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Simeon Osen from Chigwell sentenced to five years 11 months at Harrow Crown Court

Published November 7, 2014 by misty534

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A paedophile who paid children in the Philippines to perform sex acts over the internet has been jailed for six years.

Simeon Osen, 53, from Chigwell, admitted 13 of 20 charges against him of procuring children for sex abroad during the same period on October 10.

He was sentenced to a total of five years and 11 months at Harrow Crown Court yesterday.

Osen is the former chief executive of Ronacrete, a concrete products company responsible for the top of the Shard.

He has been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and has been given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

The Met’s Child Abuse, Exploitation and Sexual Abuse Command, began investigating Osen in 2013, following an allegation that he abused a 13-year old girl.

During the course of the investigation, Osen’s personal computers were examined and a quantity of images and movies of an indecent nature were found, including extreme pornography.

A further computer seized from his work premises in Harlow revealed over 41,000 messages via online video chat with persons in Manila, Philippines, during which Osen is directing the abuse of children as young as ten.

In addition to this, his computer contained screen shots of young girls with lines of video chat, between Paul Simon, the online name used by Osen and persons in the Philippines.
Between February and December 2012 Osen made 69 payments at a cost of nearly £6,000 to six people in the Philippines believed to be involved in child sexual exploitation.

He was charged on 20 different counts including arranging the commission of a child sex offence and making indecent photographs of a child.

Osen had been previously sentenced to an eight month suspended sentence last year after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 17.

Th sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal following a complaint it was too lenient, but Attorney General Dominic Grieve refused to intevene, saying proper guidelines were followed.

Detective Constable Rachel Snow, of Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “On the surface Simeon Osen was a successful business man with a family, but in reality he was a paedophile who was abusing children.

“I hope his arrest, prosecution and imprisonment today serves as a warning to other sex offenders in the UK, who think they can get away with abusing children anywhere in the world.

“This investigation is a very good example of the lengths the police and other law enforcement agencies will go to in order to find and secure the evidence to convict you.
“I also hope this case gives victims of sexual abuse, who may not have previously reported their ordeal to the police, the confidence to come forward.”

Suspended sentence paedophile from Chigwell admits child sexual exploitation

Published October 22, 2014 by misty534

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A paedophile who received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a girl and possessing child pornography has now admitted 13 counts of arranging the trafficking of children for sex.

Simeon Osen, of Forest Lane in Chigwell, was sentenced to an eight month suspended sentence on October 7 last year after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 17, three counts of making indecent images of a child and two counts of possessing extreme pornography between September 2010 and February 2013.

The 53-year-old has now admitted 13 of 20 charges against him for procuring children for sex abroad during the same period.

Osen appeared at Harrow Crown Court on October 10 and entered his guilty plea.

He is due to appear at the same court on November 6 for sentencing.

Osen’s suspended sentence was referred to the Attorney General following a complaint it was too lenient.

But the sentence was upheld.

A spokesman for the Attorney General said at the time: “The Solicitor General considered that the judge applied the relevant sentencing guidelines and took account of all relevant factors.

“He does not consider that the Court of Appeal would interfere with the sentence and has decided not to refer it.”

Schools target child sexual exploitation in Middlesbrough

Published October 17, 2014 by misty534

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Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough

THE grooming and sexual exploitation of children in a North-East town hit the headlines recently. LUCY RICHARDSON discovers what is being done to protect youngsters at schools Middlesbrough to ensure it doesn’t become another Rotherham or Oxford.

ONCE upon a time, teachers were just expected to educate children on the three ‘R’s’, now they have to add relationships, rape and arrests to their heavy workload.

The House of Commons Select Committee report into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and the response to localised grooming last year highlighted that teachers were key to identifying children at risk and potentially be able to stop children becoming victims of abuse.

At Acklam Grange in Middlesbrough, a model to tackle the issue head on has taken 12 years to develop. Youngsters aged 11 to 16 receive information, advice and training from Barnardo’s and the NSPCC and staff were trained to a high level to spot warning signs so alarm bells rang.

The secondary is part of a Big Lottery Funding bid which would enable the school to employ two non-teaching staff to offer pastoral support involving CSE through a ‘Headstart’ programme.

With 32 per cent of pupils from (Black, Minority, Ethnic) backgrounds the school has a diverse cultural mix with differing attitudes to what’s sexually acceptable. It also has children on its roll from Eastern European counties where it can be the norm for youngsters to have sex from 12 or 13-years-old.

It has forged leads with community leaders to educate and raise awareness as well as having a counsellor attached to the school. And it runs sessions on Female Genital Mutilation for some girls in their early teens, an age where they could be at risk of illegal circumcision.

The Integrated Youth Support Service was working with Prince Bishop, Ashdale and Acklam Grange Schools which could be rolled out to other secondaries. A group of sexually exploited girls was making a film about their experiences which will be shown in schools and youth centres.

