September 2019

Man jailed for indecent assaults on girl two decades ago

A man in his 70s has been handed a six-year jail sentence for sexually assaulting a young girl almost two decades ago.

Patrick Ryan, 76, of Poynters Road, Dunstable, started abusing the girl when she was 11 and 12, by touching her in a sexual manner or using any excuse for her to come and sit on his lap.

This continued on a frequent basis for around a year from 1999 to 2000.

In 2017, she made the decision to report it to the police. Ryan was subsequently arrested and during questioning, he denied all allegations.

He was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault on a child at Luton Crown Court and yesterday (Thursday) was handed a six-year custodial sentence, to run concurrently.

This will be followed by an extended licence period of a year and he will be listed on the sex offenders’ register.

July 2019

Dunstable paedophile who abused girl 11 found guilty of ‘heinous’ crimes

A paedophile who dragged his brave victim through courts twice after denying historic sex abuse crimes has been told he faces jail.

Patrick Ryan, 76, of Poynters Road, Dunstable, was found guilty today (Monday) of three counts of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 14.

The abuse started when the girl was between the ages of 11 and 12 20 years ago.

Ryan would consistently touch her in a sexual manner, which happened regularly over a year.

She reported it to the police in 2017. When Ryan was arrested and questioned, he denied all allegations and went on to plead not guilty at an earlier court hearing.

Ryan will be sentenced on 12 September.