John Allen, has been found guilty of 33 charges of sex abuse against child residents of the Bryn Alyn Community care homes.
Sex abuse charges
The 73-year-old, who is one known abuser of vulnerable children in his network of community care homes, has been found guilty of one count of indecency with a child, 27 counts of indecent assault, and six serious sex offences with 19 boys and a girl.
The children, aged between seven and 15 at the time, were residents of Allen’s 11 residential properties in the Wrexham area. The properties include the Bryn Alyn Hall, Pentre Saeson Hall, Bryntirion Hall, Cotsbrook Hall, and Gwastad Hall.
A “culture of fear”
The court heard that children regularly fled the homes, but Allen would often find them or collect them from the police station.
Prosecutor Eleanor Laws QC claimed that Allen sexually abused and tormented children as young as seven over a period of more than 20 years from the late 60s to the early 90s.
“John Allen was described by the boys as abusive and violent, often in
drink, in particular during the periods of sexual abuse.
“He created a sexualised atmosphere in the home alongside a culture of
fear. He was seemingly, without being called to account, able to
sexually abuse these boys on a regular basis.
“Some boys were picked out, groomed and turned into his favourites.”
She went on to say that those who plucked up the courage to go to the authorities were disbelieved or ignored, and the court was told that one boy alleged he saw Allen assault a child in front of a social worker without any comeback.
Advice and support from Hampson Hughes Solicitors
If you have any information regarding historical child sex abuse within the Bryn Alyn Community care homes, and you would like expert guidance and valuable support going forward, please contact Greg Neill on 0151 242 1069 or via email:
We will ensure that your case remains confidential, and that all guilty parties are held accountable.