A former Leighton Buzzard policeman found guilty of sexually abusing a child has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Steven Saxon, 57, assaulted his victim between 2010 and 2012 with the abuse starting when she was just ten years old.
Appearing today at Luton Crown Court, Saxon was sentenced to four years in prison and must serve at least half of his sentence. He will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for an indefinite period.
He was earlier found guilty on July 24 of a series of counts of indecent behaviour towards a child, following a trial by jury.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Michael Kay QC said: “Through massage and other types of touching, there was a period of what can only be described as grooming behaviour.
“This was a way in which you could explore the boundaries of your behaviour and see how far you could go before you were stopped and before the victim reported matter to somebody.
“This was a cynical and calculating course of conduct.”
Judge Kay then described how Saxon’s behaviour had progressed from massage to sexual touching.
He said: “It was after one of these incidents on the July 25, 2012 that she disclosed to her mother what had been happening over the two years. It had a devastating effect on the family.
“Clearly any such offending has a terrible effect on a young person, no-one can predict how this is going to affect her in years to come, her mental state or approach to relationships.
“It is something that scars someone for life, which is why it is regarded with such seriousness by the courts. This was an enormous abuse of trust.”
After an early career in the military, Saxon served as a Bedfordshire Police officer for over 30 years, many of those spent in Leighton Buzzard.
In the last several years he had been living in Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.