Paedophile jailed 30 years on from assault

Roger Youngjohns
Roger Youngjohns
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A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed – 30 years after he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.

Roger Youngjohns ran a newsagents in Hayling Island at the time of the assault in 1982.

He was finally brought to justice after the victim felt brave enough to come forward, three decades after the attack, and the 66-year-old was sent to prison for 15 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said it was a weight off her shoulders.

She said: ‘I feel that justice has been done now. I’m hoping to start my life again. I’m hoping to finally be able to move on but I realise it’s going to be a long hard road.’

Youngjohns spent a decade in the navy and after leaving took over the former Sandy Point newsagents, in Creek Road, Hayling, from 1977 to 1983. Following that he moved with his family around the country running newsagents.

At his trial at Lincoln Crown Court the grandfather, of Cameron Street, Heckington, denied two counts of indecent assault on a child under 16 between July 1981 and July 1982. He was found not guilty of one and guilty of the other.

As well as prison he was disqualified from working with children for life.