Ex prison officer jailed for string of sex assaults against children
A victim of a paedophile jailed for six and a half years for sex offences has said: “He should stay in prison until he dies.”
Charles Rose, 79, was arrested at home in Penwortham for a string of assaults against two young sisters in Kent in the early 1970s.
After his trial at Maidstone Crown Court this week, 45 years after his crimes, one of the girls, who was 10 at the time, said: “The sentenceis more than I expected. But as far as I’m concerned he should never come out.
“He deserves to be in prison for the rest of his life. And at his age there’s a chance he could well die in there.”
Former prison officer Rose, of Woodburn Grove, Penwortham, denied five charges of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child. But a jury found the case proved.
The offences happened while he was working at Maidstone Prison. He later moved to the Isle of Wight and subsequently up to the Preston area.
The victim, now in her fifties, said she and her older sister, who was 11 at the time, were groomed by Rose.
“He was so professional at it and very clever. It all started very subtly, letting us play with his dogs. Then he reeled us in.”
The sisters didn’t report the offences until 2010 – before the inquiry into Jimmy Savile changed the landscape of historic sex offences. The police originally dismissed the complaint, claiming one of the girls was an “unreliable” witness.
“I was really upset when they dropped it,” she said.
“We have lived with this for 45 years and it has had a profound effect on us.
“We didn’t think we would be believed because he was a prison officer. So for years I blamed myself, thinking he could later have assaulted others elsewhere, including up in Lancashire. I hope that by speaking out anyone who has suffered at his hands like we did will come forward.”
Pervert found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court after abusing girls
Justice caught up with an elderly pervert who molested two young girls more than 45 years ago, when he was jailed for six-and-a-half years this week.
Charles Rose was living in Staffa Road, Loose, when he committed the offences in the 1970s.
The 79-year-old, who has since moved to Penwortham in Preston, Lancashire, denied five charges of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child, but was convicted.
Maidstone Crown Court heard one of his victims told how the abuse changed her life and said she still felt the shame.
Judge David Griffith-Jones QC said evidence given by the two women was “harrowing and compelling”, even though they were talking about events which happened in the early 1970s.
“The evidence showed you took the opportunity over a period of many months to abuse each of them separately, but systematically,” he said.
Rose touched them indecently and got them to fondle him. He would kiss them inserting his tongue in their mouths.
“It is quite apparent your behaviour towards them had a very grave and lasting effect on them and persists until today,” said the judge.
One of the victims spoke about Rose having stolen her childhood and causing her lifelong problems, especially in relationships with others.
“For the long-term and persistent effects on the victims you must accept the full burden of responsibility,” Judge Griffith-Jones continued.
“I hope today may represent some degree of closure finally for them. Your culpability is very high in that your offending involved grooming.
“Your behaviour caused severe psychological harm to your victims. The assaults were numerous and sustained.”
The judge recognised that Rose’s wife had medical problems, including dementia, and the sentence would inflict punishment on her.
Although the pensioner had the matter hanging over him for a long period, he could have brought it to an end by admitting his guilt, the judge added.
Rose will serve half the sentence in prison and be on licence for a further year at the end of the full term. His name will appear on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.