Chafford pensioner facing jail for historic child sex acts

A CHAFFORD pensioner who systematically abused four young girls is facing jail.

Alfred Chadwick, 70, preyed on the four girls, whose ages ranged from six to 13, at various locations in east London between March 1979 and March 1994.

Chadwick admitted to eight counts of indecent assault and one of indecent conduct towards a young child at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

He denied a further 30 historic sex offences including rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and indecent conduct towards a young child.

The four victims, now adults who cannot be named for legal reasons, looked on from the public gallery accompanied by friends and family as Chadwick entered his pleas. One scoffed and walked out of court when it was suggested that Chadwick was an active member of his local church. Chadwick was supported in court by his wife and friends.

“We have considered these pleas and as you know the victims are all here and we have discussed at great length what to do,” said Rossano Scamardella, prosecuting.

“The decision has been taken, discussing with them, the police and the CPS, that these pleas – while none of the victims suggest that is all that happened – pragmatism has taken over and we have decided that these are acceptable pleas and we do not seek a trial on the other matters.

“In due course we will ask the court to leave them on the file.”

Julia Smart, for Chadwick, made an application to adjourn sentencing so that reports could be drafted. “Mr Chadwick is a man of good character now aged 70,” said Ms Smart.

She added that since the investigation started two years ago there had been no contact with any of the complainants and so Chadwick could remain on bail ahead of sentencing.

“I want to make it clear to you that you must reappear,” said Judge David Radford. “If you fail to do so – I am in no way forecasting that – you would be committing a further offence. The fact that you have been granted bail and the fact that I have asked for a pre-sentence report to know all the relevant matters as well as what risk you present currently to all the victims in no way indicates the type of sentence the court may have in mind. You will face an almost inevitable prison sentence. You must prepare yourself for that.”

Chadwick, of Catharine Close, Chafford Hundred was released on conditional bail ahead of sentencing on 25 February.

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