AN ELDERLY woman who was branded a 'sexual predator' by prosecutors has been found guilty of molesting young boys.

Delena Wells who now lives in Carterton, has been found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault against two boys.

The 72-year-old was convicted following a trial at Bristol Crown Court, during which jurors heard Wells abused the youngsters after plying them with alcohol and cigarettes.

The court heard that the abuse happened decades ago when Wells was in her 40s, while she was living in a cottage in Clevedon in North Somerset.

Opening the trial last week, prosecutor Donald Tait told jurors: "The crown suggests this lady, born in 1947, in her younger days was a sexual predator."

Wells denied one count of indecently assaulting one boy, and six of indecently assaulting the second, describing him as 'a fantasist.' Both were under the age of 16.

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On one occasion, jurors heard how she asked one of the boys to watch a sex video, before leading him to the bedroom.

She was also accused of performing a sex act on one of the boys and later simulating oral sex with a horse's lead.

The Bristol Post reports that Wells showed no emotion as the jury returned their verdict, and that her sentencing hearing has been adjourned until December 5 pending a probation report.

The NSPCC has shamed Wells for her 'devastating' abuse.

A statement released by the charity said: "Wells’ devastating actions highlight a clear and unhealthy sexual interest in children, who she abused for her own gratification.

"This case serves as an important reminder that regardless of how long ago crimes may have been committed, survivors of child sexual abuse will be listened to when they speak out.

"It’s why the NSPCC’s schools service offers its free Speak out Stay safe programme to all UK primary schools across, helping children recognise the different types of abuse and giving them the confidence to speak to a trusted adult if they have a worry or concern."

Anyone who is concerned about a child can contact the free NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or

Children and young people can contact Childline for free 24/7, 365 days a year, or 0800 1111, or get help online via