A 51-year-old man from Sheffield has been jailed for five years, more than two decades after he was first arrested for repeated sex assaults on a six-year-old girl.
There were shouts of “pervert” and “rot in hell” from the public gallery at Sheffield Crown Court as Neil Beeken was led from the dock to begin his sentence.
His victim, who is now 30, complained to her mother in 1991 about what Beeken had done to her over a seven-month period, a judge was told.
Her mother went to the police but she decided she did not want to put her young daughter through a trial and the defendant went free.
The Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Julian Goose QC, said the legal system was now much more sympathetic to people of all ages complaining about sexual offences.
Judge Goose said he had to sentence Beeken, who is a full-time carer, on the basis of the law as it was when the offences were committed, between September 1990 and April 1991.
The judge told the defendant that some of the offences he committed against the girl would now be classified as rape rather than indecent assault.