October 2018

Worcester paedophile Simon Clancy gave ‘sinister’ gifts to 14-year-old boy

.JAILED: Simon Clancy. Photo: West Mercia Police

AN entrenched paedophile who sexually assaulted young children tried to groom yet another underage boy by making ‘sinister’ gifts of chocolate, a birthday card and accessories for his bike.

Simon Clancy of Teme Road, Tolladine, Worcester, also asked the 14-year-old boy to mow his lawn and asked him to come to his home, offering to teach him exercises to ‘develop his abs’.

The 43-year-old shook his head as he was led down into the cells by dock officers to begin a 43 month prison sentence (three and a half years) at Worcester Crown Court on Monday.

Judge Nicolas Cartwright rejected a request to suspend the sentence, citing Clancy’s repeated and ‘flagrant’ breaches of a sexual harm prevention order (SOPO) designed to prevent him preying on children.

Clancy admitted three breaches of the SOPO in the autumn and winter of 2017 when he had contact wih the 14-year-old, guilty pleas entered on the day of trial. Three further such offences will be allowed to lie on file.

The SOPO was put in place because Clancy was convicted of indecent assaults against a seven-year-old boy in 1993 when he was aged 17. He made the boy play a game which involved taking off his clothes, touching the boy and encouraging the boy to touch him. When the boy said he wanted ‘mummy and daddy’ Clancy told him not to tell them and said he would be ‘smacked if he told mummy’.

The following year, when he was 19, he committed further indecent assaults, this time against two underage girls (aged 13).

One of the girls was indecently assaulted under her clothing as she slept and he also placed her hand upon him.

Clancy breached the sexual offences prevention order six times in 2010 and, when the order was amended in 2013, he breached it on two further occasions.

Amanda O’Mara, prosecuting, described how during last year’s breaches Clancy bought accessories for the boy’s bike.

The boy’s mother asked how much she owed him but the defendant said she did not need to pay for the items which included a light, lock and reflector. He also gave the boy a lift to the dentist, asking him to sit in the front of his car. He bought the boy chocolate and a birthday card and asked him if he would like to cut his grass, something he never did. The boy described how the defendant was ‘over-friendly’ and made him feel ‘awkward’.

Miss O’Mara said: “He suggested the boy go around to his house and he could show him some exercises to develop his abdomen.”

Clancy was arrested by his offender manager on April 13 this year. The mother of the boy read out a victim personal statement in court and said Clancy’s behaviour had left her and her family ‘stressed and worried’ and her children were ‘scared to be in the garden alone’.

The woman wept as she recounted the family’s ordeal. She said: “I would feel better if Simon was detained. I feel he needs medical help and support.”

The woman said the defendant’s actions made her feel ‘sick’ and she felt ‘very sad about his deception’.

Previous breaches of the order in 2010 included Clancy attending a zumba dance event, taking pictures of children at a kickboxing class and acting as a member of doorstaff at a leaver’s ball where there were children under 16. In 2013 he worked as a steward at Warwick Racecourse despite being prohibited from working anywhere that might bring him into contact with children.

Miss O’Mara said Clancy’s ‘history of disobedience’ towards court orders was an aggravating feature and she argued this was potentially targeting of a particularly vulnerable victim.

Judge Nicolas Cartwright said Clancy’s actions had been in flagrant breach of the sexual harm prevention order. He told him: “It’s plain you were interested in this young boy. I’m bound to conclude that it was a sexual interest and a sinister one at that.”

He said he placed the breaches in category 1A and said they involved causing very serious harm or distress.

The judge told Clancy the offences were aggravated by his previous convictions and history of disobedience involving sexual offences prevention orders. The judge observed that Clancy had failed to respond to a community sex offender programme, acting ‘entirely contrary to everything you had been taught during the course’ by grooming the boy.

The judge also noted that Clancy had been subject to post-sentence supervision at the time of the offences.

Clancy was jailed for 43 months. A new sexual harm prevention order prevents him having contact with any child under 18 unless it has been agreed by his police offender manager and children’s or social services.

