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

Published March 30, 2015 by misty534

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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

Number of child sexual exploitation cases has doubled in Bristol since 2010, says charity

Published February 17, 2015 by misty534

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Children’s charity Barnardo’s has launched an urgent fundraising appeal in response to a massive surge in child sexual exploitation cases.

Last year it worked with a record 2,118 sexually-exploited children, almost double the number it supported in 2010.

In Bristol, the charity supported 40 children and young people in September 2010 but by September 2014 this had risen to 94.

The youngest child supported by the service was just nine years old and the longest period of intervention was more than six years.

Barnardo’s is facing such unprecedented demand for its services that it has now launched an urgent appeal for donations in order to maintain support across the UK.

Barnardo’s regional director Hugh Sherriffe said: “We have been working to tackle the devastating impact of child sexual exploitation for two decades.

“The scale of this abuse is shocking, with more and more incidences coming to light – including the recent high-profile court cases here in Bristol.

“Our experts see how this abuse inflicts lasting damage to vulnerable children, and they work tirelessly to help these children pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

“Every day, more cases are referred to us across the UK.

“Girls and boys from all walks of life can become victims of this awful crime and the numbers are growing.

“Without further funds we simply won’t be able to reach all of those who need our help.

“We urgently need people to make a donation so that we can give all children who come to our door the support they need.”
The Bristol Post

Bristol paedophile tried to ‘buy’ 6-year-old boy from Brazil to bring home to England

Published January 21, 2015 by misty534


A BRISTOL paedophile sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday tried to ‘buy’ a six-year-old boy from Brazil to bring back to England, it has been revealed.

Jason Paske, 40, pleaded guilty to 26 charges for offences ranging from distribution of indecent images of children, making indecent images of children, attempting to arrange sexual activity with a teenage boy, and perverting the course of justice.

But during his sentencing at York Crown Court it was heard that he also attempted to purchase a child through a fellow paedophile in South America.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds told the court how Paske asked him if he could find him a boy, saying ‘the younger the better’, and offered to pay £1,000.

The Mail Online reports: “He was later told that the parents of a six-year-old in Sao Paolo had agreed to his request but wanted £1,200.

“Paske is then said to have talked of flying to Brazil and of the child being brought to England.

“When Paske said he was unsure about sending money to Brazil, he was sent images of a naked boy, aged about six, holding a message that read ‘Hello Jason’.”

The court heard that the transaction never took place, but Mr Dodds said that Paske had distributed a ‘very great’ number of the most serious category child pornography including images of a man abusing his three-year-old son in Prague, Czech Republic.

DC Sarah King, from the Internet Child Abuse Team at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said: “Paske is a prolific offender who poses a real threat to children.

“He has exploited children in the worst possible way and has used the internet and social media to try and access more abhorrent material for his own sexual gratification.

“I hope this case serves to highlight that we will work with our partner forces and agencies to bring offenders like Paske to justice.”

Detective Constable Nigel Pepper, of North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit in Scarborough, said: “Jason Paske is a truly horrendous and perverted man who is a menace to society.

“It is individuals like him that the public – in this country and worldwide -need protecting from, particularly in this age of the internet and social media.

“It is very satisfying for everyone involved in the investigation that Paske is now behind bars for a long time.”

The Bristol Post

Paedophile from Bristol could face new charges over 1970s abuse

Published January 5, 2015 by misty534

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A PAEDOPHILE from Bristol who fled Britain after being exposed as a sexual predator is being investigated over child abuse in the 1970s.

Detectives in Bristol are working on a case which could see Douglas Slade, 73, extradited to the UK for offences linked to a nationwide paedophile network.

Wealthy businessman Slade, pictured, who lived in Bristol during the 1970s and 1980s, was a founder of the reviled child sex advocacy group Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

He left Britain in 1985 for Angeles City in the Philippines, where he has been accused of molesting boys as young as eight.

Before he left, Slade is suspected to have abused numerous underage boys passed between PIE members who tracked down youths for illegal sex.

He is currently under investigation by Bristol CID as part of its Operation Bluestone inquiry into historical sex abuse cases, according to correspondence seen by a national newspaper.

The cases date to the 1960s and 1970s and include one case in Ireland.

One man allegedly abused by Slade and other PIE members, who is not part of the current UK investigation, contacted the Daily Mail to describe how he was molested by Slade and then passed between paedophiles from 1979, when he was 14.

