Kettering paedophile jailed for 26 years over decades of sexual abuse

Richard Cornwell, who has been jailed for 26 years for a string of child sex offences
Richard Cornwell, who has been jailed for 26 years for a string of child sex offences

A Kettering man who sexually abused underage boys and girls over several decades has been jailed for 26 years.

Richard Cornwell, 67, from Highfield Road, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Friday where he was sentenced by Judge Timothy Smith.

Cornwell had been found guilty of 19 sexual offences, including indecent assault of boys and girls and rape, in May last year.

However, he appeared in court again earlier this year where he was found guilty of nine more offences.

He was sentenced on Friday for all 28 offences combined.

Cornwell’s abuse of children had begun in the 1960s and carried on until the 1990s.

Speaking after the sentencing, DC Toni Orwin, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “We are very pleased with the verdict and sentence in this case and I hope it will go some way in helping the victims come to terms with what happened to them.

“It has been a long and challenging investigation and has been a very difficult time for the victims.

“I would like to acknowledge their bravery in coming forward and reporting these offences, as well as the tremendous courage and determination they have shown throughout the investigation and trial.

“They now have closure and can start to rebuild their lives knowing that justice has finally been served, and they have helped remove a dangerous man from the public domain where he is no longer a risk to young children.

“Northamptonshire Police takes all reports of sexual offences seriously and is committed to investigating such crimes and doing all we can to bring offenders to justice, no matter how long ago the offence took place.

“We hope Cornwell’s conviction and significant sentence will encourage victims of historic sexual offences to come forward, safe in the knowledge they will be supported and believed and that the police will investigate their allegations.”