Peter Johnson – Rhyl
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Respected Denbighshire ‘family man’ jailed for child sex offences
An outwardly respectable family man’s dark past caught up with him when he was jailed for nine years on child sex charges.
When police searched Peter Johnson’s home they found indecent still images and movies of child sex abuse on his computers.
Johnson, 68, who has been living in a hotel in East Parade, Rhyl , since leaving his family home in disgrace, admitted sexual activity with a child between 2004 and 2006, making and possessing indecent images and attempting to engage a child abroad to engage in sexual activity.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Geraint Walters ordered him to register with the police as a sex offender for life.
A lifetime sexual harm prevention order was also made.
Prosecuting barrister John Philpotts told Mold Crown Court that the images were found in May 2014 and while that investigation was going on the victim of the earlier sexual offences came forward.
Police received a 999 call from the man, now a chronic alcoholic, who disclosed a series of offences upon when he was 13, 14 and 15.
The offences happened on a regular basis, they greatly affected his life, he would sometimes drink a bottle of vodka a day, had no self esteem.
He self-harmed and had threatened suicide.
Judge Walters told Johnson that outwardly he was a respectable family man married with two grown up children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“Beneath that exterior, of course, there was a dark side to you which the family knew nothing about,” the judge said.
Johnson was probably a man who was interested in sexual relationships with both males and females and that would have been no one’s business and did not begin to explain the offences he had committed.
“Your dark secret was not simply a question about your sexuality but of having a sexual interest in children,” he said.
”That is very wrong.”
He had a decade ago systematically abused a teenage boy from about the age of 13, for some three years.
He said that youngsters should not have to deal with older and sophisticated men dealing with them as sexual playthings.
His computer showed his keen interest in sexual activity of that sort and the charge involving a teenage boy abroad showed that despite his age he was still showing an interest in sexual activity with boys.
The images found showed the gravest acts of depravity being perpetrated by adults on young children.
Defending barrister Owen Edwards said that it had been consentual behaviour towards a vulnerable young man.
But the defendant had damaged an already damaged young man who had been taken advantage of by his client and others.
Johnson had been an industrious man who led an impeccable life but the proceedings had been devastating.
He no longer lived at the family home and he had lost the support of his family.
He had kept secret all his life an aspect of his sexuality and had indulged in his interest in young teenage boys.
The defendant had suffered a very public shame. He was well known and well regarded in his local community and had shown genuine remorse for what he had done.