Man Jailed For Child Sex Offences In Merton

Offences carried out at Morden swimming pool

A man who carried out sexual offences against three child victims during the 70s and 80s at his home in Raynes Park as well as Morden swimming baths has been jailed for four years.

Charles Worth - formerly known as David Berry - of no fixed address, appeared at Croydon Crown Court today (January 9), where he was sentenced for the following offences:

= five x indecent assault on a male: sentenced to four years for three counts; and 12 months for the remaining two;

= two x indecency with a child: sentenced to eight months for each count.

All sentences are to run concurrent.

Worth's three victims, all boys, were abused by him on a number of occasions during the 1970s and 1980s. All were children when the offences were committed at Worth's home in Raynes Park, Morden swimming baths and a location in Wallington.

In 2001 Berry changed his name via deed poll to Charles Worth; however all the victims have always known him as Dave Berry.

The allegations were made to police over a period of time in 2009 and 2010.

On 16 February 2014 Worth was arrested at Gatwick Airport having come in on a flight from Malaga. He had been living in Spain and India since 1998.

He was subsequently charged on 17 February 2014. In November 2014 he was found guilty of the above offences. He was found not guilty of sexual assault and gross indecency.

DC Darren Raishbrook said: "Worth was a predatory paedophile who targeted his victims, subjecting them to repeated sexual abuse.

"I commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward and reliving their ordeal and hope today's sentence goes some way to providing them with some closure, whilst reassuring others that we are committed to pursuing those responsible for such crimes, regardless of the passage of time.

"I believe there may well be further victims out there and would encourage individuals to report any offences to the Sexual Offences Exploitation & Child Abuse Command on 020 8721 4106 or via 101. In case of emergency call 999. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000; or NAPAC on 0800 085 3330."

January 9, 2015