'Sexual predator' Delena Wells found guilty of abusing boys at her Clevedon cottage
PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 November 2019
A remorseless 'sexual predator' with 'an unhealthy sexual interest in children' was found guilty of abusing two underage boys at her Clevedon home.
Prosecuting, Donald Tait said, Delena Wells, now 72, in her younger days sexually abused children.
Wells was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court, of sexually abusing the two boys, when she was in her 40s and they were teenagers following a nine-day trial
Investigating officer DC Stephen Milkins said: "Throughout the lengthy investigation and trial, Delena Wells has shown no remorse or regret for her actions."
The first boy would visit the ex journalist at her cottage with other students, where they would watch TV, smoke and drink cider.
He told police he and Wells watched a pornographic video before they went to her bedroom, where she performed sex acts on him and they had intercourse.
Prosecuting, Donald Tait, said the boy had told police he enjoyed the attention she bestowed on him and that sexual activity took place between them on hundreds of occasions.
The other victim said Wells had given him alcohol before performing oral sex on him on her sofa.
He said, Wells had previously told him girls were frigid but women were not.
A friend of one of the abused boys told the court she knew he was having a sexual relationship with Wells.
The witness said: "It was always felt there was a secret or a shared joke nobody else knew about."
The witness said she had seen her friend in bed with Wells at the cottage.
Another witness said one of the boys told her he had sex with Wells at the time.
The witness said: "It was something that wasn't supposed to be happening but I was 13 and didn't know what to do.
Following the conviction an NSPCC spokesman said: "Wells' devastating actions highlight a clear and unhealthy sexual interest in children, who she abused for her own gratification.
"This case serves as an important reminder that regardless of how long ago crimes may have been committed, survivors of child sexual abuse will be listened to when they speak out.
"It's why the NSPCC's Schools Service offers its free Speak Out Stay Safe programme to all UK primary schools, helping children recognize the different types of abuse and giving them the confidence to speak to a trusted adult if they have a worry or concern."
Wells will be sentenced on December 5.