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.’