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Wirral youth worker jailed for sex assault on boys
4:13pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A Wirral youth worker who sexually assaulted two young boys was today put behind bars for 33 months.
A judge pointed out that Stephen Lundy has shown no remorse for his behaviour which spanned a decade.
49-year-old Lundy, who worked as a volunteer at Bebington Youth Club for 30 years, had been found guilty after a trial of four charges involving sexually assaulting two young boys, whose families he had befriended.
Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said that although the offences did not occur within his role as a youth worker, they had taken place while engaged in that job.
"That position would have enhanced your status and parental confidence in you being in contact with children of that age," he said.
The judge added that he had betrayed the trust of the parents of his victims.
The first victim, who is now an adult, confided in his parents but was not believed.
"That had led to understandable repercussions and damaged the relationship between him and his parents almost to the present day."
He ordered Lundy to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and imposed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from unsupervised contact with children. He also barred him from working with children.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Lundy had pleaded guilty to possessing an extreme pornographic image and possessing an indecent image of a child.
Anthony O’Donohoe, prosecuting, said that the latter offence involved a video clip of Lundy and the second abuse victim found on Lundy's phone when he was arrested.
During the trial Mr O'Donohoe told the jury Lundy was “well known in the community”, having befriended many local families.
An electrician by trade, he would drop in for cups of tea and chats as well as carrying out odd jobs and electrical work.
The allegations came to light last year when the second victim told his parents that Lundy had touched him inappropriately while he was playing on his Playstation.
The court heard Lundy committed the same type of behaviour on two previous occasions.
The jury also heard evidence from a man, now in his 20s, who said Lundy assaulted him in a similar manner more than a decade ago.
Lundy was arrested and denied the allegations but when police searched his home, on New Ferry Road, New Ferry, officers found the two illegal pornographic images on his phone.
He denied the abuse charges and claimed the victim has wanted to “blacken his name" but the jury took just 20 minutes to convict him.
Zilllah Williams, defending, said Lundy, who has previous convictions for dishonesty, has never previously spent time in custody.
Testimonials from family, friend and colleagues showed another side to him as a kind and warm man.