January 2021

Already jailed paedophile sentenced for further offences

John Lyon, 47  of no fixed address, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 22 January, where he was jailed for eleven years for further sexual offences against young girls.

Lyon, who worked for a time as a school caretaker, was already serving a prison sentence after admitting to sexually assaulting two girls aged 6 and 7 between 2012 and 2013.

Appearing at Wood Green Crown Court, Lyon admitted three counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 years, three counts of sexual assault and three counts of rape.

The offences were committed against four girls aged between five and twelve years old and took place in north London between 1993 and 2013.

These were reported to police in 2018 and 2019.

November 2013

Caretaker jailed for sexual assaults on girls aged 6 and 7 during school holiday camps

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A school caretaker from east London has today, Friday 15 November, been jailed for 12 years for sexual assaults on two young girls.

John Lyon, 40 (4.02.73), of Latymer Way, Edmonton N9 was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court as follows:

= sexual assault by penetration on a girl aged seven years: sentenced to 12 years

= sexual assault on a girl aged six years: sentenced to three years

Both sentences are to run concurrent. Lyon was also placed on the sex offenders register for life, and an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order was imposed.

On 30 July 2012, a seven-year-old girl had been attending a summer camp in Churchbury Lane, Enfield when she was approached by Lyon. He took her to a bathroom where he carried out a sexual assault.

The victim later told her mother and the matter was reported to police.

As a result of inquiries a second victim – aged six years – was identified. She told police she too had been sexually assaulted by Lyon in similar circumstances during the Easter holidays of 2012.

Lyon was arrested on 1 August 2012 and charged on 17 January 2013.

On 16 September he pleaded guilty to his offences.

DC Mark Tester, Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “This has been a complicated and protracted enquiry and I wish to thank the victims and their families for their patience and assistance throughout.

Lyon betrayed his position of trust as a caretaker at the school in the most heinous way, his actions demonstrated a pre-meditation and it is my belief that he poses a very real risk to children, and this was reflected in the summing up and sentence imposed by the court.”

February 2013

Primary school caretaker John Lyon of Saint Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Churchbury Lane in Enfield Town charged with child sex abuse granted bail

A primary school caretaker charged with sexually abusing girls aged seven and nine was granted bail this morning.

John Lyon, who has been suspended from his post at Saint Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Churchbury Lane, did not utter a word as he sat in the dock during a five-minute hearing at Wood Green Crown Court.

Dressed in jeans, a navy-blue T-shirt and a hooded jacket, the 39-year-old was told by Judge Morrison at the court in Lordship Lane that he faces a prison sentence if he breaches his bail by entering a 200-metre radius of the school in Enfield Town.

The former school worker faces three counts of sexual assault, including two against minors under the age of 13, and one common assault charge.

The alleged abuse on July 30 last year does not relate to any pupils from St Andrew’s.

He appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on January 29, where he was given the same bail conditions.

He is due to reappear at Wood Green Crown Court on March 20