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Church of England vicar who told girl, 13, to rape her nine-year-old sister in online chats is jailed for just two years

Published October 1, 2014 by misty534

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Church of England vicar James Ogley pictured outside court during an earlier court appearance

  • Married father and reverend James Ogley admitted obscene material charges
  • Church of England vicar had told a 13-year-old to rape her younger sister
  • He was caught when police discovered online chats coming from his home
  • They found laptop evidence of ‘sexually explicit’ conversations with children
  • Ogley escaped with just a two-year prison sentence at Luton Crown Court 

A Church of England vicar who told a 13-year-old girl to sexually abuse her nine-year-old sister during an online chat has been jailed for just two years.

Reverend James Ogley, a married father of two young children, told the teenager he wanted her and her sister to have sex with their own mother.

In another online exchange, he told the teenager to rape her younger sibling.

Police officers discovered the clergyman’s communications when they went to the vicarage in Luton, Bedfordshire, where he lived with his family and seized his laptop computer from his study.

Ogley had been a regular visitor to the chat room for youngsters, deriving sexual gratification from the chat logs, a court was told.

At Luton Crown Court, 38-year-old Ogley, the vicar of Saint Francis Church in Luton, pleaded guilty to seven charges of publishing obscene material in the form of chat logs.

Six offences relate to material posted online in June 2012 and one to a publication in November 2012.

Ogley, who had been suspended from his post since his arrest, was jailed for two years.

Passing sentence, Judge David Farrell QC told him: ‘What you did was totally incompatible with the beliefs and teachings of a vicar. You are there to uphold and further Christian beliefs.

‘You were and still are the vicar of St Francis Church here in Luton. You have let down all those who looked up to you as the holder of a respected office.’

The court was told he had lost everything following his fall from grace. His marriage had fallen apart, he had lost his home and now he would be dismissed from the church.

Prosecutor Daniel Siong said it was on January 10 last year that officers went to the home in Luton where, as vicar of St Francis Church since August 2011, Ogley lived with his young family.

The officers had gone to Ogley’s home because they had received ‘intelligence’ that someone at the address had been attempting to contact children via the chat room ‘Internet Relay Chat’ and asking them to ‘commit child sex offences.’

Questioned about their use of IRC, the vicar said he had not visited the chat forum for ‘some time.’ His wife said she had not used the chat room since her days at university.

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Ogley admitted having obscene conversations with children under the age of 16 on an internet chat log

But after officers were provided with a password to his laptop, chat logs were discovered that showed he had been having ‘sexually explicit’ online conversations with youngsters who appeared to be under the age of 16.

Mr Siong said: ‘The material included graphic descriptions of sexual abuse of children. These included incestuous, sadistic, paedophiliac sexual acts on young and very young children – four years old in one instance.’

He added: ‘He was arrested on suspicion of facilitating child sex offences and taken to the police station.’

Judge David Farrell QC, hearing the case, was told how Ogley had talked online of performing sex acts with an eight year old boy, and told a young girl to remove her clothing.

BISHOP OF ST ALBANS: ‘I AM DEEPLY SADDENED ONE OF THE CLERGY HAS COMMITTED THESE OFFENCES’

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Ogley has been vicar at St Francis Church in Luton (pictured) since August 2011

Speaking after an earlier hearing when Ogley pleaded guilty to the offences, The Bishop of St Albans, the Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, said: ‘I am deeply saddened that one of the clergy, of whom I expect the highest standards of behaviour, has committed these offences.

‘My prayers are with all those affected by [his] actions and with the people of his parish.’

Ogley was appointed as the vicar of St Francis in August 2011. He was formerly vicar in the Diocese of Winchester, near Southampton.

In a statement, the Diocese said: ‘Upon conviction of a criminal offence, the Bishop of St Albans, the Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, may, under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003, impose a penalty on a clergyman without further legal process.

‘The Bishop will impose an appropriate penalty after sentencing.

‘He will take account of what he sees as the gravity of this case and the breach of the trust reposed in Ogley by the church and by the parishioners of St Francis Luton.’

