Bromley paedophile Dean Hardy jailed for 10 years
A paedophile has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for crimes which took place between 1984 and 1991.
At Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday (10), Dean Hardy, 52, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to eight and a half years for three separate counts of indecent assault on a boy under 16, to be served concurrently.
He was also handed 18 months for one count gross indecency with a boy under 14, to run consecutively.
He was found guilty at the court on January 6 of the offences, which occurred in Bromley, Lewisham and Catford.
The paedophile was jailed in 2009 for six years after pleading guilty to abusing young girls in Thailand and Cambodia.
A forensic anthropologist found that the distinctive freckles on the fingers of a hand seen in images of abuse were the same as Hardy’s.
Four more victims contacted police after reading about his conviction and on May 10 last year, Hardy was charged.
Acting Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh from the Met’s Paedophile Unit said: “I would like to thank the media for their coverage of this case which encouraged UK victims of Hardy to come forward.
“The case demonstrates that we are constantly looking at new and innovative techniques to capture and imprison paedophiles. The message is clear to paedophiles- we will be relentless in bringing you to justice, the passage of time – even if it is decades – is no guarantee that your crimes will not be solved.
“Most of all I would like to say thank you to our very brave victims, without your patience and support Hardy would not have been convicted. We appreciate how difficult it was to go through two trials.
“We have reason to believe Hardy may have committed offences against young male and female victims.
“We would urge anyone who believes they may have been a victim to have the confidence to report the incident to police. We are here to support and protect you.”
The investigation team can be contacted direct on 0207 1612811 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers c on 0800 555 111 , ChildLine on 0800 1111 or inform a teacher or trusted individual
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