September 30th, 2016

Coventry farm manager among 10 charged with child sex abuse

Updated: 10:42 am, Jul 21, 2015

A COVENTRY man is among 10 men from across the country charged with child sex offences and other crimes.

Child protection officers charged the men over alleged offences connected to the sexual exploitation of children between 2009 and 2010 when two teenage boys − one from Coventry and one from Leicester – were abused by a group of men who befriended them.

Unemployed Tahir Hussain, 33, of St Joseph’s Road, Ward End, Birmingham will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court today (Tuesday, July 21) accused of: Sexual assault on a male; Six counts of arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Two counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy 13 to 15; Four counts of rape a boy aged 13 / 14 / 15 years of age; Engaging in sexual activity in presence of a child 13 to 15; and Trafficking persons within the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation.

Among the nine other men due to appear before the same court on August 18 is farm manager Ronald Potter of Tippers Lane, Fillongley.

The 78-year-old Coventrian is charged with: Arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with boy 13 to 15; Rape a boy aged 13 / 14 / 15 years of age; and two counts of indecent assault on boy under the age of 16 years between 2001 and 2002.

The eight other men charged are:

  • Unemployed Stephen Kelly, 39, of Elm Road, Bournville, Birmingham is charged with: Three counts of arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with boy 13 to 15; Engaging in sexual activity in presence of a child 13 to 15; and attempting to rape of a male under 16 years of age.
  • Caretaker Peter Joynes, 58, of Canberra Way, Highgate, Birmingham is charged with: Arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy 13 to 15; Making indecent photographs / pseudo-photographs of a child; and Possessing indecent photographs / pseudo-photographs of a child.
  • Unemployed Darren Clegg, 27, of Whitburn Avenue Great Barr, Birmingham is charged with: Engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy 13 to 15.
  • Retired Peter Lowe, 67, of Salisbury Close, Moseley, Birmingham is charged with: Two counts of arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Engaging in sexual activity in presence of a child 13 to 15; Rape a boy aged 13 / 14 / 15 years of age; and engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with boy 13 to 15.
  • Unemployed Ian Prestleton, 53, of High Haden Road, Sandwell is charged with: Rape a boy aged 13 / 14 / 15 years of age; Arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with boy 13 to 15; and causing / inciting a boy 13-15 to engage in sexual activity.
  • Driver Alan Priest, 63, of Holly Road, Rowley Regis is charged with: Arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Two counts of rape of a boy aged 13 / 14 / 15 years of age; Two counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy 13 to 15; and engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with boy 13 to 15.
  • Unemployed Ashley Sherrington, 24, of Dawlish Drive, Bentley, Stoke-on-Trent is charged with: Arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Rape of a boy aged 13 / 14 / 15 years of age; and two counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy 13 to 15.
  • Photographer Michael Godbold, 58, of Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, London is charged with: Arranging / facilitating the prostitution / involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 – 17 years; Three counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy 13 to 15; Two counts of rape of a boy aged 13 / 14 / 15 years of age; Making indecent photographs / pseudo-photographs of a child; Three counts of possession of a controlled drug of Class A; Possession of Class B drugs; and possessing an imitation firearm.

Police are urging the public to contact them on 101 to report child abuse or dial 999 if there are immediate concerns for a child’s safety.

Survivors of non-recent abuse can get support and advice from the charity The National Association for People Abused in Childhood bu calling 0808 801 0031.

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