A man who denied sexually assaulting a teenage girl has been jailed, thanks to the determination of the brave victim and supported by the work of specialist officers.
Stephen Flynn, previously of Lincolnshire, was jailed for a total of 12 years for child sexual abuse and child cruelty when he appeared for sentencing at Basildon Crown Court today, Friday, 2 September.
He will also be subject to an extended five-year licence period and his name will be on the sex offender's register for life.
The 53-year-old was sentenced for seven counts of child sexual abuse and a charge of child cruelty following a four-day trial at the same court, commencing Tuesday 5 April. He was remanded in custody throughout the judicial process.
All the offences took place in south Essex over an 18-month period, starting in 2016.
Bravery and strength
The victim continues to be supported by their Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), someone who works with people who have experienced rape and sexual assault, irrespective of whether they have reported to police and provides practical and emotional support.
Detective Sergeant Vicky De-ath, Child Abuse Investigation Team, leading the investigation said:
“I would like to thank all those who showed bravery coming forward and telling the jury what they had witnessed. “Not only did they support the victim, but they have made our community safer following Stephen Flynn’s conviction. “I cannot put into words just how much strength the victim in this case has shown throughout this process. "She has overcome the feeling of humiliation and embarrassment in sharing her story. "Many aspects of her childhood have been taken from her because of the abuse she suffered. “Taking that first step in 2017 to speak out was the scariest thing she has ever done. “I urge anyone who is in fear about speaking out, to just confide in someone they can trust. “You will be supported, and we will help you. “Our children have the right to know that they will be kept safe, no matter how much power and control their abuser might have over them.”
To find out more information about the work of an IVSA, visit The role of the Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) on the Government website.