August 2015

Mum’s anger after taking mentally disabled son to see his sex attacker jailed

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Salesman Kelvin Adams has been jailed for sexually assaulting a mentally disabled schoolboy.

A jury convicted Adams of Massey Avenue, Gloucester on Thursday on six counts of sexually assaulting the 15-year-old boy

The 49-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the jury at Gloucester Crown Court believed his young victim who gave evidence via video link.

After the trial, the teenager’s mum hit out at Adams for making her son undergo the trauma of giving evidence against his abuser.

His Honour Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Adams: “You have been convicted on all six counts which were supported by overwhelming evidence and these offences occurred during two consecutive weekends.

“There was also some evidence that an element of grooming was involved.

“You sexually abused this mentally disabled boy who was clearly highly vulnerable.

“But it must be said that your family have supported you throughout this trial and it appears that normally you are a very nice man and have been described as being a terrific family man.”

The judge jailed Adams for six-and-a-half years, placed him on the sexual harm prevention order indefinitely and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Earlier, defending lawyer Jason Coulter said: “The tragedy of a case like this is that it tears families apart.

“My client is a hard-working man and he still maintains his innocence.”

But the angry mum of his young victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, brought her son to court for the sentencing so he could see his abuser jailed and sleep easy.

She said: “Of course everybody thought he was a lovely family man, that’s because they didn’t know what he was doing.

“He’s not a lovely family man, he’s a sickening paedophile. He knew my son was vulnerable and he preyed on that.

“Then he put us through a trial because he refused to admit his guilt. He was still claiming he was not guilty as they took him down.”

She said the abuse came to light when her son confided in a teacher about what had happened.

“It’s been a really traumatic, tough time for my son and we were really worried he would get off with it because he’s a salesman,” she said.

“I’m so pleased the jury saw through him. I was advised to go to court for the sentencing to give us some closure.

“It was a bit upsetting for my son to go but I’m glad we did because he now knows this man is in jail and we can both start to rebuild our lives.”