A TEENAGE boy has admitted sexually assaulting three elderly women in separate attacks as they walked through Crewe.
The 15-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault at a hearing before Judge Roger Dutton at Chester Crown Court on Monday.
At the time of the attacks, which all took place within a seven-week period from May to July this year, the youth was aged just 14.
One of the victims was an 84-year-old woman who was attacked in an alleyway off Brierley Street on Monday, July 14.
Another, a woman aged 63, was indecently assaulted as she walked down an alley off Coleridge Way, on Friday, June 27.
The boy from Crewe, who appeared dressed in a white track-suit, was originally charged with five counts of indecent assault and one of indecent exposure.
He was due to face a four-day trial but changed his plea just days before the hearing, sparing his elderly victims the further trauma of giving evidence.
Owen Edwards, prosecuting, told the court the youngster's change in plea was acceptable and had meant a reduction in the charges he faced.
He added that his legal team would now be pursuing only those offences in which the victims made a 'full identification' of their assailant.
But he did ask Judge Dutton to allow the two remaining indecent assault charges to remain on file, a move that was not challenged by defence lawyers.
Nick Walker, defending, also said he would not be asking for any psychiatric reports to be carried out on the teenager before he is sentenced.
Judge Dutton called for a report on the boy to be drafted and orderedhim toreappearbeforethe court on Friday, January 9 for sentencing.
He added: 'The matters that we have dealt with today are very serious and the fact that you have pleaded guilty will be taken into consideration.'
Detectives at Crewe Police Station said they were satisfied with the conclusion of an investigation made more difficult by the age of the victims.
Det Sgt Alan Segrott said: 'We are happy that a successful outcome has been reached in what has been a long-running investigation.
'It was a case that was made all the more difficult by the fact that the victims were elderly women who were left traumatised by the attacks.'
The Chronicle was prevented from identifying the teenager by a strict legal order made yesterday.
No restrictions were in place for the hearing but a last-minute application before His Honour Judge Clarke was passed before we went to press.