Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Salvation Army youth leader jailed for child sex

Youth leader jailed for child sex
A Salvation Army youth leader has been jailed for seven years after being convicted of sexually assaulting an underage girl who had a crush on him.
Carl Shelton, 44, of Thong Lane in Gravesend, Kent, committed a series of offences between September 2003 and July 2004, Maidstone Crown Court heard.
The jury was told the married man took the girl to local beauty spots, where he would engage her in sexual activity.
His defence counsel said Shelton continued to maintain his innocence.
Simon Wickens said his client, who taught musical instruments, had devoted much of his life to the Salvation Army and ran a youth club for teenagers.
“ The victim developed a crush that he exploited for his own sexual purposes ” Judge Charles Macdonald
He had also been involved in church choir from the age of 12.
He was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault, one of indecency with a child and two counts of sexual activity with a child.
He was acquitted of two indecent assault charges at the seven-day trial in March.
Passing sentence, Judge Charles Macdonald said: "The victim developed a crush that he exploited for his own sexual purposes."
He added that pressure was put on the victim to continue the relationship and that "the offences displayed a gross breach of trust".
The judge also imposed a 15-year sexual offences prevention order banning Shelton from working with under-16s.
Story from BBC NEWS: 2009/05/05 15:27:22 GMT© BBC MMIX

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Nasty little rat deserved everything he got. He kept fondling and jostling my wife when she was a member of the SA and she didn't want to bring disrepute on the organisation by prosecuting it. I wish she had. Maybe it would have saved this child such an experience.