August 2017

Fugitive Keighley paedophile, 72, back behind bars 

A CONVICTED paedophile who fled the country to start a new life with a Filipino bride he met on Facebook has been hunted down by the police and jailed for three years.

Raymond Keeley, 72, paid for a flight to Manila using funds in a secret bank account when he should have been attending the Sex Offender Treatment Programme for abusing a girl of six.

“He met a lady on Facebook from the Philippines and decided to start a new life, and he did not think he needed to tell anyone,” prosecutor Caroline Abraham told Bradford Crown Court.

Keeley was tracked down by West Yorkshire Police and Interpol after a missing persons alert was triggered when he disappeared off the probation service’s radar in October, 2013.

He was arrested on a warrant and held in a detention centre in the Philippines for four months, before funding his own flight back to the UK because of the overcrowded, rat infested conditions he was being kept in, his barrister Jayne Beckett said.

Keeley, formerly of Harewood Rise, Keighley, was jailed for two years in December, 2012, for six offences of sexually assaulting the little girl during trips to the Philippines.

But his sentence was altered by the Appeal Court to a three-year community order with the condition that he attended the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.

The alarm was raised when he missed appointments with the probation service and used a credit card for a bank account he had hidden from the police to take a ferry from Portsmouth to France and a flight on to Manila.

He was apprehended in the Philippines on March 14 this year after leading a new life there with his wife and their young son.

He was flown back to the UK on July 21 and the following day he pleaded guilty at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court to four offences of breaching the terms of the sex offender register.

Yesterday, he was brought to the crown court in custody and admitted breaching the community order by failing to tell the police about the bank account and leaving the UK without permission.

Mrs Beckett said Keeley’s two-year jail sentence was reduced to a community order because he confessed to the church about what he had done.

“He informed against himself, otherwise the offences would probably never have come to light,” she said.

“He became a solitary and desolate figure and had very little in this country to live for.”

Mrs Beckett said Keeley had honoured his marriage and felt the loss of his family greatly.

There was no evidence of any wrongdoing by him while he was on the run.

“He made a very, very bad series of choices when he felt desolate and depressed,” Mrs Beckett said.

The judge, Recorder Tahir Khan QC, told Keeley: “These were gravely serious breaches. You made a conscious decision to leave the UK. It is at the top of the scale of seriousness for offences of this type.”

December 2012

Keighley man, 67, jailed for sex abuse of girl, 6, in Philippines

A pensioner has been jailed for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl during trips to the Philippines.

Churchgoing Raymond Keeley, who had never offended against children before, confessed to his bishop and wanted help with his problems, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

The court heard that 67-year-old Keeley had himself been abused by a teacher when he was a teenager.

Sentencing him to two years’ imprisonment, Judge Shaun Spencer QC, told Keeley he had used the girl for his sexual pleasure on a number of occasions.

Keeley, of Harewood Rise, Keighley, pleaded guilty, at the first opportunity, to six sample charges of sexually assaulting a child under 13.

Prosecutor Robert Galley said Keeley admitted carrying out about 20 similar offences on three visits to the Philippines.

They came to light after the defendant returned to the UK. He disclosed to his bishop what he had done and was encouraged to tell the authorities. Keeley sought counselling and informed social services and the police.

Mr Galley said the girl would sit on Keeley’s lap and wanted to kiss him, and he allowed himself to get into an abusive situation. The prosecutor said there was no suggestion either was naked during the abuse.

Keeley’s barrister, Sophie Drake, said the defendant was of previous good character.

She said: “While sex offending, particularly against children, is always very serious, this level of offending does fall into the lower end.

“The defendant was extremely remorseful. He felt deep shame and disgust for his behaviour.

“There is no suggestion that he has had interest in children before or since. He was sexually abused as a teenager by a teacher, and wonders if there is a link between his experiences as a child and his abuse.”

Judge Spencer said he had received character references, including one from Bishop James Stewart.

The judge said the charges represented examples of a course of conduct. The offences were aggravated by the number of them and the breach of trust.

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