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#83935 - 06/15/06 04:34 PM Get out of jail free
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This will bring some closure to all who were abused by this perp, now he has a hard wood surround, and his own Hell awaits him.

NOTORIOUS SEX OFFENDER DIES
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12:17 - 14 June 2006
A paedophile has died three months after being jailed for a 50-year reign of abuse.

One of the victims of Roy Clarke today said it was "wonderful news", but he wished he had suffered for longer in prison.

Former county swimming coach Clarke, 79, died in hospital from natural causes yesterday morning.

He had been taken to a hospital from Leicester Prison, in Welford Road, where he was serving a 12-year sentence for sex offences with children.

Victim Malcolm Bullock, of Whitteney Drive North, Eyres Monsell, was sexually abused by Clarke for four years, from the age of eight.

Mr Bullock, 41, said: "It is wonderful news. I am really glad he is dead.

"It is just a shame he died so early. I would have wished him to suffer a lot longer in prison.

"As far as I am concerned, him being dead is best for everybody and I hope he rots.

"It is the best news I think anybody could have who has suffered because of a paedophile.

"I have already started moving on because I know I have not got to look over my shoulder any more."

Clarke was jailed in April after he admitted 16 offences against three boys and five girls, which dated from the Second World War to the late 1990s.

Officers said they might never know exactly how many youngsters Clarke abused, but suspect it could run into hundreds.

During the trial, the court heard that Clarke lured children - some as young as five - to his home in Duncan Road, Aylestone, Leicester, to carry out a catalogue of sex abuse.

He would corrupt youngsters with pornographic books and films. He bought their silence with money and treats.

At the time of the sentencing Judge Christopher Plunkett said Clarke would probably die in prison.

Detective Inspector Lee Hill, from Leicestershire police, said: "We were notified of the death yesterday morning and have been contacting everyone involved in the case to let them know.

"Clarke spent very little time in prison as a result of his offences, but we are very pleased that, after all they have been through, his victims were able to see him face justice in court."

Clarke's decades of abuse were only uncovered in the summer of 2004 when a woman complained to police that she had been one of his victims.

More people came forward after his first court appearance, in September 2005.

A spokewoman for the Home Office said: "We can confirm that Roy Clarke died from natural causes yesterday morning.

"He died in an outside hospital after a period of ill health."

Mick Studley, area director of Leicestershire and Rutland Victim Support, said: "Some victims may say they are glad he is dead because he cannot harm anybody else, but some may think he got away with it because he only served three months in prison.

"He was given his sentence and he had to die at some stage and there is the view that he should have spent longer in prison than he did."

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#83936 - 06/15/06 08:37 PM Re: Get out of jail free
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What's significant here, for me at least, is the length of his career as a pedophile: FIFTY years! How many kids does that men, aside from the few who testified against him?

Larry

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As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
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