Eight charged following investigation into child abuse

04/11/2011

The Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex has authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge eight individuals with sexual child abuse.

John Locke, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: "I have authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge seven men and a woman with a total of 61 charges mainly of sexual assaults against children under the age of 16 and 13 years old.

"One male and five females aged now 14 to 26 years, were allegedly the victims of sexual abuse between 1988 and 2009 at addresses in Basingstoke, Bishops Green [Hampshire], Blackpool, Blackburn, Lytham St Annes [Lancashire], Reading [Berkshire] and parts of London.

"It is also alleged that a woman now aged 40, was also the victim of sexual abuse between 1977 and 1984, bringing a total number of seven victims.

"We have worked closely with Hampshire Constabulary right from the outset in what appears to be an opportunist group of paedophiles. It is alleged that the offences were committed, in Berkshire, Hampshire, Lancashire and some parts of London.

"We would like to remind the media that court proceedings are now active and that they should not publish anything leading to the identification of the alleged victims.

"These defendants have been charged with serious offences and are entitled to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported, which could prejudice any trial.

The defendants will appear in court on 10 November at Andover Magistrates' Court.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The names and addresses of the defendants and their charges are listed below:

  • Paul Thomas, 48, of Western Way, Basingstoke, charged with 36 offences:  22 offences relate to indecent or sexual assault against children, two offences relate to rape of a child, once offence relates to voyeurism, 10 offences relate to the making and possession of indecent images of children and one offence relates to the possession of extreme pornography.
  • Paul Flynn, 29, of Bath Road, Reading, charged with seven offences; five relate to sexual/indecent assault of a female child, one relates to the rape of a female child and another to the attempted rape of a female child
  • William Flynn, 31, of Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, charged with two offences, both relate to sexual / indecent assaults of a female child.
  • Timothy Pittway, 48, of Mermaid Close, Winnersh, Berkshire, charged with two offences, one relates to an indecent assault and one is an offence of rape.
  • Jerry Lee Howe (AKA) Stephen Ledniczky, 39, of Dunnyshop Avenue, Accrington Lancashire, is charged with seven offences; four offences of indecent or sexual assault of a female child and three offences of attempted rape of a female child.
  • Michloss Ledniczky, 36, of Duddon Avenue, Fleetwood, Blackpool, Lancashire, is charged with one offence relating to the indecent assault of a female child.
  • Jenny Winchcombe, 63, of Bute Avenue, North Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire, charged with three counts of neglect, all relating to wilfully allowing the exposure of female children to sexual harm.
  • Andrew Hulse, 67, of Wellington Crescent, Baughurst, Tadley, Hampshire, charged with three counts of indecently assaulting a female child.

2. Local media should contact Marie-Dominique Meunier on 02380 673809.