Pervert pensioner Donald Down jailed for abusing young boys at Gravesend home

Published July 16, 2013 by JS2

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A perverted pensioner who abused young boys and asked them to call him “Grandad” has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Donald Down, 76, was one of two men who befriended and “sexually exploited” the youngsters.
Maidstone Crown Court heard Down “groomed or coerced” his victims after plying them with alcohol and cigarettes at his home in Winchester Crescent, Gravesend.
One of the boys actually phoned police from a call box to report what had happened to him.
However, Down – who was previously convicted more than 50 years ago for child sex abuse – was not arrested until six days later and in that time the former airman and his accomplice, 20-year-old Michael Stone, went on to molest other boys.
When Down was arrested on January 3 this year, he had a handwritten list of children’s names in his pocket. He said they were youngsters he was “having trouble with”.
However, he later claimed it was not his hand-writing and denied he had abused any children.
Down also accused Stone, of Valley Drive, Gravesend, of “stitching him up”.
Down had been due to stand trial on July 1, but pleaded guilty to four offences of sexual activity with a child and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity before it got under way.
Jailing Down, Judge Michael Carroll said he had committed a “catalogue” of serious sexual offences against young, “vulnerable” boys who were “encouraged” through alcohol and cigarettes to visit his home.
He was ordered to serve consecutive sentences of two years, three years and three-and-a-half years.
Down was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register and made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, both indefinitely.
Kent online
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