Former lecturer jailed for historic child abuse

A man has been jailed for an historic sex offence against a young girl while he was living on Anglesey.

James Cartwright, a former IT lecturer, was found guilty of indecently assaulting the girl almost twenty years. He denied two charges and was acquitted of the second count by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

The woman had only recently told police, her family and friends that she had been abused by Cartwright as a child. Prosecutors said she had been affected emotionally by what happened and was told to keep the abuse as a secret.

Cartwright (49) lived in Amlwch, and later, Menai Bridge, while working at Coleg Menai in Holyhead and as a cleaner. He later moved to the Erdington area of Birmingham, where he was arrested.

The defence claimed Cartwright had not reoffended in the same manner since and had re-married – he suffered from a skin condition and high blood pressure. His lawyer called for a lesser sentence as the crime was an historic one.

Sentencing him to three years in prison, Judge Timothy Petts said immediate custody was appropriate for ”a serious and disgusting offence” which had left the victim with considerable effects.

Cartwright was also told to sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.


Eich Gorsaf, Eich Llais / Your Station, Your Voice