August 2017

Paedophile, 75, who raped and abused young Hertfordshire girls is jailed

A 75-year-old man has been jailed for 27 years for the rape and abuse of two Hertfordshire girls, who were aged just five and six when their ordeal began.

James Johnson, of Douglas Close, Hailsham in East Sussex, was found guilty of a string of offences including:

  • Three counts of rape of a girl under 13

  • Five counts of sexual assault of a girl under 13

  • Two counts of attempted rape of a girl under 13

  • Five counts of possession of indecent images of a child

  • Three counts of taking indecent images of a child.

He was also found guilty of one count of failing to comply with a notice requiring disclosure of passwords and one count of causing a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Johnson was originally charged with 18 offences in January of this year, with the investigation having been carried out by Sussex Police with support from officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Joint Child Protection Investigation Team.

Johnson initially pleaded not guilty to all offences in an appearance at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 15 February; he later admitted some of the counts, before finally pleading guilty to a total of 20 offences at a trial at Hove Crown Court on 31 July.

He was sentenced to 27 years on 24 August by Judge Jeremy Gold, where he was told he could expect to serve 20 years in prison and seven on licence.