He was found guilty of abusing a boy in the 1970s
A man found guilty of sexually abusing a young boy in Wimbledon in the 1970s has been jailed for 13 years.
Stuart Graham Eyre, aged 65, of Hill View Drive, Redhill, Surrey, was sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment at Kingston Crown court today (March 16), and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life.
Eyre had been found guilty on Friday (March 10) of four counts of indecent assault against a boy under the age of 14, three counts of inciting a boy under 14 years of age to commit an act of gross indecency, and one count of serious sexual assault after a five-day trial.
The abuse took place at an address in Wimbledon between 1973 and 1978.
The victim first reported the abuse to police in 2003, and at that time officers were unable to locate Eyre.
The case was re-investigated by the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command in 2015 and Eyre was subsequently charged in March 2016.
Detective Sergeant Richard Stevens, who led the investigation, said: "Eyre subjected a young boy to a systematic campaign of abuse for five years. The victim has suffered depression and psychological side effects in his adult life as a result of the years of abuse he endured at the hands of Eyre. I praise him for his courage in pursuing justice and I hope it will help him move on with his life.
"Securing the strength of evidence necessary to bring a prosecution in historical sexual abuse investigations is extremely challenging, but we are committed to leaving no stone unturned and thoroughly investigating such allegations to achieve justice for the long-suffering victims, and ensure that predatory offenders like Eyre pay the price for their abhorrent actions."
Eyre's first trial in November 2016 resulted in a hung jury.
March 16, 2016