September 2017

“Totally depraved” paedophile locked up for 17 years

A “totally depraved” paedophile was today jailed for 17 years for sex crimes committed more than two decades ago.

John Hunt, now 50, abused a girl when she was aged between 10 and 13, and while the defendant was in his late 20s and early 30s.

The Widnes man was cleared of rape, but convicted of indecent assault and indecency with a child, along with a charge of possessing indecent images of children.

He was arrested last year.

His victim was described as a “grown woman now” with a family of her own, Mold Crown Court was told.

Judge Rhys Rowlands emphasised that Hunt was a “defendant of particular concern” and while he would automatically serve half of his 17 years, it would be up to the Parole Board to see if he was reformed enough to be released.

Hunt, of Cowan Way, Widnes, had no previous convictions.

But he had displayed no remorse for these sex offences, the court heard.

Judge Rowlands described his offending as “historic”, which had taken a long time to come to court.

Hunt had groomed his victim from a very early age, he added, and the delay for the charges to come to light meant his victim had lived for many years with the sexual offences committed against her.

Judge Rowlands ordered him to register for life with the police as a sex offender.

Also imposed was a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will last all his life.