Man jailed for sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s
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A 93-year-old man has been jailed after he admitted sexually abusing a schoolgirl in Leicestershire in the early 1970s.
Norman Clarke, 93, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Wednesday 22 December).
At the same court last month, Clarke – of Malden Road in Sidmouth, Devon – pleaded guilty to six counts of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 16.
He is also subject to a 10-year notification period.
The abuse occurred between 1970 and 1973, when the victim was aged between 13 and 15.
Clarke, who was her teacher, regularly took her out in her car where he kissed her and subjected her to serious sexual abuse. The victim, who reported matters to police in 2019, said the abuse stopped a few years later when, all of a sudden, he began to ignore her.
Detective Constable Jamie Carr, the investigating officer, said: “The abuse the victim was subjected to has had a profound effect on her adult life. What happened around 40 years ago hasn’t left her mind. She still thinks about it on a regular basis.
“I hope the fact Clarke has finally been brought to justice will provide some relief and allow her to move on. I also hope this case serves as an example to any other victims of sexual abuse that it’s never too late to speak out.”
There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to victims of sexual offences in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland