August 2013

Oswestry child sex case pensioner jailed for three years

An Oswestry pensioner has been jailed for three years after being convicted of historic child sex offences.

Kenneth Clive Johnson, 66, of Albert Mews, denied six charges of indecent assault involving two women when they were young girls.

One victim was aged nine and ten when the offences against her occurred in the 1970s. The second victim was aged between five and seven when she was indecently assaulted in the 1990s.

Widower Johnson had denied all the charges but was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

Judge Niclas Parry said the defendant had similar previous convictions and it was clear his unhealthy interest in children had continued.

“You have been convicted previously of offences of sexual assault upon children as young as six,” Judge Parry told him.

The judge said Johnson had gone on to commit serious offences which were aggravated by the fact he had forced the victims to re-live their ordeal during the trial.

The judge also accused Johnson of putting forward “scurrilous and unkind allegations” that the complainants had conspired against him after his wife had died.

Judge Parry said he took into account the defendant’s age and ill-health and the fact the latest convictions covered behaviour between 12 and 30 years ago.

In addition to the three-year jail sentence, Johnson was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Johnson, formerly of Plas Madoc at Acrefair, near Wrexham, and Caia Park in Wrexham, had previous convictions of a similar nature dating back to 1989 and 1994.

The court heard those convictions showed he had a tendency to act as a sexual predator towards children when he was younger.

Oliver King, defending, said his client adamantly denied such things occurred.