The prosecutor went on ‘He then asked her to sexually abuse her sister who is asleep in another room.’

Mr Siong said Ogley understood the sister to be nine years old.

Ogley himself had pretended to be a youngster and on one occasion during a conversation claimed he was a 14-year-old boy from Ireland.

When interviewed by detectives, Ogley admitted he had been sexually aroused while having the online conversations, but he said he had never arranged to meet anyone.

He claimed he had been ‘role playing’ and Mr Siong said there was no evidence he had tried to meet the people he was chatting to.

The court was told that it hadn’t been possible for police to trace the people Ogley had spoken to in the chatroom.

Mr Siong added ‘The prosecution say this case involves a serious breach of trust by reason of his position as a Church of England reverend.

‘As a member of the clergy there is a higher degree of trust placed in him by members of the public, especially vulnerable members of the public, such as children.

‘His clear motivation was to obtain sexual gratification by discussing with vulnerable children paedophiliac sexual matters.’

The court was told the true identities of the people Ogley was talking to in the chat room would never be known, but he said: ‘The clear inference to be drawn from the chat logs is that the defendant must have believed he was communicating with children, as he now accepts.’

Andrew Morton, defending, said Ogley had been suspended from his post as vicar of St Francis in January 2013 – the day after his arrest – and ‘in all likelihood’ he would be dismissed.

He told the court that Ogley had got into the habit of surfing the internet in the evenings and going into chat rooms, some of which were devoted to ‘explicit topics.’

‘What we are dealing with is a man with a deeply unhealthy tendency to be aroused by children engaging in sexual activity.’ he said.

Passing sentence, Judge Farrell told Ogley had police been able to trace those people receiving his chat logs, then he could have faced the much more serious charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

‘You have let down all those who looked up to you as the holder of a respected office.’

Daily Mail

Cover-up allegations of former children’s home resident

Published September 25, 2014 by misty534

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MICKEY SUMMERS

Former Forest Town man Mickey Summers says that he suffered serial sexual abuse at the hands of people he trusted – people who should have been beyond reproach.

These people were not parents or family members.

The 60-year-old told Chad that he was abused whilst he was living in care homes in Nottinghamshire.

He ran away, repeatedly. He climbed trees to avoid abuse. He says he witnessed other children, some with severe learning needs, being raped. And nobody listened.

But Mickey (pictured) feels that he has been betrayed once again by those in authority – by council officials and by the police.

Following years of emotional turmoil, failed relationships, mental health issues and drug abuse, Mickey finally got a grip on his life in 2003.

He reported his abuse to Nottinghamshire Police and asked them to investigate his allegations.

He went to Nottingham City Council, who had been responsible for his time in care – largely at care homes in the city.

He went to Nottinghamshire County Council – who had taken over responsibility for child social care in 1974.

The authorities told him that his records had been destroyed, while police failed to carry out an effective investigation.

Mickey ended up in care following what he describes as ‘chaos’ in his family home in the mid-1960s, which led him into truancy and petty crime.

In later life his experiences led to attachment issues, failed relationships, relapses into drug abuse, times in custody and debilitating mental health issues.

But he’d had enough of being a victim, and he decided to fight back.

He returned to the UK from his home in New York to launch his own fight for justice – demanding a formal public apology from both Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Earlier this month, Mickey and his supporters stormed a council meeting, following a protest in Nottingham’s Market Square.

He told Chad that his childhood records, which he thinks can provide vital evidence of his abuse, have been deliberately destroyed by either the city or county councils – who have both held the documents.

And he has involved the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who have ruled that his initial complaint should be reinvestigated.

He said: “I have run away from everything in my life – I have never wanted children, because I wouldn’t want a child of mine to have to go through what I’ve been through.

“There needs to be a full public enquiry because there are a lot of people out there who need closure and this is a much bigger problem than either the police or the councils are acknowledging.

“The floodgates need to open now and I would urge everyone who has been the victim of abuse to come forward and demand justice.”

But the authorities say a formal apology cannot be issued until Mickey and other alleged victims’ cases have been proven.

