February 2020

Potters Bar paedophile found guilty of eight counts of historic sexual offences

A Potters Bar paedophile has been jailed for historic sexual offences committed against young girls in London and Hertfordshire that date back to 1965

Maurice Henry Willis, 84, of Shillitoe Avenue, was sentenced to eight years at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, February 7.

He was found guilty of six counts of indecent assault of a child aged under 14 and of two counts of indecent assault of a female under 16.

The court heard how Willis abused two victims from the mid-1960s over a prolonged period of time. The victims were aged between five and 15-years-old at the time.

Detectives in the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit began their investigation in March 2017, after one victim reported the incidents which had taken place during her childhood to police.

A second victim, a woman now in her 30s, was approached and was willing to assist police with their investigation.

Willis was interviewed in September 2017, where he denied the allegations of sexual abuse.

But Willis was charged with eight counts of indecent assault relating to girls under the age of 16 on July, 5 2019.

On August 30, he pleaded not guilty to all the offences at Southwark Crown Court, but was subsequently found guilty.

Willis has now been issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, preventing him from having unsupervised contact with people under 18 and he will be a registered sex offender for life.