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Former royal butler jailed for six years for sexually abusing young boys

Royal Butler Paul Kidd (left) and David Hobday were
 jailed for sexually abusing young boys - Click to read more.
A former royal butler who sexually preyed on young boys - even taking one of his victims to tea with the Queen Mother - has been jailed for at least six years.
Paul Kidd, 55, had assaulted boys as young as 12 for over four decades and downloaded more than 18,000 images of children onto his computer.
The butler, who served both the Queen and the Queen Mother in the Seventies and Eighties, was described by a police as an "excellent groomer".
One victim, who he had been sexually abusing since the age of 14, he introduced to the Queen Mother during a Christmas party at Clarence House and described as a "friend".
Passing sentence at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said Kidd had had an overwhelming impact on his victims.
"You were someone who had influenced your victims to such an extent they were under your spell," he said. "They would do anything you asked them to do.
"I regard you as someone who is dangerous and presents a risk to all the young people you may come across."
Kidd, who was senior footman to the Queen Mother from 1979 to 1984 and worked as a butler to the Queen from 1977, admitted a string of offences dating from 1974 to 2006.
He pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault, six counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
He also confessed to 11 counts of making indecent images of a child and two counts of possessing indecent images of children.
Kidd, from Stalybridge in Greater Manchester, was caught after one of his victims read an interview he gave on the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, last August.
The victim, now in his 40s, said he had been indecently assaulted by Kidd at the butler's home in the early 1980s.
Kidd left the Royal household in 1985 because of a cancer scare and went on to become a candidate for the UK Independence Party.
He has since carved a career from his experiences, charging 4,000 a night for after-dinner speeches and providing "hilarious stories about his life and work with Britain's most famous family".
Judge Khokhar gave Kidd an indeterminate sentence and recommended that he remain in prison for at least six years for public protection until he could be considered for parole.
He also jailed 57-year-old David Hobday, from Dukinfield, for three years after he pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of possessing an indecent image of a child, namely a video recording.
Outside court, Detective Constable James Teggart from the Child Protection Unit based at Ashton, praised the courage of the victims and encouraged others who may have been abused to come forward.
He said: "The levels of abuse Kidd and Hobday subjected their victims to is nothing short of monstrous.
"The pair are sexual predators who have manipulated their victims and subjected them to the most horrific abuse time and again.
"The victims have had their childhoods taken away from them and will have to deal with what they've been put through for the rest of their lives.
"It takes courage to revisit incidents of this nature but victims can be reassured that GMP takes all reports very seriously and any incident of historic abuse will be fully investigated in a sensitive manner by specially trained police officers."

www.telegraph.co.uk (22-12-2008)
Caroline Gammell

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