Convicted St Albans paedophile is sentenced for further crimes

A CONVICTED paedophile has been sentenced for two further sexual offences which came to light following media coverage of his original court case.

Colin Wray, 61, of Gorham Drive, St Albans, is currently serving a four-year sentence after admitting a history of sexual abuse on children between 1978 and 1987 at a previous hearing in 2009.

After his original sentence was handed down, the Herts Advertiser and its sister paper the Welwyn Hatfield Times carried the story of one of his victims after she waived her right to anonymity to encourage others who may have suffered similar abuse to speak out.

Two other victims did come forward and Wray pleaded guilty to two further sexual offences with children yesterday (Wednesday).

The first charge was for gross indecency on a 10-year-old child in 1984 at a bed and breakfast in Great Yarmouth and the second crime of indecent assault took place between 1974 and 1977 at an unknown location on a child between the age of eight and 11.

Judge John Plumstead sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment for both crimes to run concurrently with his existing jail sentence, half of which will have been served by December this year meaning he can be released on licence.

Wray will therefore not serve any additional time in custody or on licence despite the further convictions.

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Detective Constable Becky Crudgington said: “We are really pleased that these two victims found the courage to come forward as a result of reading media coverage of the earlier case against him. We hope they will now be able to put this behind them and move on with their lives. We would like to thank the media for the coverage of the original case.”