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Repeat sex offender who abused five-year-old girl until she was 12-years-old jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:43 14 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:38 15 November 2016

Lawrence Asbury

Lawrence Asbury

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Lawrence Asbury was sentenced on Friday, November 11

A pensioner who started sexually abusing a five-year-old girl, having just come out of prison for the abuse of another child, was jailed last week.

Lawrence Asbury’s abuse began in 2002, when his victim was just five-years-old.

The 83-year-old continued his abuse until the girl turned 12, seven years later.

Asbury of Marks Square, Gravesend, was arrested in December 2014 after she spoke up about what she had been through.

He was charged the following May.

In court, he admitted one charge of sexual assault, one count of indecency with a child, two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, five of taking indecent photos of a child and one of possessing indecent photos of a child.

On Friday, November 11, the pensioner was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He will also serve an additional year on licence.

‘Asbury had only recently been released from prison for sexually abusing another young girl when he went on to reoffend” said investigating officer, DC Steve Dingwall.

“He therefore clearly poses a risk to children and belongs behind bars where he can cause them no further harm

“The victim in this case showed great courage in coming forward to report what happened to her, and hopefully the end result sends a strong message to any other victims of historic sexual abuse.

“They can rest assured they will receive all the support they need should they wish to tell us about the offences committed against them, no matter how long ago they may have been.”

A spokesperson from the NSPCC added: “Asbury is a predatory paedophile who has clearly shown he cannot be trusted around children. Despite a previous conviction, upon release from prison he went on to rob another young girl of her childhood.

“By speaking out and exposing Asbury’s abuse, his victim has shown real bravery and importantly, prevented him from ever harming a child again.

“Sexual abuse has devastating long-term effects but with the right help and support, victims can turn their lives around.”

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