A GRAYS MAN has been jailed for 11 years eight months for sex offences which happened between 1998 and 2003.
Keith Noble, 53, of Flint Street, Grays, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Monday, October 24, where he pleaded guilty to three offences of indecent assault. He previously admitted offences of attempted rape and indecent assault back in June. The offences involved two female victims who were juveniles when they were committed.
Officers initially arrested Noble in 2002 following an allegation of a sexual offence, however following a full investigation there was insufficient evidence to proceed and no charges were brought.
In October 2014 an allegation was made that Noble had accessed indecent images of children. He was arrested and released on bail while investigations continued before being charged with 14 offences which he admitted at his first court appearance in October 2015.
These were offences of making indecent images of children, possession of extreme pornographic images, distribution of indecent images and recording a person doing a private act.
During the course of the investigation officers discovered evidence of covert filming and distribution of the images. The victim was identified who later disclosed other offences for which Noble was responsible.
As a result of this disclosure officers contacted the victim who made the allegations in 2002 who agreed to speak to officers again.
On February 5, 2016, Noble was charged with attempted rape, and four counts of indecent assault.
At the hearing on Monday, October 24, he was jailed for all 19 offences and given a 12 month licence period to be served upon release.
Pc James Smith from Harlow CID said: “I am pleased Noble has admitted he is guilty to all of the charges brought against him and that the victim who contacted us in 2002 has finally been able to see justice done for the offences he committed against her.
“This case shows that matters are never closed and where new evidence comes to light officers will seek to ensure wherever possible charges are brought and perpetrators of sex offences are held accountable for the abuse they have carried out.
“I would encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sex offence, however long ago it happened, and who has not reported it to police to have the faith and confidence to do so.”
Anyone who wants to report anything to police can contact us on 101 or can speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.