A joint statement issued by both authorities said: “We have already explained to Mr Summers that we have been unable to locate any of his files. The information we have is that his child care file was destroyed in 1978. We have met with Mr Summers and apologised to him that this is the case.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “At the request of the IPCC, the force’s professional standards directorate (PSD) is re-investigating a complaint that was made in April 2014. The complaint relates to the way an allegation first made in 2003 and repeated in 2013 was handled under Operation Daybreak.

“This PSD investigation will, by necessity, review the 2003 allegation as well as a subsequent complaint made in 2004 about that investigation.

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Horncastle man Michael Hicks jailed for 16 years over child rape

Published July 22, 2013 by misty534

A Horncastle man has been jailed for 16 years after he was convicted by a jury of raping a young girl.

Michael Hicks had denied sexually abusing the child, who cannot be named, during the trial at Lincoln Crown Court.

 
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But he was convicted of two charges of rape and six charges of sexual assault between December 2011 and April 2012.

He was also found guilty of a further charge of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

Grace Hale, prosecuting, said an investigation began after the girl’s mother discovered explicit text messages on her daughter’s mobile phone.

Hicks was arrested after police found two indecent photographs of the girl on his phone.

Hicks, 49, of High Street, Horncastle, denied sexually abusing the girl and claimed the photographs on his phone were not of the girl but of an adult woman.

Recorder Timothy Spencer QC, told Hicks: “Until about 18 months ago or so you were of exemplary character.

“I don’t know what aberration came over you or why you didn’t resist it.

“This was a cynical course of conduct over a number of months. It was exploitation.

“You have had a trial and you put the girl through the ordeal of giving evidence and put other people through the trauma of giving evidence.

“It means that I can extend to you no credit whatsoever for any plea of guilty or any expression of regret.

“I detect not a scintilla of remorse. That can mean only one thing, a significant sentence of imprisonment.”

Hicks was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and banned from working with children.

This is Lincolnshire

‘Callous’ sex offender locked up

Published July 19, 2013 by misty534

SEX offender David Ward has been jailed for 13 years – and branded “manipulative and callous” – after being convicted of a string of sexual abuse against a girl.

He repeatedly targeted the young girl during very unpleasant incidents, a court heard.

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    JAILED: David Ward has been locked up for 13 years.

Ward, 44, formerly of Wymark View, Grimsby, was convicted by a jury of nine sexual offences, including two of rape and others of sexual assault and causing or inciting sexual acts.

He was cleared at Grimsby Crown Court of another 12 sexual offences.

Two of the guilty verdicts were on majorities of 10 to two and another was by a majority of 11 to one.

Ward was given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and must register as a sex offender for life.

After the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Julian McGill, of the police’s public protection team, said the offences were “appalling” and he praised the victim for showing “courage and strength” in coming forward to report the matters.

He said: “She can now, with the help and support of her family, look to the future.

“Despite what she has endured, she remains a remarkably optimistic young woman with a promising life ahead of her – a life now free from the control of David Ward.

“Throughout the investigation and trial, Ward has shown himself to be a manipulative and callous individual.

“He clearly presents a danger to the public and, thankfully, that risk has now been removed and he is now where he belongs – in prison.”

Detective Sergeant John Shepherd said: “This sentence sends out a clear and reassuring message that the criminal justice system suitably punishes those who seek to abuse children sexually.

“This trial was the result of a lengthy police investigation, supported by colleagues from Children’s Social Care.

“None of this would have been possible without the victim and her family and I thank them for their co-operation.

“It does take immense courage for victims to come forward and face the additional stress which inevitably accompanies a criminal investigation.

“The police will always take this type of allegation very seriously and have specially-trained officers to support victims and their families through the investigation process.

“Anyone having concerns that a child may be subject to sexual abuse can report the matter direct to the police by telephoning 101.

“Alternatively, reports can be made via Children’s Social Care, Crimewatch, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) or Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP).

This is Grimsby

Pontypool paedophile rapist, Harry Spragg, 79, jailed

Published July 17, 2013 by misty534

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A PONTYPOOL pensioner who went missing before being charged with sexual offences against a young girl has been jailed for ten years.

