May 2015

Jailing of paedophile proves it’s never too late to report abuse

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Temporary Detective Sergeant Sally Martin was speaking out after paedophile William John Skelton was jailed for nine years for a string of offences in the 1970s and 1980s.

The 71-year-old from Barrow was convicted of three counts of gross indecency and 15 counts of indecent assault on two young girls between 1966 and 1977 in Barrow.

The pensioner, who has worked as a caretaker at the then named Newbarns Junior School and the former Alfred Barrow School during the 1970s and 1980s was sentenced on Monday at Preston Crown Court.

He was found guilty of 18 out of 19 charges on March 30 after a week-long trial.

They do not relate to any school he has worked in.

The pensioner, who lived at Summersgill Road, Lancaster, after leaving Furness, still has family living locally.

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May 2015

A FORMER school caretaker is to be sentenced after being convicted of 18 counts of sex offences against children.

Pensioner William John Skelton was found guilty of three counts of gross indecency and 15 counts of indecent assault on two young girls between 1966 and 1977 in Barrow.

The 71-year-old – who has worked as a caretaker at the then named Newbarns Junior School and the former Alfred Barrow School during the 1970s and 1980s – will be sentenced on May 11 at Preston Crown Court.

He was found guilty of 18 of the 19 charges on March 30 after a week-long trial.

They do not relate to any school he has worked in.

The pensioner now lives at Summersgill Road, Lancaster, after leaving the Barrow area but he still has family living locally.

A friend connected to the case said that she was pleased to see that justice had been done.

The woman, who does not want to be named, said: “I have seen the turmoil this has caused.

“It has been a nightmare. It’s just something that never goes away for those involved.

“It’s made worse by all the recent high-profile cases on television that have brought memories to the surface.

“I have seen the repercussions of his actions.

“It was only two years ago that what happened was reported to the police and they have been brilliant throughout the whole process.

“Even with support it is a very stressful process for everyone involved.

“I went to court and he didn’t once show any remorse and just laughed and joked with his partner. Even when he was found guilty it was like he didn’t believe it.

“I am just glad it’s all over and hopefully he will be given a decent sentence.”