Cumbria police have responded to the sentencing of a former cannon of Carlisle Cathedral.
Ronald Johns was jailed for four years after admitting sex offences against two boys dating back 20 years.
Temporary Detective Inspector Gary McFadden was the investigating officer he said:
“Today’s court appearance marks the end of a twelve month long police investigation which only began due to the bravery of the victims who had the strength to come forward and report what had happened to them all those years ago. This takes remarkable strength and they have remained our focus throughout the investigation. Many of those victims were in court today to see justice being brought by the sentence which was imposed.
“Johns abused his position of trust to commit heinous crimes against children - and now, almost 20 years on, he has received his punishment.
“Cumbria Police take allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously – no matter when the offences were committed. We would encourage any victims of crime to contact us and we will do all we can to support you and bring offenders to justice.”
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