A mother-of-four has vowed to stand by the husband she loves despite a jury finding him guilty of raping a seven-year-old girl.
Michael Duncan, 33, faces more than a decade in prison for historic child sex crimes that happened 19 years ago.
The former MK Dons steward was convicted on Monday after a week-long trial.
But his wife Jolene, who has been his sweetheart since they were teenagers, is convinced he is innocent.
“If I thought he was a child rapist I would not stay with him for one minute. I’d take our children and be off like a shot,” she told the Citizen.
Mr Duncan, who lives in Bletchley, had pleaded not guilty to raping a seven-year-old girl and indecently assaulting an eight- year-old girl he was babysitting.
Aylesbury Crown Court heard the offences took place in Milton Keynes in 1996, when he was 14.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Marcus Miller, from Bletchley Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “The defendant committed terrible crimes against two very young girls and then denied the crimes.
The victims have had to relive the offences by going through the legal process and I am pleased the jurors have convicted him.”
Mr Miller praised the victims for their courage in giving evidence after so many years.
Jolene is convinced the allegations stem from a vendetta that goes back to the 1990s.
“The first we knew about it was when police knocked on our door out of the blue two years ago.
“We never dreamed Michael would be found guilty,” she said.
“We’ve been together for 19 years, since we were teenagers, and we’ve been married for nine years. There is nothing about my husband that I do not know, and I will never believe he did these terrible things.”
The couple, who have four sons aged between four and 10, are now anxiously awaiting the sentencing on May 3.
They have been warned Mr Duncan will face up to 13 years in prison.
“I have to tell the children that daddy will be going to prison. It’s horrible and we are terrified they will be bullied and called names at school because of it,” said Jolene.
“But we will all be there for him every step of the way. I will never stop loving him and neither will his children.”