On 22nd March 2018 at the Preston Crown Court, 3 former members of the Salvation Army in Blackpool were found guilty of abusing young females in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
William Tomkinson 70, Trevor Worthington 88 and his son Philip Worthington 64 were found guilty of 23 offences relating to 2 victims. The charges included attempted rape, indecent assault and indecency with a child. Derek Smith 68, pleaded guilty to 3 charges of indecent assault against one of the victims at an earlier hearing.
William Tomkinson was the Treasurer of the Salvation Army at the time, first abused one of the victims in the 1970’s when she was 11 years old. The abuse took place when he was giving her a lift home. Philip Worthington abused her when she was 13 and Derek Smith abused her when she was 14 years old. The victim told Trevor Worthington about the abuse she was suffering including that his son was one of the perpetrators; he then also started to abuse her.
During the investigation of the first victim’s allegations a second victim came forward and reported that she had also been sexually abused by William Tomkinson and Philip Worthington in the 1980’s when she was 15 years old.
Sophie Rozdolskyi for the Criminal Prosecution Service made the following statement:
“These men abused their positions of high standing in the community to take advantage of two young and trusting girls.
Three of the men consistently denied the allegations throughout the investigation and prosecution. However the CPS presented a strong case to the jury which included compelling evidence from the two women who were abused by these men.
I would like to pay tribute to them for coming forward and giving their evidence to the court.”
All the offences were committed in locations around Blackpool including the Blackpool Salvation Army Citadel.
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