The victim of a depraved Derby child abuser bravely came forward to report her shocking ordeal at his hands after lockdown gave her time to think of the vile acts he performed on her.
The woman, who is now in her 30s, was aged under 10 when she was subjected to one disgusting incident so hideous it is unfit for publication.
Derby Crown Court heard how as a “vulnerable and innocent child” she was preyed upon by sex beast Robert Wilson.
The hearing was told how as he sexually assaulted the victim he would tell her it was “a special game” and that she would “love it when she was an adult”.
When he discovered she had gone to the police, the 51-year-old handed himself in, fearing what the community would do to him if he was still at his Pear Tree home and the news became public.
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And when officers searched his Reeves Road address they discovered a cannabis farm which he admitted he had been making thousands of pounds from.
Jailing him for nine years, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “Society rightly says a child should be cherished and loved, not robbed of their innocence for the sexual gratification of an adult.
“Since the offending you have had the opportunity and freedom to live your life which in some ways makes your actions worse because you knew how this kind of behaviour could affect the victim.
“And that is all the more reason why you should have come forward sooner.
“Her victim impact statement tells of the shame she feels and she makes it clear that the abuse she suffered at your hands has affected her all her life.
“She does not trust people, she suffers panic attacks and anxiety and has sought counselling.
“Up until her reporting the offending, she thought you might come back.
“She received therapy all because of your depraved acts..
“She was a vulnerable and innocent child, she said she would try and push you away.
“But you told her it was a special game and when she was an adult she would love it.
“What sort of comment is that to make to a girl as young as she was?
“Such was the depth of your immorality.”
Dawn Pritchard, prosecuting, said at the time of the offending he was not a family member but was known to her mother.
Miss Pritchard said he would touch and kiss her sexually.
She said: “On May 28, 2020, the victim reported what had happened to her nearly 30 years ago to the police, saying she had been sexually abused when she was under the age of 10.
“She said she had put the matter to the back of her mind but during lockdown had though about what happened to her as a child and told a counsellor, who told her to report it to the police.”
Miss Pritchard said Wilson then turned up at St Mary’s Wharf police station, in Chester Green and said to them “I am wanted for sexual offences which I did around 30 years ago.
“He said he was handing himself in as he was worried what would happen to him in the community when the people who lived near him found out about it.”
Miss Pritchard said police went to his home address where they found a cannabis factory under a tent in one of his rooms, cannabis plants and three large bags of the class B drug.
They also discovered he had by-passed the electricity.
Wilson pleaded guilty to a number of counts of indecent assault of a child and to production of cannabis and abstraction of electricity.
In a victim impact statement the girl he abused said: “I feel ashamed I did not report it before.
“I have suffered depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
“I tried to live a normal life and forget it but it was so hard.
“I would read news items about this type of behaviour happening to other people knowing it had happened to me.”
Almas Ben-Aribia, for Wilson, said her client had been sexually abused himself as a child by two men who lived close to where he grew up.
She said: “The defendant has a son who lives with his adopted mother because the defendant, when his son was two days old, chose not to be involved due to his chaotic lifestyle.
“He understands the distress and harm he caused the victim which is why he pleaded guilty.
“He does not want to drag her to court and make her relive her ordeal.”
As well as the prison sentence, Wilson was placed on the sex offender register for life and was handed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
Speaking after sentencing, an NSPCC spokesperson said: “Wilson probably thought he’d got away with his sickening abuse, but the victim’s courage in speaking out has helped bring him to justice.
“Sexual abuse ruins childhoods, and it is evident from the harrowing victim impact statement how much this incident has affected her in adult life as well.
“This case is a reminder that survivors of sexual abuse will be listened to, no matter how long ago it took place.”
The NSPCC helpline is available for adults to contact confidentially for help and advice about non-recent abuse on 0808 800 5000 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.