Two homosexual predatory pedophile lovers who abused young boys at their flat were jailed indefinitely today. Stephen Carruthers, 49, and John Bates, 45, began their relationship in prison while serving lengthy sentences for similar sex offences.
The pair, who both have a string of pedophile convictions dating back to the early 1980s, met in Strangeways prison in Manchester and then went on to live in Blackpool, Lancashire. They used enticements of money and boasts of celebrity connections to lure four 14-year-olds to their ground floor flat in Caunce Street in the resort.
Sentencing the pair to indeterminate sentences, Judge Christopher Cornwall said: 'You simply cannot resist the temptation of making contact with boys with the purpose of abusing them for your own sexual gratification. 'The harm that you have caused to each of those boys is hard to calculate. What they all have in common is that you were intent on exploiting them and their innocence.
Carruthers was ordered to serve a minimum of five-and-half years in jail before he can be considered for parole after he was convicted of three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child, grooming and child abduction.
Carruthers told the court: 'My partner and I have been in a relationship for 10 years and in that 10 years together at no time have we got together to plan to abuse any children.' Both denied all the charges against them but were convicted by a jury at their trial in December.
The prosecutors said the pair's victims were lulled into a false sense of security as they were groomed in a 'deliberate and expert fashion'. Two of the boys met Carruthers as he asked them to look after his dogs while he popped into a shop to buy cigarettes. He was soon offering them small amounts of money to carry out odd jobs in his flat before suggesting he could give them 'a million pound each' to satisfy his desires.
One of the victims had learning difficulties which Carruthers exploited to confuse the boy. In victim impact statements read to the court, one mother said she had 'gone through hell' and that her son was still terrified that the pair would escape from prison. Another mother said her son had talked of committing suicide and was constantly being teased at school after he told classmates about his ordeal.
There is evidence that people who do have a same sex attraction like Stephen Carruthers and John Bates are more likely to commit violent crimes. Narth
In Australia, lesbian lovers Jessica Stasinowsky, 21 and 19-year-old Valerie Parashumti were jailed for the willful murder of 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell. Stacey took half an hour to die after being bludgeoned with a concrete block and strangled with a chain in December 2006 because she had been "annoying". They kissed over the teenager's body before dumping it in a wheelie bin. Lesbian Killer
It is time we reconsidered the common assumption by some that homosexuality is an “acceptable life style choice”.