Convicted St Albans school worker paedophile admits he’s ‘sorry I got caught’ in Channel 4 documentary
Kevin Crump worked at Loreto College on Upper Lattimore Road for several years
A rare insight into the final hours before the charging of a now-convicted paedophile have been revealed in a national television programme.
Kevin Crump, who was 53 at the time of his conviction earlier this year, worked as an IT technician at Loreto College in St Albans for several years as well as being in charge of photography at events there.
More than 45,000 images and videos of child pornography were discovered on a number of his electrical devices, and he was convicted at Luton Crown Court in March.
On Monday (3) night, Channel 4 programme 24 Hours in Police Custody showed the lead up to the arrest, the arrest, and questioning of Crump before he was charged with six offences of making indecent photos of children, three of possessing indecent images of children, possessing an extreme pornographic image and one offence of possessing prohibited images of children.
During police questioning of Crump, he answered the questions in a blunt manner uncharacteristic of paedophiles.
He said: “I could have been clever and kept deleting everything but there was no point. Well I’m saying there’s no point to try and hide it, I wasn’t trying to hide it from the law. It was to hide it from my wife which is, dare I say, typical of people like me.”
A calm and composed Crump later added: “As much as you want people to sit here and say I’m sorry for what I did, I’m sorry for what I downloaded, but like most people I’m sorry that I’ve been caught.”
Prompted by further questioning he said: “OK if you want to hear the life of a paedophile. I look through the Internet, you download the pornography movie, watch it and find that, yeah, you quite like it, whatever kicks in in the brain, that’s for scientists to explain I don’t know.
“So obviously by mistake while I was downloading, it downloaded some images of child pornography. It was interesting, from my perspective and then it becomes almost a drug I suppose. A bit like smoking, taking cocaine, heroin, and you just want to watch more. It’s a mind set for want of a better word, I’m not trying to defend it.”
Having been in the army for 22 years, Crump said that he had learnt the difference between right and wrong, adding: “Hence, why, you know, hands up.”
Despite the admission, he was very keen to point out he had never ‘made’ any films or pictures and never found the pupils at the school sexually attractive.
He added that he had never thought about physically touching a child sexually and never wanted to.
Footage of Crump’s arrest revealed his immediate admission of guilt when police arrived at his home in Houghton Regis, Dunstable.
He said: “Everything they say is true, looks like I’m going to jail for a very long time”
The footage also captured the shock suffered by his wife who was not aware of her husband’s sordid actions.
With her head in her hands, she was filmed saying: “How are we going to tell people?” and “He works in a school”.
Crump escaped prison with a 16 month suspended sentence, much to the dismay of angry Twitter users.
Despite admitting that his wife should ‘leave him’, Crump now lives with her in South Yorkshire where he cares for his elderly parents.
Former soldier avoids prison after police find nearly 46,000 child abuse images
A FORMER soldier, who was also a UN peace keeper during his time in the military, was found to have amassed a depraved collection of child sex photos when police went to his home in Houghton Regis and seized his computer.
Kevin Crump’s sordid collection of young children being sexually abused ran to 45,896 images he had downloaded from the Internet.
Some of the sickening photos police discovered were of extremely young children being abused while they were restrained.
At Luton crown court, Crump, who was living with his wife in Stubbs Lane, Houghton Regis when police arrived, pleaded guilty to six offences of making indecent photos of children, three of possessing indecent images of children, possessing an extreme pornographic image and one offence of possessing prohibited images of children.
Daniel Siong prosecuting said it was 7am on the morning of February 16 last year when police arrived at the defendant’s Houghton Regis home.
Judge Philip Bartle, hearing the case, was told that when officers told Crump they were there because it was believed someone at the address had been using file sharing software to download images, he replied “Everything you said is true, it looks like I am going to prison for a long time.”
Computer equipment at his home was seized and the sick material was discovered.
The 53 year old made a full and frank admission to the police, saying he had hidden the material on his computer so that his wife wouldn’t find it.
He admitted he would download it and tend look at the material when his wife wasn’t home.
Judge Bartle was told that some of the children pictured were as young as one year old.
Charlotte O’Connor, defending, said Crump had served 22 years in the armed services and had served with the UN and NATO in war torn regions around the world.
She said Crump, who is an IT manager, had taken steps himself to address his behaviour and had attended a counselling course.
The court was told the defendant’s wife was sticking by him.
Miss O’Connor said “he tells me that in a way the police arriving on his doorstep is one of the best things that happened because he has been able to break the cycle.
She said since the police raid last year, Crump and his wife had gone to live in South Yorkshire so he could care for his elderly parents.
“He wants to put this behind him,” said the barrister.
Passing sentence, Judge Bartle said the children involved in the images had been extremely young and he went on “In some cases they were restrained when sexual acts were committed on them by adults.”
The judge said Crump had lost his job because of his sordid activities, but he said he taken the unusual step of seeking out out help to tackle his behaviour.
“You were in the army for 22 years and you served in some very difficult areas of the world and you were witness to the terrible atrocities which regrettably soldiers see during the course if their lives in the services.”
The judge said he had concluded that, based on everything he had heard, he could pass a suspended prison sentence.
He sentenced Crump to 16 months imprisonment suspended for two years and placed him under the supervision of the probation service for the same period.
He was told he must attend a sex offenders programme and he will also be the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for the rest of his life.
Crump was told he will have to pay £545 prosecution costs