November 2010

Jailed – the paedophile who preyed on victims during kung fu lessons

A PAEDOPHILE who used kung fu lessons as a way of snaring his victims has been jailed for eight years.

John Egan of Cobham Road in Cheltenham was jailed for rape and indecent assault today.

The 64 year-old denied two charges of rape and four of indecent assault on the six-year-old boy between 1987 and 1990, but a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict at his trial in October.

The court previosuly heard Egan had absued the boys during martial arts lessons.

He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for a number of sexual offences. This sentence includes eight years for two counts of buggery, with two further four year sentences for indecent assaults to run concurrently.

On release from prison he will be subject to a Sex Offenders Prevention Order which does not allow any contact with anyone under 16-years-old. He will also be on the sex offenders register for life.

DC Jane Harris from Cheltenham CID was leading the case, she said: “This has been a very emotive and difficult case to investigate.

“First and foremost I would like to thank all those who gave evidence during the trial.

“To experience this level of abuse in the first place is traumatic enough but then to have to relive it, for some, on more than one occasion is horrendous.

“The victim’s courage throughout has been incredible.

“I have over the last 18 months developed a strong rapport with him and his family and cannot express how much of a relief it has been for him to be believed, not just by the police and CPS, but by 12 members of the public.”

Egan previously served a year in prison after being convicted of separate sex offences against two brothers, although that conviction was later quashed on appeal.

DC Harris continued: “I know that both Egan’s previous victims were very stressed and anxious about having to give their evidence for the third time in front of a court.

“They have been incredibly strong in doing so and their support for this victim, a man they have never met is a tribute to them.

“I hope that with this sentence they feel some justice, having been through the process before and having had the devastating news that the verdict was successfully appealed due to procedural errors made during the trial in 1994.