Sheltered religious upbringing warped pervert's judgement

Sheltered religious upbringing warped pervert's judgement March 16, 2018

Manchester paedophile Luke Simpson, 23, was spared a jail sentence this week after a court was told that ‘he lives in an enclosed religious community and has had little opportunity to socialise with women of his own age’.
Simpson, according to this report, had pleaded guilty to grooming a 12-year-old girl, enticing her to engage in sexual activity, and two counts of sexual assault.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Simpson ignored two separate warnings from the girl’s furious dad to stay away from her.
His plan to meet her in a hotel for sex was discovered after her dad confiscated her phone and read texts about it. After her dad found out about the meeting, he spoke to Simpson and:

Used the word ‘paedophile’ to make it clear, in no uncertain terms, that what was going on was not appropriate.

Simpson, who had bought his victim a ring, still does not see his behaviour as wrong and held the warped view he was in a relationship with her, the court heard, after she confided in him and he developed ‘romantic’ feelings.
His barrister Andrew Gilmore said.

He lives in an enclosed religious community and has had little opportunity to socialise with women of his own age. He tried to be a good Christian. He tried to provide support. Unfortunately he found himself having feelings for her that are inappropriate. And he doesn’t have the skills to understand this relationship was wrong.

Judge Tina Landale accused Simpson of exploiting the girl – but said in the end she had decided the community was better served by him receiving treatment rather than going to prison.
He was sentenced to a three year community order, with him having to go through a sexual  offenders rehabilitation programme.
He will also be subject to a curfew between the hours of 9pm and 7am every night for four months.
The judge told him:

You exploited her vulnerability. Despite being warned by her father to stay away you booked a hotel with the intention of having intercourse with her. The only thing that stopped that meeting was her father’s actions.
You sit here tearfully but the tears you cry are not tears of remorse for what you have done. It seems to me they are tears for yourself.

However she added:

The psychological report prepared for the court makes clear you are unable to understand that the relationship you pursued with this child was wrong and illegal, even though you were told in the clearest terms by her father.
I am persuaded, just, that you are capable of rehabilitation and that the best place for that to take place is in the community.
The only reason I’m not sending you to custody is that you are willing to accept treatment.

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  • Angela_K

    Another case of a criminal using the religious “stay out jail card” It seems rather clear that this man has the double handicap of religion and “learning difficulties” – he should still be locked up for a while though.

  • Lucy

    The defense was bullshit. If he was such a sheltered christian boy, how come he was able and willing to organise a sexual meet up in a hotel, knowing that her father objected etc?
    The sentence is likewise bullshit. I do not understand how, if he is still not accepting that the relationship was wrong, he is thought to be capable of change. And what evidence is there that the treatment programme is ever successful?

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    This pervert should have been sent to jail after getting raped over there all his so called religious Christian feelings and paedophile nature would have drained out of his system

  • fred tully

    He, his father and his priest should all be sent off to jail. His guardians are all remiss in there duty to educate this young fellow.

  • Broga

    I don’t think paedophiles can be “cured.”

  • andym

    Odd. It does appear that he could have a delusional fixation on this girl ,which might make treatment the more appropriate order. But I don’t know where his religious background fits in. Either he’s got an identifiable mental illness or he hasn’t.
    Anyone else thinking of Judge Cherie Blair?

  • gary

    Religion poisons everything. In this case the accused and the judge.

  • Marcus

    This man’s inability to realise his pursuance of an underage girl was wrong stemmed from his religious conditioning. That much was made clear by his barrister. Part of his sentence, therefore, should have been an order for his immediate removal from his religious environment, and a ban of his attending whatever church it was that contributed towards his offending.

  • Pocomouse

    If he can be reformed, great. It shouldn’t take place in the community where he can prey on another child or continue to be warped by the ultra religious environment he’s been living in. Send him to a closed secular ward and you might be able to cure two problems at once.

  • gedediah

    I doubt anyone commenting here has sufficient knowledge of the case or appropriate expertise to reach a fair conclusion. The courts do consider the facts and do call upon expertise. Some of the options expressed above are quite vile.

  • barriejohn

    @andym: I agree with your comment.
    Odd. It does appear that he could have a delusional fixation on this girl ,which might make treatment the more appropriate order. But I don’t know where his religious background fits in. Either he’s got an identifiable mental illness or he hasn’t.
    This whole case seems very confusing, but I sincerely hope that he hasn’t escaped prison just because he’s a “devout believer”.

  • Broga

    gedediah : I hope your confidence in the courts is justified. The mothers who were convicted by “experts” who said they had killed their babies when the babies death was not caused by the mother would not agree.

  • StephenJP

    Agree with andym and barriejohn: the media report seems incomplete. For someone living in an “enclosed religious community” he is savvy enough to book a hotel room, as Lucy points out, not to mention apparently owning a mobile and knowing how to send texts. The religious community is not named, and citing it in mitigation does seem like a convenient cop-out.
    Even without the complete picture, it is hard to believe that sending him to prison will do any good to anyone. It is worrying that he allegedlý still doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong; but with appropriate treatment he might be helped on to a different track.
    I would still like to know what the religious community is, and what it teaches its flock about relationships with the opposite sex.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @gedediah, wonder what your expert opinion might be had this pervert been stalking your daughter.

  • Asif Hameed

    Also it’s good to stay away from religion.

  • Brian Jordan

    That communnity can’t have been very closed, if it let him out to chase girls. I wonder if they had Buckfast shipped in by the barrel,too?

  • chrsbol

    @Stephen JP
    He lives very close to the Moravian church community. Just sayin.Makes for some interesting reading.
    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/property/hidden-village-tameside-home-old-13667748

  • barriejohn

    @chrsbol: I was at college in Warrington, and a close Christian friend of mine lived in Fairfield (I am still in touch with her). She and her family were Moravians, and they were fairly mainstream evangelical Christians, albeit with one or two odd customs. Fairfield isn’t the Community that it once was, and never was “closed” like some others (my friend and her family lived a little way distant), and it seems bizarre to me for people to attempt to portray these people living in the locality as a sort of Amish community. All of which makes me even more dubious about this guy’s defence!
    http://www.moravian.org.uk/index.php/uk-congregations-list-for-the-moravian-church/lancashire-district/fairfield

  • Brian Jordan

    Yes, I lived near Moravians for several years, and never noticed anything odd about them. OTOH one family had a cat who did a good impression of living in a tree!

  • andym

    I’ve had another read of this.
    “The psychological report prepared for the court makes clear you are unable to understand that the relationship you pursued with this child was wrong and illegal.”Sentencing judge.
    It was his defence that came up with the “sheltered religious upbringing” argument. We don’t know if that influenced the judge. It’s possible she made her decision based on just his psychological/psychiatric presentation.I wonder if the decision has anything to do with his inexperience with the opposite sex due to upbringing.
    As I said above, take religion out and it seems reasonable to treat rather than punish in this instance.