September 2017

Paedo who used to advise judges on sex offenders jailed for sick photos, videos and ‘paedophile manual’

A convicted sex offender who used to advise judges on how to deal with paedophiles has been jailed again after he was found with thousands of sick videos and photos, including a ‘Paedophile manual’.

Stephen King, 68, pleaded guilty to six charges, including possessing indecent images of children, nearly 3,000 of which were the most extreme kind.

Included were 85 videos in the worst category, which included a baby being sexually abused.

He was also caught in possession of a ‘paedophile manual’ at a house in Richmond on May 1 which “contained guidance about abusing children sexually”.

King was sentenced today (September 25) to 20 months in prison, the most lenient possible, due to his ill health – he recently suffered a heart attack and a stroke.

The 68-year-old was also charged with meeting up with another sex offender in Richmond, which he was prevented from doing under a sexual harm order, but pleaded not guilty to this charge, which will lie on file.

King, of Herne Hill, who appeared at Kingston Crown Court via video from Wandsworth Prison, was convicted in 2004 of more than 20 of sexual offences, including having sex with a girl under 13 years old.

Previous to his first conviction, he had given government agencies and judges advice on protecting youngsters from child molesters, and even suggested jail terms for child sex offenders.

After being released from prison, King was staying at a house in Richmond.

In May, King tried to contact a six-year-old girl, something he was prevented from doing under a sexual harm order.

He was arrested and charged on May 1. After admitting the charge, he was sentenced to eight months in Wandsworth Prison.

On May 3, two days after he was arrested, a cleaner in the house he had been staying at found a black suitcase. After asking the other tenants if it belonged to them, she concluded it must have been King’s.

She brought it to Richmond police station, where he was brought after the arrest, and police found thousands of indecent images on memory sticks, along with letters purporting to be from children who had sex with him and “enjoyed it”.

No child has been connected to the letters, and his defence lawyer Peter Cordwell said the letters were “self-penned”.

There was also “extreme” bestiality images on the memory sticks.

Judge Judith Coello described the images found in King’s possession as “disgusting and debauched”.

Sentencing, she said: “By engaging in this type of activity you and others like you are providing a market for a heinous crime.

“You encourage those who make these images to continue making them.

“People like you are an absolute menace to decent society.”

March 2004

Court adviser unmasked as paedophile who was also member of the paedophile information exchange

A man who sexually abused three young girls, while advising judges on sentencing for paedophiles, has been jailed for seven years.

Stephen King, from Herne Hill in London, yesterday pleaded guilty at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court to more than 20 counts of sexual offences, including having sex with a girl under 13 years old.

The 54-year-old had given Government agencies and judges advice on protecting youngsters from child molesters, and even suggested jail terms for child sex offenders.

Detective Inspector Neil Thompson, of the Paedophile Squad, described King as a “devious and dangerous life-long predatory paedophile”.

Speaking after the sentencing, he said: “King has worked in a number of guises including music, English and maths tutoring, photography and athletics coaching, and we suspect he did this purely to gain access to children”.

Most recent photo of King avaliable

His abuse of three girls, aged between nine and 13 years old, was uncovered after Benefits Agency officers arrested him during an investigation of alleged fraud.

Police officers who then searched his house followed a chain of evidence to a lock-up garage nearby, where they discovered hand-written accounts of child abuse and black-and-white photographs of King sexually assaulting children.

King recorded his activities in meticulous detail, the court heard. There were more than 560 indecent photographs, a video recording of indecent acts and a diary of his sexual encounters. 

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The many faces of paedophile Stephen King

King, who has also called himself Stephen Gosling, is known to have travelled widely in the UK and lived at a number of locations across the country.

King, of Herne Hill, south London, was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange. He plied the children with alcohol before abusing them, the court heard. One of the victims had learning difficulties and all three had been severely traumatised by the assaults. One had attempted suicide.

King’s crimes were uncovered when pornographic material was discovered on his computer while he was being investigated for alleged benefit fraud.

Police also discovered that King – under the name of Stephen Gosling – had been jailed for six months in 1989 after being convicted for gross indecency and making indecent material.

King had no formal qualifications in the field but was a “self-proclaimed expert on the Children’s Act and pornography – he made it his life’s work”.

Earlier Peter Zinner, prosecuting, told the court that King’s advice was offered to and accepted by a number of agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police, the Sentencing Advisory Panel and the Appeal Court.

Mr Zinner said: “He had lectured to various criminal justice conferences at which the Met Police, the CPS, the Probation Service and other interested agencies were present.”

King recorded his activities in meticulous detail, the court heard. There were more than 560 indecent photographs, a video recording of indecent acts and a diary of his sexual encounters.

King’s crimes were uncovered when pornographic material was discovered on his computer while he was being investigated for alleged benefit fraud.

Police also discovered that King – under the name of Stephen Gosling – had been jailed for six months in 1989 after being convicted for gross indecency and making indecent material.

Ten years later he had been investigated following allegations that he had sexually assaulted the three girls. But at the time police failed to find sufficient evidence to mount a prosecution.

Bill Nash, a solicitor advocate defending King, said he had shown genuine remorse and expressed interest in sex offenders’ programmes at Wandsworth jail while on remand.

Luis Macchiavello, the director of London-based firm Infolog, said that King lectured as a guest speaker on child pornography at conferences organised by the company. Mr Macchiavello said he could not recall how many times King had been invited to speak.

John Carr, the internet adviser to the children’s charity NCH, said he had refused to lecture at some conferences that had been privately organised because of concerns over security.

He said: “At certain events I was concerned the companies concerned were not taking enough care about who they were admitting.

“Some of the things discussed at these events might be helpful to a paedophile, and now we are discovering that some of the people giving lectures are not above reproach.”

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