Pensioner jailed for sexual assaults on children


Graham Boyle (79), originally of Bridgewater, appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Friday 22nd September for sentencing following his trial in which he was found guilty of a succession of sexual assaults on children under 13 years old.

The prolonged abuse of his young victims took place over a three-year period.

Sentencing him today His Honour Judge Evans said: "This was a series of despicable sexual assaults. The dignity of what these girls and their families have been through stands in stark contrast to your own behaviour. If you had the decency to admit your guilt from the outset, you would have spared them the needless worry they would undoubtedly have suffered in the run-up to a trial."

Boyle was jailed for 11 years and will be required to sign the sex offenders register for life and will also be barred from any employment or activity with children.

Senior Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service Lesley Ness said: "These sexual assaults had a dramatic impact on the victims and their families. They never felt they were able to tell anyone and we must therefore commend the bravery they have shown in coming forward to speak of their ordeals."