October 2019

Victim tells court of her relief once her abuse was discovered

A teenage victim of sexual assault has told a court of her relief at its discovery, now that 50-year-old man has been jailed for six years for sexually assaulting her.

In her impact statement to the court, the victim described how angry she feels about the abuse she was put through, and that she now worries whether it will affect her future.

Her abuser, Darren Stanton, 50, who is from a small village north of Bedford, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to sexually assaulting the young girl for around two years.

She told the court; “During the two years when the abuse was happening, it really affected me at school. My grades dropped massively and I’m not sure whether I will be able to get back to where I was.

“I felt alone and isolated. When it all came out, I felt a sense of relief that I didn’t need to be alone anymore.”

The abuse continued until he was discovered by third person, who informed the police.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual assault by penetration.

He was sentenced on Thursday at Luton Crown Court to six years imprisonment and will also be made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and a restraining order.