Rugby pensioner from Murray Road sent to prison 30 years after sexually abusing girls

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A 70-YEAR-OLD man from Rugby has been sentenced to 15 years in prison - 30 years after seriously sexually abusing two young girls.

Arthur Leonard Neal from Murray Road, Rugby was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday this week after being found guilty of committing 14 counts of serious sexual abuse against the two young girls aged between 4 and 21 years old between 1971 and 1984 in the Rugby area.

Neal must also now sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Judge Orme condemned his behaviour and his abuse of trust and expressed his sympathy to the two victims and commended their bravery in giving their evidence during the four day trial some four weeks previously. He also thanked the officers for their support with both victims.

This sentence followed an investigation conducted by Warwickshire Police’s Child Protection Unit.

Following the success of this conviction, PSI Pete Herring said: “This conviction sends a clear message to both abusers and survivors of sexual abuse.

“We would like to tell anyone who has ever sexually abused someone that you will never be able to relax because the next knock on the door could always be the police.

“We would like to reassure survivors of sexual abuse that just because something happened a long time ago does not mean that nothing can be done now. If you feel that you are ready to talk to someone, advice is available from Rosa and other counseling services and also the police themselves.

“A lot of people who have suffered abuse in the past may feel that by speaking to the police or a counselling service this commits them to a course of action whereas that is not the case and the decision is ultimately left to them. An experienced officer will talk to you, sit you down and tell you what the procedure is and then the decision is up to you.

“If you decided to support a prosecution, we will explain how measures can be put in place to make it easier to give evidence without seeing your abuser and to protect your identity so your name does not appear in the papers.

“It is never too late to seek help and advice about what has happened to you.”