July 2015

Retired police officer jailed for series of horrific sex attacks on schoolgirl


Perverted ex-cop John Caffrey also took photos of the victim, some of which showed her being abused with his truncheon, in a chilling campaign of terror.

The court heard how photographs of the abused child, who was assaulted between the ages of 13 and 16, were then passed around local pubs.

Caffrey, 71, had denied charges of sexually assaulting the girl while he was still a serving officer, but was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault, three counts of taking indecent photographs of a child and one count of assault, ill-treatment or neglect of a child at Swansea Crown Court.

He was jailed for three-and-a-half years today, and while sentencing him, Judge Peter Heywood told the twisted ex-policeman: “You engaged in a systematic campaign of abuse, blighting her teenage years.

“You have destroyed her trust in people and caused irreversible damage. In short you have destroyed her life.

“The abuse took place in her teenage years from when she was about 13 until she was about 16.

“She described a catalogue of abuse at your hands. It was a gross breach of trust and had a devastating effect.”

The victim, now a woman, slammed police following the sentencing after revealing how she complained to police decades ago when Caffrey was a serving officer based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Caffrey was finally arrested after she went to the Independent Police Complaints Commission saying the case had been “swept under the carpet”.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “First of all I wanted answers as to why the police had not taken the matter any further.

“I went to the police as a teenager. An officer typed my statement into an old-style computer. But I never heard anything more about it.”

Caffrey, Simpsons Cross, Pembrokeshire, denied all the allegations – and claimed he was “very angry” when he realised pictures of her, that he said he did not take, had been passed around pubs.

He claimed the girl made up her claims of years of sex abuse, but he was not believed in court

Caffrey was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and to have no unsupervised contact with any girl under the age of 18.