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Paedophile jailed for sexually assaulting boy

Published September 17, 2014 by JS2

Reginald Collins

THE mother of a teenage boy who was groomed and sexually assaulted by a known paedophile while they fished on Worthing Pier has spoken of her son’s “anger” at what happened.

Reginald Collins, 62, of Freehold Street, Shoreham, was jailed on Monday for four years.

The mother, who we are not naming to protect her son’s identity, said: “I think it is a good result and I am glad the justice system has taken it seriously.

“But I bet you he is getting more support in prison than the support that is available to my son. It has affected him big time.

“I think he needs help for the anger that it has caused, but that help is very hard to get.

“They gave me a rape card to ring but that is not what we need. He just needs to talk about his emotions and the anger that this has made him feel. It is a trust thing and he bottled it up for so long. He did not know what to do about it. He was embarrassed that it happened to him.”

She was concerned about a change in her son’s behaviour in May and then found text messages on his phone from ‘Reg’.

Her son told police how Collins had touched him inappropriately at the pier. Police arrested Collins, who had been on licence for other child sex offences until August 2013. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of grooming.

Targeted Sentencing Collins at Chichester Crown Court on Monday, Judge Christopher Parker QC said he had “deliberately targeted” the teenager and “used his interest in fishing to gain his attention and, to some extent, his trust”.

He said Collins would serve two-thirds of his 48-month jail term, followed by ten years on licence.

The victim’s mother said she hoped his sentencing would show other victims it was worth “finding the strength to report” sexual offences. But she said her son was now reluctant to fish on the pier, previously something he loved to do. She also called for complete CCTV coverage of the pier.

Rachel Lane, representing Collins, said her client was “ashamed of his behaviour and very sorry indeed for it”
by Rachel Millard

South Oxhey pervert Clifford Whitehead has sentence slashed at Court of Appeal

Published July 17, 2013 by JS2

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A pervert who carefully groomed and seduced a vulnerable teenager, coaxing her into twisted sessions of cyber sex, had his sentence slashed by more than a third at the Court of Appeal.

Clifford Whitehead – a man of previous “excellent character” before his fall from grace – made friends with the “lonely and isolated” Belgian schoolgirl via an online chatroom when she was just 12.

The Watford man told her his real age but she “thought it was cool to be friends with an older guy” and the two struck up an initially innocent online rapport.

Whitehead, 45, persuaded her to keep their conversations secret from her family, said Mr Justice King, and the two communicated “almost daily”, swapping details about their personal lives.

But, after several months of careful “grooming”, Whitehead began talking about sex, the court heard, even sending her photos of children in risqué poses with adults, which he persuaded her were quite normal.

Later on he got her to undress in front of a webcam and to touch her private parts for his gratification. He also stripped on camera and masturbated in front of the bewildered youngster, said the judge.

Their bizarre online relationship continued for three years in all.

His schoolgirl victim later became increasingly depressed and distraught, said Mr Justice King, and even resorted to self-harming, although she was still convinced that Whitehead was her steadfast friend.

“The grooming process had worked,” said the judge, who added: “She regarded Whitehead as her best friend.”

But when she reached 17 she finally saw the light, deleting her computer history and severing all contact with Whitehead.

It was only after protracted therapy sessions that she found the courage to tell her family and police about her ordeal, triggering an international warrant and Whitehead’s arrest.

The girl’s life had been “devastated” by Whitehead’s insidious torment, the court heard. She was “haunted”, profoundly traumatised, and felt she had “lost four years of her life”.

Whitehead, of Trevose Way, South Oxhey, received a total sentence of 13 years and two months at Snaresbrook Crown Court in January after he was convicted of 10 offences of indecency with a child.

He was also convicted of further offences of possessing indecent images of children after illicit photos were discovered on his computer by police.

However, Whitehead’s case reached the Appeal Court today (Tuesday) as he challenged his sentence as too harsh.

Mr Justice Sweeney, sitting with Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Judge Peter Rook QC, noted the gravity of his crimes, involving grooming and violating a vulnerable youngster over a three-period.

But Whitehead had presented glowing character references, which spoke of his excellent work ethic, and Mr Justice King concluded that his total sentence was “simply too long”.

The pervert’s jail term was cut to nine years and two months.

 

Watford Observer

Pervert from Barnoldswick jailed over grooming of vulnerable schoolgirl

Published July 1, 2013 by JS2

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A “dangerous” pervert who groomed and repeatedly had sex with a vulnerable Pendle schoolgirl, has been given a nine year extended sentence.

Burnley Crown Court heard how married father-of-three John Whitehouse,40, had chatted to the troubled 14-year-old on the internet before they had sex at her home after she had been sent home from school ill. They also had intercourse in a forest after meeting up at a park in the Colne area.

The teenager, said to have been having problems at school and at home, was to tell police Whitehouse had made her feel “wanted for the first time”.

The hearing was told at the time of the offences, jobless Whitehouse was on bail for allegedly grooming a 12-year-old girl. The 14-year-old eventually told a friend what had gone on, a teacher was informed and police were called. Whitehouse was arrested on February 27, at first on suspicion of rape and asked the police: “Is this a joke?”

The defendant, of Gisburn Road, Barnoldswick, admitted eight counts of sexual activity with a child, committed over three weeks February. He was locked up for five years, received four years’ extended licence, was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life, got an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and was banned from working with children for life.

Nicholas Courtney, prosecuting, said the girl made Whitehouse well aware of how old she was on the chat site. She told him she was being bullied and had some problems at home. He told her he understood her difficulties and would treat her as an adult.

Whitehead persuaded her to let him go round to her house after she was sent home from school, saying nobody would know and mentioning nothing about his intentions. They had intercourse and took part in sex acts. The pair also had several more sexual encounters, some in the woods.

Mr Courtney said the victim told police Whitehouse had given her a Valentine card, a locket and a bra. When the defendant was questioned by officers, he admitted chatting to her, saying it was because she was unhappy, claimed they had only met up once and that there had been no sexual activity of any kind. He told police the card and locket were to cheer her up. The defendant made no comment when asked about messages on his phone professing love for the teenager. He continued to deny the offences until presented with forensic evidence.

The prosecutor said in her impact statement, the victim said she was confused, blamed herself for what happened, had lost friends and was unable to talk about it. Whitehouse had 11 offences on his record, but no previous sexual offending.

Philip Holden, for Whitehouse, said he had not made threats. It was the first time he had been in custody, he had found it difficult and had tried to self harm. He was more than willing to take part in sex offenders’ courses.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell said he found the defendant posed a significant risk of serious harm. There had to be a custodial sentence and it had to be of some length.

The judge said the girl had felt vulnerable and not wanted when Whitehouse made contact with her.He continued: “You knew she was 14. You were 40 years of age at the time. You had your own family. You should have known better.”

 
Lancashire Telegraph