Febuary 2012

Paedophile is jailed for 13 years

A man convicted of sex offences against young boys has been jailed for 13 years.

Benjamin Waldron, 37, of Strawberry Fields, Haverhill, was earlier this month found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court of nine offences. He was found not guilty of three others.

Judge John Holt sentenced Waldron to 13 years, telling him: “These offences were extremely serious.”

Despite having pleaded not guilty, Waldron admitted his offending when interviewed by a probation officer after the jury returned their verdicts, the court heard.

Michael Proctor, for Waldron, said his client had been the victim of abuse when a child. None of the offences he committed against the two boys had involved any intimidation or pre-planning and had been opportunistic, he said.

Mr Proctor said Waldron had been frank with the probation officer about the extent of his offending.

He said: “The fact that Mr Waldron has in that report made admissions is something that shows a level of responsibility, a level of remorse.”

Waldron was convicted of five offences of sexual assault on a male child, one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one of indecent assault and two of rape of a male child aged under 13.

The offences involved the same boy with the exception of one of the offences of rape. Waldron was found not guilty of two further allegations of indecent assault and one of rape.

During his trial the jury heard that the offending spanned a five-year period, starting in 2003. In addition to being jailed, Waldron was made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.