October 2010

Caravan park paedophile jailed

A PAEDOPHILE who sexually abused young boys at a caravan park 20 years ago has been jailed for three and a half years.

William James Unsworth, from St Helens, was found guilty of abusing the youngsters between 1989 and 1991 at a caravan he had in Congleton, Cheshire.

He was convicted at Chester Crown Court after the St Helens victims, aged between 12 and 14 when they were abused, had testified against him.

Unsworth, a gas fitter formerly of the Sutton Leach area, maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

But he was found guilty of indecent assault on children and gross indecency with a child.

Detectives who led the investigation praised the courage of the victims and urged others who had suffered such abuse to come forward, regardless of how long ago it occurred.

In the case of 62-year-old Unsworth, of Lyon Street, St Helens, the offences came to light after one of the victims, now in his early 30s, began suffering severely with trauma and went to police.

Speaking to the Star, the victim, whose identity is protected by anonymity laws, said: “He is a nasty, vile man who needs locking up.”

In a statement Detective Constable Melanie Taylor of Cheshire Police, who led the investigation, said: “The integrity and bravery of victims in this case should be commended and it is hoped this will give them a degree of closure.

“Cheshire Police would also urge others who may have been subjected to similar abuse to come forward and reassure them that these types of crimes will be investigated robustly regardless of passage of time.”

Unsworth must also sign on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life and has been disqualified from working with children.