June 2015

Predatory Plymouth paedophile released from prison after nine years

Victims of a ‘predatory paedophile’ fear he may return to Plymouth after he was released from prison.

Peter Norsworthy was jailed in October 2006 for 15 years after being found guilty at Plymouth Crown Court of 13 charges – including nine of rape and three of indecent assault, all on boys under the age of 16.

He was also found guilty of intimidating one of his victims into retracting his original sexual abuse accusation, made in 1996.

Sources have now revealed that the 69-year-old was released from HMP Channings Wood prison yesterday.

The mothers of two victims have said they now fear for their sons if he is allowed to return to Plymouth.

One mother – who The Herald is not naming – said her son had contacted her last week after he had been informed that Norsworthy was about to leave prison.

She said: “He’s a family man now with children, but this still upsets him greatly. He’s very fragile when it comes to this man. We won’t even say his name out loud.

“I would be very concerned if he came back to Plymouth. We were told there was a general rule that someone who has offended in this manner would not be allowed back to their hometown and if he contacted his victims he would be breaking his parole. But we don’t know for sure whether he can return to Plymouth”.

Another mother, whose son has suffered brain damage in recent years following a rare illness, leaving him with little memory of his past and in need of constant care, has said she has little faith in the authorities keeping Norsworthy out of Plymouth.

She said: “What guarantee do we have that he can’t come here. We were told he would be released a couple of weeks ago by a MAPPA worker [Multi-agency public protection arrangements, put in place to ensure the management of violent and sexual offenders] and I called police to ask them where he was going.

“They said he was not in Plymouth but I said ‘how are you going to stop him unless you man the borders? He evaded you lot for 40 years either because he outsmarted you or you let him?’

“He still has friends in Plymouth. What makes the police think that he can’t come into Plymouth. Goad used to come all the way back from Thailand to visit friends and business associates when he was on the run and wanted by police for abusing boys. If they couldn’t stop him entering the country, how the hell are they going to stop Norsworthy entering Plymouth?

“I was hoping he would never come out of prison. That he would die there like Goad. I didn’t think we would ever have to go through this. My son is now as vulnerable as when he was a boy, when he was abused by Norsworthy. I look at him now and think about what those men did to him. What’s to stop Norsworthy coming back and tracking him down.”

Norsworthy’s not guilty pleas at the trial meant his victims were forced to take to the witness box and give harrowing accounts of the repeated, and often violent, sexual abuse they suffered at his hands.

Many broke down sobbing as they recalled the different assaults they suffered when they were young and very vulnerable boys, some aged just 11 at the time. As they sat in the public gallery, their parents often heard for the very first time and in graphic detail, what their boys had suffered.

Boys were given payment of BMX bikes for the sexual abuse they suffered and some boys’ parents had their debts paid or overlooked.

Other boys were taken away for weekends by Goad “and associates”.

“The weekends away were spent in other large cities such as London and Manchester where the boys were shared with other men in these cities. The boys were threatened to keep quiet and were paid off. It appears some prominent men in society have or did have associations with members of this paedophile ring.”

During the trial it was revealed how Norsworthy had even shared some boys with William Goad, the former owner of Cornish Market World and Ben’s Playworld.

Norsworthy was part of a group of men that included notorious paedophile William Goad, who was dubbed Britain’s worst paedophile when he was sentenced to life in prison in October 2004 and pervert Eddie Pratt who took his own life after the police investigation began and was believed to have left a suicide note reading “Ha ha”

When sentencing him at Plymouth Crown Court in 2006, Mr Justice Jack said: “You are a predatory paedophile who poses a real risk to the long- term psychological well being of your victims.”

He will NOT return to Plymouth, but he will be released back into the Devon ‘area’

The court heard how Norsworthy tempted vulnerable boys into his home with the offer of drink, drugs or companionship.

He then used his position of influence to abuse them, or drugged them before raping them.

The court was told he and Goad introduced each other to boys and sometimes abused them together.