The order also restricts him contacting other sex offenders and from distributing goods (solicited or unsolicited) to any child under 18.

He is prohibited from photographing, filming or recording any young person under the age of 18 unless it is the recording of broadcast dramas or television programmes.

October 2014

Convicted paedophile flouted ban designed to keep him away from children by working at racecourse on family days

Simon Matthew Clancy got a job at Warwick Racecourse and worked as a steward at two bank holiday events aimed at families with children.

That was despite knowing a court order prohibited him from taking part in any activity where youngsters were present.

In 2010, Clancy was jailed for defying a court order six times by infiltrating a church group, two schools and a kick-boxing club to gain access to children.

London’s Criminal Appeal Court heard the events were advertised as being aimed at children and the entertainment included clowns, balloon-makers and magicians.

The 39-year-old, who has previous convictions for indecent assault and for breaching the court order on another occasion, denied any wrong-doing.

But he was found guilty of breaching the order and was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Hereford Crown Court in March. Clancy, of Worcester, challenged his sentence at the Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing it was ‘too long’.

The court heard Clancy was convicted of indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 1983, and of indecently assaulting two schoolgirls in 1995.

In 2005, after he was caught associating with a known paedophile and a teenage boy, he was handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

A condition of the order was that he was not to take part in any activity which would bring him into contact with children.

Despite this, after meeting a member of staff from the Jockey Club at Cheltenham races, he contacted her and asked if he could be considered for casual work at Warwick Racecourse.

Clancy, who specialised in hospitality events, worked there on Easter Monday and on the May 6 Bank Holiday last year, when family events were being held.

The court heard that, during the course of those two days, he would have seen hundreds of children who attended the events. He was previously sent to prison for two years for six breaches of the order, in 2010. On those occasions he had also got work at events which brought him into contact with children.

Sentencing him, the judge noted no complaints had been made about Clancy, but said he was satisfied he had targeted these events which he knew were aimed at children.

Dismissing his appeal, Sir Roderick Evans said the sentence was ‘not manifestly excessive’.

March 2010

Pervert is jailed after breaching court order

A sex offender defied a court order six times by infiltrating a church group, two schools and a kick-boxing club to gain access to children.

Simon Clancy acted as a doorman for an international dance event at Hallow CE Primary School, Hallow, near Worcester, and took photographs of pupils.

He also provided door staff for a prom at St Mary’s Convent School in Worcester. He contacted a boy he met at a church pilgrimage by phone and text and “took a shine” to two boys at the Pershore Club,Worcester Crown Court was told. Police found the boys’ pictures in his possession.

His behaviour breached a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) – made by south Worcestershire magistrates in 2005 – banning him from contact with children under 16.

Jailing 34-year-old Clancy, of Humber Road, Ronks-wood, Worcester, for two years, Judge Toby Hooper QC said he had “infiltrated the social, recreational and spiritual lives of others” with the intention of grooming youngsters.

He said a pre-sentence report assessed him as posing a high risk in the future and he needed to protect children.

Clancy, who works in the drinks industry, admitted six offences of breaching a SOPO, handed out after three convictions for indecent assault.

One conviction was in May 1993 for an attack on a boy under 14, the others in February 1995 for assaults on a girl under 16, said Paul Mytton, prosecuting.

Clancy went to the school in Hallow in February 2008 after becoming friendly with a parent.

He took pictures of the boy he met at the church pilgrimage when he was 11 and 14 and gave him golf balls and pens as presents.

The manager of the kickboxing club had concerns about Clancy’s motive for joining, said Mr Mytton.

The two boys from the club told police the defendant became really friendly with them.

Clancy never told the head of the Worcester school that he had a criminal record or was under a court order, but attended three prom events.

He admitted to police he had been foolish but insisted taking photographs of children was an innocent action.

Nick Roberts, defending, said although they were persistent breaches, minimal contact with children had led to no physical or psychological harm.

He said Clancy, a licensed doorman before his convictions, had acted in the open and had not gone underground.