Child sex offenders David Mace and Kenneth Gavens jailed for offences carried out in style of Pagan rituals

Published March 30, 2015 by JS2

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A prolific sex offender has been jailed for a string of serious offences, some carried out under the guise of Pagan initiations and rituals, dating back to the 1990’s.

David Mace, 59, from Bristol, has admitted a series of serious sexual offences against multiple victims between 1996 – 2013.

These offences include rape, sexual activity with a child, sexual assault, voyeurism and indecent assault.

Mace’s friend, Kenneth Gavens, 62, has also admitted sexual activity with a child and the possession of extreme pornographic image.

Mace has been jailed for 17 years and will serve an additional five years on licence while Gavens has been jailed for 29 months.

Detective Inspector Larisa Hunt said: “It is testament to the victims in this case who have bravely relived some of their most painful memories that we have been able to bring these men to justice today. They’re continuing to receive all the support and help they need.

“There is no escaping the fact that these were appalling and abhorrent crimes committed against vulnerable women and children.

“A number of these offences were carried out under the guise of Pagan initiations and rituals – preying on the victim’s vulnerability.

“Some of the victims were unconscious during these sustained attacks.

“These offenders took advantage of vulnerable young girls and exploited them for their own sexual gratification.

“In addition to the attacks themselves, Mace filmed a number of the incidents – adding further anguish for the victims.

“We are determined to work with our partner agencies to make sure we are consistently tackling sexual abuse in all its forms.

“We’re committed to ensuring all our officers and staff are able to spot the tell-tale signs of exploitation and abuse to safeguard children across the Force area.

“I would urge anyone who has any suspicions about children or young people being exploited to please tell us. Every piece of information is important and we all have a role to play in keeping our children and young people safe from harm.”

“Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.”

David Mace pleaded guilty to:

• 4 counts of rape

• 2 counts of indecent assault

• 2 counts of sexual assault by penetration

• 7 counts of voyeurism

• 1 count of sexual activity with a child

Kenneth Gavens pleaded guilty to:

• 1 count of sexual activity with a child

• Possession of extreme pornographic images

Western Daily Press

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