A man who delivered meals to vulnerable people has been jailed for repeatedly sexually abusing a 93-year-old woman with dementia.

Frank Geco, of Leighton Avenue in Swindon, was sentenced to 20 years in prison at Swindon Crown Court on Friday, November 10, after pleading guilty to repeatedly abusing his victim.

The 59-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted rape, assault by penetration, and five counts of sexual assault at an earlier hearing.

He must serve 14 years and four months in custody and five years and eight months on license, due to this guilty plea.

Geco’s offending took place in March and April 2022, while he was employed delivering meals to vulnerable and elderly people.

His offences came to light when the victim’s son raised concerns about footage captured on CCTV cameras that were installed in her home as a safety measure.

The victim had been unable to report the abuse she suffered due to her dementia.

The matter was immediately referred to Wiltshire Police and an investigation was launched into the full extent of the crimes.

Swindon Advertiser: Frank GrecoFrank Greco (Image: Wiltshire Police)

Geco had initially denied wrongdoing but then changed his plea after being presented with the incriminating evidence against him.

He is now the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and is classified as a dangerous offender.

Geco will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Rachel Hardy labelled the offences a “betrayal of trust” and spoke of the impact they had on the victim and her family.

She said: “These crimes represent the ultimate betrayal of trust, Frank Greco chose to repeatedly target a vulnerable woman in her own home.

"The impact of the offending on the victim and her family has been enormous. It was extremely difficult for her family to learn of the abuse perpetrated by Greco whilst he visited their mother.

“This has been a distressing case for the investigating team to work on. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the family of the victim who have conducted themselves with dignity throughout such a harrowing ordeal. 

"Our thoughts are with the victim and her family.”

Information about the support available to survivors of rape and sexual assault can be found on the Wiltshire Police website.