The 50-year-old man said he was introduced to Slade by another prominent PIE member, former racing car driver Christopher Skeaping, who was jailed in 2009 for sex attacks on a boy aged 12 in the late 1980s.

Skeaping lured boys to his West London home where, it is claimed, he introduced the victim to Slade, who invited him on a number of occasions to his home in Knowle West before passing him on to other paedophiles, including an elderly jeweller and a nightclub owner in the city.

It is understood that at that time Slade lived in Bristol between stints working as a recruitment agent for construction companies in Dubai, travelling to countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to find young men to work on building projects.

The victim, who has not been named, claimed one of the boys lured to Slade’s Bristol home was only 12.

He said: “Skeaping rode a huge BMW 1100 and had big American cars. For kids of 13, 14 and 15, those are exciting things. Douglas Slade turned up at his home one day. I was a very quiet child and he just picked up on me and I ended up going to Bristol several times.

“Apart from the sexual side of it, Slade was actually very nice to me. He made me feel special. He was doing nice things for me and it all seemed quite a good thing.

“I suppose if that’s what grooming is, I was being groomed.”

The victim now plans to go to police with his testimony.

He said: “I was affected by what happened to me for some years, but I got over it by being positive and coming to terms with it.

“If there is anything I can do to prevent this continuing, that is what I want to do. It is outrageous that these things are continuing to happen when they shouldn’t.”

Slade was exposed as a paedophilia advocate along with Skeaping in 1975 and was caught by a national newspaper telling fellow paedophiles: “If you want to have sex with children don’t bottle it up – do it.”

Slade’s case is being monitored in the Philippines by Catholic missionary and anti-paedophile campaigner Father Shay Cullen who runs the Preda Foundation to help the victims of child sex abuse and trafficking.

Father Cullen helped bring Slade to court in 1995 when he faced up to 40 years in jail for abusing boys at his previous home in Angeles City, before charges were dropped.

Neighbours of Slade said boys as young as eight were still regularly going into his home since his release on bail for molesting and taking nude pictures of boys from the school opposite where he lives.

Slade is wealthy through his food distribution business, Home Base, which provides meat to restaurants in the Philippines.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police declined to comment on the investigation when approached by the Bristol Post.

Bristol Post

‘Schools can’t cope with the tide of child sexual exploitation’

Published December 3, 2014 by misty534


We had all been waiting with dread for the Bristol child sexual exploitation case to end, as it did on Thursday. The police and local authority had briefed secondary headteachers twice in preparation this term. For those of us who’d been paying attention to the local press, we had read of a large number of men being arrested and charged nearly a year ago. Last week, 13 men were convicted of systematic sexual abuse, and 49 other individuals are now being investigated. But while we’ve been waiting for the trials to end, it has hardly been quiet in our own schools. Child sex exploitation on such a large, organised scale is shocking and rare, but we spend too many of our days working with devastating individual cases that don’t draw as much attention.

Every week another child protection case comes to light at my school. Sadly, the children do not always perceive themselves to be victims and therefore referrals to the police can sometimes lead nowhere. A year-9 girl returned from a few weeks’ absence and regaled her PSHE class with details about her work as a prostitute. When we expressed concern, she simply told us not to worry: no one slapped her around; she could look after herself.

A year-11 boy in similar circumstances reassured us that men couldn’t be prostitutes, he was just helping his mum with the rent and she knew all about it.

These are extreme examples but there are more children being exploited every day. Waiting for Operation Brooke, as it was called, to become public meant everyone would stop and point at Bristol for a while. But it is more complex than that.

We were fairly confident that none of our current or ex-students were among the victims in these cases, but in a city as small as Bristol the associations will ripple out to most schools. It could so easily have been one of our children: we can tick off the at-risk factors for so many. We have children who are looked-after and in care. Some of our students attend a pupil referral unit (PRU), where they meet other vulnerable children. Sometimes I need to exclude a student for a fixed period. Parents do not always keep them at home for these days, so where are they? I am very aware that when I make a decision about a child, such as sending them to a PRU, I may risk making that child even more vulnerable. But there are simply not enough alternatives on offer to me as a headteacher.

Of course, I always report every incident to the police if appropriate; we also report things to social services. But the thresholds for them to take action are high, and getting higher.

