Children's protection charity, NSPCC, has responded to the news that a Mansfield pensioner has been sent to jail for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
William Barry Levick, 78, formerly of the Mansfield area has been sent to prison for five years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting the child and five counts of sexually touching her between 1 January 2017 and 4 February 2017.
The victim first disclosed what had happened to her to police on 4 February 2017, telling officers Levick had been abusing her since Christmas 2016.
Nottingham Crown Court also heard how Levick had sent numerous texts and Facebook messages to the victim which she screenshot and sent onto Nottinghamshire Police.
An NSPCC spokesman said: “It is because of the victim’s bravery in coming forward that Levick is now rightly behind bars.
“Her courage in speaking out is proof that survivors of abuse will be listened to and it’s now vitally important that this young girl receives the support she needs to help rebuild her life.
“Anyone concerned about a child can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 88858. Children can contact the free and confidential Childline service on 0800 1111.”
Following Levick’s sentencing on Wednesday March 22, 2017, Inspector Natasha Todd said: "This child suffered terrible abuse at the hands of Levick.
"I am pleased she found the courage to tell someone what had happened to her so that we could take swift action against him and bring him to justice.
"I hope she can now try to move on with her life and put this dreadful ordeal behind her.
"I hope this sentencing shows that we will listen to victims of abuse and investigate thoroughly if they come forward and report what has happened to them."