May 2008

Maltby paedophile pensioner jailed after admitting 20-year child abuse

A PAEDOPHILE pensioner from Maltby is behind bars after sexually abusing young boys over a period of more than 20 years.

Peverted Peter Ingram, of Newlands Avenue, began his catalogue of sick offences almost two decades ago when he preyed on a 12-year-old boy.

Sheffield Crown Court this week heard how the 72-year-old menace encouraged the youngster to perform sex acts in front of him, showed him pornography and, on occasions, touched him.

Ingram has been forced to sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely after admitting three counts of indecent assault of a child under 14 and three of indecency with a child.

The first victim did not report his experiences until adulthood, realising what he had been through after watching a TV programme about child abuse.

By then, Ingram had already abused two other boys aged between 13 and 15.

“These were serious offences involving three separate victims and they spanned a number of years,” said Judge Graham Robinson.

Ingram has previously spoken to the Guardian about the troubled Tarran estate, where he has lived for more than 35 years. He set up a CCTV system to spy on the street from his front room – claiming it was because of trouble with yobs.

The 86 pre-fab properties on the estate have emptied since a relocation programme began in 2004.

Most are now empty and boarded up, with many in a rotten and rat-infested state. But Ingram refused to budge until the council came up with a ‘comparable’ offer.

Ingram has had a stroke and broken hip and was wheeled into court.

The court was told that he would be more vulnerable in prison than the average offender, but Judge Robinson told him: “The custody threshold is unquestionably passed.”

He was jailed for three years and banned from working with children for life