Every secondary school in the town has a designated member of staff trained to pick up on the signs of CSE but the pro-active model developed by Acklam Grange was especially praised at a recent meeting of a council scrutiny panel.

Another of the steps it has taken involves police officers interviewing suspected victims of abuse in the safe school environment. The police said we cut four to six months off investigations because they did not need to take the time to build up relationships,” explained Acklam Grange assistant headteacher, Martin Burnett.

It is vital that we acknowledge that it is a problem. It is something that we need to make sure does not get any worse and that’s by raising awareness.”

“We have to be constantly aware that society is changing and we know these issues manifest themselves in school,” he added.

Evaluate Tees Valley is a charity delivering sex and relationship education in schools which has developed a new hour long session on grooming for exploitation called ‘sexploited’ which will be introduced at Key Stage Three from January.

Last academic year its project manager, Annalise Higgins, and her team worked with 5500 children which is set to increase in 2014/15.

“We help people understand what the process of grooming is, on the surface it looks like a really healthy relationship.

“Even if they are not certain, even if they are just a little bit concerned we say “It’s fine, better to speak to someone about it”.

We all want to be accepted and we all want to be loved so when somebody comes into your life and says “you’re beautiful, you are gorgeous, you’re amazing” and buys you presents so he can always reach you. It’s easy to be taken in.

“Then it’s the exchanging of favours – I’ve done this for you now you have to do something for me, it’s very calculated. It could be the people around who pick up on what’s going on. We want to help them keep control of their lives or regain control if it has been lost.

“We give them permission to talk about it. Teachers are, understandably not particularly keen to talk about sex education when they see them every day but it means that afterwards they can go to a member of staff they trust and have an important one-to-one conversation.

“We want to create a school culture of open dialogue over these taboo subjects so they are not taboo anymore,” added Annalise who praised the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) website “Think u Know” website which educates about internet for children as young as five.

At the moment a couple of slides in a presentation for year nines in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar, Hartlepool and Darlington already include a couple of slides on grooming.

“You can see a lightbulb moment on the faces of some of the teenagers in the room. They go a little bit grey and you know there will be a change now in something they do that will keep them safe.”

Scale of child sexual exploitation in Cornwall laid bare: DETAILS

Published October 16, 2014 by misty534

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Child sexual exploitation has been hitting the headlines nationwide and while many may think that it does not happen in their area, a Freedom of Information request has laid bare the scale of concerns in Cornwall.

Cllr Andrew Wallis, cabinet member for children schools and familes has pubished the response from Cornwall Council and warned that while distressing subject , the truth is that “it does happen” here.

The FOI response to the question, “What is the total number of children who were referred this year (2014), or became known, to the council amid concerns that they are, or at some stage have been, at risk of sexual exploitation?”

The answer was that there were 31 requests to consider concerns about possible sexual exploitation at the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Forums since January 1 this year.

For the purposes of understanding the categories of concern discussed at the multi-agency Forums in 2014 they may be described as follows:

  • Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for ‘gifts’ including alcohol/drugs
  • Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming
  • Suspicion, allegation or evidence of sexual activity/assault arising from the above.

Mr Wallis said: “We all must do everything within our powers to prevent this abhorrent crime. Doing nothing to tackle CSE is to fail our young people, as was shown in the Rotherham Report. If we really want to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation we all need to be honest that is does happen and only after we acknowledge this, then we can tackle this crime.

“It is also wrong to say CSE is committed by males on females. It is also females on males and same sex incidents. Though the media often narrows this down on male on female.

“The only way that CSE can be prevented and tackled effectively is through local agencies, particularly the Police and Children’s Social Care and Health agencies working together. The CSE Forums bring together professionals to discuss suspicion, allegation and evidence of concern that children are at risk of or have experienced sexual exploitation.

“The multi-agency Local Safeguarding Children Board has responsibility for overseeing agencies and checking that everything that can be done is being done to keep children as safe as we can. They hold us all to account.

Summary of Concerns in 2014:

  • Female, age 14 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Female, age  14 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Female, age 15 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Female, age 14 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming Female 14 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of sexual activity/assault arising from 1, 2, 3 or 4.
  • Female, age  13 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Female 14 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming
  • Female, age 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Male, age 17 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of sexual activity/assault arising from 1, 2, 3 or 4.
  • Female, age 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming
  • Female, age 14 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Female, age  16 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Male, age  17 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Female, age  19 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Male, age 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Male, age 16 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Female, age 16 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs
  • Female, age 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Male, age 17- Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming
  • Female, age 16 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming
  • Male, age 16 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Female, age 17 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Female, age 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of sexual activity/assault
  • Male, age 16 -Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Female, age 15 -Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Female, age 14 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs
  • Female, age 16 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  • Female, age 14 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs
  • Male, age 15 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs
  • Female, age 17 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs
  • Male, age 17 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming plus suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs.

