A 79-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of attempted buggery and indecent assault.
The abuse came to light in 2015, when police received a report of non-recent sexual abuse. The male victim told officers that he was sexually abused during his childhood by Malcolm Burwood, of Dene Gardens, Houghton Le Spring, Sunderland.
At the time of the abuse, Burwood was living in Mansfield.
Burwood was found guilty of the offences at Newcastle Crown Court on 18 January 2019 and was sentenced on 14 March.
DC Jo Dodders, the investigating officer, said: “Burwood abused this child for almost a decade and the fact that he refused to accept his crimes and insisted on putting the victim through a trial was yet another example of his abusive nature. I’m pleased the court has recognised the severity of the abuse and imposed a lengthy sentence. Burwood will be in his 90s before he is released and, although it has taken many years for the victim to get justice, I hope today’s result goes some small way to help him get closure. He has shown outstanding bravery throughout this trial and he should be commended for this.”