October 2016

Jail for Luton paedophile who followed kid and ‘fantasised’ about rape


A MAN who fantasised about raping children and followed them to their homes has been jailed for 12 years.

Stephen Kelly, 50, of Montrose Avenue, Luton, was already listed as a sex offender, and pleaded guilty to attempting to arrange or facilitate a sexual offence against a child, as well as four counts of breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Kelly first came to the attention of investigators from Bedfordshire Police when he was writing disturbing stories based on pictures of young children dressed in nappies.

In 2015, he was convicted of offences relating to the possession of indecent images of children and made subject to an order restricting him from contact with or proximity to children.

Kelly, whose sick urges led him to follow children he lived near or would see in town, was kept under close watch by Bedfordshire Police’s Violent and Sex Offender Management Team (VSOMT).

As a result of their regular contact, the team discovered Kelly’s activities had breached the terms of his order and also led to admissions which allowed them to charge him with the serious offence of attempting to facilitate the rape of a child he had spotted by waiting outside her home.

At Luton Crown Court, Kelly was sentenced to 12 years for attempting to facilitate a sexual offence against a child as well as 12 months for each breach of his order, to be served concurrently.

Kelly will be eligible to apply for parole after six years and, if granted, he would spend the remainder of his sentence on extended licence.