James Rennie – Chief Executive of LBGT Youth Scotland GUILTY Molesting babies

The men were convicted of abusing infants from three months old and conspiracy and holding more than 125,000 images of child pornography…

A ring of eight paedophiles, including a former welfare campaigner for young gay men, were yesterday convicted of child abuse and producing indecent images of children.

The men, from across central Scotland, were found guilty by a jury in Edinburgh of more than 50 charges, ranging from abusing infants from three months old to conspiracy and holding more than 125,000 images of child pornography.

Two of the leaders of the gang, the biggest paedophile network uncovered in Scotland, were convicted of raping and abusing the young children of close friends while they were babysitting, and sharing images of the abuse.

One, James Rennie, 38, then the chief executive of the gay and lesbian helpline LBGT Youth Scotland, had been babysitting the son of close friends, called Child F during the trial, since the child was three months old. The child’s parents were so comfortable with Rennie that he was allowed to bathe, change and dress the boy, whom he went on to abuse repeatedly for four years, allowing another ring-leader, Neil Strachan, to participate.

An engineer with previous convictions for child sex offences, Strachan, 41, had photographed himself trying to abuse an 18-month-old boy he was babysitting for friends on New Year’s Eve in 2005.

Rennie, a former secondary school teacher since sacked from the helpline, had championed the rights of young gay people. But in private, said Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, he had been “polluted by deviant compulsion”.

During one of the most harrowing trials of its kind, the images were so graphic that the court had to be cleared of the public and media during the 10-week hearing. At one stage, the judge, Lord Bannatyne, suddenly adjourned the hearing without explanation after hearing about the rape of a four-year-old girl.

The police uncovered the paedophile ring after Strachan, a maintenance engineer for a paint firm and formerly secretary of Celtic Boys Club in Edinburgh, handed his computer in for repair. On its hard drive, a repair technician found an image of an 11-year-old boy abusing himself.

A further 7,000 images were found, together with emails clearly showing that other children were at serious risk. Lothian and Borders detectives launched Operation Algebra, and were given warrants by courts in the United States to obtain email records from Microsoft. Expert witnesses were able to identify one digital camera used to record the abuse from the photographs.

That investigation exposed Rennie’s identity. He had assumed the email name “Kenny Plover”, whose email address “kplover99” was said to stand for “kiddie porn lover”. His email account was accessed from the offices of LGBT Youth Scotland in Leith, Edinburgh.

Sophisticated tracking equipment then located Rennie’s broadband Wi-Fi signals in the Meadowbank area of Edinburgh.

Strachan, using the name “Mark”, sent Rennie images of his abuse of the toddler on New Year’s Eve. Further investigations by police uncovered the identities of the other six men who made, shared and collected abusive images: Colin Slaven, 23, from Edinburgh; Neil Campbell, 46, John Milligan, 40, and John Murphy, 44, all of Glasgow; Ross Webber, 27, from North Berwick; and Craig Boath, 24, from Dundee.

Milligan had 78,000 images in his possession. He was allowed to listen on the telephone to Rennie abusing the toddler, and had discussed getting access to the boy. Webber, Boath and Milligan were found guilty of conspiring to participate in the sexual abuse of children along with Strachan and Rennie. Campbell was cleared of conspiracy. The men will be sentenced later.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Eight members of paedophile ring found guilty of child porn and sex charges

The groundbreaking court case uncovered Scotland’s biggest paedophile network and revealed the shocking crimes of a “spider’s web of apparently respectable men”.

It emerged during the case that the ringleaders Neil Strachan and James Rennie befriended the families of the children they abused.

Rennie, 38, was the chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, a group dedicated to helping young lesbian and homosexual deal with their sexuality.

Strachan, 41, a paint firm engineer who was previously jailed for molesting a young boy, was the former secretary of a Celtic boys club and a campaigner on homosexual issues.

The court was told that he was “polluted by deviant compulsion”. Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, said: “In reality he is someone who allowed his profound interest in the sexual abuse of children to engulf his entire life.”

Some of the evidence the jurors sat through was so disturbing that consideration was given to offering them counselling at the end of the case.

Rennie circulated photographs of his abuse of a small boy, allowed Strachan to join him in the assault, and offered the child to other paedophiles.

The family of his victim – described in court as Child F – said after the verdicts were announced that their life had been “turned upside down”.

They added: “For over 15 years James Rennie seemed the closest of family friends and it is hard to put into words the extent of the betrayal he has exacted upon us, as many of the details may identify our family and son.

“To subsequently learn that he abused our son, and invited others to do the same, has been devastating. As a family we have had to learn to live, and cope with, the effect these horrific events have had.”

The mother of an 18-month-old boy abused by Strachan said she would never be able to forgive him for the “sick” attacks on her son.

She added: “The anguish I feel towards Mr Strachan is indescribable. I feel that no matter what punishment given to Mr Strachan it will never be able to compensate for the hurt, devastation and great deal of stress brought to me and my family.

“Mr Strachan used and abused our trust in order to satisfy his and others’ sick needs.”

In a legal first in a Scottish court, five of the men were convicted of a charge of conspiring to commit sex offences against children.

The group was caught after an international investigation called Operation Algebra was launched in response to the discovery of photographs on the computer of one of the men.

More than 125,000 images were seized in the inquiry and officers discovered links with paedophiles in the US and the Netherlands.

Strachan, Rennie, Ross Webber, 27, a bank worker from North Berwick, Craig Boath, 24, an insurance claims adjuster, and John Milligan, 40, a civil servant from Glasgow, were found guilty of plotting to turn their fantasies into reality by arranging access to children to carry out acts of sexual abuse.

The same five were also found guilty, along with Colin Slaven, 23, an IT worker from Edinburgh, John Murphy, 44, a receptionist in a sauna in Glasgow, and Neil Campbell, 46, a cake firm manager from Glasgow, of charges relating to child pornography.

The offences were committed in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and East Lothian between February 2004 to May 2008.

They will be sentenced later.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

David Rodefer Jr – Repeat Sex Offender – While still on Probation

A convicted sex offender in Chippewa Falls is arrested after police say he sexually assaulted another woman.

David Rodefer Jr. was arrested Thursday morning. A woman called police around 6 a.m., saying she woke up to Rodefer in her home, assaulting her. Police say the woman knows Rodefer but he was not welcome in her home.

Rodefer was convicted of sexual assault in a 2005 case and is still on probation. Charges for the most recent case have not been filed yet.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte