Former Rhyl youth leader sentenced for historic sex offences against young boys
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A 73-year-old former youth leader has today been jailed for more than 10 years for historic sexual offences against two young boys.
Paul James Vaughan, of, Emlyn Grove, Rhyl, was sentenced at Mold Crown Court today after being charged with a number of offences dating from 1977 to 1984, during his time as a youth leader in Rhyl.
He admitted five counts of indecent assault against two boys and two counts of indecency with a child.
Vaughan was sentenced to a total of ten years and six months imprisonment and must register as a sex offender for life. He was also indefinitely banned from working with children and adults.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Gemma Smith, said: “Paul Vaughan is a dangerous sexual predator, who used his position of trust to abuse young boys left in his care.
“Child sexual abuse is extremely damaging and has a devastating effect on those children involved whose suffering continues throughout their adult lives.
“I commend the bravery of the victims who have spoken out after almost 40 years. They have showed courage and strength throughout. I hope they can now focus on moving forward with their lives with the knowledge that their abuser is now being held accountable for his crimes.
“I would encourage any other victims of historical sexual abuse to come forward safe in the knowledge that we will do everything in our power to pursue offenders and protect the most vulnerable in our society.”