Every week I become aware that another of my students has made and distributed an indecent image of a child. Usually it’s a girl who has taken a naked photo of herself and sent it to someone she trusted. The now ex-boyfriend has shown his friends, or her friend has found it and put it on Facebook as a joke. Each time the fallout is incredible for these children, but the police are not really interested. And unless there was coercion involved, social services may not be able to help either.

I’ve sat in meetings with parents who have joked it off, said that it is “just one of those things”. I’ve even heard them say: “If Facebook had been around when I was 13, I’d have been doing the same.”

There is simply not enough support for my staff to help vulnerable children, let alone try to educate them. Referrals to Early Help can take weeks; a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs) months; educational psychologists are overworked. If something happens and I need some immediate support – imagine a girl is raped, or a boy watches his mother beaten up – it can take for ever. We can offer sympathy, comfort, somewhere to cry, but we are not specialists and I worry that we might do more damage without realising it. It comes down to a few charities helping out as much as they can – and their caseloads are heaving. In Bristol, they will be even heavier now.

It’s far too easy to think that all victims are girls in care. But the behaviours they often demonstrate in care may have been learned in abusive families – sometimes they are being prostituted by their own relatives and therefore have an altered concept of what is right and wrong. More needs to be done, far earlier, to prevent such behaviours becoming normal.

Taking children away is usually too little too late, and you have to know that the abuse is there. Schools are a universal service, and sustained and robust education could do a great deal. A couple of lessons a year on respectful relationships will do nothing to counter what is happening at home.

Even before it finished, the Bristol trial had already created problems. Last week, one of my students reacted violently against a friend who had called her mum a name. The insult about her mother was a racial slur linked directly to Operation Brooke. Just over a year ago this girl’s mum had died; she’d been coerced into prostitution by a boyfriend who’d also introduced her to drugs. The end was tragic.

What was I to do about the girl’s outburst? I could internally exclude her – but she was in an internal exclusion when this happened. I called home and her grandmother came to get her. But within an hour, Grandma called to say she had run away to meet friends in town. I’ve no idea how to help this girl – she refuses counselling or any other support. Just as she was settling back into a new kind of normal, this happens.

She is not alone. The shocking headlines open old wounds for many children. There are children, and adults, all across Bristol who are reeling this week. Multiply that across Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford …

One of the greatest strains on us now in school is a breakdown in race relations. Some parts of Bristol are very multicultural, but other areas – like mine – are steadfastly white and working class. There are EDL flags in windows. Racist language is common, along with sexism and homophobia. We are on a constant crusade to develop inclusivity and tolerance and to combat ingrained rage.

Nearly 40% of our families have neither parent working; 15% have never worked; we have twice as many children on free school meals as those who pay. Most of our children have never been into the centre of Bristol, let alone been on a holiday. For many of these children, all of whose consciousness is post-2001, anyone different from them is a terrorist, an illegal immigrant, a job-stealer or a sex attacker. I have spent the last month redoubling our focus on combating racism in preparation for the Operation Brooke verdict.

The executive summary in the Rotherham inquiry identified some professionals not wanting to target Asian men as predators for fear of being racist; my own fear about the racist response to Operation Brooke has already been realised. It is perhaps this aspect that is hardest to deal with. The convicted men are, as a point of fact, of Somalian heritage. We know that does not mean that all Somalian men are sex offenders, but some of the children – and some of their parents – are struggling with this. One morning recently, while waiting for his bus to work, one of my teachers was spat at and called a “Paedo”. He doesn’t live that far from the school.

Our jobs are already extremely difficult. Every day we are dealing with smaller one-off cases and struggling to keep our heads above water. I don’t have enough staff; I don’t have enough money, or time, or options available to make a difference.

We need small off-site units that students can go to for both education and emotional or lifestyle support. I’d like more one-to-one mentors to work with children in school and at home. We need more access to different types of therapies because one size does not fit all. We need more family workers supporting children and parents from an earlier age.

Our communities are struggling and a case on this scale simply makes things harder for us all. I dread to think what else is out there.

The author is a headteacher in Bristol

Fourteen Somali men guilty of running Bristol child sex ring

Published November 27, 2014 by misty534

Judge questions why social services gave 16-year-old own flat which was taken over by Somali gang to sell drugs and abuse her


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A judge questioned the wisdom of social workers placing a vulnerable teenage girl alone a flat and left almost unsupervised in inner city Bristol – leading to her being raped and prostituted by Somali drug dealers.

Judge Michael Roach spoke out at the end of a two-month trial after hearing how the 16-year-old girl was living alone in the flat off Stapleton Road in Easton with just two hours of supervision a day from care workers.

