March 2018

Sex abuser jailed for 15 years after wrecking boy’s life

A sex abuser was jailed for 15 years for wrecking a boy’s life and leaving another victim depressed and turning to drink.

The offences were committed when Keith Chapman was aged between 14 and 17 with his victims waiting more than two decades for justice.

Chapman, now 40, denied 15 charges but was found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown CourtAs well as the jail term, he was banned for life from unsupervised contact with children under 16.

Judge John Burgess said the offences would have been “deeply shocking” if committed by an adult and went on: “It is disturbing that it should have been committed by someone who was a youth.”

One victim was “systematically groomed” and bribed with alcohol. The judge told Chapman: “You trained him for your deeply unpleasant desires.”

The first victim recruited a second boy for more offences which took place in Mansfield during the 1990s.

He was invited into Chapman’s bedroom to play computer games but ended up in a sexual “threesome” for which he was paid £1, said the judge.

One of the boys began to run away from home in an effort to avoid Chapman.

The judge told the court: “His life disappeared into a haze of drugs. I am satisfied you did him huge damage. This is a boy once described as confident and intelligent and who turned out very differently.”

The second victim suffered anxiety and depression when the police investigation brought back the childhood memories, the judge said. His wife had to comfort him when he “cried like a baby.”

Chapman was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault on a male; three of indecency with a child; two serious sexual offences and twice attempting to commit serious sexual offences.

He had pleaded not guilty to them all, leaving his victims having to relive the abuse during the four-day trial.

Some of the abuse took place in Chapman’s bedroom after he dragged a wardrobe across the door. His parents were downstairs.

He agreed that he knew one of the boys but that sexual contact never took place. He claimed that he had never met the other victim.

Rebecca Herbert, prosecuting, told the judge: “Both complainants made it quite clear in giving evidence how very damaged they both were and still to this day by the kind of offences committed against them when they were children.”

Chapman will spend half the sentence in custody and will then be freed on licence.

He admitted having child sexual abuse images and must allow police to check his computer.

He is banned from living in a house with anyone under 16 and must never work with children.