Ex-Leighton PC told to expect jail after being found guilty of indecently assaulting child

Steven Saxon
Steven Saxon

An ex-policeman faces jail after being found guilty of a series of indecent assaults against a young girl.

Steven Saxon, 57, who now lives in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, assaulted the child seven times in Leighton Buzzard between July 2010 and July 2012, when she was aged between 10 and 12.

Saxon, who was a Bedfordshire PC for 25 years, had denied the charges.

But after five hours and 15 minutes of deliberation on Thursday evening and Friday morning, a jury at Luton Crown Court found him guilty on all counts by a 10-2 majority verdict.

Saxon was told by Judge Michael Kay to expect a jail term but sentencing has been adjourned until September 8.

The 57-year-old, who remains on bail in the meantime, will also sign the sex offenders register.

At the opening of the four-day trial the court heard that Saxon groped the victim on a number of occasions over a two-year period.

During the last assault on July 25, 2012, Saxon waited until the girl’s mother left the room before reaching forward to put his hands inside the girl’s top and bra,

The incident was said to have lasted more than a minute.

Laura Blackband, prosecuting, told the hearing that after two years of sporadic assaults ‘something snapped’ and the girl told her mother.

Miss Blackband said: “She (the mother) called Mr Saxon and she said he sounded nervous and not himself at all.

“She asked him to come back to the house. She told him what (her daughter) said and he would not confirm or deny it.

“Mr Saxon later explained that he had given her a hug but she had overreacted.”

The court heard that after Mr Saxon left the child’s home she told her mother about the other alleged assaults.

Two days after the last alleged incident the mother met Mr Saxon to establish what had happened.

Miss Blackband said: “Mr Saxon was very upset and was asking her to stand by him and said effectively ‘I have done it’.

“But then almost immediately he realised what he had said and retracted it.”

While in the witness box on Wednesday, Saxon denied admitting guilt to the assaults.

He told the jury: “I said I can see how that could have happened, (the mother) got angry that I would not admit it.

“I said I would not admit something I did not do.”

He added that he had merely hugged the child on July 25, 2013 and that she had overreacted.

He said: “Her mother came in and (the child) said ‘Shut up mum go away’.

“There was a bedraggled child in front of me.

“I said ‘Your mother was only trying to help you’ and I hugged her.

“I put my head against her head, it was an emotional hug”.

Saxon told the jury that the child, who could not attend the trial due to health reasons, is a ‘compelling liar’.

He added that the charges against him ‘greatly hurt’.