April 2020

International paedophile formerly from Stroud jailed for 12 years

A paedophile who was controversially flown back to Britain at taxpayers expense five years ago after he was released from prison in Cambodia was jailed for 12 years yesterday for historic child abuse offences that he committed before fleeing the UK.

Richard Fruin, who has recently changed his name to Ethan Dashner, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to sexually abusing three boys between 2000 and 2005 in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

Since committing those offences Dashner, 42, has led a life on the run in the Far East but has been caught twice, extradited from Malaysia, and served jail terms in both the UK and Cambodia.

Now Dashner, formerly of Stroud, but now of of Cannon Street, Devonport, Plymouth is behind bars for his longest sentence yet after he admitted a string of sexual offences against three boys under the age of 13 between October 31, 1999 and December 31, 2005 in Stroud and Worcestershire.

Prosecutor Richard Posner said Dashner initially denied all the 14 charges against him but on February 11th this year, when his trial was due to start, he pleaded guilty to ten of the offences and his pleas were accepted by the Crown.

Mr Posner said the offences began when Dashner (then Fruin) lived in the Stroud area.

“Dashner sought to isolate his first victim as he regarded him as being vulnerable,” said Mr Posner.

“He and a second victim, who has subsequently died, were taken to a farmhouse in Worcester along with a third victim where Dashner groomed all the boys.

“The first victim was subjected to his continual abuse for many years, mainly between the ages of seven and 12.

“The victims were taken on days away, camping trips and taken to the Worcestershire farmhouse where cannabis was growing on site. The boys were encouraged to smoke cannabis and Dashner is said to have drugged the boys.”

The court was told that during his many interviews with police, Dashner denied any exploitation of the boys.

Police began investigating Fruin on October 10, 2005 when a postman tried to deliver a parcel to his home which was addressed to the 14-year-old victim. It was postmarked as being from Worcester. Fruin snatched it from the postman and threw it behind him into the house.

The postman subsequently reported Fruin for the theft of the parcel, said Mr Posner. Police searched Dashner’s home and found pornographic images of children on his computers, mostly downloaded from the internet. But some were of his teenage victim.

Mr Posner added: “On December 1st 2005 Dashner skipped the country while the investigation was ongoing. He travelled to the Gambia and other countries in West Africa and South East Asia.

“Seven years later, on January 12th 2012, he was stopped by the Malaysian authorities for falsifying identity travel documents and on June 30 that year he was extradited back to the UK because he was wanted by Gloucestershire Police. He was subsequently jailed for 12 months for having the indecent images of children.”

Within weeks of his release from prison in 2013, Dashner travelled to Cambodia. He was arrested by police in that country a few weeks later after he was found sharing a bed with an eight-year-old boy in a hostel, the court was told.

He was jailed for 18-months in Cambodia for molesting the child – charges he has always denied.

Judge Timothy Rose said to Dashner: “I am sentencing you for offences which occurred over a six year period. There were 67 offences of sexually abusive behaviour, mostly aimed at your first victim, with the second and third boys also receiving unwanted attention.

“It was a sustained period of offending with the first victim recalling that the abuse had been going on as long as he could remember until you were arrested at the end of 2005.

“In fact he remembers nothing else from his childhood.

“You knew fully well that you were grooming these boys. You plied them all with cannabis. You set up arrangements so that they would be isolated and made it easier for you to perpetrate your abuse so that you would not be interrupted.

“You set up camping trips to the farmhouse where the abuse continued. You knew that your victims were vulnerable.

“You took advantage of the boys.

“I have heard moving victim statements by the two men who describe in graphic terms the damage and the consequences that your behaviour has had on both of them.

“You also committed a similar offence in a foreign jurisdiction within a year of your release from prison.”

The judge sentenced Dashner to 12 years in prison and subjected him to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for life.

During yesterday’s hearing the judge listened to statements from the two surviving victims of Dashner’s historic offences.

One said “The guilt feeling I get in not opening up sooner about my abuse will never leave me.

“I have thought that I could have helped stop many other children from being abused had I spoken out sooner.

“Now that Fruin (Dashner) is behind bars and not able to harm any more children I might be able to find peace with some of my thoughts.

The third victim said: “I was sexually abused when I was 11 and 12 years old. I feel ashamed that I let this happen. I have a lot of built up anger and emotions.

“It has made me less sociable after the incident. I distanced myself from everything. I feel that it is my fault that it happened to someone else as if I had come forward sooner it might have prevented him from doing it to anybody else.

“I have nightmares thinking about this part of my past. His abuse sent me down the wrong path in life and this resulted in me seeking attention elsewhere. I have been on a course of self destruction for most of my life.”

