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#84600 - 10/20/06 10:38 AM How did King fool so many for so long?
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*****Trigger Warning*****

One of the most influential men in pop was jailed for seven years yesterday for a monstrous reign of perversion.

Jonathan King, hitmaker, top record producer and TV presenter, was convictedof sordid attacks on young boys.

Though only five victims were involved in his trial, police believe hundreds more suffered at his hands over many years.

Last night, with his career shattered and his name disgraced, the burning question was how King was able to fool so many people in showbusiness so successfully that several household names appeared as character witnesses for him.

Sir Tim Rice and discjockey Simon Bates were among those who told the Old Bailey they had always found 56-year-old King totally trustworthy.

But the two-week trial also heard how he lured youngsters to his home on the pretext of seeking their opinions on music.

While he was building the eccentric public image which made him a multi-millionaire, he was also prowling streets and nightclubs trying to pick up boys.

Sometimes they were alone, on other occasions he would brazenly introduce himself in front of a boy's parents.

Some victims were picked up at the Walton Hop disco in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, where police believe other paedophiles also operated.

Once he was alone with the boys, King plied them with drink, showed them pornographic pictures and videos and then forced himself on them.

Afterwards, he would try to buy off his victims with autographed records and books.

The offences came to light only years later, when a victim complained to the police about one of King's friends, a former Radio 1 DJ who has been convicted of child sex offences in the Czech Republic.

Chris Denning!

The investigation also implicated King. He made the mistake of protesting his innocence on TV - and a string of other victims came forward. In total 22 men formally accused him of abusing them.

King was found guilty at the end of September of four indecent assaults and two serious sexual offences against boys aged 14 and 15, committed in the 1980s. But there was a publicity blackout on the case because he still faced further trials on similar charges.

These have now been abandoned, and yesterday King returned to the Old Bailey to be sentenced.

The man who gloried in his Rolls-Royce arrived in a prison van - he has been in Belmarsh Prison, South East London, since the verdict.

The former public schoolboy and Cambridge graduate, charged under his real name of Kenneth George King, looked a shadow of his old self as he stood in the dock between two female security guards. His face had lost its familiar chubbiness and his hair was grey and receding.

Three of his victims were in the public gallery but one of them could not bear to stay in the same room. Within minutes of the hearing starting, he got to his feet, mouthed obscenities at King and left.

King was allowed to sit as his barrister outlined the grim future facing the man who found fame in the 1960s with Everyone's Gone To The Moon, then discovered Genesis and promoted bands such as 10cc and the Bay City Rollers.

Ronald Thwaites QC said King would inevitably become a target for other prisoners now that everyone knew the details of his crimes.

In a reference to disgraced Tories Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken, he added: 'The prospect of an easy time in open prison is not something that is going to be available to him as it has been to other high-profile candidates who have been before this court.'

Mr Thwaites said King had suffered 'a spectacular fall from grace, too late in life for him to be able to expect to recover from it.

'The cult of celebrity will become the curse of his life. Where will he be able to find sanctuary with anonymity? He will never be free of the shame and disgrace of his conviction. It will rob him of professional involvement in his first love, music.

'No one will want to be seen to associate with him in a business which depends on personal contacts.'

But Judge Paget told King his offences were 'aggravated by a serious breach of trust' and all his victims had suffered emotional and psychological damage. He added: 'There will have to be a substantial prison sentence. I bear in mind the great tragedy this case involves for you personally.

'You have had a successful and distinguished career in your chosen field - these incidents apart it may well have been you are an honourable man.

'I have no doubt that the convictions, your loss of good name, difficulties in the future and the inevitable publicity will all be considerable punishment.'

The judge ordered King to pay £14,000 towards prosecution costs, said he would have to be on the sex offenders' register indefinitely and banned him from working with children. It is also unlikely King will ever be allowed to return to the U.S., where he has a second home.