Paedophile Goad died of natural causes at HMP Isle of Wight, Albany on October 20, 2012

Paedophile ring leader and millionaire Goad is believed to have abused up to 3,500 boys

Goad was described in court as a “voracious, calculating, predatory and violent homosexual paedophile” who boasted of beating his own “record” of abusing 142 boys in a year.

Goad was not allowed to be identified during Norsworthy’s trial as it was thought even the mention of his name would prejudice Norsworthy’s case. He was only ever described as “a friend” of Norsworthy’s, until the guilty verdicts were returned.

The jury had heard how Norsworthy had groomed the boys, getting them hooked on cannabis, offering them alcohol or in one case drugging them with a mystery tablet. Others he threatened with violence unless they submitted to his sexual needs. Still others found themselves being ‘shared’ with other Plymouth paedophiles.

The court heard many of the boys had gone on to suffer for years. One began taking heroin to “blank it all out”. Another admitted in court he began to burgle houses to avoid being abused, adding: “I used to like being arrested. Being arrested made me feel safe – away from people like Norsworthy”.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said they could not comment on individual cases.

October 2006

Cheers in court as paedophile is jailed

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A predatory paedophile who was part of a group that attacked teenage boys was jailed for 15 years today.

Peter Norsworthy stood emotionless in the dock as the verdicts were read out to cheers from some of his victims who were in the public gallery.

The 60-year-old, of Taunton Avenue, Plymouth, Devon, was found guilty on all 13 counts: nine of rape, three of indecent assault and one of intimidation, all on males under the age of 16 between 1992 and 2001.

He was sentenced to 14 years for eight specimen counts of rape, four years for one count of rape and one year for each of the three indecent assaults, with all the sentences to run concurrently.

He was also convicted of intimidating one of his victims and sentenced to 12 months, to run consecutively. His time spent on remand of a year and 109 days will count towards the sentence.

Norsworthy was part of a group of men that included notorious sex offender William Goad, who was dubbed Britain’s worst paedophile when he was sentenced to life in prison in October 2004.

When sentencing at Plymouth Crown Court, Mr Justice Jack said: “You are a predatory paedophile who poses a real risk to the long- term psychological well being of your victims.”

The court heard how Norsworthy tempted vulnerable boys into his home with the offer of drink, drugs or companionship.

He then used his position of influence to abuse them, or drugged them before raping them. The court was told he and Goad introduced each other to boys and sometimes abused them together.

After the sentence, the mothers of two of the victims spoke of the devastation Norsworthy had caused.

The women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “He has taken away our sons’ lives. He has taken away our lives.

“He has totally destroyed everything I loved, he took away my son and gave me someone I did not know.

“We have got the life sentence. You think you protect your children from people like that but they get under your nose and steal them.

“Our children will never be the same, my son tried to commit suicide 12 days before the trial started – he could not cope. Now our sons have got justice.”

The women went on to say that the horrific ordeal their children had gone through had been kept from them most of their lives. They said the boys turned to alcohol, drugs and crime and they did not know why.

“It is going to be a long hard task getting the boys back straight again,” they said. “But now these brave young men have been vindicated.”

The senior officer in the case, Detective Sergeant John Livingstone, said that he felt there were victims of Norsworthy who had not been able to come forward and he believed they were only just “scratching the surface” of what had happened.

“I am happy for the lads that we had the right result,” he said. “When you speak to them you see all of the things that go with this abuse, the criminal records, mental health problems, drug abuse. It destroys them and their families.

“Peter Norsworthy was one of a group of predatory paedophiles that abused vulnerable boys for years. It is my belief that we have only just scratched the surface.

“We have spoken to many people that we believe have been abused and are not ready to come forward.

“These lads were just young boys, craving a father figure, and he took advantage of that situation.”

Det Sgt Livingstone said the investigation into Norsworthy came out of Operation Emotion, the inquiry that convicted William Goad.

Goad was sentenced to life on October 4 2004 after pleading guilty to 14 counts of serious sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault on young boys over a 30-year period.

Goad was described in court as a “voracious, calculating, predatory and violent homosexual paedophile” who boasted of beating his own “record” of abusing 142 boys in a year.

The court was told “It is believed there has been no single defendant with more victims than this man.”