A WOMAN who was sexually abused as a girl has spoken of her relief after her attacker was finally jailed - ending her 20-year wait for justice.
Lynsey Steel, now 32, was aged between 12 and 14 when she was abused by Robert Buckley - who was to become a Scout volunteer within the local community for years.
Despite reporting the abuse to police at the time, detectives did not take action because there was insufficient evidence to secure a prosecution. It was not until a 15-year-old girl came forward in 2012 to reveal she had been abused by Buckley that the case was re-opened and brought before the courts.
Now, 20 years after Ms Steel was abused, former market inspector Buckley has been jailed for a string of offences he committed against children.
Speaking after the conclusion of the case, Ms Steel, who in a rare move has waived her right to anonymity, said: “The day he got sentenced was the first night I was able to sleep for more than an hour and a half since it happened. I’m glad to know he’s off the streets so hopefully won’t be able to access any more children.”
The mother-of-three said Buckley’s actions have had a lasting and damaging effect on her life.
Buckley, 54, known locally as Bob Buckley, worked as a market inspector in Edlington, South Yorkshire.
He was found guilty of two counts of inciting sexual activity with a child under 16 and three counts of indecent assault of a girl under 14.
The indecent assaults were committed in 1996 when Buckley was 32-years old and the inciting sexual activity offences he committed in 2012. He was jailed for 12 months and placed on the Sexual Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Ms Steel, of Dinnington in South Yorkshire, said Buckley was a friend of her family and even helped to get her mother a job.
She added: “I want to let people know what’s happened to me because I want to let people know that it’s okay to come forward, and that you’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. You feel like you’ve done something wrong and it’s your fault but I know it wasn’t now. I was just a child.
“I don’t think he got anywhere near long enough for what he did, but I understand the judge has to go on the guidance of the law.
“I would encourage anyone who has had this happen to them to come forward. It’s been hard but worth it.”
Buckley was a Scout volunteer between March 1997 and January 2013.
Detective Constable Richard Dickinson praised both the victims for their courage.