Danger to children jailed for six years

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A MAN described as a naïve and simple man, has been locked up for six years after he was branded a danger to children.

Russell Lee Kynaston, of Smelt House Lane in Oswestry, admitted digital penetration of an 11-year-old girl in the Wrexham area.

Mold Crown Court heard he had a previous similar conviction which related to another child, a boy.

Judge Niclas Parry ordered a six year prison sentence and said that in order to protect children in future there would be an additional two years supervision.

Kynaston, 35, was placed on the sex offender register for life and a SOPO, a sex offenders’ prevention order, was made to stop him associating with children unsupervised.

Judge Parry told Kynaston it was the second time in five years he had offended.
Despite support and supervision following the first offence, he had taken advantage of a very young child for his own sexual gratification.

The judge said he had read of the defendant’s psychological difficulties, and he accepted the offence was not pre-meditated.

But he had his wits about him sufficiently to offer the victim a financial incentive not to report the matter and he had also tried to deflect blame.

The defendant was a man who found it easy to become very friendly with young children.

“I am entirely satisfied that you pose a significant risk of serious harm to young children,” the judge told him.

But he was also satisfied the risk could be managed by an extended sentence.
John Hedgecoe, prosecuting, told how Kynaston touched a girl under her clothing and indecently assaulted her.

He offered the child aged 11, £20 if she did not report it.

But she did so immediately, the police were called and when interviewed he admitted what he had done but denied offering her money.

Ray McVeighty, defending, said there had originally been issues over fitness to plead. Kynaston had accepted advice and pleaded guilty at an early stage.

Kynaston, he said, was a naïve man, extremely un-worldly, who came across as a simple man.

“He is a country man, a simpleton, who comes from a good rural family. He has worked the land, he can read and write but not well, he lives at home with his parents and has never had a girlfriend,” he said.

The offence occurred with no pre-planning, there were no physical injuries and there was an absence of serious aggravating features.

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