WHATS THE ONE THING PEADOS LOVE AS MUCH AS ABUSING KIDS?
JUST LIKE THE HOLLIE HOAXERS
High Court judge with links to PIE paedophile support group sparks anger by slashing sentence of primary school teacher who hoarded films of sadistic child abuse
A paedophile row judge has sparked anger by slashing the prison sentence of a primary school deputy who hoarded films of the sadistic abuse of young children.
Stephen Horn, 34, admitted viewing child pornography over 13 years and downloading 20 hours of sickening footage.
He was jailed for 18 months in December and banned from having unsupervised contact with any child under 16.
Horn appealed the severity of his jail term which was reduced to ten months by three High Court judges including Lord Justice Adrian Fulford.
Last month he was forced to defend himself over historic links to the controversial Paedophile Information Exchange.
The senior judge and two colleagues ruled that Horn had not breached his trust as a teacher because his crimes did not involve his pupils.
They also said the Sexual Offences Prevention Order which banned him from unsupervised contact with children was unfair.
The judges also quashed the £100 victim surcharge and said it had been unlawfully imposed because some of Horn’s crimes happened before it came into force.
In their judgement Judge Fulford and his two colleagues ruled: ‘None of the offences involved a breach of trust as a teacher.
‘The victims were not his pupils but unidentified children abused by others and the fact that he was working with children, none of whom was assaulted by him, and none of whom was at risk of being assaulted by him, cannot in our judgement aggravate his offending.’
The Mail on Sunday last month said Lord Justice Fulford, 61, was a founder member of a campaign to defend PIE that once tried to legalise sex with children.
The judge said he had ‘no memory’ of the allegation but admitted being involved in the 1970s with a civil liberties group to which PIE was affiliated.
He said he had never supported PIE and child abuse was ‘wholly wrong’.
Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said his latest ruling ‘raised legitimate questions’ about his decision making.
He said: ‘Teachers who download images like this have betrayed the trust placed in them and should certainly be handed long sentences.
‘I’m afraid this follows a pattern where Lord Justice Fulford has continually been reducing sentences for child abusers.
‘Given his past connections I believe this sends out a terribly worrying message.’
Claude Knights, director of children’s charity Kidscape, said the ruling was ‘disturbing and wrong’.
She said: ‘When teachers betray the trust of children, they should be punished accordingly.
‘It doesn’t matter whether the pictures are of children in their care – every photo of child sex abuse is a crime scene.
‘This decision sets alarm bells ringing and could lead to other teachers having their sentences reduced on appeal. I disagree with the ruling entirely.’
Horn was deputy head of St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Ashford, Kent. He was arrested as he took group of children on a trip to Dover Castle in May 2013.
Police had earlier raided his home in Deal, Kent, where they discovered more than 20 hours of child abuse videos on two computers.
Horn admitted 10 charges of possessing the illegal material at all levels of depravity. He had saved on two files on his computers.
The offences included four counts of possessing indecent images of children, five counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving an animal.
Passing sentence at Canterbury Crown Court, Judge Simon James told Horn: ‘You weren’t just a teacher, you were a deputy head and were the person responsible at your school to protect children.’
The judge said a police report of the movies and images revealed some of them involved the sadistic abuse of very young children.
Prosecutor Dominic Connolly had described how Horn admitted he began watching adult porn but over a 13-year period then searched for movies and images of children.
JUSTICE FULFORD’S EXPLANATION TO THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
Following an investigation by the Mail on Sunday, Justice Fulford explained his links to the Paedophile Information Exchange.
He said: ‘I have always been deeply opposed to paedophilia and I never supported the views or objectives of the PIE.
‘I attended a few meetings of the NCCL’s gay rights committee. I remember that for a short period Tom O’Carroll was sometimes present, which left me feeling extremely uncomfortable.
‘In the main, I provided some legal advice in the context of general civil liberties objections to the wide-ranging charge of conspiracy to corrupt public morals.’
The three appeal court judges said Judge James had decided a three year sentence was appropriate and then reduced it to reflect personal mitigation and his early guilty pleas.
But they ruled the starting point should have been 18 months which would then have been cut to 10 months.
Horn blamed a cancer-related illness and the stress at school for his addiction to pornography and admitted he had an interest in child sex images.
His barrister Lucy Luttman insisted that Horn had never desired to carry out his sexual fantasies on children.
She said: ‘There has been no suggestion that he has ever behaved inappropriately with a child.
‘He is an intelligent and well educated man who has been plagued with self-loathing and disgust.
‘He lived in a fantasy world and is in reality a lonely individual who, because of his medical condition, has never been able to form a meaningful romantic relationship.
‘He will now have to live with the shame of what he did and the consequences of what he has done, but he would never have touched children in the way that some of these children (in the movies) were depicted.
‘He has now lost everything that he has spent years building up. He has well and truly learnt his lesson.’
Horn was also ordered to remain on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Detective Constable Jon Baker said: ‘Stephen Horn had nearly 20 hours of video footage of children being sexually abused.
‘This is a large and appalling collection by anyone’s standards.’
The allegations against Lord Justice Fulford came as Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman faced pressure over her links with PIE during the 1970s and early 1980s.
The organisation had called for greater tolerance towards paedophiles, claiming they had certain ‘rights’. In addition they campaigned for the age of consent to be cut to ten.
Miss Harman was a prominent member of the National Council for Civil Liberties which granted PIE affiliate status in 1975.
Her husband and fellow Labour MP Jack Dromey and former Labour health secretary Patricia Hewitt were aso key figures in the NCCL.
Ms Harman said she ‘regrets’ the links between the two groups but insisted she had ‘nothing to apologise for’.
Ms Hewitt apologised for having ‘got it wrong’ but Mr Dromey accused the Daily Mail of ‘dirty, gutter journalism’.
The Judicial Office said Lord Justice Fulford was unable to comment on the Horn case ruling.
When the allegations over his links to PIE emerged last month he said: “I have always been deeply opposed to paedophilia and I never supported the views or objectives of the Paedophile Information Exchange.
‘On reflection, the NCCL gay rights committee should never have allowed members of PIE to attend any of its meetings, and a clear and real separation should have been created between the two organisations.
I am very sorry for what happened. I have never espoused or in any way supported the objectives of PIE – the abuse of children – which, I consider wholly wrong.”