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COURT: Persistent offender jailed for indecent assaults on teenagers

COURT: Persistent offender jailed for indecent assaults on teenagersA PAEDOPHILE who started committing sex offences more than 40 years ago has been sent back to jail for more indecent assaults.

Dennis King groped a 19-year-old in a city bail hostel in which they were both staying, just weeks after his release from prison last year.

Now a judge has warned the 64-year-old that if he continues to seek sexual favours from children when he comes out later this year, he could end up spending the rest of his life in prison.

Jailing him for 12 months, Judge Hugh Mayor QC told King: You could, on order by me, be returned to prison to serve up to 10 years, but I don t think that is going to do any good.

I don t know how you are going to stop yourself, but the solution lies with you to stop committing offences.

If, when you come out of prison, you re tempted to seek sexual favours from children, you re going to end up in a position where you spend the rest of your life in prison.

King, who pleaded not guilty to five charges of indecent assault involving three young men, was found guilty of two of the allegations following a four-day trial.

He had approached the 19-year-old fellow resident in a toilet, grabbed his groin area through his jeans and offered him 10 for sexual favours. He later touched the 19-year-old s inner thigh.

King was also found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice by urging a friend, James Ludlow, to tell lies for him.

The jury could not reach a verdict on two other indecent assault

allegations concerning another teenager and the judge ruled should lie on file.

A fifth indecent assault charge was dropped after the witness revealed he had sexual relations with King with his consent while in prison.

DENNIS King cried in the dock of Peterborough Crown Court as defence barrister, Isobel Dakyns, told how he had twice tried to kill himself and had suffered two heart attacks.

King, who was given 12 months custody but will be out in September because of time served, wept after jurors heard how he was first convicted of sexual offences in 1958.

He continued to offend throughout the 1960s and 1970s, serving several prison sentences for offences involving young boys, including terms of three years, four years and seven years.

His previous offences included gross indecency, attempted buggery, taking indecent photographs of children and dishonesty.