Barking paedophile who preyed on vulnerable boys is jailed

Police have urged potential victims of a paedophile who was sentenced today for assaults on young boys to come forward.

George Gow, 61, of Bastable Avenue, Barking lured young and vulnerable boys in to his home with promises of cigarettes, drink and mobile phone top-ups before subjecting them to sexual assaults.

He began abusing one of his victims when he was aged eight and continued to abuse him until the boy was 16.

Gow was sentenced to 11 years in prison at Kingston Crown Court today after being found guilty of two counts of indecent assault on a male under the age of 16, three counts of buggery and of one count of sexual assault of a child under 13.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for an indeterminate period and he was given a sexual offences prevention order.

Gow, who is unemployed, was also charged with offences of indecent assault and buggery that took place between 1995 - 2002 but he continued to deny all offences while in police custody.

Det Con Ben Markham said: “We have reason to believe Gow may have committed further offences. We would urge anyone who believes they may have been a victim to have the confidence to report the incident to police. We are here to support and protect you.”

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The investigation team can be contacted directly on 0207 161 2811.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or ChildLine on 0800 1111, or report the matter to your local police station or a trusted individual.