AN indecent assault victim says he has finally found justice after the man who sexually abused him over 25 years ago was jailed.
The victim, who will remain anonymous, was at Leicester Crown Court on August 8 to see his abuser Steven Jeremy Foster, of Ratcliffe Road, Loughborough, sent to prison for three years and four months.
Foster, 53, admitted indecently assaulting the victim on two occasions, when he was aged 15 and 16.
He also admitted indecently assaulting another victim on one occasion.
The court heard how Foster befriended the boys separately before giving them alcohol and performing a sex act upon them.
The victim told the Echo: “The sentence is great, I am very happy with the result because we were worried he was going to get a suspended sentence.
“The day was full of mixed emotions. I was very nervous and anxious but I had all my family there supporting me.
“When he pleaded guilty that was a massive relief and when we were told the sentencing date we all wanted to be there to get some closure.”
The court heard how Foster befriended the victim’s family in the 1980s when they moved to the area and soon became a regular visitor.
The court was told that, after finding the courage to tell his family in 2004, the victim notified the police of the abuse in 2006 but was told that, because he was the only complainant, no action would be taken.
“That is your worst fear,” said the victim.
“You have carried the whole guilt and shame for so many years and it’s your worst fear that people won’t believe you.
“My mental health suffered to the point where I was placed under the care of a psychiatric nurse.
“When the police got back in touch last year to tell me that another victim had come forward I was horrified but at the same time I was glad because they told me that if I was willing to pursue it then so was he and the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) would almost definitely take the case up.
“I was worried that the problems I had before would come back again but I had to do it.”
Judge Robert Brown told the victim in court: “I know there has been a tendency over the years to feel courts don’t take this sort of abuse seriously. They do.
“Cases happen which can stay for life, I can’t take that away but what I can say is that you were a victim. Never anything other than a victim. You did nothing to deserve or encourage this abuse.
“I know you have got to continue with your treatment but I hope there can be closure to at least one aspect for you.”