Teenage paedophile jailed 24 years after attack

Jon Spencer

Jon Spencer

First published in News

A TEENAGE paedophile who preyed on two young boys has been jailed for 10 years more than 24 years after committing the crimes.


Jon Spencer, of Lapwing Grove, Palacefields, Runcorn, had befriended his two victims in the 1980s before finally abusing them.


Sentencing him Judge Roger Dutton said: “This was calculated, you knew precisely what you were doing.


“The impact on these two now grown men has been significant.


“I saw both giving evidence and the impact on the events is as raw now as it was at that time.


“It’s had a significant effect on there ability to form lasting relationships with others because it’s the spectre of what happened at your hands which comes close to the front of their mind at all times.”


Warrington Crown Court heard on Friday how Spencer, now aged 41, started his abuse at the age of around 16.


He was found guilty of a string of sexual assaults on the two boys after a trial.


Oliver King, prosecuting, said: “The defendant befriended two boys back in the 1980s, they looked up to him because he was a good skateboarder, he would spend time alone with them and took advantage of them.”


John Broadley, defending, said he had not committed any other sexual offences since these ones and that he had committed the offences between the age of 16 and 18.


He added: “The defendant is now in his early 40s and nearly 25 years has passed since the commission of these offences.


“He has worked throughout that period of time and has had a stable relationship for more than 13 years.”


Ordering him to sign on to the sex offenders register for life Judge Dutton added: “It’s to be hoped that the conclusion of this will help them to reach some closure. At last they will be able to move forward.”

 

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