July 2011

Rapist jailed for Cambridgeshire attacks after 12-year-old victim tracked him down on Facebook

A MAN who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl and raped a teenager in the early 1990s has been jailed for 12 years after the younger victim tracked him down through Facebook.

Julian Keightley, 44, of Greenways, Sawtry, denied attacking the girls, aged 12 and 17, between 1991 and 1993, but was convicted following a trial at Huntingdon Crown Court.

Keightley had plied the girls with alcohol and cannabis before attacking them in separate incidents, the court heard.

He subjected a 12-year-old girl to a serious sexual assault in a tent in a Cambridgeshire village in 1991. He raped the other victim in a camper van in 1993.

He was jailed for 12 years at Luton Crown Court on Friday. He was also handed a sexual offences prevention order and put on the sex offenders register for life.

Police launched an investigation last year after both victims came forward.

Detective Constable Julia Boon, who investigated, said: “This was a complex case because the offences happened such a long time ago. The victims have shown great bravery to give evidence at trial and bring Keightley to justice.

“This case should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can commit this type of crime and get away with it.”