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Ex-police chief who won £375,000 libel damages after
being accused of involvement with paedophiles now faces jail for
abusing teenage boys 

  • Gordon Anglesea, 79, used his position to abuse victims at school in Wales
  • Former superindendent was convicted of four counts of indecent assault
  • Sick attacks were from 1982 to 1987 while he was an inspector in Wrexham
  • At special school Anglesea ran in 1980s he made boys do naked sit ups
A former police chief has been found guilty of the historical sexual abuse of teenagers at a ‘naughty boys’ home in Wales.
Ex-superintendent
Gordon Anglesea, 79, used his position and ‘connections with authority’
to molest his two victims, while running a reformatory school in North
Wales, Mold Crown Court heard.
He
was convicted today of four counts of indecent assault and cleared of
one count of buggery between 1982 and 1987, against two boys, both aged
14 or 15 at the time, following a six-week trial.
Ex-superintendent Gordon Anglesea, 79, used his position and 'connections with authority' to molest his two victims, while running a reformatory school in Wales (pictured, with his wife)

Ex-superintendent Gordon Anglesea, 79,
used his position and ‘connections with authority’ to molest his two
victims, while running a reformatory school in Wales (pictured, with his
wife)
The father-of-five stood still in the dock and gave no reaction as the guilty verdicts were given.
The
jury heard Anglesea was accused of having ‘a connection’ to notorious
North Wales paedophile John Allen, along with others who were part of a
paedophile ring operating in the region using children’s homes as cover
for their abuse.
Anglesea,
a police inspector in Wrexham in the 1980s, with a number of the
children’s homes on his patch, was alleged to have abused a boy
trafficked to him by Allen from a home. 
Suspicions against Anglesea had first been raised by the media in 1991.
Rumours
circulated after he was named as a regular visitor to children’s homes
who had resigned suddenly and without explanation from his police job,
as questions about abuse in homes were growing.
However,
in 1994 Anglesea won damages of £375,000 in a joint action against the
Independent on Sunday, The Observer, HTV and Private Eye, which were
ordered to pay his sizeable legal costs.  
Anglesea,
from the Colwyn Bay area of Wales, had run a Home Office attendance
centre in Wrexham in the 1980s where teenage boys convicted of petty
crime would be given a ‘short, sharp, shock’.
At
the facility boys were given a military-style physical training,
marches and parade sessions along with woodwork classes on Saturday
afternoons.
Anglesea was accused of having 'a connection' to notorious North Wales paedophile John Allen (pictured)

Anglesea was accused of having ‘a connection’ to notorious North Wales paedophile John Allen (pictured)
Anglesea
would ‘inspect’ the parade, make the youngsters do naked sit-ups and
squat thrusts, then loiter around the showers ‘with a smirk on his
face’.
Three
of the assaults took place at the attendance centre, against one boy
who was ‘last back to the showers’ after a cross-country run, the jury
heard.
During
evidence from the witness box, the victim, now in his forties and who
cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: ‘I’m here to look him in
the eye. Evil. A policeman. He’s ruined my life.’
The
other victim said he was first sexually assaulted by Allen while in
care and living at the Bryn Alyn home and the abuse sometimes involved
other adults when he was ‘handed around like a handbag’.
On
one occasion at a house in Mold, Anglesea ‘grabbed him by the hair’ and
forced him to perform oral sex on him, calling him ‘scum’ and telling
the boy he had the ‘power to send him away’.
Another
witness, who was  also abused by a paedophile ring involving Allen,
said he saw Anglesea at the home of Gary Cooke, another convicted
paedophile.
The defendant started his police career in 1957 in Cheshire after serving in the Royal Air Force.
He
transferred to Wrexham in 1976, was promoted to the rank of inspector
and ran the attendance centre between 1979 and 1987, before retiring as a
superintendent in 1991.
While
Anglesea rose through the ranks, both his victims had led ‘chaotic’
lives, descending into crime, drugs and alcoholism as a result of the
abuse.
Eleanor
Laws QC, prosecuting, told the court Anglesea’s defence amounted to,
‘look at me and look at who they are, how can you believe them?’
But
Ms Laws told the jury the victims must have been giving ‘Oscar-winning
performances’ if they were lying and suggested their evidence was ‘raw,
credible and real’. 
Anglesea
denied all charges and told the court he had cause to attend at the
Bryn Alyn and Bryn Estyn children’s homes to administer cautions to
boys.
The court heard how another victim said he was first sexually assaulted by Allen while in care and living at the Bryn Alyn home

The court heard how another victim said he was first sexually assaulted by Allen while in care and living at the Bryn Alyn home
Anglesea
told the court he was the victim of a malicious ‘conspiracy of lies’ by
men bitter about how their lives had turned out and motivated by
claiming compensation money.
Tania
Griffiths QC, defending Anglesea, described the allegations as ‘arrant
nonsense’ and accused his victims of ‘crocodile tears’ while telling
‘whopping great lies’.
She
dismissed the trial as a ‘smokescreen’ and said the ‘system’ in the
wrong hands was a ‘licence to print money’ for people to make up claims
of child sex abuse. 
Anglesea
dodged the cameras of TV crews and photographers waiting outside court
for him, by slipping out of the rear exit, a privilege not normally
afforded to convicted paedophiles.
Ed
Beltrami, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service
Wales, said: ‘Gordon Anglesea abused a position of power and authority
in order to prey on very young and vulnerable victims.
‘I
would like to thank the victims, survivors and witnesses who had the
courage to come forward and provide important evidence in this case.
Anglesea’s conviction today is a direct result of the prosecution being
able to call on first-hand accounts of what happened.
Anglesea dodged  TV crews and photographers waiting outside Mold Crown Court for him, by slipping out of the rear exit, a privilege not normally afforded to convicted paedophiles

Anglesea dodged TV crews and
photographers waiting outside Mold Crown Court for him, by slipping out
of the rear exit, a privilege not normally afforded to convicted
paedophiles
‘Operation
Pallial continues to have success in bringing perpetrators of abuse
against children to justice and today’s conviction of Gordon Anglesea
represents another important milestone in that process.
‘I
hope that it will also prove to be a meaningful step in the recovery
process of his victims, who have had to live with what happened for a
long time before seeing their abuser brought before the court.’
Outside
court, Barry Jones, who said he was physically abused after being sent
to Bryn Estyn Children’s Home in the 1970s for petty crime, said justice
had finally caught up with Anglesea and others like him.
He
said: ‘Nobody believed you in those days. Nobody wanted to listen to
you. I think people are starting to see things for what they are.’
Mr
Jones, who attended the trial, said he remembered seeing Anglesea at
the home, though he was not abused by him, and described the former
policeman as ‘incredibly arrogant’.
He
added: ‘Yesterday he was sat reading a supplement in the newspapers
about holidays. He thinks he’s above the law. The man is despicable.

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