Leeds paedophile had ‘no remorse’


A PENSIONER has been brought to justice half a century after he began sexually abusing young girls.

A court heard Anthony Rennison led a “double life” as a respectable married family man and a predatory paedophile during a period of offending which lasted almost 20 years.

Rennison, now 71, was handed a sentence totalling 16 years after being found guilty of 13 offences of indecent assault against two victims during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Leeds Crown Court heard some of the offences would be charged as rape if he had committed them under present-day legislation. A jury heard how Rennison had destroyed the lives of both victims by his offending.

Rennison, of Skelton Crescent, Osmondthorpe, Leeds, committed offences against the first victim in the mid 1960s when she was aged just three years of age.

He continued to commit offences during the 1970s and early 1980s. Judge Simon Phillips, QC, told Rennison had shown remorse for the life-long suffering inflicted on the victims.

He said: “You and your wife married in the 1970s. Your wife had no inkling of the double life that you had been committing and no inkling of your sexual interest in children.

“It was readily apparent at the trial that you have no remorse whatsoever for the abuse you caused to those children and the harm you have caused their lives.

“I saw both of these victims give evidence and I was able to form a view of the profound affect your offending has had upon them.”

“The passage of time has not assisted these individuals. They have lived every trauma of your predatory acts throughout their teenage and adult years.

“You persistently acted as a predatory paedophile.”