Six-year jail term for abuser who targeted children in 1970s

Posted on 17th March 2015

A 61-year-old man has been jailed for six years after admitting a series of offences dating back to the 1970s. Allan-Pettinger

Allan Pettinger was accused of abusing boys aged between nine and 15 while he was a leader of a St John Ambulance group.

He denied five counts of indecent assaults and one count of attempted indecent assaults.

A jury at Derby Crown Court found him guilty of all of the charges, and one of the two attempted indecent assault charges.

Pettinger, of East Street, Renishaw, was jailed for six years and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ registers for life.

The court heard that Pettinger, who was found guilty in February and sentenced on March 6, abused the boys on camping trips between 1972 and 1978.

His victims contacted police after the details of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal came to light.

DC James Wall, who investigated the offences, said he hoped the case would encourage victims of sexual offences to contact the police.

He said: “I would like to thank all the witnesses and victims who came forward to tell me about what had happened to them and what they had to endure at the hands of Allan Pettinger.

“Pettinger was a supervisor in the St John Ambulance charity in the 1970s when he committed these offences. Without the courage and bravery these men have shown by talking about their ordeal, Allan Pettinger would not have been brought to justice.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who has been subjected to any sexual offence, however long ago, to have confidence that their allegations will be investigated. Derbyshire Constabulary will take those allegations seriously and do everything possible to bring the case to court.”

Anyone who wants to talk to an officer about any offences or concerns can call Derbyshire police on 101.

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