A man who 18 years ago was described as a “career paedophile” has been sentenced to 16 months in jail after fresh allegations came to light.
Roy Reynolds, now 68, was jailed for life in 1999 after he was convicted for his part in a vice ring involving boys as young as 11.
At the time, Judge Paul Downes told Reynolds he must serve six years before being considered for parole, and Det Insp Paul Howard said: “He is a career paedophile. It is in everybody’s interest that he is no longer free.”
But Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday how he ended up spending 16 years in custody after putting himself forward for a long-term rehabilitation scheme.
Reynolds, of Thistleton Court, Blakeney, was brought back before the court for a further 20 offences committed against eight boys between 1970 and 1994.
Prosecutor Mark Roochove said: “What happened was [one of the victims], as he grew up, offended himself and attended a sex offenders programme.
“When he was released from prison he contacted the police and informed them he would like to make a complaint about Mr Reynolds.
“The police began investigations and a variety of other complainants came forward or were contacted.”
He said two of the complainants were contacted during the investigation in 1999 but “at the time they were not interested in making any sort of complaint”.
Mr Roochove detailed the offences, which included indecent assaults, gross indecency and other serious sexual offences, some of which were committed against boys as young as nine years old.
The situations often involved grooming, alcohol and cannabis use. More than once Reynolds would let the boys drive his car and then abuse them.
Mr Roochove said how on one occasion a victim was taken to the cinema, another time a different victim was taken to the amusement arcades in Clacton.
Both boys were then sexually assaulted by Reynolds, who pleaded guilty to the offences in February last year.
Mitigating, Michael Clare said Reynolds was no longer considered a risk. He said: “The parole board have not recalled him. He has not offended for 20 years – he has now approached it in a different way.
“He asked for help when he was serving his sentence, he helped with evidence in a case involving the murder of a young boy.
“He is a model ex-prisoner.”
Mr Clare also said that even if the offences had been known at the time of the 1999 trial, Reynolds would not have served longer than he already had.
Mr Clare said he served 16 years, including two years in remand.
“Not because of any misbehaviour but he asked to be sent to HMP Grendon, which specialises in courses for sex offenders, that’s why it took so long,” he said.
“He was in Grendon for a little over five years then transferred to an open prison. He had effectively a 24-hour pass and was officially released in 2013.”
Reynolds has been wearing an electronic tag for the past 556 days, since the fresh allegations were made.
He said Reynolds was also asking for a further 22 similar offences to be taken into account so he could put it all behind him.
He added: “It would be wrong to put him back inside, especially as the system has worked, it would make a mockery of the entire system.
“I’m not ignoring the plight of the victims but this case is unique in that all that can be achieved in terms of rehabilitation has been achieved.”
Sentencing him, Judge Stephen Holt said: “All these offences took place before your sentence in 1999 but they were not looked at then because the courts did not know about them,
“I have handwritten victim impact statements and I have now had a chance to read them all. They make extremely distressing reading. The effect this has on young children lives with them for the rest of their lives.”
But he called the case an “extremely difficult sentencing exercise” as Reynolds was no longer considered dangerous and said his judgement reflected the “uniqueness of this case”.
He said he recognised Reynolds was no longer considered dangerous, that he chose to go to Grendon and reports presented to him showed he had worked hard at rehabilitation.
Judge Holt sentenced Reynolds to 16 months on all counts, to run concurrently, and Reynolds will remain on licence for life.
Man used café to meet his victims in a long history of abuse
The 28-year history of Roy Reynold’s child abuse shocked Norwich when it came to light.
Reynolds used his business, Roy’s Cafe in Ber Street, to meet young boys and admitted 10 offences of indecent assault and two serious sexual offences involving four boys 18 years
At the time Judge Paul Downes said psychiatric reports revealed Reynolds preferred young boys of 13 rather than adults for sex.
He said: “You must not be released until such time it is clear that the long-term treatment has been successful and you are no longer a danger.”
The court heard how Reynolds also used to drive his victims to the home of another paedophile where they were paid and shown pornographic video films before being sexually abused.
It came to an end when one victim told his mother and police and social services investigated.
Reynolds’ cafe was targeted by vandals who scrawled “paedophile pantry” across the boarded up windows, but it was later sold.