Man Aged 101 Is Jailed For Sexually Abusing Children

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By Heat Street Staff | 11:13 am, December 19, 2016

A 101-year-old man has been jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of committing a string of child sex offences.

Ralph Clarke of Erdington, Birmingham, is believed to be the oldest person convicted in British legal history.

Judge Richard Bond QC said Clarke had been guilty of “systematic abuse” between 1974 and 1983.

He was found guilty of 21 counts of abusing two girls and admitted nine charges relating to a boy during his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

He committed the offences when aged between 59 and 68. His victims reported his offences to West Midlands Police in August last year after seeing Facebook posts celebrating his 100th birthday.

Clarke is a former RAF serviceman who was born in March 1915.

The court heard the retired truck driver abused the girls at his house, his garden shed, and in the cab of his truck.

Judge Bond told Clarke: “You present as a fragile old man; however, what was plain to see was that, despite your guilty pleas, you have no remorse whatsoever.”

The court heard Clarke is the “oldest person tried in English criminal court”.

He had been able to follow proceedings because special arrangements had been made.

Passing sentence, Judge Bond said the case was so serious “only a lengthy sentence” was justified.

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