Victim speaks out after abuser put behind bars

Lindsey Steel
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A woman subjected to sex attacks by a scout volunteer has spoken of her joy after her abuser was jailed, ending a 20-year wait for justice.

Lynsey Steel, aged 32, from Dinnington, was abused by 54-year-old Robert Buckley between the ages of 12 and 14.

But 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 two years ago to say she had been abused by Buckley that the case was reopened and brought before the courts.

Buckley has now been jailed for a year for a string of offences against children and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for a decade.

Mum-of-three Lynsey said Buckley – who only stopped volunteering with the scouts last year – had a damaging effect on her life.

“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,” she said.

“I’m glad to know he’s off the streets so hopefully he won’t be able to access any more children.”

Buckley met his victims through his job as a market inspector in Edlington, Doncaster.

He was convicted 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, and the incitement offences were committed in 2012.

Lynsey said Buckley was a friend of her family and even helped to get her mother a job.

“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.”

Detective Constable Richard Dickinson, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “I want to praise both the victims in this case for having the courage to come forward and report these offences to the police.

“We will always investigate reports made to us, regardless of when the offences were committed.”

Simon Hughes, from the Scouting Association, said: “We are pleased that he is being punished for his crimes and will never again be able to work with young people.”