July 1999

Paedophile groomed and abuse boys

A YOUNG man abused five youths when he became part of a massive web of sexual deviance with a paedophile, a court heard.

Graeme Overmass, 21, turned himself and Anthony Bridger in after they were involved in a series of offences together.

Bridger, 52, was jailed for a total of 238 years at the Old Bailey in January after he confessed to inflicting sexual ordeals on 13 boys.

The court heard how the air traffic controller would ask prospective victims to his home in Keswick Road, Fetcham, near Leatherhead, to do odd jobs.

They would be plied with alcohol by Bridger and Overmass also supplied cannabis, the court was told.

When police raided the house they found more than 800 indecent pictures of boys which had been downloaded from the internet.

Bridger, a self-confessed paedophile, admitted he would have carried on with his crimes had he not been shopped by Overmass. “It was this defendant going to the police and making a clean breast of it which led to the Bridger arrest,” said prosecutor Susan Tapping.

Overmass was being counselled by a woman from Redhill in Surrey and they became close.

“She counselled him and he became friends with her family. Then he went to the police,” said Miss Tapping. The court heard the woman has since become a surrogate mother to Overmass.

Overmass was due to be tried for one charge of buggery, one of rape, four of indecent assault, one of supplying cannabis and one of offering to supply the drug.

The offences all concerned the same boy. But Miss Tapping told the court the complainant did not want to give evidence and the prosecution had decided to drop those charges.

Overmass had already admitted indecently assaulting that boy and four others.

He also confessed to supplying cannabis to two of those boys. The offences date between July 26, 1994 and September 30, 1998.

Overmass had been granted bail on condition he did not approach any boys under 16.

The surrogate mother went into the witness box to ask that the bail conditions were changed so he could see her two young boys under her supervision. “I have never had any problems about Graeme being in contact with my children,” she said.

Overmass, of Prince Road, Selhurst, wept in court as Judge Richard Hawkins, QC, granted the application.

But he warned the man: You must not read into that how you will be ultimately dealt with. Overmass will now be sentenced on September 24 after the preparation of pre-sentence reports.