Man ad­mits to sex­u­ally as­sault­ing four chil­dren

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A 78-YEAR-OLD man will be sentenced next month after plead­ing guilty to sex of­fences against four chil­dren who were in his care be­tween 1978 and 1987 at a board­ing school.

Gif­ford Hugh Jones pleaded guilty at Ayles­bury Crown Court to nine counts of in­de­cent as­sault on a boy un­der the age of 14 years and five counts of gross in­de­cency with a boy un­der the age of 14 years.

The of­fences took place in the 1970s and 1980s against four vic­tims aged be­tween six and nine years old, at Drom­e­nagh School, in Seven Hills Road, Iver, which closed down in 1996.

Jones was a house par­ent at the school.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Det Con Jo Dolder of the child abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit at Ayles­bury po­lice sta­tion said: “The vic­tims were young, vul­ner­a­ble boys in the care of Jones when he com­mit­ted th­ese of­fences against them.

“It has taken great courage for them to come for­ward to bring him to jus­tice after so much time has passed, but his ad­mis­sion of guilt will, I hope, make it feel worth­while for them, know­ing their abuser will fi­nally face the con­se­quence of his ac­tions.”

Jones has been re­manded in cus­tody to be sentenced at Ayles­bury Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 30. Jones’ ad­dress was with­held due to le­gal rea­sons.

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