Basildon man jailed for historic child sex abuse

A victim of child sexual abuse 30 years ago has urged other victims of sexual offences to report them to police after an investigation saw the abuser was jailed.

Laurence Bourne, now 68, carried out the abuse in Basildon between 1989 and 1992.

Officers from the Essex Police Quest team, which investigates non-recent allegations of child sexual abuse, started an investigation after the offences were reported in April 2019.

They established that Bourne, of Brackendale Court, Basildon, had abused the child on numerous occasions, and he was charged with seven counts of indecent assault.

Despite denying the offences, he was convicted on Thursday January 14 following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.

At the same court today, he was jailed for six years with a further year on licence.

He has also been put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Following Bourne’s conviction, the victim, who is remaining anonymous, said: “I want to thank the investigating officers for the support I’ve received throughout the process.

“I would encourage any other victims to come forward as there is the support and protection for you which I hadn’t realised there would be.”

Investigating officer Detective Constable Emily Monk, from the Quest team, said: “I want praise the victim’s courage through this investigation.

“It takes a huge amount of bravery to report offences and then to have to re-live the ordeal through a trial.

“I hope the sentence will help them move forward.

“Bourne exploited his victim’s vulnerability with little regard for their welfare.

“The offences took place almost 30 years ago and he may have a different life now but he cannot escape his past and we have now brought him to justice.

“I hope this shows other victims of abuse that it is never too late to get justice.”

Mick Ferris

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