Feb 2002

Charity worker molested boys

A charity worker who lured schoolboys to his home for sex sessions has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Barry Hamoniaux, 40, is alleged to have taken advantage of the boys when they stayed for “sleep-overs.”

Hamoniaux, former vice chairman of a Grays cerebral palsy group, was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault.

The jury took 11 hours and 55 minutes to reach their verdicts, all of which were by majority.

Hamoniaux did not involve youngsters who belonged to the cerebral palsy group, where the defendant helped to organise holidays and shows.

Judge Zoe Smith told the defendant: “I take into account your work with cerebral palsy sufferers over the years. However, there has been a serious breach of trust with the boys who came in contact with you.”

One of his young victims told the jury via a video link at Basildon Crown Court Hamoniaux plied him with whisky when he was aged 12.

Then the defendant molested him after downloading lewd images of boys on the internet.

The boy, now 14, claimed after he had supped the whisky given to him by Hamoniaux it made him so drunk he said he was “out of my head”.

The youngster said his brother urged the defendant to stop giving him drink and he remembered little more about it the next day.

Hamoniaux, of Hall Road, Aveley, denied giving the lad any whisky and claimed he had not acted indecently.

Another boy, aged 15, said he stayed at Hamoniaux’s home and was interfered with. “I was frightened and embarrassed,” he told the jury.

Hamoniaux said in a statement: “I would never harm a child or have conversations with them about sex.”

Following his conviction Hamoniaux’s name will be added to the national sex offenders’ register for life.