23/05/2006

'Train' paedophile gang jailed

A gang of four paedophiles who posted graffiti messages on train toilet doors seeking young girls for sex have been jailed.

Trevor Haddock, 55, from Worcester, Ian Jones, 43, from Worthing, John Farmer, 68, from Pevensey and Derek Moody, 43, from Newcastle, pleaded guilty to a range of sexual offences.

Haddock was jailed for life and was recommended to serve a minimum of 12 years, after pleading guilty to 14 offences, including rape, attempted rape and sexual assault.

During the trial at Hove Crown Court, it emerged that he had charged other men up to £150 to abuse a young girl he had procured.

The court heard how Haddock plied his victims with sedatives, alcohol and cigarettes.

Moody was also sentenced to life, to serve a minimum of four years, after pleading guilty to inciting to rape a young girl.

Jones was sentenced to 20 years after admitting to a range of offences including conspiring to sexually assault and attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Farmer was sentenced to eight years in jail after pleading guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

The men were caught after a local newspaper reporter spotted the obscene advert, looking for girls aged between 8 and 13 for sex, accompanied by a mobile phone number, on a toilet door on a train.

During the course of a ten-month investigation, involving police from Sussex, West Mercia and Northumbria, as well as the British Transport Police, it was found that the men had abused eight young girls, aged between seven and 13.

(KMcA)

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