Wateringbury sex offender jailed
A pensioner from Wateringbury has been sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of multiple child sex offences.
Terence Clover was convicted of assaulting two children over a period stretching more than four years. Aged 78, of Orchard Crescent, Wateringbury, Clover was initially arrested on 9 December 2018 following allegations he had groomed and abused a boy.
During an investigation another victim was identified and evidence of further grooming emerged, after it was revealed Clover had showered a child with gifts including clothes and computers games, even promising they would be included in his will. He also gave one of the victims a mobile phone which they were told to keep hidden so he could make secret calls to them.
Clover was charged with nine counts of assaulting a child by touching, relating to offences between September 2014 and December 2018. At Maidstone Crown Court he pleaded not guilty, but was convicted of all offences following a trial. On Tuesday 19 November 2019 Clover was sentenced to six years imprisonment and given an extended licence period of three years. He was also made subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
Detective Constable George Brooks of the West Kent Vulnerable Investigation Team said: ‘Terrence Clover is a sexual predator who targeted and abused children for his own gratification. The damage these type of offences cause is considerable, leaving victims having to live with these memories for the rest of their lives.
‘I would like to commend both victims for their bravery in coming forwards to help our investigation and bring this appalling individual to justice. I would also advise anyone who has been a victim of any sexual offence that it is never too late to report this to police. We will always treat any information with the upmost confidence and sensitivity. We have a team of specialist officers who work relentlessly to ensure that offenders like Clover are brought to justice.’