July 2015

Fury as ‘evil’ British paedophile jailed in Cambodia will be flown home at taxpayer’s expense

A British ­paedophile jailed in Cambodia for ­sexually abusing three young ­brothers will be flown back here at the taxpayer’s expense.

Labour MP John Mann has slammed the ­government decision to pay thousands for the return of Richard Fruin, 38

Mr Mann said: “It’s absurd. He should be made to swim back rather than the taxpayer funding it.”

Fruin will arrive within days after spending two years in a South East Asian jail.

And his terrified victims have warned it is just a matter of time before the English teacher abuses again.

Vile Fruin, who has a ­conviction for child porn in the UK, boasted: “I am ­returning to the UK a little older and a lot wiser to ­complete any ­obligations with the UK legal system. I’m looking forward to putting this all behind me and settling down.”

Fruin, from Gloucestershire, is on the sex offender register and fled Britain after serving a year for ­producing sickening images of child sex abuse.

He was arrested in a raid on a guest house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in October 2013, when he was allegedly found in bed with a boy, aged eight.

The traumatised child victim’s brothers, aged ten and 11, also ­testified they had been molested.

Fruin was released from the ­notorious Prey Sar Prison on the outskirts of the Cambodian capital last month. Sex offenders deported from Cambodia normally have to pay for their own travel.

One victim said: “Fruin is an evil man who has ruined my life and that of my brothers. My mum trusted him and believed he’d help us. Instead he took us to his room and gave us fruit peel to eat that was drugged.”

Fruin sexually abused one of the boys as he lay unconscious on the bed. He befriended the family after visiting the boys’ mother’s stall near a market for more than a month.

The victim said: “I’ll never move on from what he did. I feel great shame and am embarrassed because ­people know what he did to me. He should still be in prison because he will do this again when he can.”

Fruin was ordered to pay £1,500 ­compensation to the victims and a fine of £600 but the family believe he will never pay up.

Last week Fruin said he had no way to prove his innocence in the UK case and claimed “nothing happened” in Cambodia and he had been set up.

He said: “Two years is the least I have known anyone to get. Hardly the beast of the UK.”

September 2014

Plea from victims: ‘Help us make British paedophile pay’

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A PAEDOPHILE is facing ground breaking legal action in Britain by three children he sexually abused in Cambodia.

Richard Fruin, 36, is serving two years behind bars in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for indecent acts against three brothers as young as eight.

The pervert, from Gloucestershire, has now received a legal notice at his cell in Prey Sar prison, informing him that his victims are to sue him for damages in the High Court in London.

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POLICE officers pounce to rescue a boy of eight

In a letter UK legal firm Slater & Gordon, which is representing his victims’ family, told Fruin the children were entitled to compensation.

Lawyers are now trying to trace Fruin’s assets and want the public to help.

Solicitor Alan Collins said: “We have undertaken inquiries and found nothing.

“His last address was in Stroud and he may have worked as a teacher at some stage.

“Fruin has had the means to travel the world and so he was accessing money.

“People who worked with him must know something about him – neighbours and acquaintances likewise.”

Fruin was arrested by police after they raided a guesthouse in Phnom Penh and found him with a half-dressed eight-year-old boy in his room.

He was jailed for two years in May for committing indecent acts against the boy and his two brothers, aged ten and 11.

Fruin was ordered to pay £1,500 compensation by the trial judge but has failed to pay a penny.

Ana Pinheiro from Cambodian child protection charity APLE said: “Overseas claims send a message to child sex tourists in Cambodia that they cannot evade their obligation and they will have to pay compensation to the children who they victimised.”

March 2014

Stroud Paedophile jailed for sexually abusing three boys in Cambodia

Convicted paedophile Richard William Fruin, who was once jailed by Gloucester Crown Court, has been caged again for two years, this time for sexually abusing three boys in Cambodia according to reports by the Hong Kong based newspaper The Standard.

The 36-year-old former school teacher was charged at Gloucester Crown Court back in 2005 with 15 counts of producing child pornography. He was released on bail and fled the country for seven years.

The anti-paedophile organisation Action Pour Les Enfants reported that he travelled to Africa and South East Asia before returning to the UK last year, where he was re-arrested and sentenced to one year in prison. On his release, he flew to Cambodia.

Today he was hauled before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in the country where he was jailed for two years for sexually abusing three boys under the age of 15.

Judge Kim Rathnarin said Fruin was guilty of committing ‘indecent acts’, adding: “He will be deported from Cambodia after serving the jail term.”

He was also ordered to pay US$2,500 in fines to his victims.

