A man from Watford has been sentenced to 11 years and 10 months in prison for committing sexual offences against a child.
Sorin Buca, aged 50, previously pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court to the attempted rape of a child under 13, sexual assault of a child under 13, 10 counts of sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The offences took place between August 2018 and August 2020.
The court heard how on one occasion Buca had got into bed with the victim and attempted to rape her. The abuse was reported to police when the victim bravely spoke to someone about Buca’s actions.
Buca, from Watford, appeared at St Albans Crown Court today (Friday, June 17) where he was sentenced to 11 years and 10 months. He will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and a recommendation was passed that he be deported back to Romania at the end of his sentence.
The judge described how Buca’s despicable crimes took away the innocence of a child for his own sexual gratification.
Detective Constable Liz Chisholm, of the Joint Child Protection Investigation Team, said: “The victim in this case has shown great courage in assisting the investigation and we hope this sentencing will help her move forward and rebuild her life.
“We will always do everything we can to convict perpetrators and support victims of child sexual abuse.
“While we’re pleased to have achieved this result and see Buca jailed, it sadly does not lessen the effect of the trauma suffered by the victim.”
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.
To contact Herts SARC, call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448, email Herts.SARC@nhs.net or visit www.hertssarc.org.
This service is available to everyone – no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.