Trevor Worthington, 88, his son Philip Worthington, 64, and William Tomkinson, 70, were convicted yesterday at Preston Crown Court of charges including indecent assault and attempted rape. Derek Smith, 68, who admitted indecent assault was handed a suspended prison sentence.

All four men worked at the Salvation Army Citadel in Coronation Street in Blackpool. This is where the abuse took place. The assaults took place between 1971 and 1991.

The first victim was only 11 when Tomkinson started to assault her. The assault started when the victim was travelling with Tomkinson in a van together. The victim was abused on numerous occasions during her car journeys by Tomkinson and Philip Worthington between 1971 and 1978. The victim later told Trevor Worthington about her abuse, and he then start to sexually abuse her too.

A second victim came forward last year and reported sexual assault by Philip Worthington between 1988 and 1991.

  • William Tomkinson, 70, was found guilty of 10 counts of indecent assault and jailed for four years;
  • Trevor Worthington, 88, was found guilty of one count of indecent assault and jailed for 12 months;
  • Philip Worthington, 64, was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault, one count of gross indecency with a child and two counts of attempted rape. He was jailed for eight years and three months and will be added to the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely;
  • Derek Smith, 68, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault and was jailed for 15 months, suspended for two years.

Another former Salvation Army officer from Newport will also stand trial for historical child sexual offences in the summer. The officer is alleged to have abused a teenage boy in a Salvation Army building in the 1970s. The man has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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