Timothy Chambers conviction: Caution was no longer on St John leader’s record

A woman whose childhood sexual abusers were jailed earlier this month “wouldn’t have been in court at all” if a caution from the 1990s was still on record.

The mother of a girl who was assaulted in 1996 says that if the caution Timothy Chambers had received for that offence had remained on record he would not have been allowed to continue to work with children.

She was speaking after Chambers was jailed on Thursday, July 4, alongside Christopher Lawn, for sexually assaulting a girl in Llandrindod Wells.

Chambers, 51, of Loudon Square, Butetown, Cardiff, was found guilty after trial of three counts of sexual activity with a child, and was sentenced to five years in prison at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

He was a cadet leader for St John Ambulance, and it was through this position of “trust”, the court heard, that he met the girl he abused.

He also sexually assaulted a teenager in 1996, years before he went on to sexually abuse the victim in the case that went before the court.

For the first offence he received a caution, but it was no longer on his record. A fact which led the victim in the second case to say that she felt “let down by the police” in her impact statement read out in court.

“That’s why he was still working with young people,” said the mother of Chambers’ first victim. She went as far to say that he would never have been able to abuse the second girl and “trash her life”.