April 2002

Child molester sent to jail for sex crime

Child molester Christopher King forced a seven-year-old boy to perform perverted sex acts on him and then terrified the youngster into silence.

The boy, who is now 23, only broke his 16-year silence when he read of King’s conviction for similar offences in the Chronicle & Echo.

Van driver King, of Clinton Road, Far Cotton, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail yesterday after denying charges of indecent assault and gross indecency against the child between 1986 and 1988.

The 40-year-old preyed on the young boy every week for a year, taking him from his bedroom into the bathroom and forcing him into depraved sex sessions.

He then threatened to kill the schoolboy if he told anyone.

At Leicester Crown Court, Judge Richard Bray told him: “I appreciate that these offences were committed a long time ago.

“Nevertheless, having considered your record I am satisfied that you present quite a substantial risk to members of the public – particularly young children.”

King had denied molesting the boy and insisted he had made everything up after having bad dreams.

His victim finally reported the details of his childhood ordeal to police after reading about King’s earlier conviction in the Chronicle & Echo last year.

King had admitted taking and distributing seedy photos of children. He also had previous convictions for sex crimes including having sex with an underage girl.

At yesterday’s hearing, Judge Bray ordered King to serve two years for the indecent assault and a consecutive 18 months for the count of gross indecency.