November 2005

A CHARITY boss who often appeared on Crimewatch to help find young runaways has been locked up for grooming two schoolboys for sex.

Christian Dray posed as an executive for I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out Of Here to lure the youngsters who he met through online chatrooms.

He picked up one 15-year-old boy from school in a limousine, plied him with champagne then took him back to his home where he abused him.

His other victim was 14. When police raided former rent boy Dray’s home they found 700 perverted and sado-masochistic images of boys on his computer.

Jailing him for six and a half years, judge John Dowse told him: “You have done some good things in your life but now you have to be sentenced for some very bad things.”

Public-school educated Dray, a former PA to Radio 2 host Paul Gambaccini, helped set up the Missing Persons Helpline. He was a regular guest on the BBC’s Crimewatch and GMTV where he sat alongside hosts Lorraine Kelly and Eamonn Holmes and appealed for missing youngsters to return home.

Dray left the charity in 1995 and descended into a life of drugs and crime. Gambaccini took pity on him and gave him a job.

But he was sacked after just two days for stealing the DJ’s credit cards and running up a bill of £11,479.

Hull crown court heard he then began targeting children.

Dray, from Bridlington, East Yorks, admitted grooming the boys and committing sex acts on them. He had also pleaded guilty to theft of the credit cards and obtaining property by deception.

When told Dray had been locked up, Gambaccini said: “I am shocked to hear he has been jailed for abusing boys.”