A St Albans man was convicted at crown court on Friday, February 24, in relation to a string of historic child sex offences.
Eighty-year-old Anthony Dear, also known as ‘Danny’, was found guilty of 23 counts of rape and sexual assault following a trial at St Albans Crown Court.
They related to one female victim who was repeatedly assaulted by Dear over a four-year period, when she was aged between 11 and 15.
He is due to be sentenced on Monday, June 23.
Detective Sergeant Larissa Nightingale, who led the investigation, said: “It is very clear that Dear is a danger to children and I’m pleased that a guilty verdict has been returned on every count.
“I’d like to commend the victim for the bravery and resilience she has shown throughout the investigation and trial. I hope the result will give her some sense of justice and closure.”
She continued: “I also hope this case reassures people that we take all reports of sexual assault seriously, no matter how long ago the offence(s) occurred. We have specially trained officers on hand to provide support and guidance and will always do whatever we can to gather the necessary evidence to build the strongest case possible.
“I would encourage any other victims to come forward, if they feel ready to. We will listen.”
If you do not feel comfortable reporting to police straight away, the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) can provide practical and emotional support. The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide medical examinations.
To contact Herts SARC, call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448, email Herts.SARC@nhs.net or visit www.hertssarc.org.