Former Wrexham pensioner jailed for 1970s child sex offences

Published August 5, 2013 by JS2

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A PENSIONER has been jailed for three years after he was convicted of historic child sex offences.

Kenneth Clive Johnson, 66, formerly of Wrexham but now living in Oswestry, had denied six charges of indecent assault involving two women when they were young girls.

One victim was aged nine and ten when the offences against her occurred in the 1970s.

The second victim was aged between five and seven when she was indecently assaulted in the 1990s.

Johnson pleaded not guilty to all charges but was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

Judge Niclas Parry said the defendant, formerly of Plas Madoc, Acrefair, and Caia Park, Wrexham, had similar previous convictions and it was clear his unhealthy interest in children had continued.

“You have been convicted previously of offences of sexual assault on children as young as six,” Judge Parry told him.

He had gone on to commit serious offences which were aggravated by the fact he had forced them to relive their ordeal during the trial.

The judge also accused Johnson of putting forward “scurrilous and unkind allegations” that the complainants had conspired against him after his wife had died.

Judge Parry said he took into account the defendant’s age and ill-health and the fact the latest convictions covered behaviour which occurred between 12 and 30 years ago.

In addition to the three year jail sentence, Johnson was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Simon Mills, prosecuting, said that while the offences were old, they had only more recently come to light.

The defendant was interviewed and claimed it was a pack of lies. He could not understand why such a thing was being said against him, he said.

Johnson had previous convictions of a similar nature in 1989 and 1994.

Mr Mills said those convictions showed he had a tendency to act as a sexual predator towards children when he was a younger man.

Oliver King, defending, told the jury his client adamantly denied any such things had occurred.

 

The Leader

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