Parish Councillor jailed for child sex offences

01/02/2013

Michael Allfrey, aged 70, has today been found guilty at Hereford Crown Court of 15 child sex offences and sentenced to four-and-a-half years.

He was found guilty of 11 counts of sexual assault and four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The offences, against young boys, all took place over a five year period from 2006 to 2011 on the defendant's farm in Herefordshire.

David Elliott, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Michael Allfrey was not only a local Church Warden but also a Parish Councillor, so he was a man who was trusted and held in high esteem by the local community. However, there was a dark side to him and he abused his position of trust and authority to prey on young boys and sexually assault them.

"Young boys would visit Allfrey in order to experience the working environment of a farm. It was during these visits to his farm when he would abuse his victims. The boys would ride a tractor as well as a quad bike and the defendant would use these opportunities to sexually assault the young boys.

"It was after one brave boy reported the inappropriate behaviour of Allfrey to his teacher that a police investigation was launched.

"We understand how traumatic this experience must have been for the young victims, so I would like to pay tribute to their courage and thank them for their assistance with the prosecution case to bring this dangerous sexual predator to justice."