January 2010

Navy CPO admits child sex assaults

A CHIEF Petty Officer in the Royal Navy will be dismissed from the service after admitting a string of serious sexual assaults against a young girl.

Raymond Laundry, aged 47, of Plymouth was sentenced to four years and 32 weeks in jail for the sexual abuse, which spanned three years. He has also been put on the sex offenders register for life and is subject to a Sex Offences prohibition order.

The charges against senior rating Laundry were for six counts of assault on a girl under 13 by penetration and 10 counts for making indecent images. Plymouth Crown Court heard that the defendant said he had also taken a picture of his victim on a mobile phone but deleted it.

Laundry, who had been in the Navy for 26 years, voluntarily handed himself over to police on April 5 last year. The court heard that he admitted to officers that he had assaulted a young girl and had indecent images on his computer.

His perverted interests began with looking at pictures of women and young girls wearing school outfits, but it later progressed to logging on to websites featuring Japanese school girls to viewing “all kinds of teenagers and children on websites”.

He would delete the sites from the computer to stop anyone finding out, the court heard. In his defence it was heard that Laundry had recognised that what he did was wrong and had enrolled himself on a 10-week course to address his issues. “He is genuinely remorseful for his behaviour and that is demonstrated by his determination to change,” said his defence barrister.

Sentencing Laundry, Judge Paul Darlow said his actions had implications not only for his young victim but for the children in the indecent images in his possession. “These images bring with them misery to the children involved in the taking of these photographs,” he said.

“Your defence say you’ve moved on, I hope it is as easy for this child and their family to move on and rebuild their lives.” Acting Detective Barry Walter of the Plymouth Child Abuse Team said: “We appreciated the support from the Royal Navy during this enquiry.

“We know with the love and support of her family this young girl can put some closure on the proceedings and focus on her future dreams.”

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “He will be dismissed from the Royal Navy.”