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Jailed boss wins cut in sex attack sentence
A BUSINESSMAN jailed for a range of sex offences against young girls has had his sentence cut on appeal.
Russell Kellar, 49, of Church Street, Southport, was jailed for four years at Chester crown court last March after allegations that he had subjected two girls to a campaign of abuse.
Kellar, who was well known in the town for his charity work, had admitted nine counts of indecent assault on a female, four of gross indecency with a child, and one of sexual assault on a girl under 13.
Kellar jailed for sexually abusing young children
MACCLESFIELD businessman Russell Kellar has been jailed for four years after admitting a range of sexual offences against young girls.
Kellar, 49, was sentenced to four years behind bars and four years of rehabilitation when he appeared at Chester Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday).
He must also sign on to the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and is not allowed to work with children.
Judge Roger Dutton said Kellar was well-known in the town for his charity and community work, and this showed he had positive attributes.
But, he told the defendant: “The sad fact remains that there is hidden in part of your character the desire and need to act inappropriately with young children.”
The father-of-four, who runs a menswear shop on Chestergate, pleaded guilty to abusing two young girls. The offending began in the late Seventies. The first girl was just eight years old when 19-year-old Kellar started to grope her. He continued abusing her until the early Eighties.
There was then a break of more than two decades before Kellar began abusing the other girl in 2001, when she was also eight-years-old. The abuse took place in several locations, including his caravan in Abersoch, and he told her that she would be sent to jail if she told anyone.
Kellar, who wore a pin-stripe suit and red tie in the dock and whose family were in court, was charged with 16 offences in all. He pleaded not guilty to two charges of gross indecency with one girl under the age of ten, but admitted two offences of gross indecency with her while she was under the age of 16.
He also pleaded guilty to another two offences of gross indecency with the second girl, while she was under the age of ten.
He also admitted nine offences of indecent assault on both girls and one count of sexual assault on the second girl while she was under 13.
Sean Brogan, counsel for the defence, said this was a case of a good man who had done bad things.
“Perhaps this is one of these unusual cases for the court, given his, well, frankly startling admissions, given his guilty pleas, there is another way forward other than custody.”
He said Kellar had already been punished immeasurably by the shame and embarrassment of having to tell his family and the family itself had been punished by the publicity surrounding the case. He said they would now all have to leave the town.
But Judge Roger Dutton said he had used the girls for his own sexual gratification and the case demanded a sentence of immediate custody.
Kellar’s Chestergate store is due to close within the next two weeks and his £600,000 Park Lane home is on the market.