Ashford: Man Jailed For Historic Abuse

6 July 2016, 06:16 | Updated: 6 July 2016, 06:26

A man from Ashford has been jailed for the historic sexual abuse of an nine-year-old girl.

Terry Hughes, 62 and formerly of Stowting, attacked the youngster between 1988 and 1990.

Decades later, the victim, who is now in her 30s, came forward to police and Hughes was arrested in 2014. During a search of his home in East Anglia police seized his computer and found dozens of indecent images of children.

He was charged with five counts of indecent assault, eight counts of making indecent images and three counts of possession of indecent images.

Hughes pleaded guilty to the charges relating to indecent images and was later found guilty following a trial for the indecent assault charges. He was given an extended sentence of eight years comprising a custodial term of six years and an extension period of two years.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Lisa Atkins said: "The victim showed great courage in speaking out and reporting these terrible crimes to police.

"The lengthy sentence imposed on Hughes reflects the seriousness of his actions and sends a clear message to anyone else who abuses children for their own sexual gratification.

"Kent Police takes all reports of historic sexual abuse seriously and I would like to assure victims that their reports will be thoroughly investigated no matter the length of time that has passed since the incident occurred."