Harry Spragg, 79, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child and three counts of taking indecent photographs of a child – all relating to a girl under 13.

Passing sentence at Newport Crown Court on Friday, Judge William Gaskell said: “You are a man of previous good character who is now 79.

“She was wholly unaware of the implications of what you did to her. But as she is getting older and having a greater realisation of what you did it is likely to become an oppression for her.

“What you did in my judgement will have a really long term effect on her.”

This case came to court not long after Gwent Police issued a missing persons appeal stating that Spragg had been reported missing from his home on November 8, 2012.

Defending Spragg, Mary Parry Evans has said the episode had been “ so out of character it was unbelievable.”

“You can’t explain this behaviour,” she said.

“This is a 79-year-old man who has a completely clean record.”

Mrs Parry Evans said there had been stresses in his life around the time of the offences but that those did not mitigate for what he had done.

She said: “He knows this is all his own fault.”

Spragg, of Laburnum Drive, New Inn, was sentenced to ten years for each of the rapes, two years for each of the offences of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three years for each of the counts of taking indecent photographs. All the sentences were set to run concurrently.

 

South Wales Argus

Man jailed over 20 Telford child sex abuse charges

Published June 30, 2013 by misty534

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A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing two girls in Shropshire during the 1970s and 80s.

Robert David Purcell, 62, of Cleethorpes, was found guilty of 20 separate sexual offences which were said to have taken place in Telford.

He was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday.

In total he was found guilty of 11 counts of rape, six counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child and one count of another serious sexual assault. He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The jury returned a unanimous verdict on 12 of the counts and a majority verdict on the remaining eight.

Judge Robin Onions, sentencing, said: “No sentence I pass can compensate for what your victims have gone through. You stole their childhood for your own sexual predatory.”

Detective Constable Steve Parton, said: “I’m very happy with the verdict and pleased justice has finally been served.”

 

Shropshire star

Birchgrove man who raped teenager leaving her pregnant is jailed for 12 years

Published June 11, 2013 by misty534

A PAEDOPHILE who raped a teenage girl, leaving her pregnant, has been jailed for 12 years.

Paul Kenny, now 68, sexually assaulted and raped his teenage victim in the 1970s.

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Birchgrove man Paul Kenny who raped teenager leaving her pregnant is jailed for 12 years

 

She said he left her in agony, and said the pain she felt was the same she later experienced as an adult when she gave birth.

Prosecutor Kevin Jones told Swansea Crown Court Kenny hit his victim across the bridge of her nose with an umbrella.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reported the incidents to police in April this year.

She said she had told neighbours and friends, but neither believed her, with one calling her “silly”.

The court heard she later discovered she was 19 weeks pregnant and went with her mother for a termination.

She was taken to hospital and put into induced labour but said the lack of sympathy she was given by nurses meant she did not feel she could tell them who the father was.

In a statement to police, she said the birth of her first child should have been a “beautiful and happy moment” but instead it brought back memories of the termination she had.

Kenny, of Trewen Road, Birchgrove, admitted both rape and indecently assaulting his victim when he was arrested in April this year.

He said: “Everything she said is true”.

The victim said she initially found the attack “strange” but Mr Jones said she believed that Kenny, as an adult, knew best.

She said she did not report the attack because Kenny had “put the fear of God into her”.

In a victim impact statement, read to the court, the victim said she felt that her childhood had been taken away from her and it had also had a “massive effect” on her adult life.

Mr Kevin Jones said: “She was petrified about speaking out against him and lived in fear of doing so because of the threats made against her.”

Craig Jones, for Kenny, said his client had pleaded guilty and asked Judge Peter Heywood to take his age into account when sentencing.

“It’s quite possible, given the type of sentence the court is minded to impose, he will spend the rest of his life in prison, and currently the rest of his useful life in prison,” he said.

Judge Heywood jailed him for a total term of 12 years and told him he would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

He said he had considered imposing a life term but his age, guilty plea and candour during interviews, meant he could impose a determinate sentence.

This is South Wales