February 2015

Pensioner jailed for more than ten years after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences dating back to the 1970s

Michael Ernest Leach, who used to live in Lyneham, Wiltshire, was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court to ten and a half years in prison after admitting attempting to rape a child and five counts of indecency with a child.

The court heard that the offences took place at two addresses in Lyneham over a period of several months in 1979.

“The victim lived with the horror of what Leach had done to her for some 35 years before she felt able to report it to police,” said DC Julie White.

“I would like to commend her bravery and we hope that the sentence today will give her some peace of mind, although no sentence could ever take away the pain she has suffered.

“This case highlights the dedication Wiltshire Police have to victims of sexual offences and no matter how long ago they happened, we will thoroughly investigate and bring offenders to justice.

“I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to report it to police or contact the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on 0808 168 0024, 24-hour helpline,” she added.