Former mayor denies historic child sex assault charges

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PUBLISHED: 15:06 23 November 2020 [Note: case published by Owl 30 October]

A former Mayor of Exmouth has appeared in court accused of historic sex assaults against two boys in the 1990s and 2000s.

Alderman John Humphrey, who was a Conservative East Devon councillor for 12 years until 2019, pleaded not guilty to ten charges at Exeter Crown Court.

The allegations relate to sexual assaults on two boys between 1990 and 2002.

Humphreys, of Hartley Road, Exmouth, denied three counts of committing a serious sexual assault, and two of indecent assault on a boy between 1990 and 1991.

He also denied five counts of indecent assault against a second boy between 2000 and 2002.

Judge David Evans set a trial date of August 9, 2021 and released Humphreys on bail.

2 thoughts on “Former mayor denies historic child sex assault charges

  1. Well done owl and anyone else who has shamed the Journal into belatedly copying the original BBC story. Of course he is innocent until proven guilty and I feel tremendous compassion both for the complainants and Cllr Humphreys plus their loving families and friends who must all be traumatised by this. When there was a historic abuse case 9 years ago the Journal carried so much unnecessary sensational material even before the trial that they didn’t have room for the usual candidates statements for the local elections. They reported the usual police requests for more information as well as telling us that the police had been actively trawling for more witnesses and complainants. Why is this case being treated differently? Witnesses coming forward might provide worthwhile information for the defence or the prosecution. There is a third group of people I feel compassion for. Any out there who have read of this case and who might themselves be victims of abuse and trying to pluck up the courage to address that will see further evidence of a failure by those in authority to deal with matters even handedly, in consequence becoming more distressed and losing resolve. The police should explain their attitude and the lack of the normal communication. Let’s hope it is not because the councillor is a freemason or from the same party as the police commissioner.


  2. Interesting that its taken the local rag all this time to publish this.
    Mr. Humphreys was a councillor on Exmouth Town Council until a couple of months ago.
    His resignation is timely.


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