A 59-year-old man has been found guilty of sexual offences against a child in Dacorum, following a trial at St Albans Crown Court which ended last week.
Bharat Gohil, of Rodeheath, 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, when the victim was aged between seven and 12. Gohil pleaded not guilty and a trial was set for December 2023.
On Thursday, December 14, 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.”
You can report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online webchat herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101.
You can also report these matters to Sexual Assault Referral Centres through the NHS, who can provide support from medical practitioners and support workers.