Man jailed after being found guilty of historic sexual offence

Date published: 25 June 2018 11:40
Dated: 25 June 2018 12:00:18

A man in his 70s, found guilty by a jury of a historic sexual offence, is now serving six years behind bars for his crime.

Leonard Goodall, who was living in Sheffield at the time the offence occurred in the late 1980s, was jailed on Thursday 21 June at Sheffield Crown Court after being found guilty of indecent assault on a female child.

Goodall, 74, now of Prospect Road, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, was jailed for a total of six years for the offence, which occurred in the Greystones area of Sheffield when the victim, now an adult, was in her teens.

Investigating Officer Amy Todd said: “An investigation in to Goodall was launched when the victim bravely came forward last year, to another police force, to report what had happened to her. The investigation was then passed to South Yorkshire Police and Goodall later arrested. Throughout the entire investigative process he has continued to deny his guilt, even going as far to say the victim had fabricated it.

“The woman has shown immense bravery since she reported what Goodall did to her, staying incredibly strong and determined throughout the trial, where she was forced to recount what had happened to her.

“I’m incredibly pleased that Goodall was found guilty by a jury and has been jailed for his abhorrent actions that robbed a young girl of her teenage years.

“The verdict is testament to the woman’s courage in coming forward to report what happened and in remaining determined to see it through the court process. I’d like to thank her for her support and praise the strength she has shown and continues to show. I hope that knowing Goodall is now finally behind bars can help her as she continues to move forward with her life.

“South Yorkshire Police take all reports of sexual offences seriously, whether recent or historic, and we will always do whatever we can to bring offenders before the courts.”

**Please remember that identifying a victim of a sexual offence is against the law – if you post a victim’s name, or any information that could identify a victim, you could face prosecution.

There is no picture of Goodall available.

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