Finally, If you have concerns that a child you know may be at risk of CSE please contact the MARU.

Main public number – 0300 1231 116 Secure email address is: MultiAgencyReferralUnit@cornwall.gcsx.gov.uk Intake (non-secure) email address is: cscintake@cornwall.gov.uk

The Packet

Campaign about sexual exploitation of children launched in Hampshire

Published October 15, 2014 by misty534

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A MASSIVE awareness campaign is being planned to help home in on child sex exploitation in Hampshire as county bosses declare war on predatory abusers.

Taxi firms, hotels and B&Bs will be among those targeted in an information blitz following a string of high profile child abuse cases emerging elsewhere in the country.

Hard hitting drama productions and school lessons will also be held during a week long campaign starting today.

It follows a string of convictions across the country of sexual grooming gangs who preyed on vulnerable teenagers.

More recently an inquiry found at least 1,400 children in Rotherham, Yorkshire, were sexually exploited by groups of men between 1997 and 2013, who groomed their victims before plying them with drink and drugs.

But while similar incidents have not yet been identified in Hampshire, children’s bosses are warning that abusers are out there.

Children and families district manager Vanessa Johns said that is why awareness is crucial.

She said: “We have to assume exploitation is happening everywhere.

“It is happening in Hampshire and we can’t say it isn’t happening.

“We have to think the unthinkable and how we raise awareness among your colleagues, professionals and members of the community.

“We need people to talk about what is grooming? What does it look like?

“We want to be saying hang on a second, who is that with that child? Picking up on things, reporting it and sharing that information.”

A key part of the high profile campaign will be to alert people who may be witnessing child exploitation without realising.

This will include writing to businesses such as taxi firms, B&Bs and hotels.

She said: “We are giving them information on how to spot signs or symptoms and what to do with it most importantly.”

Police, schools and other organisations working with young people will also be targeted.

Meanwhile young people and carers are to be shown a harrowing play about child sex exploitation called Chelsea’s Choice.

Head teachers will also be sent lesson plans and quizzes.

Ms Johns adds: “There’s two parts to this, children currently experiencing exploitation and children who are risk – we don’t wait until something has happened.”

One major sign of exploitation could be children repeatedly running away from home.

She said: “Research tells us that going missing should not be viewed as normal.

“The more they go missing the more at risk they are.”

It is hoped the campaign will compliment work already under way in the county to identify sexual exploitation among underage teenagers.

She said: “If we find a hot spot we will be saying to agencies you need to be aware of this.

“It is about having a plan with the police about disruption if we know there are concerns about perpetrators.

“If we know it is about a local community centre being used by some adults to exploit, it is about targeting and making sure police and PCSOs are aware.”

Ms Johns said the county council, who will be spearheading the campaign, has been in talks with the charity Crimestoppers about distributing posters with its phone number where information can be left anonymously.

The campaign comes after Hampshire police chief Simon Hayes ordered the constabulary’s chief constable to undertake an in-depth review into this issue across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the wake of the Rotherham scandal and similar cases elsewhere.

As previously reported, Mr Hayes said he would seeking quality assurance from the local safeguarding children boards.

Detective Chief Inspector Becky Riggs is Hampshire Constabulary’s lead on child sexual exploitation, said the force will be supportingHampshire County Council‘s campaign to raise awareness.

She said: “The council’s work ties in with our messages we have been running aimed at young people that encourage them to recognise the signs of abuse in theirs and their friends’ relationships and report any concerns they may have.

“Child sexual exploitation remains a complex and hidden problem and since the beginning of this year we’ve been running a briefing programme aimed at all staff that instructs them how to spot the warning signs.”

Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “It is the responsibility of each and every one of us, to look out for vulnerable children in our communities.

“If you suspect a child may be at risk of exploitation or abuse, or if you see anything that causes you concern about a child or young person, please speak to our Children’s Services team on 0845 603 5620 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“We are committed to helping vulnerable children and their families in Hampshire and we value the support of our residents, alongside local professionals and organisations, to make this possible.”

Signs of child sexual exploitation

These include:

• Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late ·Regularly missing school or not taking part in education.

• Acquiring expensive gifts such as mobile phones, jewellery – even drugs – and not being able to explain how they came by them.

• Having older boyfriends or girlfriends.

• Bruises, marks on the body, suffering from sexually transmitted infections, drug and alcohol misuse, self-harming.

• Associating with other young people involved in exploitation ·Mood swings or changes in emotional well being, becoming secretive, defensive or aggressive when asked about their personal life.

• Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour.

The Daily Echo

I passed on the names of 26 victims of grooming gangs, but my bosses did nothing, says former GMP detective

Published October 15, 2014 by misty534

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The allegations were made by a former senior officer who said she raised the alarm over grooming gangs more than a decade ago

Suspected paedophiles are walking free in Manchester because of GMP’s failure to investigate claims of child sex abuse, a former senior officer has alleged.

