Paedophile sentenced for further abuse

|News, Sexual offences

A children’s care home manager, who is already serving seven life sentences for abusing nineteen children, has been sentenced to another fourteen years’ imprisonment at Mold Crown Court.

John Allen, 78, was the managing director of the Bryn Alyn Community which provided accommodation for children in care during the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s in the Wrexham area.

In 2012, Operation Pallial commenced after North Wales Police asked the National Crime Agency to investigate claims of abuse at various care homes, leading to John Allen being convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

More victims came forward as a result of that and Allen was convicted of sexually abusing five more teenage boys over the three decades.

Karen Mullin, of the CPS, said: “The scale of the abuse committed by this one person is astonishing.

“For decades, he used his position of authority to groom and abuse vulnerable boys who often had nowhere else to go.

“John Allen’s victims have waited a long time to see him brought to justice. We hope it is of some comfort to them knowing that he now has."

Notes to editors

  • Karen Mullin is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales RASSO Unit.
  • John Allen (DOB: 22/7/41) was convicted of attempted buggery and seven indecent assaults.
  • The offending in this case took place between May 1976 and July 1992.
  • John Allen was sentenced to fourteen years and six months' imprisonment on 8 January 2020

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