September 2018

This predatory paedophile has been jailed for 16 years for sick sex attacks on eighth child


A predatory paedophile has been jailed for 16 years for sick sex attacks on a young boy.

Stanley Simpson was already serving a 24-year prison sentence for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on seven victims, aged at the time between eight and 16.

But now he has been convicted of attacking an eighth child after the new victim bravely came forward.

The 53-year-old pervert had denied the new allegations, cruelly suggesting the victim was only after compensation.

But a jury convicted him of offences against the then-teenager, who was repeatedly abused and emotionally blackmailed into silence in the 1980s.

A judge jailed him for 16 years but the sentence will run alongside the one he is already serving, meaning in reality he will spend no longer in jail.

However Judge Stephen Earl said the imposition of the prison term may give the victim some “closure”.

Judge Earl said: “He has carried this burden with him for a considerable number of years.

“He was accused of being a person for whom only compensation was the issue and that he was jumping on the bandwagon by the defendant.

“That is not the view the jury took when convicting him, unanimously, on all charges.”

The judge told Simpson: “You preyed upon him and groomed him to the point where he was powerless against your carefully laid plans to ensnare him in your sexual depravities.”

Simpson, a former advice worker, from Pennywell, Sunderland, was jailed in 2016 for offences against boys and girls.

After the new allegations surfaced, he denied five offences of indecency with a child and two of a serious sexual assault on the victim, but was found guilty.

The court heard Simpson, who appeared at the sentence hearing via video link to top security HMP Frankland, had repeatedly attacked the boy and used “emotional blackmail” and threats to keep him quiet.

As a result, the victim’s life has been blighted by his sickening ordeal and he has “suicidal thoughts”.

He said in an impact statement: “I felt I must report this in order to set myself free.”

Simpson claimed the man, who had to relive his ordeal by giving evidence, was lying about what he did to him so he could get compensation but jurors believed the victim.

Simpson is already on the sex offenders’ register for life.

March 2016

Paedophile begins 30-year sentence after being found guilty of string of child sex offences

Serial paedophile Stanley Simpson is today starting a 30-year sentence after a judge said the public must be protected from him.

The 50-year-old former advice worker from Pennywell was last month found guilty of 31 counts of sexual offences – the majority against young boys.

The charges against Simpson involved multiple rapes and sexual assaults against seven victims aged between eight and 16 years, spanning two decades.

Durham Crown Court heard how Simpson befriended the youngsters, plied them with alcohol and cigarettes and made them watch horror films, before carrying out his vile acts.

He would then threaten them with violence and that he would kill their families if they told anyone what he had done.

Many of the victims turned to alcohol as they struggled to cope in the years to come, and at least one attempted suicide., the court heard

Judge Simon Hickey sentenced Simpson, of Peniston Road, to a concurrent jail term on each count – the longest being 24 years.

He will then be subject to a six-year extended licence period for the protection of the public.

Had the jail terms been consecutive, he would have faced 272-and-a-half years behind bars.

Simpson was not present in court, having been remanded into custody after the two-week trial. Instead he appeared via video link before a packed court room this afternoon. He showed no reaction as he learned his fate.

Judge Hickey said the victims had shown “huge courage and immense bravery” in giving evidence during the trial, while Simpson had shown no remorse whatsoever as they were forced to relive past horrors.

He said: “[One victim] says this: ‘I am now 43 years of age. This crime against me occurred when I was only a child. Every day of my life I have lived with this. There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about what Stanley Simpson has done to me. This has destroyed me all of my life’.

“That – from the first victim in the case – speaks in my judgement for all victims in the case.

“You were of good character until the jury convicted you of 31 counts and all of them are serious sexual offences on youngsters. They reflect 20 years of attacks upon vulnerable, young in the main boys.

“The last four counts show that you were prepared to – and did commit – two sexual assaults on two teenage girls.”

Simpson will be required to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and will be barred from ever working with children and vulnerable adults again.

Judge Hickey said he would not make any restraining orders or a sexual harm prevention order, because of the number of years Simpson will spend locked up.

“Without belittling these orders or the complainants, the length of the sentence, in my judgement, will protect the public for years to come.

“Together with the notification period and licence period this will protect the victims in this case.”

Simpson was found guilty of a serious sex offence and two indecent assaults on one boy, at the end of his trial.

On a second boy, he was found guilty of indecency with a child and two counts of indecent assault.

The jury also found he had carried out two serious sex assaults, an indecent assault and committed indecency with a child no fewer than three times on a third boy.

He also raped another boy, committed two serious acts against him, as well as carrying out three incidents of indecency with a child and four indecent assaults.

On a fifth boy, he was found guilty of a serious sex attack, two incidents of rape, one count of indecency with a child and three indecent assaults.

The jury also returned guilty verdicts on two charges of indecent assault of a girl and of rape and indecent assault against a woman.

February 2016

Serial child abuser convicted of 29 offences against five boys and a girl


A SERIAL child sex abuser has been convicted of 29 offences against five boys and a girl.

Stanley Simpson was warned he could face a life sentence after a Durham Crown Court jury returned unanimous ‘guilty’ verdicts on all 29 charges, including three of child rape, 20 of indecency or indecent assault of a child and six other serious sexual offences with boys, over a 20 year period.

A former legal adviser at community advice centres, he committed the offences on victims, aged eight to 15, at his homes, in Pennywell, Sunderland, and Ouston, nearChester-le-Street, where he lived at different times between 1980 and 2000.

He was said to have used his “status” as a trusted, helpful community advisor, assisting clients in benefit and housing applications, to invite boys to what appeared to be a conventional, safe family home, with their parents’ blessing, and then, to subsequently remain undetected for many years, as his victims lived in fear of reporting what happened.

Simpson was said to have been “manipulative”, initially winning their trust and friendship, often buying them presents, offering them booze and tobacco before inviting them to stay over.

But, he gradually became more sinister, issuing threats if they were unwilling to do what he wanted, and he even punched one boy in the face when he refused to perform a sex act.

Despite previous allegations over his activities by individual victims in 2006 and 2013, it was only the following year that most of the abused, by then adults, came forward and police revisited earlier complainants.

The 50-year-old defendant, of Peniston Road, Pennywell, denied a total of 34 charges relating to seven alleged victims, prior to the trial starting last month.

After five hours’ deliberation, the jury foreman delivered verdicts on all but two of the charges – those being alternatives and a formal ‘not guilty’ verdict was returned on the judge’s directions to one of the counts.

But the jury was asked by Judge Simon Hickey to continue its deliberations today (Friday February 12) on two remaining unresolved counts, alleging the rape and indecent assault of what would be a second female victim, older than all the other complainants.

Remanding Simpson in custody, Judge Hickey told him: “On the findings already and, with these type of offences, all that awaits you is an extremely long sentence, and, I may have to consider a longer, extended sentence, even life.”