April 2018

Former Salvation Army members jailed for sexual abuse in 70s and 80s

Three men have today jailed for sexually abusing young female members of the Salvation Army in Blackpool in the 1970s and 1980s. 

William Tomkinson, 70, Trevor Worthington, 88, and his son Philip Worthington, 64, were found guilty at in March at Preston Crown Court of a total of 23 offences relating to two victims.

They were sentence at the same court on 23 April.

The charges included indecent assault, indecency with a child and attempted rape. The offending took place in a number of locations around Blackpool including at the Blackpool Salvation Army Citadel.

Derek Smith, 68, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault against one of the women at an earlier hearing.

William Tomkinson first abused one of the girls in the 1970s when she was 11 years old whilst giving her a lift home. He was treasurer for the Salvation Army at the time.

Philip Worthington began to abuse the same girl when she was 13 years old and Derek Smith abused her when she was 14 years old. 

When the victim told Trevor Worthington about the abuse, including that his son had been one of the perpetrators, Worthington himself began abusing her.

During a police investigation into the first victim’s allegations, a second victim came forward to report that Tomkinson and Philip Worthington had sexually abused her in the 1980s, from when she was 15 years old.

Tomkinson was jailed for four years.

Trevor Worthington was jailed for 12 months and Phillip Worthington received a jail sentence of eight years and three months

Derek Smith received 15 months in prison, suspended for two years.