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30 October 2012, 13:00
A man from Bedford has been jailed for 5 years after being convicted of sexually abusing a girl in the late 1990s.
The victim, who is now a university student, told a jury that Kieran Wareing assaulted her at an address in Watford and another in Bicester when she was aged between six and nine.
Wareing, 64, of Elstow Road in Kempston, appeared at Luton crown court having been convicted of three charges of indecent assault.
One attack happened at his former home in Watford and another in Bicester. The third charge related to a number of occasions when he touched her over her clothing.
Defence barrister Paul Orton said Wareing still "totally denied" he carried out any of the assaults. He said he was supported by his partner and was of previous good character.
Mr Orton said: "Incarceration is going to be very, very difficult for him. These allegations were not reported for 12 or 13 years and came out of the blue."
He handed the judge testimonials and references supporting his client.
Judge Marie Catterson said the offences were "opportunistic and did not involve careful advanced planning," but she said "It was repeated and serious indecency."
She went on: "It was selfish abuse of a pre-pubescent child more than 40 years your junior."
He must register as a sex offender for life and, on his release from prison, must not be alone or live with children aged under 16.