Jail for ‘de­praved and wicked’ ex-cop

88-year old had com­mit­ted ‘vile’ of­fences against young girls

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AFRAIL for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer has been told he is likely to die be­hind bars af­ter he was handed a 23-year jail sen­tence for a string of vile sex crimes against young girls in the 1970s.

James Glen­den­ning, 88, from Red­dish, com­mit­ted some of the sick­en­ing of­fences while he was still a Pc else­where in the coun­try.

A judge slammed him for the ‘ut­terly de­praved and ut­terly wicked’ abuse.

A court heard hor­rific de­tails of the crimes he com­mit­ted against two girls.

One of his vic­tims wept when Glen­den­ning, who needs a frame to walk, was jailed by a Crown Court judge sit­ting at Man­ches­ter and Sal­ford mag­is­trates court.

Glen­den­ning, who served with the Royal Ar­tillery, left West Mid­lands Po­lice in the 1970s fol­low­ing a 17-year ca­reer.

He de­nied one charge of rape, 10 counts of in­de­cent as­sault, and four counts of in­de­cency with a child.

Glen­den­ning was con­victed of all counts fol­low­ing a trial.

The court ear­lier heard he threat­ened one of his vic­tims with the cane if they told any­one about the abuse.

Dur­ing one at­tack, one of the girls screamed in pain and begged Glen­den­ning to stop, the court heard.

Judge David Stock­dale QC, the Recorder of Man­ches­ter, told the de­fen­dant he didn’t have to stand in the dock be­cause of his phys­i­cal con­di­tion as he passed sen­tence.

“You com­mit­ted grave of­fences of sex­ual as­sault... at a time when they were young girls. Your of­fences were ut­terly de­praved and ut­terly wicked,” he told the de­fen­dant.

The judge said Glen­den­ning ‘betrayed’ the girls’ trust, de­scrib­ing his crimes as ‘ut­terly de­grad­ing’.

“The girls sub­mit­ted to you be­cause they had no choice,” he added. “You now bring dis­grace to your for­mer pro­fes­sion as a serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cer. It’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a more gross be­trayal of trust placed in you by in­no­cent young girls.”

Glen­den­ning’s two vic­tims were forced to live with the mem­ory of the abuse for 40 years, although one of them went to po­lice in the 1980s.

“She went to the po­lice but her ac­count was not be­lieved. That was dev­as­tat­ing for her,” said the judge.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ‘re­launched’ af­ter an­other com­plaint in 2015, the court heard. Speak­ing di­rectly to the de­fen­dant, The Recorder con­tin­ued: “You mean­while have lied and lied again. Your lies have now been ex­posed.”

Judge Stock­dale said Glen­den­ning’s two vic­tims had suf­fered ‘ap­palling trauma’, de­scrib­ing their feel­ings of fear, iso­la­tion as well as psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems, ill­health, self-harm and dif­fi­culty in form­ing re­la­tion­ships and feel­ings of guilt, de­scribed by the judge as ‘en­tirely un­founded and un­jus­ti­fied, but a re­al­ity none­the­less’.

He ac­knowl­edged that the 23-year sen­tence would mean the de­fen­dant would spend the rest of his life be­hind bars.

‘It’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a more gross be­trayal of trust’

●●James Glen­den­ning pic­tured out­side the court

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