A 73-year-old hotelier and care home boss who was convicted yesterday of 26 child sex abuse charges has been found guilty of a further eight at Mold Crown Court today.
One of John Allen’s victims, Stephen Fong, told ITV News how he was regularly beaten and groomed by Allen, who he viewed as a father figure.
Fong said that he and the other children who suffered at the hands of Allen were not believed, so it was easier to take the abuse.
Allen set up a string of profitable care homes for children known as the Bryn Alyn Community in 1968.
There he created “a sexualised atmosphere alongside a culture of fear,” prosecutor Eleanor Laws QC told the court.
One of his victims said that Allen ruled the homes with “an iron fist” as both staff and residents were “scared stiff of him”.
In total, Allen has been convicted of 33 offences – including four serious sex assaults – against 18 boys and one girl, aged between seven and 15, at various residential properties in the Wrexham area.
He was cleared of two counts of indecent assault.
In 1996 Allen was convicted of indecently assaulting six boys, aged between 12 and 16, at his care homes in the 1970s.
He will be sentenced on Monday.