Update: Now living in Aberbeeg in the county borough of Blaenau Gwent 

March 2015 – Cleverly has now been released

April 2013

Oakdale man jailed for ‘unforgivable’ sex crimes against young girls

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A VALLEYS man was yesterday jailed for four years for “unforgivable” sex crimes against two young girls.

Vernon Cleverly, of Llwyn-on Crescent, Oakdale, was convicted of five counts of indecent assault on two children, some dating back to the 1980s, following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court last month.

Cleverley, who is the uncle of Welsh Boxing champion Nathan Cleverly, was cleared of one further count of the same offence.

During his trial the court heard his two victims, who had never met before the trial, were young girls when the abuse took place.

The first claimed Cleverly, 58, lay on top of her and touched her after inviting her to look at toys, and told her to keep it a secret.

The second woman said Cleverly kissed her and made her touch him.

It was only later when the second woman reported the abuse to police after she saw Cleverly at a party, that officers were led to the first victim.

Ieuan Rees, defending, said Cleverly had not offended since these incidents took place two decades ago, and despite his conviction his family and friends still considered him to be a nice and pleasant man with many attributes.

Cleverly has previously served six months in prison for a similar offence after he was convicted of indecently assaulting a girl under 16 on December 13, 1995.

For his latest crimes he was given 12 months for the first two counts and three years for the latter three counts, to run consecutively.

He will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and was banned from working with children under the age of 18 indefinitely.

Judge Phillip Richards said the “horrible acts” committed by Cleverly had had a lasting effect on the women and said his claims they were lying only made their despair greater.

He added: “What you did to these two children was unforgivable.”

“One can only shudder as to the effect such behaviour had on a child so young.”

March 2013

Oakdale man sexually assaulted two young girls

A CAERPHILLY county man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls.

Vernon Cleverly, of Llwyn-on Crescent, Oakdale, was convicted of five counts of indecent assault on two girls – some dating from the 1980s. He was found not guilty of one further count of the same alleged offence at a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court.

Cleverly, 58, who is the uncle of Welsh boxing champion Nathan Cleverly, was remanded in custody by Judge Phillip Richards for his “very unpleasant crimes” until he is sentenced later this month.

Defence barrister Ieuan Rees, said Cleverly knew a prison sentence was “probably inevitable”.

During his trial the court heard his two victims, who had never met before the trial, were young girls when the abuse took place.

The first woman claimed Cleverly lay on top of her and touched her after inviting her to look at a teddy bear and told her to keep it a secret.

The second woman said Cleverly kissed her and made her touch him.

It was only later when the second woman reported the abuse to police after she saw Cleverly at a party, that officers were led to the first victim.

But Cleverly maintained his innocence throughout his trial, insisting he had never been alone with the girls.

Family members of the victims, who cannot be named, cried and let out gasps of relief as the verdicts were read out.

One man said afterwards: “After years of upset we are so pleased we have finally got justice.”

Cleverly has previously served six months in prison for a similar offence after he was convicted of indecently assaulting a girl under 16 on December 13, 1995.

He will be sentenced for his latest crimes on March 21.