May 2014

Serial Crowborough sex offender ‘Paedo Phil’ has sentence cut

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A PAEDOPHILE from Crowborough who was found guilty of a string of sex offences against children has had his life sentence quashed.

Former Metropolitan Police Superintendent-turned scuba instructor Philip Gaisford of Stonecroft Farm in Gillridge Lane, Crowborough was convicted last year of 27 sex offences between 1997 and 2008, including raping a 15-year-old boy in Crowborough.

He was told he would serve a minimum of 12 years of a life sentence however Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas has now replaced this on appeal to a 20-year term.

Last June a jury at Lewes Crown Court found Gaisford guilty of sexual attacks against young people in Crowborough and in Surrey by abusing his position in the police and later as a scuba diver.

The charges he was found guilty of were:

Three offences of indecent assault on a boy under 16, in Caterham, Surrey, between 1997 and 1999

One rape of an adult woman in Caterham between 1998 and 2000

Two offences of indecent assault on a 16-year-old boy in Caterham in 2000

One offence of indecent assault on a 15-year-old boy in Crowborough between 2003 and 2004

Five offences against a 15-year-old boy in Crowborough during 2006 and 2007

One offence of sexual activity with a 13-year-old boy in Sussex between 2007 and 2008

One offence of attempted sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in Sussex between 2007 and 2008

One offence of attempted sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in Sussex between 2007 and 2008

Ten offences of possession of indecent videos of children between 2006 and 2007

Two offences of sexual assault and one of attempted sexual assault against another victim, an 18-year-old man, in Crowborough in 2006

The six week trial exposed the sordid past of the 65-year-old, who was known as “Paedo Phil” by students he taught.

He also said the reason he was sexually attracted to young boys was due to something he called “the Gaisford curse”.

He is now likely to serve only half of his new 20-year sentence.

 

June 2013

Former Met cop gets life sentence for child rape

  • Philip Gaisford, 64, enticed children with scuba lessons and pool parties

  • Former chief superintendent faced police probe in 2000 – but it was dropped allowing him to continue his seedy business

  • Hundreds of boys visited his pool for group lessons and private tuition

  • He held pool parties and was nicknamed ‘paedo-Phil’

  • Gaisford was convicted of 27 sexual offences against nine victims – including four boys and two girls – between 1997 and 2008

  • He must serve a minimum of 12 years before he can apply for parole

A former Met police chief has been jailed for life after been found guilty of 17 sexual offences including raping a teenage boy.

Philip Gaisford, who taught scuba diving to children from a number of Croydon schools,was convicted by a jury at Lewes Crown Court yesterday afternoon.

He was also found guilty of possessing indecent images of children.

The 64-year-old former chief superintendent in the Metropolitan Police, who now lives in Crowborough, East Sussex, has been on trial since mid-April charged with 33 sex offences.

They were alleged to have taken place between 1997 and 2004 in Caterham or in Crowborough.

The scuba diving teacher, who gave private tuition to many young people at his Caterham pool, admitted having affairs with teenage boys but always denied any of the males were under-age or that the sex acts were consensual.

The jury previously heard how some of his students at his scuba school called him ‘Paedo Phil’ and how Gaisford had lavished teenage boys with gifts.

In total he denied nine offences of indecent assault, two of rape, one count of indecency with a child, four of sexual activity with a child, four sexual assaults, three attempted sexual assaults and ten counts of possession of indecent photos and videos.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been ordered to serve 12 years minimum before being able to apply for parole.

Convicted of 27 sexual offences, involving nine victims, comprising:

– three offences of indecent assault on a boy under 16, in Caterham, Surrey, between 1997 and 1999;

– one rape of an adult woman in Caterham between 1998 and 2000;

– two offences of indecent assault on a 16-year old boy in Caterham in 2000;

– one offence of indecent assault on a 15-year old boy in Crowborough between 2003 and 2004;

– five offences against a 15-year old boy in Crowborough during 2006 and 2007, ie one offence of penetrative sexual activity, three offences of non-penetrative sexual activity, and one offence of rape;

– one offence of sexual activity with a 13-year old boy in Sussex between 2007 and 2008;

– one offence of attempted sexual assault on a 15-year old girl in Sussex between 2007 and 2008;

– one offence of attempted sexual assault on a 15-year old girl in Sussex between 2007 and 2008;

– ten offences of possession of indecent videos of children between 2006 and 2007.

– two offences of sexual assault, and one of attempted sexual assault against another victim, an 18-year old man, in Crowborough in 2006.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been ordered to serve 12 years minimum before being elegible to apply for parole.

Gaisford was found not guilty today of two offences of indecent assault on a boy in Caterham between 1997 and 1998; one indecent assault on a boy in in Caterham in 2000; one act of indecency with a boy in Crowborough between 2003 and 2004; and one sexual assault on a boy in Crowborough between 2007 and 2008. The judge had, earlier the trial, directed the jury to find Gaisford not guilty of one offence of acts intended to pervert the course of justice in Crowborough in June 2012.