Timothy Lively, 62, of Old School Mead sexually abused the young girl in the 1970s.
Following a trial in 2019 Lively – who was 17 and a police cadet at the time – was found guilty of indecently assaulting the girl and indecency with a child (the same victim) at a children’s home where he volunteered.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a further 14 charges of sexual offences against children.
He was also found not guilty of nine offences at the same trial.
Appearing at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (Monday 22 November) Lively - who went on to serve as a police officer with Warwickshire Police - was sentenced to 20 months in prison suspended for 18 months.
Detective Sergeant Jen Baker from Warwickshire Police said: “The victim in this case has waited more than 40 years for this conclusion. The strength and courage she has shown in helping to bring Lively to justice is immense. I hope she can take some comfort from seeing Lively convicted of these offences and it goes some way to aiding her recovery from these traumatic events.
“The fact that Lively was in a position of trust as a police officer and volunteer at a children’s home at the time these offences occurred in the 1970s makes them even more reprehensible. Lively preyed on a vulnerable young girl who he should have been helping to safeguard and protect. His past has now caught up with him.”
Detective Superintendent Jon Marsden said: “I would like to praise the investigation team whose dedication since the investigation reopened in 2015 has led to Lively’s conviction. Investigating offences that occurred so long ago poses a range of challenges but the team left no stone unturned in bringing Lively to justice.”
If you are a victim of a sexual offence, no matter when it occurred, you can report it to police on 101. In an emergency dial 999.
Concerns around sexual abuse can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you do not feel comfortable speaking to officers, you can contact a referral centre which specialises in helping victims of rape and sexual assault - including providing medical care and counselling.
In Warwickshire you can contact the Blue Sky Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on the site of George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton. For more information go to www.blueskycentre.org.uk, call 01926 507805 or e-mail [email protected]