A PENSIONER has been jailed for 10 years for a string of sexual offences he committed more than three decades ago.
Leo Compton has finally been convicted for abusing a girl after she broke her silence.
Following his sentencing, the officer who led in the inquiry Detective Constable Ian Borsley urged victims of sexual offences to come forward, no matter how long ago they took place.
Det Con Borsley, from the vulnerable adult investigation team, said: ‘The securing of Compton’s conviction reflects the mission of Hampshire Constabulary’s public protection department, being that of protecting the most vulnerable from the most dangerous.
‘We encourage all victims of sexual abuse to come forward, irrespective of the time that has passed, where a dedicated team of professionals will treat any information provided in a sensitive and serious manner.
‘Ensuring the welfare of those affected remains of paramount importance.’
Compton, of King Charles Street, Old Portsmouth, abused the girl, who was under 16, between 1969 and 1976.
He was arrested last year after his victim, who is now in her 50s, went to the police.
The 78-year-old denied the allegations, meaning the woman was forced to go through the trauma of giving evidence in court.
But he was found guilty by a jury after a six-day trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.
The jury took just over two-and-a-half hours to reach their verdicts.
He was found guilty of two counts of rape, two of indecent assault and two of gross indecency with a child.
Maria Lamb, defending, told the judge Compton had been a carer for his wife for the past 20 years.
Compton was sentenced after Judge Sarah Munro QC took the unusual step of giving him time on bail to organise care for his wife ‘as an act of mercy’.
He will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life.
Victims of abuse, no matter how long ago it occurred, can contact the Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service on (023) 9266 9513.