November 2010

IT expert jailed for sexually abusing boys

An IT consultant from the Black Country who has appeared on TV and radio to give computer advice has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for sexually abusing two young brothers.

Stuart Rudd was told by a judge he had left his victims, both under the age of 13, “distressed” and at risk of “corruption”.

The 35-year-old was convicted by a jury last month of five charges relating to him showing the boys adult pornographic images before sexually abusing them.

Award-winning businessman Rudd, who has been managing director of Expert IT consultants in Bilston High Street, has appeared on BBC Midlands Today and Radio WM and described himself as the Computer Doctor.

The offences related to encounters a number of years ago, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard yesterday. Rudd had accused the boys of lying.

Judge Nicholas Webb told Rudd, of Summerhill Road, Coseley, that he was now banned from working with children for the rest of his life. He will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Jailing him, the judge told Rudd: “Your offences were potentially corrupting and there was distress, particularly to the younger boy. The offences were pre-meditated, each boy had to give evidence and each was accused of being part of a conspiracy.

“You have never accepted responsibility and have shown no remorse. It’s a great pity because I believe you have considerable gifts but you have an unhealthy preoccupation with sex.”

He said Rudd’s denial meant any treatment given to him was likely to be less effective. Rudd also has a conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl dating back to the 1990s.