Former Centenier jailed for
child sex crimes
Former Jersey Centenier Ralph Mauger has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for child sex crimes.
The 77-year-old was last month found guilty by the Royal Court of five counts of indecent assault.
He has been put on the sex offenders register for five years.
And he will pay legal costs to the prosecution of £35,000 plus £5,000 to each of two of his victims.
Judge Julian Clyde-Smith said, "The court does not accept that all the offences can be described as isolated and this is a substantial sentence for a man of your age."
Detective Inspector Paul Kennea said today, "We recognise the immense courage of the victims in coming forward and giving evidence in this case of very serious crime, and we hope the verdict and today’s sentencing will help them in coming to terms with what has been an extremely difficult time."
Throughout his trial, Mauger denied seven counts of indecent assault and one of inciting an act of gross indecency, involving girls aged six to 14.
The five counts that Mauger was found guilty of all happened at a house in Grouville between 1998 and 2006.
When the jury returned their verdicts, the Crown prosecutor called for a "substantial custodial sentence" of three to four years.
At that time, Jersey Police said in a statement, "The States of Jersey Police would like to take this opportunity to commend the courage of the victims in this case and having the confidence in reporting these matters to the police.
"The States of Jersey Police will remain committed to investigating any allegations of historic abuse and will continue to offer full support to anyone who reports this type of offending to us.
"The force work closely with all other agencies and have highly skilled officers who remain committed to bringing offenders to justice."