John Henderson – York

November 2017

Church musician who sexually abused three boys cut off victim’s hair as a trophy

A paedophile church musician who cut a lock of hair as a trophy from a boy he sexually abused has been jailed for eight years.

The boy was aged 10 to 11 when John Henderson showed him a pornographic magazine and told him to pull his trousers down in the 1970s.

The 63-year-old, who sexually abused two other boys, said he ‘liked boys’ and cut off the hair before allowing the boy to leave his flat.

Henderson’s victim, now a man in his 50s, felt ‘horrible, disgusted and dirty’ and was so traumatised he later suffered a mental breakdown, prosecutor Paul Abrahams told Bradford Crown Court.

The man came forward when he saw a press report about Henderson pleading guilty to ten offences of sexually abusing a boy aged between six and 14.

Henderson pleaded guilty to indecent assault and indecency with a child when he was between 19 and 21 and the boy was aged ten to 11.

He had earlier admitted seven counts of indecency with a child under 14 and three offences of indecent assault on a second male victim.

Judge Colin Burn told Henderson, of Neville Street, off Haxby Road, York, he was a serial child abuser. The judge said: ‘You have three sets of convictions before the courts for behaviour of this sort.’


October 2017

Paedophile must wait to learn his fate

A JUDGE has ordered probation officers to assess the risk a York paedophile poses for the public.

John Michael Henderson, 63, of Neville Street, off Haxby Road, York, has admitted 10 sexual offences against a boy under 14-years-old committed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

He has also admitted two sexual offences committed against a second boy under 14-years-old in the 1970s.

He has a conviction for a separate sexual offence committed in the 1980s.

Judge Colin Burn postponed sentence for the probation report.

Henderson was released on bail to return to Bradford Crown Court on November 24.

January 2016

Man, 61, admits sexually abusing a boy in Bradford

A MAN aged 61 has pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court to ten charges of sexually abusing a boy.

John Henderson, who committed some of the offences at a house in Bradford, today admitted three offences of indecent assault on a male person and seven counts of indecency with a child under 14.

The abuse took place between the late 1990s and 2004.

Henderson, of Neville Street, York, will be sentenced on February 11 after the preparation of a report from the probation service.

Judge Colin Burn rebailed him with a condition not to contact his victim.

Henderson was ordered to immediately sign on the sex offenders’ register.

He had denied the offences but pleaded guilty on the day of his trial.

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