Jail for 79-year-old prolific Peterborough paedophile

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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A prolific paedophile who offered cash to a 14-year-old boy for ‘a bit of fun’ in a Peterborough street has been locked up.

Dennis King (79), had stopped the youngster in Bretton to ask him for directions, before offering him money.

He said to the boy: “Do you earn money, do you work?

“Would you like to earn cash - I’m always up for a bit of fun.”

But the boy just walked off and told his mother about King’s behaviour, and the police were called.

On Friday King, of Fountain’s Place, Eye, was jailed for 13 months after admitting inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Peterborough Crown Court was told King committed his first sexual offence in 1958, and has a total of 31 sexual offences to his name.

When he committed the Bretton offence on July 28 this year he had only been released from prison a matter of months before, and was banned from speaking to boys aged under 16.

However, despite his lengthy criminal past, Roger Harrison, defending claimed King was ‘not a paedophile’ and he only offended as he had been abused as a child, describing King as suffering from ‘an illness.’

Cheryl Williams, prosecuting, had earlier told the court: “He is a registered sex offender managed at a very high level.

“Despite his senior years, he is still a danger to children.”

Judge Peter Murphy, sentencing, said: “It has been submitted you are not a paedophile. If that is the case, then frankly the term has no meaning, because that is exactly what you are.”

Judge Murphy added he felt the offer of money was a ‘disturbing factor’ in the case, and said: “You do represent a high risk to young boys in this general age range.”

King originally denied he had spoken to the boy, but after he was shown CCTV he pleaded guilty.

Along with the 13 month prison sentence, King is still banned from speaking to boys aged under 16, and also has to sign the sex offenders register.