March 2019

Croydon pervert who insisted he wasn’t a paedophile is caught with child abuse images again

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It was quite a claim. Tony Reeves insisted – despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary – that he wasn’t a paedophile.

Child porn had been found on his computer. Somehow he had been spared a prison sentence, despite admitting himself that he probably deserved one.

Appearing remorseful, he blamed his crime on making a “monumental mistake”.

But now – four years after an extraordinary interview in which he tried to defend his twisted actions – we can reveal that he has been caught with child porn in his possession again.

This time the paedophile, who is from Croydon , has been jailed.

Reeves was found to have nearly 100 photos of naked children on his phone and iPad when police raided his home in January.

The 42-year-old, from Addiscombe , has now been jailed for 30 months.

It has emerged this week that Reeves pleaded guilty at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on January 24 to three counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child.

The court heard he was found to be in possession of 12 category A images of children (the most graphic), six category B images and 71 category C images of children.

He was given a one-year jail term at Croydon Crown Court on February 26, and was additionally sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, to run consecutively, for breaching a suspended sentenced he received in 2015 – meaning he was jailed for a total of two-and-a-half years.

He was also given a sexual harm prevention order, while the court ordered that his iPad and iPhone 6 be destroyed.

Reeves had escaped with only an 18-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to 13 counts of possessing or distributing indecent images of children in October 2015.

He was also ordered to sign onto the Sex Offender Register for 10 years.

Reeves admitted he was sexually attracted to young boys but said he did not consider himself to be a paedophile.

The former John Ruskin College pupil blamed his sickening behaviour on the death of his mum in 2012.

“It’s very difficult to explain,” he said at the time. “I can’t pinpoint exactly why it started. I had a family bereavement which I have struggled to come to terms with. I didn’t have these feelings before it happened. It just snowballed from there.

“Although I seem a very outgoing person when I’m out with people, I’m actually very lonely. It started as a way of speaking to people and stupidly it became something more.

Reeves said he obtained the indecent images by speaking to people he believed were teenage boys on an online forum. He said they were sympathetic to his sexuality. He did not come out to his friends and family until after his arrest.

“Although I have spoken to people about it now, at the time it was something I felt I couldn’t speak about, which was very hard,” he said.

“I don’t know how that explains what I did. I wish I could explain it, but my head is spinning.”

In the interview four years ago, Reeves appeared remorseful and apologised for what he did. Even he was expecting to go to prison and was somewhat surprised when he was given a suspended sentence instead.

“Maybe I did deserve to go to prison,” he said. “I was prepared to go. I know a lot of people will say I should have gone to prison.”

Despite his sexual attraction to young boys, Reeves insisted he did not consider himself a paedophile.

Asked whether he at least accepted he was a sex offender, Reeves replied: “I accept what I did was wrong so, yes, I am a sex offender. I suppose I was doing it because I’m sexually attracted to young boys.”

He continued: “I’ve made a monumental mistake. I’m totally ashamed of what I’ve done and the impact it’s had on everyone. It’s ruined my life but maybe there is a way back for me.”

It was reported at the time that Reeves was arrested on March 3, 2015 at his home in Cedar Road, East Croydon.

Police found evidence on his computer that he had been downloading and sharing indecent images of children since June 2014.

But the pervert refused to accept the images were of naked children.

“I don’t like the word children,” he said. “They weren’t. In my head children seems a really bad word to use. They were teenagers, 13 to 19.

“I know people have different opinions but in my head ‘children’ means toddlers – young, young people. It wasn’t that.”

MyLondon also discovered that Reeves appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on January 22 and pleaded guilty to a charge of “sending by public communication network an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message”.

Although details of this case are unknown, it can be reported that he was ordered to pay £85 in court costs, £75 in compensation and a fine of £120.

October 2015

Confessions of a paedophile

A  pervert convicted of downloading and sharing pictures of naked boys has described what led to him to become a paedophile.

Tony Reeves, 38, was given an 18-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to 13 counts of possessing or distributing indecent images of children.

In a candid and at times conflicted interview with the Advertiser, Reeves admitted he is sexually attracted to young boys but said he did not consider himself to be a paedophile.

Reeves blamed his sickening behaviour on a “family bereavement” but, asked why the death of his mother in 2012 had led him to download and share child abuse images, he said: “I don’t know. I don’t think there’s anything I can say that explains it.”

Reeves, a former John Ruskin College pupil, was arrested on March 3 this year at his home in Cedar Road, East Croydon.

Police found evidence on his computer that he had been downloading and sharing indecent images of children since June 2014.

“It’s very difficult to explain,” he said. “I can’t pinpoint exactly why it started. I had a family bereavement which I have struggled to come to terms with. I didn’t have these feelings before it happened. It just snowballed from there.

“Although I seem a very outgoing person when I’m out with people, I’m actually very lonely. It started as a way of speaking to people and stupidly it became something more.”

Reeves said he obtained the images while speaking to people he believed were teenage boys online an internet forum. He said they were sympathetic to his sexuality. He did not come out to his friends and family until after his arrest.

“Although I have spoken to people about it now, at the time it was something I felt I couldn’t speak about, which was very hard,” he said.

“I don’t know how that explains what I did. I wish I could explain it, but my head is spinning.”

He continued: “The forum was very open to everything. People were on there asking [for child pornography]. I didn’t go on and ask for the photos straight away.”

Eventually he did ask for photographs. Then he started sharing them with other people. During the interview he appeared conflicted as to whether, at the time, he knew what he was doing was wrong.

“I suppose it was,” he said. “You don’t think about it when you’re doing it.”

His description of the images – “they were of naked people” – should have erased any doubt, but the use of “people” was telling. The charge sheet said each of the photos was of a child, a description Reeves refuses to accept.

“I don’t like the word children,” he said. “They weren’t … In my head children seems a really bad word to use. They were teenagers, 13 to 19. I know people have different opinions but in my head ‘children’ means toddlers – young, young people. It wasn’t that.”

Reeves said he did not know the boys in the images. Sometimes people on the forum claimed photos were of them. Was he aware he was speaking to children?

“The majority of the time,” he said. “Oh God, I’m just worried what you’re going to write will make me look like an ogre.”

Reeves claimed he had not accessed or shared the images “for a little while” before his arrest.

“I’d stopped. I knew it was wrong. I think I’d woken up,” he explained.

“I only realised the police were investigating me when they arrived on my doorstep. I knew straight away that’s why they had come.”

Reeves quit his role as chairman of Surrey Darts Organisation after his arrest.

He appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on September 9 and admitted four counts of distributing, and nine of possessing, indecent images of a child. His solicitor warned him he could be sent to prison.

Instead, at crown court on October 7, his sentence was suspended for 18 months and he was ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for ten years.

Reeves said: “Maybe I did deserve to go to prison. I was prepared to go. I know a lot of people will say I should have gone to prison.”

Despite his sexual attraction to young boys, Reeves does not consider himself a paedophile.

“The judge said he sees three types of people: mad, bad and sad,” he explained.

“He said I definitely wasn’t mad and he didn’t see me as being bad. He saw me as someone who was sad because of what happened.”

Asked whether he at least accepted he was a sex offender, Reeves replied: “I accept what I did was wrong so, yes, I am a sex offender. I suppose I was doing it because I’m sexually attracted to young boys.”

Reeves, who lives at home with his father, says he is seeking help and hopes to rebuild his life.

He continued: “I’ve made a monumental mistake. I’m totally ashamed of what I’ve done and the impact it’s had on everyone. It’s ruined my life but maybe there is a way back for me.”