April 2022

Sex predator found guilty of sexual offences involving children

A sexual predator who denied multiple sexual offences which forced the victim to give evidence in court has been found guilty

At his hearing on the 11th April 2022, at Truro Crown Court, Jon Ross, 60 – formerly of Gunnislake but who now lives in Plymouth was found guilty of the following charges:

  • Indecency with a child

  • Indecent assault on a child

  • Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

  • Sexual assault by penetration

The court heard that police also discovered indecent images of children on his computer, that he had also distributed to others but decided to not proceed with those charges. 

Ross was remanded and will be sentenced at a later date for the above sexual offences

However, the judge was made aware that Ross also had another charge outstanding which would be dealt with at a later date. 

Ross was arrested by police – initially on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed two police officers – following an incident in Burrator Avenue at around 3am on July 9, 2021

He was later taken to Charles Cross police station custody suite for interview and he was later charged with two counts of assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Ross was further charged with possession of a bladed article – a folding pocket knife – and two counts of assaulting emergency workers – also thought to be police officers.

Both injured officers, male patrol constables based in Tavistock, were later discharged from hospital after being treated for stab wounds. One sustained injuries to his arms while the other sustained injuries to his face and arms.