Devon

Abuser seen on bus Leonard Davey guilty of sex assaults

  • 5 October 2012
  • From the section Devon

A university researcher has been found guilty of historical indecent assaults after a victim recognised him on a bus.

Leonard Davey, 64, of Higher Wear Road, Exeter, Devon, denied six indecent assaults against one girl and three against another in the 1960s and 70s.

At the city's Crown Court, he was found guilty of all charges and is due to be sentenced on 1 November.

Davey was told to expect a jail sentence by Judge Francis Gilbert and was remanded in custody.

'Doctor and nurse'

The court heard one of the women Davey assaulted when she was a girl recognised him while they were both travelling on a bus.

She said she had been prompted to report the abuse after she had watched him looking at a naked five-year-old girl as the bus had passed the child's property.

Davey denied touching one victim but admitted sexual contact with the other girl when he was 10 or 11 and playing "doctor and nurse" games.

The two women told the court they had been abused repeatedly by Davey, in one case when the girl visited his home and the other when he visited her parents' home and crept into her bedroom.

Davey worked as a research assistant for the Centre for Rural Policy at Exeter University, specialising in providing statistics for Defra and the European Commission.

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