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Paedophile's confession to businessman

PUBLISHED: 14:13 14 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK businessman told today how he befriended a paedophile to extract the vile confession of a man fixated with young boys.

The 52-year-old, who has asked not to be named, said his horror at finding out the care worker he shared a house with was accused of child abuse turned to a determination to get him to tell the truth about his sordid crimes.

A SUFFOLK businessman told today how he befriended a paedophile to extract the vile confession of a man fixated with young boys.

The 52-year-old, who has asked not to be named, said his horror at finding out the care worker he shared a house with was accused of child abuse turned to a determination to get him to tell the truth about his sordid crimes.

And he told of how the man who admitted a string of child sex crimes had a job as a care worker with a company registered by social services. Records show he started working for Ipswich-based Everycare (SE Anglia) Ltd in mid February this year – the same time that he was abusing a youngster.

Speaking after the 33-year-old was jailed for eight years, the businessman told how he first became concerned about Clark after lodging in the abuser's home in Ipswich for three weeks. "One night a young boy of about 12 or 13 stayed over the night in his room," he said.

When confronted about his motives for the sleepover, Clark told his lodger that the youngster's parents were rowing and he needed a place to stay for the night.

A string of young boys regularly knocked on the door asking for Clark but none ever left a message, the businessman said.

His terrible suspicions were confirmed when Clark was arrested and neighbours were quizzed about him, said his former lodger. "When he turned up three days later, the neighbours wanted to lynch him," he said.

And though the businessman said he wanted to tear Clark's head off for the crimes he was accused of, he also wanted to be absolutely sure of the careworker's guilt. "I decided to stay as friend and it's one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life."

In part, he was motivated by his own experience of being abused as a child and his desire to find out how abusers justified their actions, he said. "I was mentally and physically badly abused as a child," he said. "You don't know it at the time, but it has a tremendous effect on your life. I never found out why I used to get battered.

"I think people like him should get locked up for as long as possible. My initial nature would've been to physically hurt him but I'd have got into trouble and he'd have got off scot-free."

Instead of venting his rage on Clark, the businessman pretended to befriend the loner, offering to be his confidante after the sex attacker moved elsewhere following his arrest. He told one of Clark's relatives about the trouble the Ipswich-man was in, offering to be a sympathetic ear should he wish to unburden himself: "Mark is in serious trouble and will need all the help he can get. I'm happy to meet him for a chat," he said.

The paedophile took his former lodger up on the offer and spilled his sordid tale over a slap-up hotel lunch in the middle of this year, he said. "He told me that he'd always had this thing about young boys," said the man telling how Clark claimed to have become aware of his perverted desires as a scoutmaster on a residential camp.

The careworker (who had also worked in a Suffolk hospital and as a door-to-door salesman) then confessed to interfering with a young boy under-16, he said. And Clark told him that himself he had been sexually abused as a child.

The businessman made notes of his meeting with Clark and then made a statement to detectives investigating the paedophile. In his statement, he told officers of the confession he claimed to have extracted from Clark.

"I did it because I wanted to her from him what he was or wasn't guilty of. I wanted to hear from him because it's one of the most horrific situations I have gone through in my life.

"I felt every emotion you could ever feel from crying to wanting to break him into pieces," he said of hearing the abuser's horrible account of his actions.

Clark had said: "I know I shouldn't be doing it but I can't do anything about it," the man claimed.

The bespectacled 33-year-old was a "very devious character" who would spend most of his time in his bedroom on his computer, his ex-lodger claimed. In court, the former care worker and nurse admitted having 15 hours of child pornography on his computer and pleaded guilty to six charges of possessing indecent photographs of children between March 1, 1999, and April 26, 2001, with a view to distributing or showing them to others.


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