Detective Constable Anton Affonso of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; “Greenfield, then in his twenties, came to know his young victim because their families knew each other, and for several years he systematically and secretly abused her for his own sexual gratification. The abuse only ended when she eventually had a boyfriend and was able to spend more time away from Greenfield.
“But his offending has had a major impact on her life ever since, and only in the past few years has she been able to come to terms with her terrible experience sufficiently to acknowledge it and to support our investigation.
“She was clearly scared of the defendant and also the fallout that coming forward could cause. It was not easy for her to do but once she managed to take that step she remained committed and the person who has negatively affected her life for so long is now behind bars.
In her Victim Statement, read out in court, the victim says; “Speaking out about sexual abuse is very hard as a victim, but by breaking the silence perpetrators can be brought to justice no matter how long ago it happened. I finally spoke out after many years of living with it alone.
“Over the years of suffering in silence I struggled with depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I suffered with very bad nightmares all of these I still struggle with daily. I have been traumatised and scared by Mark Greenfield’s actions.”