Widnes Pensioner Convicted For Historical Sexual Offences

An 84-year-old man who “ruined” the lives of four young boys by sexually abusing them was jailed for 15 years today.

A jury convicted James Reilly of a total of 14 counts which included serious sex offences  occurring in Widnes in the late 1980s.

Jailing the pensioner Judge Anill Murray said,  "What you did to them has ruined their lives. You thought you had got away with it but the complainants have had the courage to bring you to justice.”

The judge said that Reilly had taken advantage of the victims, “you groomed them, showed them pornography and plied them with alcohol so they would be more likely to do as you wanted.”

He added that Reilly, of Abbey Road, Widnes, had shown no remorse. In addition to the jail sentence he imposed an extra year on licence after his release.

During the trial the jury at Liverpool Crown Court heard that Reilly abused the boys, two of them brothers, over a two year period when they were aged between eight and 11 years old.

David Watson, prosecuting, said that over the following years when the victims were older they separately told various people what had happened to them.

A relative of one of them contacted the police about what he had told him and shortly afterwards his younger brother also contacted the police about Reilly’s sexual activities with him.

Reilly voluntarily surrendered to Widnes police station in November 2015 and was interviewed on various occasions. He denied knowing any of the boys but all four victims picked him out on identification parades and one also pointed out where the offences had occurred.


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