Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire man jailed for sex assaults on girls

A man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl and raped a teenager 20 years ago has been jailed for 12 years.

Julian Keightley, 44, of Greenways, Sawtry, Cambridgeshire was tracked down through Facebook by his younger victim.

A judge said both she and the other victim, aged 16 or 17 at the time, had both suffered "profound and serious effects" up to the present day.

Keightley maintained his innocence and did not give evidence at his trial at Huntingdon Crown Court last month.

Blighted by depression

Judge David Farrell QC told Keightley: "I wanted you to have some knowledge and understanding of what you did to an innocent child and young woman."

Statements they had made about the effects on them were read to the court.

Both said they felt dirty and as if the attacks were their fault.

Their lives have been blighted by depression and a distrust of men, the court heard.

Keightley carried out the serious sexual assault on the 12-year-old in a tent, some time between May and September 1991. He had given her cider to drink.

He raped his second victim in his camper van in August or September 1993.

'Taken advantage'

He had supplied her with alcohol and cannabis.

Sentencing him at Luton Crown Court, the judge said Keightley had "taken advantage of them", knowing they were affected by alcohol.

The judge also made a sexual offences prevention order for life, so that on his release he cannot have lone contact with children.

He will also be on the sex offenders register for life.

Keightley told police he knew neither girl, had had no sexual contact with them and did not have access to a camper van.

Defence counsel Avirup Chaudhuri told the judge: "His family have to bear the stigma of his offending through no fault of their own and friends have been shocked to hear of his conviction."

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