Former Watford man jailed at St Albans Crown Court for historic child sex offences

A former Watford man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of child sex crimes in the 1990s. The offences included 11 counts of sexual assault/indecency against a boy aged between 11 and 13 and two counts of sexual assault on a girl aged under 14, which occurred in Watford during the 1990s.

The 70-year-old, who now lives in Northampton, appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday (April 19) having previously been found guilty of 13 counts of sexual abuse against the two victims. As well as more than a decade-and-a-half behind bars, McKissock was given two years’ additional licence, a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

McKissock’s further crimes were brought to the police’s attention by one of the victims in March 2018. After seeing him put in jail for separate child sexual offences, committed against two female victims in Scotland during the 1980s, they came forward with their story.

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McKissock denied the new allegations against him throughout but, following a two-week trial, he was convicted on Friday 4 February.

Investigator Trevor Acors, who led the case, said: “McKissock has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions and cruelly put his victims through a trial. Though nothing will ever make up for his despicable crimes, I am pleased with the sentence handed down.

“I’d like to thank the victims for coming forward, as I know it would have taken great courage to relive their ordeals all over again. I’d also like to thank his previous victim for once again giving evidence, to help secure this conviction.

“I hope this case reassures people that we will always do our utmost to bring sex offenders to justice, no matter how long ago an offence occurred. If you have been affected, please reach out. We have specialist officers on hand to provide advice.”

Anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for practical and emotional support. The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them.

This service is open to everyone – men, women and young people, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. To contact Herts SARC, call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448, email Herts.SARC@nhs.net or visit here.

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HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead