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Ex cop assaulted children

PUBLISHED: 13:36 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

A DISGRACED former cop and overseas religious missionary, who eventually admitted sex attacks on children over 30 years ago, has been spared prison.

A DISGRACED former cop and overseas religious missionary, who eventually admitted sex attacks on children over 30 years ago, has been spared prison.

Retired police officer Malcolm Spreckley, 65, of Sparrow Drive, Orpington, repeatedly fondled a girl's breasts as she lay in the upper bunk bed above her younger sister and caressed a 10-year-old boy between the legs.

Spreckley, who has volunteered for missionary work in Ghana, was placed on a three-year community order which includes a supervision and sex offender requirement.

He pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court on Monday to two counts of indecently assaulting the girl when she was aged 14 to 16 years-old and one count of indecent assault on the boy between 1977 and 1981.

Prosecutor James Stansfeld said: "Spreckley would come into her bedroom while she was asleep and start to touch her around the breasts as he was standing there and masturbating. She could not move. She was rigid."

The attacks ended when she reported him to police but no charges were brought.

He abused the boy while watching television with him. Mr Stansfeld said: "Spreckley put his hand inside his pajama bottoms for a minute or two."

Three years after that the boy, who later attacked Spreckley, reported him to police, but no further action was taken.

Judge John Tanzer said of the victims: "The conviction will allow them to place a line under this matter and help them.

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