Pensioner jailed for abusing young child
A pensioner from Aylsham who admitted sexually abusing a child has been jailed for 16 years.
Gordon Hudson, age 76, of Crompton Road, Aylsham, appeared before Norwich Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, 16 November) and received a 16-year custodial sentence with an extended period of one year on licence.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of raping a child under the age of 13, one count of sexual assault by penetration of a child under the age of 13, five counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13, two counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act and one count of causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity between 2 November 2006 and 3 November 2012.
The court heard how Hudson, who was arrested by officers in May 2019, had sexually abused the victim from when she was just a child and over the course of several years.
Det Sgt Kim Taylor of Norfolk Police, who led the investigation, said: “First and foremost, I want to pay tribute to the victim who has shown immense courage throughout this investigation.
“I found listening to her account of what she had been subjected to, the years of horrific abuse she suffered as a child, very distressing so I can only imagine how truly horrific it must have been for her. Yet, despite this unimaginable pain, she has shown incredible bravery and fortitude to bring this abuser to justice.
“Hudson is a dangerous and manipulative man who exploited and abused a young child and failed to show any remorse for his actions during interview.
“I hope the victim takes some small comfort in knowing he is now behind bars. This sentence highlights our commitment to doing our very best to ensure those responsible are brought to justice no matter how long it takes, or when the offences were committed.”