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ONE of Britain's most evil child perverts is back in jail and likely to die there thanks to Sunday People man Roger Insall.

For more than 40 years paedophile Roger Gleaves abused scores of boys.

But last week the bogus bishop - who was first exposed by the Sunday People over 30 years ago - was jailed for 15 years for sex offences against two 14-year-old lads.

Wicked sidekick Richard Becker, 50 - a friend of child killer Sidney Cooke - was sentenced to six years.

And our man Insall was a key prosecution witness in the case.

Insall spent four days being cross-examined in the witness box as Gleaves tried to wriggle out of the charges. The bespectacled pervert described one boy as "a pet dog". He added: "If I said sit he would sit and if I said stay he would stay."

Gleaves constantly lost his temper with the prosecutor, his barrister and the judge.

He insisted the allegations were fantasy and even accused Insall of persuading the boys to invent the catalogue of appalling abuse.

But it took the jury just six hours to convict him. Judge Forrester then told him: "This was wicked behaviour and you must be severely punished for it."

After the trial Det Inspector Daniel O'Malley said: "Gleaves is back behind bars where he belongs.

"The fact that these matters came to notice at all is to the great credit of Insall."

The Old Bailey heard Gleaves was the ringleader of a gang of perverts using a sham church and first aid group to snare youngsters.

Judge Giles Forrester said the beast ran the St Lazarus Voluntary Ambulance Corps to indulge his "foul perversions".

Gleaves, of Tottenham, North London, has been in and out of prison since his first sex offence conviction in 1959.

He surfaced repeatedly at his old haunts using elaborate smokescreens to hide his past.

Always plausible and polite to trusting authorities, he ran several youth movements and cadet clubs.

Now he is 65, has prostate cancer and has been caged for what is likely to be the rest of his hideous life.

He was first exposed by the Sunday People in l966 while posing as Rt Rev Roger Gleaves.

Describing himself as vicar general of the Old Catholic Church, he would pick up homeless and vulnerable boys.

During the mid-70s TV documentary Johnny Come Home exposed the self- styled Bishop of Medway for preying on young runaways.

Two cronies were later given life sentences for killing a youngster Gleaves had been sexually abusing.

He was suspected of involvement but never charged. He escaped with four years' jail for buggery and indecent assault.

Last year Gleaves was back to his old tricks luring boys to his home after setting up a first aid organisation in a Hackney church, the Old Bailey heard. He was still calling himself a bishop and was involved with a bogus church which listed several convicted child molesters as priests and clergymen.

The police were tipped off and launched Operation Legsby. After a 12- month probe the gang was charged with a string of offences.

Among evidence played to the jury was a video secretly recorded at Becker's squalid ground floor flat in Leyton, East London.

On film Becker - who met Gleaves in Wandsworth prison - boasted about his depraved acts with an educationally subnormal l4-year-old boy who regular spent weekends with him.

He boasted he and Gleaves both "had fun with him". Becker even managed to trick the boy's teacher at his special school so he could lure him out of classes. During the trial victims told how Gleaves lured them to his flat by tricking their parents with his bogus church links. One said he was regularly paid pounds 5 for sex.

But then Insall stepped in - and evil Gleaves was nailed forever.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 1998
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