27th May, 2019

Former Warwickshire Police sergeant guilty of sexually abusing young girl

FORMER Warwickshire Police sergeant Timothy Lively has been convicted of the repeated sexual abuse of a young girl in the 1970s as his trial at Warwick Crown Court enters its 14th week.

The 60-year-old, of Old School Mead, Bidford-on-Avon, had denied 26 charges, including the alleged abuse of boys as well as girls, dating from the mid-1970s to the summer of 1986.

But after deliberating for a total of more than 58 hours over 11 days, the jury found him guilty of two charges of indecently assaulting a girl in the late 1970s.

He was also convicted by the same majority of a charge of indecency with a child in relation to the same girl.

Prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC said Lively had committed the offences at a time when he was a serving Warwickshire Police officer or, before that, a cadet, and also carried out voluntary work at a children’s home.

The charges of which he has been convicted involved him touching the girl’s breasts on a number of occasions when she was under the age of 13, and continuing after she was 13.

In addition, on several occasions when she was aged between ten and 12, he had forced her to carry out a sex act on him.

Last week the jury returned not guilty verdicts on nine charges in relation to four boys he was alleged to have abused.

But the jury is still considering nine further indecent assault charges Lively, now a successful businessman, still faces in relation to two of those boys and four others, as well as two allegation of having sex with one of them.

And they have also yet to return verdicts on allegations that he indecently assaulted two other girls and raped one of them on multiple occasions when she was under 16.

The jury has heard that a complaint was first made in 1986 by a man who alleged he was abused by Lively in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Although no charges resulted at the time from that man’s original complaint, there was an internal tribunal which Miss Cottage said led to Lively being dismissed from the force in 1988.

And two charges accusing Lively of forcing that boy to perform sex acts on him are among the matters still to be decided by the jury.

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