Former school caretaker sentenced to additional 11 years in prison

February 12th, 2021

A former school caretaker, who is currently serving a 12 year prison sentence for sexual offences against children, has received a further 11 years in jail on three counts of sexual assault and three counts of rape involving four girls aged between five and 12 in North London between 1993 and 2013.

John Lyon, 47, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on 22 January 2021 and admitted the further charges. Lyon, worked as a caretaker for twelve years at St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Churchbury Lane, Enfield. He was previously convicted in 2013 of sexual offences against two girls in 2012.

Appearing at Wood Green Crown Court, Lyon admitted three counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 years, three counts of sexual assault and three counts of rape.

Following sentencing, Detective Constable Keith Kimberley said: “I am in no doubt that this man is a dangerous sexual predator and he poses an ongoing threat to children. He caused unforgivable trauma to the children he abused and the only appropriate way for him to spend the next years of his life is in prison, and away from the general public. As far as we can be sure of, Lyon offended over a period of two decades and my respect goes out to the victims and their families who were put through so much.”

David Hawkins, a Child Abuse Law specialist at Verisona Law said “This is a man who has used his position of trust in a junior school to abuse children in the care of the school, and has undoubtedly caused these children immense trauma. Thankfully he will be behind bars for a very long time where he cannot hurt others, however his offending history goes back a long way and there may well be others who have been affected by this individual. I would encourage anyone who has suffered abuse by John Lyon to come forward to the police.”

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