A Herne Bay resident responsible for the repeated sexual abuse of a child has been jailed

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A Herne Bay resident responsible for the repeated sexual abuse of a child has been jailed.

Neil Williams was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment after carrying out a series of offences between 2014 and 2017.

Allegations of abuse were first reported to Kent Police on 6 March 2019 and the 51-year-old was arrested the following month.

An investigation revealed he had assaulted the child on a number of occasions, warning his young victim that they were not to tell anyone.

During police interview Williams initially denied any wrongdoing, claiming that on one occasion there had been a misunderstanding after he examined and touched the victim in relation to a medical complaint.

Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court, Williams, aged 51, of Mickleburgh Hill, Herne Bay, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a child. He was sentenced on 23 April 2020 and also given an extended licence of four years. Williams is also subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Detective Constable Becki Taft, of the West Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team, said: ‘Williams was responsible for the calculated abuse of a young and vulnerable child. He has no doubt caused immeasurable trauma to the victim and their family. Thankfully their bravery in coming forward has enabled us to provide the courts with the evidence needed to ensure justice has now been served. If you have been a victim of any sexual offence it is never too late to report this to police. We will always treat any information with the upmost confidence and sensitivity.’