Great Wakering: Justice secured for men abused more than 40 years ago
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Specialist officers have helped secure justice for three men who were sexually abused as children in Great Wakering more than 40 years ago.
Reginald Goodman was jailed for 12 years at Ipswich Crown Court on 5 August having been convicted of two counts of buggery, two counts of sexual assault and one count of gross indecency.
The offences, which took place in the 1970s, came to light after one of the victims came forward in 2017 and reported being sexually assaulted by Goodman.
The victim had joined a football team coached by Goodman and had attended a camping trip Goodman had arranged.
It was on this trip that Goodman raped him and indecently assaulted another victim.
When reporting the assault to us in 2017, details of further victims also came to light.
When interviewed by officers, Goodman, now 73 and of Leaventhorpe Lane, Bradford, denied having ever lived in the Southend area but through the diligence, determination and persistence of our officers we were able to place him there through his employment history.
Following his conviction and sentencing investigating officer Detective Constable James Fowler, from our Child Abuse Investigation Team, said:
"This was a horrific case of premeditated sexual abuse.
"Reginald Goodman worked in a position of trust and deceived parents into handing over care of their young children to him.
"The attack on the victims in this case left them with injuries that lasted years and a mental trauma that will never be healed.
"I hope this sentencing will help them move forward.
"I hope it also further emphasises that if you deserve justice, regardless of when the offences took place and we are committed to try and get you that justice."