An 81-year-old man who raped and indecently assaulted a child is starting a 12-year prison sentence.
Edward Dillon was convicted at Canterbury Crown Court of a string of historic sex offences in the area between 1969 and 1977.
He was arrested after his victim went to Kent Police.
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Detective Inspector Louise Murphy led the investigation.
After the case, she said: “What Dillon did was vile and unimaginable.
“I hope this sentence provides some comfort to victims of sexual abuse that we will do everything we can to ensure those who commit these crimes are jailed.
“I pay tribute to any child for having the courage and strength to come forward with information that allows us to ensure people like Dillon are sent to prison.
“I would also like to encourage anyone who has or is suffering to contact us or a friend as soon as possible so that we can help you fight the abuse.”
Dillon was arrested at the home in Poplar Drive, Herne Bay, where he now lives. He was convicted of rape and two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and two counts of indecency with a child.
Kent Police has a dedicated section on its website for child sex abuse victims and people concerned that it is happening.
There is also a section on general sexual offences, particularly rape where the victim has not granted consent to sex.
The police say: “Sometimes a situation might not be clear cut. No matter who you are with, what brought you together or what you were expecting to happen, if it’s not clear, it’s not consent.”
Anyone who needs information or advice on any crime or police matter can log on to the Kent Police website.