The girl – whose life was in “chaos” – had been placed there in January last year by social workers from a local authority outside of Bristol.

She had fallen in with the Somali men having gone to buy cannabis from them and it was not long before they were using her flat to sell drugs and also regularly having sex with her, sometimes for money.

Following a two-month trial at Bristol Crown Court this summer six men were convicted of a range of sex and drugs offences.

They were Liban Abdi “Left Back”, Mustapha Farah “Greens”, Arafat Osman “Left Eye”, Idleh Osman “Sniper”, Abdulahi Aden “Trigger” and Mustafa Deria.

Two other men, Said Zakaria “Target” and Mohamed Jama “Magic”, were convicted of drugs charges. A ninth defendant, Gama Mohamed “G” was acquitted of sex charges.

Jailing the men, Judge Roach said: “The offences for which these defendants fall to be sentenced are offences which centre upon the serious sexual abuse or exploitation of a child against the background of drug dealing in the Easton area of Bristol.

“I know that the drug trade in Bristol blights many parts of the city. It ruins the lives of many, not just the users but also their families and their dependants.

“It has been said many times before – and it is true – it is a filthy trade.

“The child who was the subject of the exploitation or abuse was 16 when she came from outside the city to live in the Easton area.

“She was a very troubled girl. The decision was taken to place her in a flat on her own. Save for limited supervision she was left to her own devices without the support of her family and friends.

“She didn’t know Bristol or the city at all. On the evidence she was very isolated. Consequently within a day or two of her arrival she fell prey to these defendants and their associates.

“They took considerable advantage of her.

“I hope there will be an opportunity for the authorities to reconsider their thinking behind such a placement because it has, on any retrospective view, added considerably to the damage of that young person.”

Judge Roach added: “Girls of her age – whatever their experience – need the protection of the law. The treatment of her in my judgement was extremely serious.

The girl’s five-month ordeal ended when police went to the flat on the night of May 17 last year looking for a 14-year-old runaway.

The teenager, known only as Girl B for legal reasons, had gone to the flat because she was the sister of the tenant, identified as Girl A.

When police found Girl B, who was living in a children’s home, she was hiding in a cupboard under the sink in the kitchen, in just her underwear.

“She was very upset, in tears, with her makeup running down her face. Girl B said to the police ‘they made me do stuff’,” prosecutor Anna Vigars said.

“One of the women police officers went to speak to her and she said that one of the men had forced himself on her, he had raped her.”

She was returned to the care of social services and three days later, Girl B spoke to the police about raped in the bathroom by Trigger.

He was arrested and told police: “Nobody ain’t touched that little girl.” He later said he thought she was 17 and their sexual contact was consensual.

Another teenager, known only as Girl C, was a friend of Girl B and also spent time at the flat. She alleged she had also been raped at the flat by Gama Mohamed.

A fourth girl – Girl D – did not wish to speak to the police and did not know any of the other victims. But Trigger admitted possessing indecent images of children after police found naked photographs of 16-year-old Girl D on his phone.

After police smashed the sex ring, Girl A described to detectives one occasion where she had sex with a man who later refused to pay.

“Sometimes I’d just be like I couldn’t even be bothered to fight or argue for it because it’s hard to tell them at the end of the day ‘No I don’t want to do it’ but half the time I did, because it was obviously just being close to someone,” she told officers.

“Half the time I didn’t really want it for the money, I just wanted someone to be there, do you know what I mean? Even though I know they were using me for sex and that, sometimes it’s just nice to be close to someone, do you know what I mean?”

The Bristol case comes after allegations, convictions and resignations over organised child abuse and exploitation across English towns and cities including Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and Telford.

The Telegraph

Bristol supply teacher John Alway guilty of further sexual abuse

Published June 11, 2013 by misty534


Teacher John Alway indecently assaulted schoolgirls in his care

A Bristol supply teacher has been found guilty of a further three counts of sexually abusing girls in his care.

John Alway, 60, of Juniper Way, Bradley Stoke, was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of three indecent assaults. He was found not guilty of two charges.

He had already been found guilty, on Friday, of eight counts of indecent assault on four girls, and one charge of sexual assault.

The jury will return to court to decide on five further charges on Tuesday.

At the start of the trial last month, the court heard the alleged offences, which Alway denied, were carried out at four Bristol schools between 1997 and 2004.


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