In 1990 two local charities – the Rainer Foundation and the Children’s Society – published a report based on assessments of 25 young boys known to have visited the flat of convicted paedophile Dennis King in Shoebury, Essex. Of those 25 boys referred to in the charity report, only a handful were interviewed by Essex Police.
The report suggested, however, that there could be up to 80 victims aged as young as 11 years old.
Of those boys interviewed by the police only two went to court, were formally case conferenced, and received appropriate after-care.
Only two men were convicted, Brian Tanner, then 57, was sentenced to 3 years and Denis King who received 4 years imprisonment.
Dennis King, 55 years old at the time of his 1990 conviction, had been convicted for sexual offences against boys at least twice before 1990 and has been convicted at least twice subsequent to the 1990 Shoebury conviction – More details HERE
Many of those that have disclosed are clear that more men were involved in the child abuse than just Dennis King and Brian Tanner.
Since then, multiple boys who disclosed abuse to the local charities have died of drug overdoses, committed suicide, or gone to prison.
So far, the Yellow Advertiser have been able to track down 4 whistleblowers who were professionals familiar with the case at the time.
Earlier this month, Essex Police announced a formal investigation into an alleged child abuse cover-up in Essex related to the Shoebury paedophile ring.
Anybody with information about the case can call Essex Police on 101.
A FOURTH whistleblower has agreed to cooperate with a police probe into an alleged paedophile ring ’cover-up’, after being tracked down by the Yellow Advertiser.
The source managed a charity project in Essex and worked with young boys who had been abused by men in Shoebury in the late 1980s.
The source said he and colleagues had felt ’deep regret’ for 25 years over the way the allegations were handled by authorities, and that he was ’delighted’ police were reinvestigating.
Asked whether he would cooperate with Essex Police’s review of the case, he said: “Yes. Anything I can do to try and get justice for those kids, count me in. A hundred per cent.”