Penrith man jailed for life for sexually abusing children for four decades


A 58 year old man has today been given a life sentence with a minimum of 13 years for sexually abusing four children between 1975 and 2015 in Carlisle and Penrith.

Arthur Warwick pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 29 counts of sexual abuse against children, including multiple incidents of indecent assaults, rape and buggery relating to three male and one female victim who were aged between nine and 15 years at the time. He also pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to meet a child following grooming after sending sexually explicit messages to who he thought was a 13 year old boy, but who was in fact a law enforcement officer.

Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "Arthur Warwick is a dangerous sexual predator who got away with molesting young boys and a girl for many years, in the worst case of prolonged sexual abuse I have ever dealt with.  

"Today his crimes have eventually caught up with him as he begins this life sentence. Due to the seriousness of the offences, he has to serve a minimum prison term of 13 years, after which it will be decided whether or not he still poses a risk to society before his release date is considered.

"Throughout the 40 years he showed a distinctive pattern of behaviour by befriending children and gaining their trust. He plied some of them with cigarettes and sweets before subjecting them to most appalling sexual assaults.

"The sexual abuse of young people strips away their innocence and their trust in adults who they should be able to look up to as role models. It has long lasting impacts on their lives, not only at the time but well into their adult lives and could have significant effects on all their future relationships.

"I would like to thank each victim for showing immense bravery in coming forward and standing up to their abuser, which has enabled us to bring this man to account for his crimes. I sincerely hope that following today's sentence, they can begin to move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been served.

"The Crown Prosecution Service and police urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the offences took place, to come forward and report it to the police, and we will support them in every way possible throughout the process."