Man jailed for 12 years for the sexual assault of a child

A 61-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after being convicted of 11 charges for the sexual assault of a child.

Robin Croft of Marigold Drive, Red Lodge, had been convicted after his trial at Ipswich Crown Court in December.

Appearing before the same court on January 8, Croft was jailed for 12 years. He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ registry indefinitely.

Croft had been charged with 13 child sexual offences in total.

On December 13 Croft was found guilty by a jury of 11 out of 13 offences which included five offences of sexual activity with a child and six offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Croft was found not guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child. Another charge of sexual activity with a child was left on file.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Bev Culloden said: “These were horrific offences against a young vulnerable boy who was groomed and sexually assaulted by Croft. He abused his trust to carry out these multiple offences and no child should be subjected to such abuse.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the victim who had the courage to come forward and his family for their help in supporting the investigation and hope that the court result will bring some kind of closure and allow them to move forward positively in their lives.”

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