January 2021

Cranfield man jailed for child sexual abuse as victim talks of ‘relief’ at speaking out

A Cranfield man has been jailed for over ten years after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of a child in a historic case that left his victim haunted by what happened to him.

The victim, man now in his 30s, told police he was haunted by the prolonged sexual abuse as a child but spoke of his relief at finally being able to speak about what happened.

The abuse began when he was aged around 10 in 2000, and continued for approximately five years, only stopping when he was in his mid-teens and at middle school.

He finally found the courage to speak to police in 2018, after confiding in his partner about what had happened.

Michael Fensom, now 78, of Coronation Road, Cranfield, was arrested in February 2018 and an investigation into the abuse was launched.

He initially denied the allegations but in September 2020 plead guilty to of nine counts of indecent assault on a male, and four counts of sexual activity with a child.

“I’ve had to live for years knowing about it, keeping it a secret, writing off my life,” said the victim.

“Since the start of this whole thing with the police, it’s got easier to live with, but it feels like there’s more support there than you could ever imagine.”

At Luton Crown Court yesterday, (Tuesday), Fensom was sentenced to nine years and six months in prison, with an extended 12 months licence period.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for life.

He pleaded not guilty to a further three charges of indecent assault on a male and two counts of sexual activity with a child, and these charges will lay on file.