- Pensioner sent to jail for child sexual abuse (12/29/2006)
Friday, December 29, 2006
Case of Kenneth Shankman
Case of Kenneth Shankman
Photographer / Panter and Decorator - Manchester, England, Great Britain
Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade - Great Britain
Convicted sex offender. Found guilty of 10 counts of indecent assault. He was sentenced to four-and- a-half years in prison for sexually abusing three young girls over 20 years ago. was found guilty of 10 counts of indecent assault.
Shankman occasionally helped out at the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, where he indecently assaulted three girls, aged be-tween six and 11, in the period from 1981 to 1988. One of his three victims, now aged 27, complained to the police about him in 1988 but although Shackman was arrested, he was released without charge due to insufficient evidence.
The Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade (JLGB) is a British Jewish youth organization based in and primarily serving the United Kingdom. The UK's oldest Jewish youth movement, it was founded in 1895 as the Jewish Lads' Brigade by Colonel Albert E. W. Goldsmid, a senior army officer, to provide an interest for children of the many poor immigrant families who were coming into England at that time. The first company was launched in London's East End but others soon appeared throughout the city and the provinces. The movement later spread as far as South Africa and Canada.
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Pensioner sent to jail for child sexual abuse
By Estelle Beninson
Jewish Chronical - December 29, 2005
A PENSIONER who sexually abused three young Jewish girls over 20 years ago was sentenced to four-and- a-half years in prison last week at Bolton Crown Court.
Kenneth Shackman, 65, of Man-chester Road, Bury was found guilty of 10 counts of indecent assault.
Shackman, a married father of two who occasionally helped out at the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, indecently assaulted three girls, aged be-tween six and 11, in the period from 1981 to 1988. One of his three victims, now aged 27, complained to the police about him in 1988 but although Shackman was arrested, he was released without charge due to insufficient evidence.
It was only in April 2004, when another girl, now in her thirties, came forward, that there was enough evidence to bring the case to trial. During the course of the investigation, the third victim also spoke out.
Shackman worked as a painter and decorator but also ran a video business, making recordings of weddings and barmitzvahs. The court heard that he was trusted by the girls' families and that some of the attacks occurred while he was working in the victims' homes and while the girls' parents were in another room.
Bolton Crown Court heard that Shackman's first victim was nine or 10 when she visited his house and watched a video of ET. His second victim was six or seven when he sexually attacked her and again, he showed her a video of ET before he carried out the attack. The third victim was about nine when she was subjected to a series of sexual attacks.
Judge Morris told Shackman: "What a disaster for you and above all, for your immediate family. You have, in every other respect, led a respectable life. It is a disaster you could not resist a sexual attraction for children. You had the confidence of the parents. You were treated as a family friend. What a gross misuse of trust."
Neil Martin, chief executive of the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, said that reports in Manchester papers that Shackman was employed by the JLGB were not correct.
"Mr Shackman was the parent of two children who came here. Like other parents, he sometimes helped us but we never employed him," he said. "Our organisation acted very promptly at the time. As soon as the little girl made the allegation to us we believed her and stopped him from coming into the club. She made the complaint on a Sunday, and the following Monday, when he tried to come into the club, he was stopped at the door."
Detective Constable Natalie Arm-stead, from the Child Protection Unit at Whitefield, said: "Children who have fallen victim to sexual offenders often don't realise what has happened to them and by the time they understand they think it's too late to call the police.
"This case shows it is never too late to report these offences and we do take cases of historic abuse very seriously."
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