November 2019

Bedford man jailed for the sexual assault of two teenagers

A teenage victim of sexual assault has spoken out after her perpetrator was jailed today (Friday) for abusing her and her sibling.

Charles Wells, 66, of Linden Road, Bedford, was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child and four of sexual assault and has been handed a three-year prison sentence.

Wells targeted the young girl when she was just 15 years old and would touch parts of her body both under and over her clothing and talk to her inappropriately about things of a sexual nature.

She later discovered that Wells had also been abusing her teenage sibling, which had started around four years before.

When the allegations were put to Wells, he said they were ludicrous and denied abusing both teenagers.

In a victim impact statement, one of the victims said: “As a result of what he did, I no longer had the confidence to wear the same clothes as I used to. I felt that if he had those thoughts about me then other people might have the same thoughts.

“I used to be an open book and allow people into my life, but it now takes a long time for me to trust anyone new. I shouldn’t be feeling like this. In fact, I don’t involve myself in a lot of things that other girls my age are doing, such as going to parties and festivals, as I’m wary of what other people’s intentions are. I just don’t want to put myself in any situation that could put me in danger.

“I know what happened to me and I just need to find a way of getting over it. I find it better to look to the future rather than the past, and at the moment I want to just move forward and think positively.”