Meden Vale man is jailed for villa sex shame 20 years ago

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A man has been jailed for three and a half years for sexually assaulting a teenage girl nearly 20 years ago.

John Shaw (49), of Perlethorpe Avenue, Meden Vale, was convicted by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court of two counts of indecent assalt.

The jury found him not guilty of attempting to rape the 15-year-old.

The jury also found him not guilty of seven other counts alleged indecent assault and indecency with a boy aged six or seven at the time.

His female accuser, now a mother of three, told the jury she kept her secret for many years.

Finally, some years ago she wrote a letter about her experiences and sent it to various people, including Shaw.

She told the court: “For 13 years I carried an horrific memory deep inside.”

She said he had climbed into bed with her at a villa at Center Parcs.

She had just turned 15 and had never had sex or been touched.

Shaw claimed she was lying when it came to her allegations against him and they had all been made up.

He continues to deny the offences, the court was told.

In mitigation, it was said he was of previous good character and had raised money for charity.

He had lost his home, his health and his good name

Judge James Sampson told the defendant that he accepted he was hardworking until overcome by ill-health and that people had spoken highly of him.

But the woman’s distress had been clear to see in court. She had had to live with feelings of shame and anguish.

Shaw will be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.