Fruin denied the charge against him during a trial.

Campaign group APLE Cambodia welcomed the guilty verdict and deportation order. Spokesman Yi Moden said: “We can be sure that this man will not hurt any child in Cambodia anymore. The victims do not have to be scared that he will ever hurt them again.”

Fruin was arrested in a guest house in October last year where an eight-year-old boy was also found. He was arrested after parents of other children sexually abused by him came forward with complaints.

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Cambodian prison officials stand guard as British man Richard Fruin (R) exits a van at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on March 24, 2014

October 2013

Moment cops rescue lad, 8, in British pervert’s lair

POLICE officers pounce to rescue a boy of eight — after finding him in a Cambodian guest house with a notorious British paedophile.

35-year-old convicted British paedophile Richard Fruin was arrested on Sunday at his Phnom Penh guesthouse, where anti-trafficking police found him with an 8-year-old boy

Richard Fruin—who fled to Cambodia after serving a year in prison in the U.K. for the production of child abuse images was arrested at the Boeung Meas Guesthouse in Daun Penh district at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, said Lieutenant Colonel Lao Lin, chief of the Ministry of Interior’s anti-human trafficking department.

“We arrested him for sleeping with an 8-year-old at his guesthouse,” Mr. Lin said Monday.

“We are still investigating to determine whether or not he had sex [with the boy],” he said, adding that Fruin was being detained at the Interior Ministry and would be sent to the municipal court when police concluded their inquiry.

Pen Chantha, owner of the Boeung Meas Guesthouse, said Fruin had been staying at the hotel in Srah Chak commune for about a month.

“I was shocked when the po­lice came to arrest him…. I never saw anything strange while he was staying at my guesthouse,” Ms. Chantha said.

According to anti-pedophile NGO Action pour les Enfants (APLE), which began investigating Fruin last month, the child abuser had been working as an English teacher in Phnom Penh.

In 2005, Fruin was charged with 15 counts of producing child abuse images by the Gloucester Crown Court in the U.K., but was released on bail and fled the country for seven years, according to APLE, traveling to Africa and Southeast Asia before returning to the U.K., where he was re­arrested in 2012 and sentenced to one year in prison. After serving his sentence, he immediately flew to Cambodia.

“He had a history of abuse and the police also found many more possible [Cambodian] victims,” said Khoem Vando, deputy di­rector of project management at APLE.

The mother of the 8-year-old boy found with Fruin on Sunday night said Monday that following the pedophile’s arrest, all three of her sons—including two aged 10 and 11—told police that they had been abused by the British national.

“If police had not taken any action last night, I don’t know what he would have done to my son,” said the woman, adding that Fruin had been visiting her roadside shop in Phnom Penh for about a month, and had previously taken her two older sons to his guesthouse.

“I had no idea that he intended to hurt my children,” she said.

November 2012

Bearded paedophile who went on run is jailed for a year

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PAEDOPHILE Richard Fruin, who went on the run around the world for seven years, has been jailed for a year.

But because Fruin, 35, has spent the past six months in custody on remand he will be freed on parole within days.

Gloucester Crown Court heard that Fruin was bailed after his arrest in 2005 but then flew to West Africa before travelling to other countries including Malaysia.

Child porn images found on his computers included some of a 14-year-old boy from Stroud, whom Fruin had been associating with.

Fruin, formerly of Stroud but now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to 15 offences of making indecent images of children between January and November 2005.

As well as the 12-month jail term, Fruin must sign the sex offender register for ten years.

October 2012

Paedophile who went on the run admits six child abuse image offences

A 34-YEAR-OLD who went on the run to the Middle East, Africa, and the Far East for six years after being charged with child porn offences has now admitted them all.

Richard Fruin, of no fixed address, but formerly of Stroud, pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to 15 offences of making indecent images of children between January and November 2005.

The court heard that a boy pictured in some of the images has since died in an accident.

Fruin said nothing during the brief hearing other than to answer to his name and utter the word “guilty” to each of the charges.

Prosecutor Virginia Cornwall said Fruin actually made admissions to the police in 2005 before absconding on December 6 that year. He had been due to surrender to Stroud police station that day but did not attend.

“The offences came to light when the police attended following an incident involving the delivery of a package on 10 October 2005, seven years ago today,” said Ms Cornwall.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC said it was a “strange case” and he felt there should be a pre-sentence report on Fruin.

He was told Fruin has been in custody since May 30 this year when he returned to the UK.

Adjourning until November 22, the judge said Fruin must stay in custody until sentence on that day.

At an earlier hearing, magistrates were told that Fruin had been in Guinea, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Malaysia while on the run.