Child sex offender, 101, facing jail after being convicted of 21 abuse charges


A 101-year-old man is facing a possible jail sentence after being convicted of 21 historical child sex offences.

Ralph Clarke - thought to be the oldest defendant ever to stand trial in a British court - admitted nine charges relating a young boy part-way through his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.


A jury found Clarke, of Holly Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, guilty of a further 21 indecent assault and indecency charges on Friday after hearing how the retired lorry driver attacked two girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

Clarke, who was born in March 1915, sat impassively as the unanimous verdicts were delivered.

He is expected to be sentenced next week.