July 2010

OAP jailed for child sex attack 31 years ago

A LORRY driver who forced children to carry out sex acts on him in his cab and under the desk in his office was jailed for 13 years.

Keith Henderson, now retired, carried out a serious sex assault on one boy in a lorry park rest area on an overnight trip while another driver slept in the nextbunk, Reading crown court heard.

The incidents started happening 31 years ago and pensioner Henderson, 67, from Abergavenny, thought he would be taking his sexual secrets to the grave.

However, his hopes were dashed when police knocked on his door in August last year, after his victims plucked up courage to report what had happened to them.

A judge heard that the defendant got the same boy he attacked in his cab to perform a sex act on him under his desk when he was working at a petrol station – and would get him to do the same thing while he was driving.

Henderson, who now walks with the aid of crutches, carried out the attacks in Caversham, Berkshire, and in Monmouthshire.

The pensioner, who was 34 when the abuse started, confessed to carrying out the sex attacks for eight years during a police interview.

Henderson admitted 30 of the 47 charges brought against him. A further 17 alleged offences will lie on file.

The attacks began after the lorry driver had been released from jail having served three years of a four-year term for robbery.

Charles Ward-Jackson, prosecuting, said: “In 2009 police were finally contacted about this and the Thames Valley Police Child Abuse Unit was put on the case.

“The defendant was arrested at his home in Monmouthshire and said to officers ‘all that was 25 years ago now. I realised the error of my ways a long time ago but there is nothing I can do now’,” he said.

The prosecutor added that Henderson, living in sheltered accommodation, said: “I think I had lost a few of my marbles or something.”

Robin Shellard, defending, said that the defendant had made full admissions in police interviews.

“Mr Henderson does not want me to try to lessen or reduce his culpability for what he did. He totally expects and deserves to be punished,” he said.

He admitted nine counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child, 12 charges of gross indecency and seven serious sex attacks.

Judge Stephen John jailed the defendant for a total of 13 years.