January 2012

Predatory paedophile sentenced to 11 years

A PREDATORY paedophile who lured young boys to his home with treats has been jailed for 11 years. 

George Gow, 61, of Bastable Avenue, Barking, enticed young and vulnerable boys into his home with promises of cigarettes, drink and mobile phone top-ups before subjecting them to sexual assaults. 

He was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty of six charges contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 1956 including counts of indecent and sexual assault on children under 16 and 13. 

Gow, who was an active member of his local church, came to the attention of the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation Command when the Barking and Dagenham Jigsaw Team visited his home in January 2011 after information was received that children were regularly attending there. 

The Jigsaw team is responsible for monitoring the registration and compliance of registered sex offenders, potentially dangerous and serious violent offenders. 
Although the officers found Gow naked inside the address with a 15-year-old boy, no formal allegations were made by the boy and no criminal charges could be brought. 

However, the Serious Case Team began a proactive investigation into Gow’s activities in May last year and surveillance was conducted over a two-week period. 
During this time five different children were seen to enter his address. 

He was arrested and interviewed on June 22 after a young male was seen to enter the house. That particular child refused to make allegations and no charges could be brought, although strict bail conditions were imposed. 

Further enquiries by officers led to one of the children, a 10-year-old boy, being identified. When he disclosed details of a sexual assault Gow was immediately re-arrested. He was charged with sexual assault and inciting and was remanded in custody. 

He was also charged with offences that took place between 1995 and 2002. 
As well as his jail term, Gow will also spend 10 years on licence, an indeterminate period on the sex offenders register and be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. 

DC Ben Markham said: “Gow is a predatory paedophile who exploited young and vulnerable boys in a calculating manner. I would like to say thank you to our very brave victims, without your patience and support Gow would not have been convicted. We appreciate how difficult it was to go through this trial. 

“We have reason to believe Gow may have committed further offences. 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             020 7161 2811      . 
Alternatively call Crimestoppers on             0800 555 111      , ChildLine on            0800 1111      , or report the matter to your local police station.