A PAEDOPHILE who lured two young boys into taking part in sex games before raping one of them faces jail.

Alan Hale, 72, assaulted the boys, who were under ten, starting with harmless play fighting before moving on to “wrestling games” which led to sexual assaults, Newport Crown Court court heard.

He rewarded the older boy by giving him cash to buy sweets, but warned he would be taken into care if he told anyone, the jury was told on Friday.

Hale abused the older boy in Newport over an 11-year period in the 1960s and 1970s, the court was told.

A jury of three men and nine women took four hours to find him guilty of one count of rape and five counts of indecent assault against the younger boy and six counts of indecent assault against the older boy.

Judge Daniel Williams told him: “You face a lengthy prison sentence.

“Between now and the sentence you will be remanded in custody.”

Hale raped the younger boy during a seaside trip, the court heard.

The boy woke up to find Hale assaulting him after having consumed alcohol that had left him “giddy and semi-drunk”, the court heard.

Susan Ferrier, prosecuting, told the court the boys were “manipulated” into engaging in sexual activity with Hale, and described the attacks as “heartbreaking” and “harrowing”.

Hale, who now lives in Hayes Gardens, Paignton, Devon, denied the charges against him.

He claimed he only vaguely remembered the younger boy and had only been to that seaside location for a honeymoon.

Defence barrister, Charles Row, claimed evidence given by the younger boy could not be relied upon because of past criminal convictions.

The case was adjourned until sentencing on July 15.