March 2012

‘Dangerous paedophile’ jailed for 12 years

A “DANGEROUS paedophile” has been locked up for 12 years after being found guilty of five sexual offences.

Anthony Wallis, 35, of Esher Road, Camberley, was convicted of three offences of rape, one of indecent assault and one of gross indecency last Friday (March 16) after a trial at Guildford Crown Court.

Wallis had first committed offences when he was a teenager, the court heard.

Surrey Police praised his victim for coming forward and said Wallis had told “a pack of lies”.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “My greatest fear is that someone like him might do the same to my kids.”

Detective Sergeant Paddy Mayers said: “This sentence reflects the severity of the offences committed by this dangerous paedophile who preyed on vulnerable young children.

“I hope it will, to some extent, help the victim begin to move on with her life and feel that justice has been served.

“The victim is to be commended for her bravery in coming forward and it is thanks to her courage that the public and specifically young children will be protected from this insidious individual for some time.

“I am grateful that the victim placed her trust in Surrey Police and enabled my team to investigate the allegations.

“I am thankful the jury was able to see through the defendant’s web of lies during a trial which was, at times, difficult to listen to, as the details emerged of the offences against his young victim.

“This should serve as a warning to those who do or have sexually abused children that Surrey Police take all such allegations seriously.

“We will fully investigate whether in regard to a recent or an historic allegation.”

Wallis was arrested last year after the complainant plucked up the courage to tell her boyfriend what had happened to her.

Heather Duncan, prosecuting, said in court: “She just didn’t feel strong enough before then.”

It was revealed at Wallis’s trial that he had been jailed for three years in September 2006 after being convicted of three charges of indecent assault on a 12-year-old girl and one of committing an act of gross indecency against her.

Judge Peter Moss, who jailed Wallis last week, described the previous sentence as “quite lenient”.

“There are concerns for the future, as far as you are concerned,” he told Wallis.

The court was also told he had recently been recalled to prison for approaching another young girl – in defiance of a court order banning him from unsupervised contact with anyone under 18.