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 An investigation by the National Crime Agency, working together with the Kenyan Police Child Protection Unit, has resulted in the conviction of a pensioner for sexual abuse

Over a period of around 20 years, the 72-year-old made friends with a number of families living in a remote Kenyan village.

He financially sponsored several of the families, providing household goods, clothing, medical treatment and paying for their children’s education.

During the visits he would take groups of children out of the village for day trips. He would buy them sweets, make-up, take them for meals and often invited them to stay in his hotel rooms.

On several occasions in 2016 and 2017 he sexually assaulted and raped two of the girls, while they stayed in hotels with him.

An investigation was launched after concerns were raised by a hotel guest and the man, who had returned the UK, was arrested in February 2017. In preparation for the trial, the Crown Prosecution Service worked with the Kenyan authorities to enable one of the victims to give their evidence via video-link from Kenya.

He appeared in Leeds Crown Court where he was found guilty of four counts of rape, three counts of assault by penetration, four counts of sexual assault and two counts of perverting the course of justice. He is due to be sentenced on 17th July.

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