survivors do find the courage to speak out about the abuse they have suffered they will be listened to and justice can be achieved.
“Whilst it may feel as if they will always bear the internal and emotional scars of what they were subjected to, we know that with the right help and support survivors can, and do go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.”