King, who plans to appeal, later had a video message posted on his personal website. Filmed before he was convicted, it attacked 'gross unfairness in the legal system'.

But Detective Inspector Brian Marjoram of Surrey Police said after the hearing: 'We have achieved justice for his victims.

'He had the best defence money could buy. They put these victims through a very harrowing experience. When he was giving evidence, King mocked them. He did not convince the jury and they convicted him.'

The detective who launched the inquiry, Mervyn McFadden of the National Criminal Intelligence Service, said: 'It may take years for allegations to come to light but the public can rest assured that the law will eventually hunt these people down.'

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#84601 - 10/21/06 01:24 AM Re: How did King fool so many for so long?
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Ste,

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Afterwards, he would try to buy off his victims with autographed records and books.
The mind boggles of course. This just goes to illustrate how massive King's ego is - trying to buy off an abused kid with his crap records, and autographed no less.

Don't I remember correctly in recalling that he once said that he would have been a hit even earlier except that his thunder was stolen by this group from Liverpool - four lads who called themselves the Beatles?

Larry

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#84602 - 10/21/06 09:18 AM Re: How did King fool so many for so long?
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Larry,

I posted this for others to realise just how vile this man is. Others today are facing life sentences for lesser crimes.

He is a lonely old man who craves attention, and uses kids to satisfy his perversions.The only safe place for him to be, is on a remote Scottish island with no electricity,

ste

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#84603 - 10/21/06 11:44 AM Re: How did King fool so many for so long?
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Ste,

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The only safe place for him to be, is on a remote Scottish island with no electricity.
Okay, but personally I would prefer to see him in a nice cosy prison with plenty of electricity and lots of criminals gathering around to watch those videos of his "biography" with him. \:\) He could offer tutorials in his cell afterwards.

Much love,
Larry

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#84604 - 10/21/06 12:05 PM Re: How did King fool so many for so long?
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Larry, hopefully he will lose it and be sectioned under the mental health act, locked up in Ashworth with his other friends, all clinically insane.

How much rope does he need?

ste

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#84605 - 10/21/06 02:52 PM Re: How did King fool so many for so long?
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Ste,

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How much rope does he need?
Good question! It seems to me he's already got enough to re-rig the Victory.

Much love,
Larry

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#84606 - 10/21/06 10:32 PM Re: How did King fool so many for so long?
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You know, I have to say I understand and share the sentiment expressed above regarding this bozo. The only thing is, it bothers me to feel that way about anybody. What does it say about me? Can I have those kind of resentful and vengeful feelings inside myself and have it not impact my own being in a negative way?

I'm not saying here that king shouldn't pay society's price for his perversions. I'm just wondering about myself and the feelings this stirs up within me. Anyone have any input to offer me regarding this?

Lots of love,

John

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#84607 - 10/22/06 10:15 AM Re: How did King fool so many for so long?
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Walkingsouth.

I think the feeling you are experiencing is called revulsion and revulsion usually makes people feel angry and uneasy its a natural reaction.

Kirk
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#84608 - 10/22/06 11:01 AM Re: How did King fool so many for so long?
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John,

it does impact, it impacts on me and anyone who reads it. I have put a trigger warning on it.
This man tried to turn the whole thing into a circus act.

You can just see mr celebrity 'get me outta here' thinking he is far too famous to be guilty of paying boys for sex. You can see how he was totally unaware of the age of consent.

From then, to this day he is 'innocent' as he puts it, the boys consented.
He is as dangerous now as he was all those years ago, because what he does is 'innocent'.

His blinkered mind says, hey, why? Did I get caught! Why? When everyone else gets off.
Hah! Its because I am a celebrity and the press have hounded me etc.

He lives in London, a place where kids run away from home and find themselves desolate.
There are guys who can help, and others who introduce them to a life of prostitution.

I dont have to go too much further for you to see what I am getting at in the last paragraph.
This is the continuing cycle in a City with a steady string of new boys to abuse.

ste

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