An Ellesmere Port man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for historic sex crimes.
David Lightfoot, 72, a publican in Wrexham but who lives in Parklands View, Little Sutton, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault against a man.
He was also convicted of sexual assault against a child during the court hearing on Friday 25 September.
Lightfoot was one of five men jailed for their role in a paedophile ring in the 1980s.
Former wrestler and Wrexham sex shop owner Mark Grainger, formerly known as Gary Cooke, aged 64, from Galway Road, Leicester, was convicted of 15 counts of indecent and sexual assault against children. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Former local radio presenter Roy Norry, aged 55, from Hamilton Road, Connah’s Quay, was convicted of six charges of indecent and sexual assault against a child. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Neil Phoenix, 63, of Windsor Road, New Broughton, Wrexham, was found guilty of the one charge he faced, indecent assault on a boy at the home of Gary Cooke, who was alleged to have been at the centre of a paedophile ring in the 1980s. Phoenix was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Former Metropolitan police officer Julian Huxley, 70, who at the time worked as a civil servant at Wrexham Barracks, was convicted of two charges of indecent assault on the main complainant, by a ten to two majority. He was sentenced to four and a half years.
Praise for victim's bravery
Referring to the victims, Judge Rowlands said: “It is a real testimony to their courage that they came forward to give evidence in a measured and most impressive way. They had to live with what you did to them.”
The judge said, during the trial, he had seen the profound effect the abuse had on the lives of the victims, while the defendants moved on, leading their lives “as if nothing had happened”.
The judge said Lightfoot had allowed free rein as far as drink was concerned at his pub, Snowy’s Bar, where some of the offences took place.
All five defendants must register with the police as sex offenders for life.
Ian Mulcahey, senior investigating officer with the National Crime Agency, said the defendants had acted as “a predatory group of paedophiles, taking advantage of vulnerable young boys.
“The five boys were young, vulnerable, sometimes isolated by family circumstances and manipulated by this group.
“They were no doubt chosen for these reasons and were groomed using a variety of treats including alcohol, car trips, pornography and above all attention.
“They were sexually abused and passed around by the group.
“The range of occupations of these men had could not have been more different, but their real common interest lay in the abuse of young children.
“Their grooming was carefully planned and continued over the period of the victim’s childhoods.
“The victims in this case have been brave in coming forward, firstly to speak to the Operation Pallial team and latterly to give evidence at court.”
The email address for members of the public to use to contact Operation Pallial, which brought the five men to court, is email@example.com.
The public telephone number for the incident room is 0800 118 1199.