Didcot man jailed for child rape

An 83-year-old Didcot man already behind bars was jailed today for another seven years for raping a girl and sexually assaulting another.

James Summers, formerly of Lyndene Road, was found guilty after a week-long trial at Oxford Crown Court of two counts of rape of a child under 14 and two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14.

Summers is serving an 18-year prison sentence for other similar sexual offences against children.

The rapes took place against a victim in Didcot between June 14, 1999, and June 14, 2000, and the indecent assaults on a second victim were between July 27, 1995, and July 27, 1996.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Tania Wasilewski-Norman, from the Cowley Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “He was previously well known in the area for his work in the Salvation Army but used that position of trust to gain access to his young victims and subsequently sexually abused them.

“Both of the victims in this case, who are now adults, have shown great bravery in coming forward and I commend them for this.

“It does not matter how long ago offences took place; we will always listen to victims and deal with what they have to say sensitively.”

Summers was previously jailed in 2012.

Today he received seven years for each count of rape to run concurrently, and two years for each count of indecent assault also to run concurrently.