Former detective constable Margaret Oliver said she first warned her bosses that Asian grooming gangs were preying on vulnerable girls in a report more than 10 years ago.

But despite passing on the names of at least 26 victims – and the men they had identified as abusers – she claims nothing was done and the problem has now reached epidemic proportions.

“From that time we have had 10 years where that problem has been allowed to develop and to grow and grow and grow,” she told ITV news.

Another former detective who reportedly raised the issue again in 2010 backed up her claims, alleging anonymously: “I told them young girls were being abused but they didn’t listen or resource the investigation.

“They were only interested in target crimes: robbery, burglary and car theft.

“Because this kind of crime is difficult to prosecute and didn’t show up quickly on crime figures they weren’t interested.”

The father of one of the victims of the Rochdale grooming gang also told the investigation GMP were not doing enough.

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Nine men were jailed over the abuse in 2012, but he said his daughter was promised there would be more arrests after she picked out other perpetrators in an identity parade last year.

Claiming there was “no follow-up, no anything”, he said: ”It tells me they are not dealing with it correctly.”

GMP chief constable Sir Peter Fahy – who is facing an IPCC probe into separate allegations of a mishandled sex offence case – admitted there had been mistakes in the past.

He said: “Some of our officers developed a mindset that victims in these sorts of cases would always be unreliable, and I think that was also a mindset which developed among prosecutors as well.”

Police’s attitudes had now changed, he claimed, but the court system had not.

Sir Peter said it meant GMP had to take a “broader” approach to preventing abuse, by taking away suspects’ away taxi licences, shutting down their shops or prosecuting them for other crimes.

“If that’s the only thing we can get them for, then that’s what we have to get them for,” he said.

by Manchester Evening News

Paedophile, 52, used Facebook to pose as 13-year-old girl and prey on primary school-age children

Published August 1, 2013 by misty534

Paedophile: Anthony Nelson, 52, pretended to be a 13-year-old girl on Facebook to try to groom victims

  • Anthony Nelson was caught by an undercover cop pretending to be child
  • Police traced Nelson after parent found messages on their child’s account
  • Paedophile faces jail and will be sentenced later this month

A paedophile posed as a 13-year-old girl on Facebook to groom children but was caught by an undercover police officer.

Anthony Nelson, 52,  tried to arrange meetings with the youngsters, some of whom were in primary school, so he could abuse them.

But he became the victim of a double-bluff – because one of his targets was really an undercover police officer also pretending to be a child.

Nelson, from Shildon, County Durham, is now facing a lengthy prison sentence  after pleading guilty to a string of sickening charges in court.

One of the charges includes the possession of more than 1,300 images of  extreme child pornography.

Last night, police warned of the dangers of social networking sites and called on adults to carefully monitor what their children do online.

Twice-married Nelson was arrested in January when it emerged he had contacted an 11-year-old girl through a false Facebook account he had set up.

He slyly gained the confidence of his victims by pretending to be a 13-year-old girl – persuading some of them to send him their mobile telephone numbers.

The depraved dad then began engaging in sexually explicit text messages with the youngsters – some of primary school age – and tried to set up meetings.

But he was unaware one of his intended victims was in fact an undercover officer from Durham Constabulary.

A concerned parent had alerted the police about the Facebook messages sent to their own child – and detectives discovered there were many more.

An examination of Nelson’s computer showed he had contacted dozens of children from around the country over six months.

Police have spoken to the parents of the youngsters and to schools to tell them what the former hotel night porter had been up to.

Shameful: Nelson sat in the dock with his head bowed and sobbed when he said he wanted to sexually abuse children

Shameful: Nelson sat in the dock with his head bowed and sobbed when he said he wanted to sexually abuse children

 

He pleaded guilty to making and possessing pictures of child abuse and bestiality, and inciting children to engage in sexual activity at Teesside Crown Court on Monday.

With his head bowed and through occasional sounds of sobbing, he also admitted trying to arrange a meeting with a girl to commit a sex crime.

He was remanded in custody and will return to court on August 13 to be sentenced.

Speaking last night, Detective Constable Jonathan Stoker, who investigated the case, said that Nelson had preyed on his victims’ naivety in a sickening way.

He said: ‘Nelson has taken advantage of young children, some of whom were still in primary school, to fulfil his sexual desires.

‘While I have been speaking to some of the families affected by this case, one parent commented that ‘it was like he had been in their house’.

‘I would encourage parents and carers to make sure that if a child is part of a social network like Facebook, to check the account settings and to make sure it is as private as possible.’

Nelson admitted two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence.

He also pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making indecent images of children, possessing 1,384 such images and possessing extreme pornography.

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