Pinball Wizard and a Child Sex Cult (02.04.78)

This article is about the conviction of 9 members of a nationwide paedophile network. A further 20 men had already been convicted in the same police investigation – see This Circle of Evil (09.10.77)

News of the World, 2nd April 1978

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  1. Troyhand said:

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    “Daily Mirror – 1 April, 1978
    ‘Sinister Group Passed Boys Round The System’ – Judge
    By Court Reporter

    A CHILD-SEX campaign was branded by an Old Bailey judge yesterday as a ‘sinister group’.

    ‘The Paedophile Information Exchange must cause deep anxiety to people who care about the welfare of children,’ said Judge Brian Gibbons.

    His criticism came when he jailed four of the nine men who admitted homosexual acts with young boys and indecent assault. The others were given suspended sentences and fined.

    Two of the men had met through the Exchange and a network of communication had been developed among the nine who ‘passed boys round the system.’

    One of the men, 26-year-old Robert Bushell, of Golders Green was described by the judge as the worst offender.
    He had committed some of the offences in the dormitory of a Surrey boarding school.

    Judge Gibbons told him ‘You corrupted the uncorrupted at an early age. I consider you a grave danger to children.’.”
    ***


    Sentencing – Daily Express (1.4.78) reported that Judge Gibbons also jailed Geoffrey Taylor, 65, for four years for indecent assault; David Hooper, 35, four years for buggery; and Nigel Beatman, 32, 30 months for indecent assault.

  2. Troyhand said:

    NOTW – 2 April 1978

    ROBERT GEORGE BUSHELL, 26, packer
    Hermitage Lane, Golders Green, London
    6 grave offences: 8 years

    GEOFFREY GIBB TAYLOR, 65, pinball service technician
    Park Avenue, Pamers Green, London
    3 indecent assaults: 4 years

    DAVID HOOPER, 35
    Fenwick Road, Peckham, London
    One grave offence, one indecent assault: 4 years.

    NIGEL BOATMAN, 42
    Osborne Court, Windsor
    Three indecent assaults: 2½ years.

    ERIC STANHOPE, 65
    Lion House, Church Park, Melton Mowbrey, Leicester
    one indecent assault: 18 months

    JOHN ETHERINGTON, 52
    Albert Street, slough, Buckinghamshire
    aiding and abetting one indecent assault: 6 months, suspended 2 years

    JOHN GRISTOCK, 47
    Taunton Road, Lee Green, London
    One gross indecency: 9 months, suspended 2 years

    DEREK BROWN, 45
    Coniston Road, Muswell Hill, London
    One gross indecency and indecent assault: fined £200.

    RONALD PALMER, 47
    Barnwood Court, North Woolwich, London
    One indecent assault: fined £150.
    ***

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