‘We weren’t believed, so why report it?’ Victim of paedophile care home boss tells of abuse

Published November 27, 2014 by JS2

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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.

John Allen was a very, very clever man.

I looked at him as a father figure but at the same time I also hated the man because of what he did to me.

…We weren’t believed so why go on and report it?

– VICTIM STEPHEN FONG

Stephen Fong pictured speaking to ITV News
Stephen Fong pictured speaking to ITV News Credit: ITV News

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 11 Bryn Alyn homes owned by John Allen
One of 11 Bryn Alyn homes owned by John Allen Credit: ITV News

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.

John Allen, 73, was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court
John Allen, 73, was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court Credit: ITV News

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.

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