Derek Duffy – formerly of Boothtown, Halifax

Sex monster jailed for abusing boy

​September 2014

A ‘persistent and determined’ paedophile has been jailed for over seven years for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.

Derek Duffy, 49, formerly of Boothtown, Halifax, pleaded guilty to three sexual offences, including sexual abuse and two breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Bradford Crown Court heard how police found the victim hiding down the side of a bed in Duffy’s attic dressed only in his boxer shorts in October last year.

Prosecutor Michael Smith told the court that police visited Duffy’s house six weeks after he was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and found a TV set which had been connected to the internet in breach of the court order.

A noise was heard from an upper floor of the house and officers found the victim hiding in the attic.

Mr Smith told the court that when interviewed by police, the victim initially denied that Duffy had abused him.

Forensic examination of the victim’s boxer shorts however showed that the boy had been abused by Duffy.

The victim later told police that he had stayed over at Duffy’s house on three separate occasions.

On the day the victim was found in Duffy’s attic he said he had been smoking cannabis and did not want to perform the acts and felt pressurised into doing so by Duffy.

Duffy initially denied the charges, and only admitted to the offences when presented with the forensic evidence.

Mr Smith outlined a string of sexual offences committed by Duffy dating back 17 years, including the sexual assault of a boy under 14, showing pornography to children and possessing indecent images of children.

In 2007, Duffy was cleared of sexually abusing three other schoolboys

A victim statement read to the court said the abuse had caused the victim “real psychological and emotional harm” that had affected his health and schooling.

Judge John Potter told Duffy: “You have been involved in what society rightly views as quite sickening behaviour for at least 17 years.

“The time has come to impose upon you a sentence of such length it is hoped some rehabilitation work can be achieved.”

The judge sentenced Duffy to a total of seven years and seven months in prison and ordered that he remain on a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for life.

Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Craig Lord, of the Calderdale Safeguarding Unit, praised the work of Detective Constables Katy Butler and Jon Walker, as well as police partners, in bringing Duffy to justice.

“I want to send a clear message out to anyone involved in child sexual exploitation that we will rigorously pursue them and bring them to justice,” he added.

February 2010

Denholme man remanded in custody

A sex offender who served a jail term for possessing indecent photographs breached a prevention order by being in possession of computer memory sticks, magistrates were told today.

Derek Duffy had the two sticks on a keyring when he was being interviewed by his probation officer on January 22 in Keighley.

The 44-year-old, of New Road, Denholme, pleaded guilty at court inBingley to breaking the sex-offender order.

He was on licence at the time of the offence and was immediately recalled to prison from where he appeared in court today.

Duffy received an 18-month prison sentence in July 2007 and had been the subject of a Sex Offencers Prevention Order.

Mark Steeples, prosecuting, said the memory sticks were discovered on the keyring. Duffy claimed they were on the keyring of the car which he had borrowed from his son.

The bench was told that it was a genuine mistake and he was unaware the sticks were there until he dropped the keyring.

Duffy was remanded in custody until March 9 for pre-sentence reports to be compiled.

August 2007
Child-abuse images pervert is locked up

A HALIFAX paedophile has been jailed for 18 months for having more than 2,700 indecent images of boys on his computer.

Derek Duffy, 42, was convicted of 13 offences of possessing indecent photographs of children after a four-day trial last month.

On release, he will be subject to a three and a half year extended licence and a sexual offences prevention order was made to stop him being alone with children.

At Bradford Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC branded Duffy’s activities as “sordid.”

He told him: “You have an intense and unshakeable interest in the company of under 16-year-old boys.”

Duffy, of Highlands Lane, Halifax, was cleared of sexually abusing three schoolboys, now aged 21, 17 and 16.

He was acquitted of indecent assault, indecency with a child, sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The jury was directed to return a not guilty verdict on a further charge of indecency with a child.

The court heard that Duffy, a sheet-metal worker, had two previous convictions for sex offences.

The first was when he showed an adult porn film to two boys, the second for indecently assaulting a boy under 14. 

James Ward, for Duffy, said he did not accept his guilt and was adamant the three boys downloaded the porn.

He said the boys had been put up to making the allegations by his former gay lover. The boys claimed they were groomed by Duffy, who gave them cash and cigarettes.

Detective Constable Brian Burke, the investigating officer, received a commendation from Judge Durham Hall.

The sentence was welcomed by Detective Sergeant Gary Stephenson, who said: “It reflects the serious nature of the offences.”

The first offence relates to showing adult porn to two young boys when he was living in Scotland in the 1990s and the second is for sexually assaulting a boy under the age of 14.

He told the court that the father of one of the boys in this case had put them up to lying to the police about the abuse.

He admitted that he and the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been lovers.

They fell out three or four years ago over a car and Duffy claims since then, his ex-boyfriend had spread rumours about him being a paedophile.

Duffy told the court the man, who he said collected Nazi memorabilia, was now homophobic and said his views were akin to that of Hitler’s.


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