North Wales care home owner convicted of serious sexual offences

27/11/2014

The owner and manager of 11 former children’s homes in North Wales has been convicted of 33 serious sexual offences, following a trial at Mold Crown Court.

John Allen, 73, had denied a total of 40 counts of serious sexual abuse, but was convicted on 33 counts after a seven-week trial. Allen was acquitted of two offences, while the jury failed to reach a verdict on four others. One alternative charge was dropped.

Allen was arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales. The offences took place over a period from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

Ed Beltrami, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales, said:

"John Allen is responsible for a shameful catalogue of abuse, carried out over a period of decades and impacting on a large number of victims.

"He targeted vulnerable young people in the most callous and calculating manner. He used intimidation and violence as weapons and took advantage of his position of power and influence.

"Thanks to the bravery and persistence of a large number of his victims, he has been made to face up to what he did in a criminal court.

"We cannot undo the distress and damage caused by Allen to his victims and those close to them, but we hope that they will regard today's convictions as another important milestone in their efforts to come to terms with what happened.

"Finally, I would stress that Operation Pallial is ongoing. It is vital that any public comment on this case does not undermine the work of the investigation and prosecution teams."