July 2016

Margate paedophile, 83, jailed for eight years


An elderly paedophile, who sexually assaulted children in Margate after winning the trust of their families, has been jailed for eight years.

Ernest John Pennington, formerly of High Street, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and two counts of assault of a child under 13 by digital penetration.

He must also serve an additional four years on licence, and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, to run for five years from his release.

An investigation was launched by Kent Police after one of his victims, a girl, reported she had been assaulted in 2015 whilst visiting a friend’s house.

A further victim came forward during witness enquiries and reported that Pennington had assaulted her on a number of occasions and warned her that if she tried to tell anyone, he would go to prison, and all of her friends would find out about it.