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Ex-care home worker John Davies who 'manipulated' and abused underage girls jailed

The court heard Davies abused one of his victims between the ages of eight and 11 in the mid to late 1970s Credit: Andrew Price

An ex-children’s home worker John Davies has been jailed for 24 years for sexually abusing three underage girls.

Mold Crown Court heard how Davies' offences took place over a thirty-year period between 1975 and 2007.

Davies, 61, of Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, was convicted of rape, three counts of indecent assault, two counts of gross indecency with a child, and two charges of sexual assault, at Mold Crown Court following a two-week trial.

He is the first man under the National Crime Agency’s Operation Pallial – the inquiry into allegations of past abuse in the North Wales care system – to be found guilty of sexually abusing girls.

The abuse of the first victim, reported in 2012, took place while Davies worked as a care worker at South Meadows Care Home, Prestatyn.

The court heard Davies groomed the teenage victim for several months before raping her.

The victim told investigators she met Davies because he continually promised to take her to see her family.

When the promise finally materialised, the court heard how Davies took her to a local pub where he bought her alcoholic drinks. He then raped her in the car on the way from the pub to her family’s home.

A short time after committing the attack, he resigned from his role at the care home.

As the investigation into Davies progressed, officers became aware of two further victims, not in the care system, who alleged Davies had raped and indecently assaulted them.

The first of those victims was abused by Davies between the ages of eight and 11 in the mid to late 1970s.

She told NCA investigators that Davies sexually abused her on multiple occasions in his home, and at least once at his workplace at an amusement arcade in Rhyl.

The third victim was sexually assaulted and raped by Davies in May 2007.

Davies is said to have used his position of trust to "abuse young and vulnerable girls" from an early point in his life.

NCA Senior Investigating Officer Philip Marshall said, “Like many child abusers, Davies controlled and manipulated his victims into thinking his relationship with them was normal. He groomed his victims at ages where they were too young to understand they were being harmed.”

One victim told NCA officers that he would switch from being a charming confidant to violent and aggressive.

Fear of being placed in or remaining in the care system prevented the victims from coming forward with their experiences for many years.

Philip Marshall added: “The victims who disclosed painful memories to officers of the abuse they experienced at a very young age are remarkable.

“I hope they can feel safe now Davies is behind bars and take some comfort in the sentence he has been given.”

Operation Pallial began in November 2012 at the request of Mark Polin, who was the Chief Constable of North Wales Police at the time.

Thirteen people have been convicted under the operation so far.