December 2022

Harlow man jailed after being found guilty of historic sex offences

A pervert has been sentenced to six years in prison following work by Essex Police’s specialist Quest team.

Geoffrey Rance, 61 of School Lane, Harlow has been jailed after being found guilty of non-recent sexual abuse of a child.

The victim bravely disclosed to Essex Police in 2020 that Rance had subjected her to three years of abuse, beginning in 2000 when she was just 11-years-old.

An investigation was launched by Quest, who specialise in investigating any case of sexual abuse where the offence is over a year old.

Rance attended Harlow Police Station for a voluntary interview in July 2020 and was formally charged in October 2021 with two counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14 and one count of indecent assault on a girl under 14.

Following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court where Rance continued to deny all offences, he was convicted on 25 November 2022 and required to sign on the Sex Offenders Register.

Rance appeared in court yesterday (20 December) where he was sentenced to six years in prison and issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.