April 2017

JAILED: Paedophile who abused girl for a decade

A dangerous paedophile who repeatedly abused a young girl over the course of a decade has been handed a 12-year extended sentence.

Robert Boden sexually assaulted the child during the late eighties and early nineties at locations in four counties, including near Tidworth.

He denied four multiple-incident counts of indecent assault of a girl under 13 and four of indecent assault of a child under 16.

But a jury found him guilty of all eight offences, each of which happened on at least five occasions.

The abuse started when the girl was just three years old.

Winchester Crown Court heard that Boden touched the victim sexually, over her clothing, and made her touch him and engage in sexual acts.

Prosecutor Robert Griffiths said Boden’s crimes were made worse by the fact that he had deliberately isolated his victim, who was extremely young at the time.

The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was terrified of Boden and felt he had stolen her childhood, the court heard.

She still suffers nightmares and flashbacks of her ordeal.

The court was told that Boden was convicted of possessing child abuse images in 2009.

His internet use had been monitored by the police ever since and he had not committed any further sexual offences, the court heard.

Judge Susan Evans QC sentenced Boden as dangerous offender — jailing him immediately for a total of eight years, with a four-year extended period on licence.

Judge Evans told Boden he had a “preoccupation with teenage girls” and posed “a high risk of committing further serious sexual offences and causing serious harm”.

Boden, of Trumpington Drive, St Albans, must sign the sex offenders’ register for life and must never work with children or vulnerable adults.

Boden showned no remorse for his actions throughout the whole criminal process.