THIS is the face of monster Ronald Anderson, locked up for more than 20 appalling sex crimes against pre-teen schoolgirls.
Father-of-four, Ronald Anderson, could spend the rest of his life behind bars after Recorder of Chester Judge Elgan Edwards branded him “dangerous”.
The 48-year-old last month pleaded guilty to 23 sickening sex offences against young girls he lured to his home.
Prosecutor Simon Mills told Chester Crown Court: “A significant number of members of the Winsford community have been affected by this man’s conduct.
“He made the circumstances in his home as attractive to children as possible. He had a large paddling pool which he encouraged them to use, there were computer games for them to play, late night television and films that were not appropriate. There appear to have been no rules.
“And he exploited these children for his own sexual gratification.”
The depraved acts he committed included twice attempting to rape a 10-year-old girl, forcing an 11-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him and sexually assaulting a number of young female visitors to his home.
He also admitted taking and possessing indecent pictures of his victims, and ordering one terrified victim to strip naked.
Mr Mills said all nine victims had “clearly been very damaged”, and several had been left “feeling physically sick” and suffering flashbacks and nightmares.
One victim was living in Anderson’s home when the offences against her occurred after leaving home due to “family problems”.
“She was particularly vulnerable and the defendant was placed in a high position of trust,” said Mr Mills. “It would appear he was helping out when, in fact, he was abusing her.”
Judge Elgin Edwards told Anderson. “You made your house like a honey pot for young girls to come,” he said.
“They imagined they were going there for pleasure, innocent pleasure, and he was using them.
“You encouraged them to come to your home and you engaged in perverted sexual acts with them to satisfy your own lusts.
“You are dangerous and you pose a significant risk of serious harm to the public.”
Police welcome sentence
Anderson can apply for parole after five years, but was warned he might never be freed.
Speaking to the Chronicle after Monday’s hearing, Det Sgt Simon Newell, who led the investigation, said: “It’s almost a life sentence and he’ll be locked up until the Probation Service are convinced he doesn’t pose a risk to the public.
“Until he can satisfy them of that he will be detained indefinitely because he has been deemed a danger.
“We are pleased with the result and all the families we’ve spoken to are pleased. It has given them some closure but we will work with social services and the NSPCC to provide victims with counselling to help them get over their ordeal.”
Should Anderson be released, he will be closely monitored as Judge Edwards ordered he be put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
He will be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which bans him from working with children. The order states Anderson must never again enter Winsford.