July 2017

Former school governor from Ramsgate admitted having sex with an imported child sized doll

A former school governor, who admitted having sex with a child sized doll, tried to challenge whether his acts were against the law.

David Turner, 72, from Ramsgate was made aware to the authorities when a suspicious package labelled ‘mannequin’ was intercepted at Stansted Airport in Essex.

The former church warden then asked a judge to decide whether this was indecent or obscene in the eyes of the law.

In a landmark ruling, Judge Simon James, sitting at Canterbury Crown Court, decided it was.

Turner had attempted to import the mannequin which was wrapped in a fishnet body-stocking from China and had already imported two others – which were kept in his study.

The charge relates to a 3ft 10 model that was already in his possession, he had even bought clothes for it.

Officers from the National Crime Agency arrested Turner in November last year. After being arrested Turner resigned as a school governor and from St Ethelbert’s and Gertrude Church in Margate where he was a warden.

Further investigation of his computers and hard drives revealed a staggering 138 Category A images of child abuse (the most serious), 299 Category B images and 33,619 Category C images. Children in the images were aged from approximately three to 16.

Turner, a former governor of St Ethelbert’s Church Primary School in Ramsgate, had also viewed websites which advertised “flat chest love doll” and “mini silicone sex doll 65cms little breasts”.

Officers also found 29 fictional stories – which described sexual abuse of children but fell outside the Obscene Publications Act – when they searched Turner’s home in Ramsgate, Kent.

During interview the pervert admitted he preferred looking at children aged four to ten and admitted taking secret photos of girls aged six to 11 in public places.

He will return to court on Friday, September 8 for sentencing.