A PENSIONER has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in the 1980s.
The secret past of 77-year-old Reginald Dutton came back to haunt him when the victim, now a man approaching 40, turned up at his home in a drunken state and damaged his wife’s car.
Police were called and during the confrontation he told the defendant: “You don’t remember me do you, you pervert?”
Asked why he had done it, he told police that Dutton had taken him to a mountain when he was a young teenager and sexually assaulted him in his car.
They had been disturbed and he said Dutton then took him to his home where he sexually assaulted him again.
Dutton, he said, had threatened him not to tell anyone – or he would tell everyone in his village that he was gay.
The man, now married with children, had not forgotten what had happened in 1987 and had walked towards the defendant’s house in the past but lost his nerve.
But when drunk in December 2011 he went there and damaged the defendant’s wife’s car, prosecuting barrister Sion ap Mihangel told Mold Crown Court.
Dutton denied that any such thing had ever happened but the jury at Mold Crown Court convicted him of two indecent assaults.
Judge Niclas Parry told him: “You have been convicted of matters you frankly should have admitted.”
Mr Parry said he would now consider Dutton’s sentence, but said the matters crossed the custody threshold.
He told Dutton, of Rhyddin Hill, Caergwrle, he would sentence him in October and all options remained open. Dutton was bailed in the meantime.
The judge , summing the case up to the jury, said: “He was frightened to death, in particular the effect it would have on his parents and his grandparents who were religious people.”
But the abuse came to light when the complainant damaged Dutton’s wife’s car and Dutton had come out to see what was happening.
Interviewed by police, the complainant revealed what Dutton had done to him.
He told how he had jumped at the chance to make some extra money as a young boy when Dutton advertised for someone to accompany him and carry photographic equipment to help take wildlife photographs.
During a trip in a “green van” the pair had stopped for lunch in the vehicle and the conversation turned to girls before Dutton indecently assaulted the teenager.
He stopped only when another vehicle arrived and Dutton drove them back to his house, inviting the boy in after telling him his wife was out.
He went into a bedroom and the boy was again assaulted. When he drove him home, Dutton told the boy if he said anything he would tell his parents he was gay and he would be a laughing stock in his village.
Defending barrister Debra White asked the jury to consider what she described as inconsistencies in the complainant’s story.
It was claimed that Dutton had never owned a green van, did not have a moustache or a tattoo and did not smoke Woodbines, which had been the complainant’s recollection.