The grisly who’s who of Somerset’s vilest criminals and paedophiles.
They are every parent’s worst nightmare – the people who prey on children.
According to research by the NSPCC, 1 in 20 children in the UK are sexually abused, with one in three abuse victims never telling anyone about their ordeal and 90 per cent of abuse being carried out by someone the child knows.
Here, we look at some of the people who did not get away with their appalling crimes – the faces of evil who were caught thanks to the bravery of their victims, who with the support of their families and the police, had the strength to bring them to justice.
These are Somerset’s faces of evil.
If you are, or have been, a victim of sexual abuse, see the end of this story for information on how to get help.
Kristopher Jane, from Keynsham is currently serving a 26 year sentence for abusing a young girl.
He was filmed sexually assaulting a toddler by a 17-year-old girl from Wisbech, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
When he was arrested by police, they discovered thousands of images and films featuring indecent images of children.
The majority of these images, specifically 1,332, were graded by specialist officers as category A; the most severe. 435 were category B and 558 category C.
It also transpired that between 2012 and 2014 Jane had been sexually abusing a teenage girl.
The 17-year-old girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was sentenced for assaulting a child under the age of 13 by penetration and taking and distributing indecent photographs of a child under the age of 18.
Dr Peter Cooper, a 95-year-old retired GP from Minehead is serving a four year stretch after he admitted abusing a six-year-old girl.
Dr Peter Cooper.
The former Army officer with a 40-year career as a family doctor, made “perverted attempts” to sexually arouse the innocent child over “a significant period of time” who was inhibited by his position in the community.
Andrew Margetts from Bridgwater is serving a 25 year sentence after he was found guilty of sexually abusing three children hundreds of times over 10 years.
He was found guilty of 23 different sexual offences, dated between 1995 and 2005, including indecent assault, sexual activity with a child, false imprisonment, rape and inciting a child to engage in sexual activities.
His victims were two girls and a boy, who were aged between six and 11 at the time.
Kevin Ford from Bridgwater was jailed for 16 years after targeting a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl while he was being investigated for filming himself carrying out the serious sexual abuse of a four-year-old girl.
Police also found more than 4,400 images and movies of children on multiple phones, tablets and laptops belonging to him.
His victims were all female and aged four, 12 and 15 years old.
As well as his jail term, Ford is the subject of three restraining orders, which will prevent him from entering the town of Bridgwater when he is released.
Tony Lock, from Bridgwater, was jailed for 26 years and nine months after being found guilty of abusing three young girls over a 12-year period.
He was found guilty of 18 counts of sexually abusing three girls aged between 10 and 17, following a trial at Taunton Crown Court.
He was convicted eight counts of rape and one count of perverting the course of justice. The offences mainly took place in the Minehead and Bridgwater areas.
Glyn Davies, a Bridgwater drama teacher who set up schools with a range of fake names is serving a nine year jail term.
The 71-year-old was sentenced after pleading guilty to indecent assaults on boys aged under 14.
Detectives from the Met Police launched an investigation after two men reported being assaulted in the 1980s by a private drama teacher.
He was later charged with two multiple counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14.
He was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court to nine years in prison and he will remain on the sex offenders register for life.
Stephen Amos from Taunton is a member of a paedophile gang who abused children over five decades.
The predators raped and molested seven girls and two boys – some as young as five – in a ‘morass’ of offending spanning from the late 1970s to 2012 that often went unreported, and one victim claimed was as regular as ‘washing up.’
Amos, of Taunton, was convicted of four rapes, one indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child and is currently serving 18 years in jail.
Bridgwater man Mark Lester was jailed for life in July 2016 after being convicted of 51 offences including rape and sexual assault.
The 60-year-old was originally arrested after breaking into a house in Bridgwater in January 2015, threatening the two occupants at knife-point, tying them up and sexually assaulting one.
Following his arrest Lester was investigated over a number of non-related historic sexual crimes against five victims.
He was convicted of five counts of rape on a child and a further 42 counts of gross indecency on a child, sexual assault on a child, incitement to cause a child to commit sexual activity and making/taking indecent images of children.
Two perverts who groomed and sexually abused a vulnerable child before introducing the victim to another paedophile who also abused her.
Grandfather Andrew Davies of Duke Street, Taunton, who won the 14-year-old’s trust through “drinks, cigarettes, money, kindness and attention”, was jailed for seven years after being found guilty of four charges at Taunton Crown Court.
Andrew Davies (left) and Colin Pearce
His co-abuser Colin Pearce of Calway Road, Taunton, was sent down for four years for three counts, which were considered less serious as the judge concluded he had been “led on” by Davies.
Teacher Stephen Boobyer of of Creech St Michael, was jailed for five years after admitting he had groomed a pupil at his school.
In addition to the jail sentence, he will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and was given a life-long Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
Boobyer, who taught at a school in the Taunton Deane area sent his victim a series of inappropriate emails over the course of four months, with the sole aim of engaging in sexual activity with her.
Despite being interviewed and released on bail, Boobyer continued to set up private email accounts in order to contact the victim, as well as other teenagers.
Peter Kingdon from Yeovil carried out sickening attacks on the girls over a period of 20 years and raped a 10-year-old while on police bail for historic sexual offences.
He has been jailed for 22 years after admitting two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of indecency with a child and two of indecent assault.
He also admitted two charges of rape of a child under the age of 13.
The court heard he had beat one of his victims and hit her with a riding crop before going on to sexually assault her from the age of seven.
He was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the rest of his life, and will remain on the sex offenders register until the day he dies.
A paedophile pensioner who groped one woman and sexually abused her 10-year-old daughter is serving a five-year prison sentence.
Brian Younghusband from Yeovil admitted one charge of penetrative sexual assault on a child under the age of 13, one of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13, one of sexual assault and one of common assault.
For the first charge, Younghusband was sentenced to five years in prison, with the judge handing down three years for the sexual assaults, and four months for the common assault to run concurrently.
Peter Carl Martin from Bridgwater was found guilty of 16 counts of non-recent sexual offences against children.
He is serving a 15 year sentence in jail.
All the offences took place on girls in the Bridgwater area between 1972 and 1985.
A child abuser who made his victim’s life a “pure hell” was jailed for 21 years.
Clive Seaman of Taunton, was jailed after being found guilty of than counts of sexual abuse.
The assaults happened in the 1980s and included three that would now be classed as rape of a child.
Seaman started grooming the girl when she was 10 and the sexual abuse began when she was 11.
Leonard Cook of Bridgwater was jailed for 20 years after being convicted of 16 sexual offences against children as young as five-years-old.
It took Taunton Crown Court’s legal advisor over half an hour to read through all the charges, which relate to several different girls, who were all between the age of five and 11. They included nine counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.
He will have to serve a minimum of 14 years before he is eligible for parole.
The offences relate to eight victims who were all under 13 and Cook’s offending spanned from 1990 to 2015.
Neil Burns from Wellington is serving 17 years for raping and sexually assaulting the three children of a woman he befriended within months of being freed from prison for a previous sexual offence.
He was found guilty of seven counts of rape, four of sexual assault and two of assault by penetration.
Judge David Ticehurst jailed Burns for 17 years for the rapes, with an extended licence of four years, six years (concurrent) for the sexual assaults and ten years (concurrent) for the assaults by penetration.
He will also be subject to a sexual harm provision order and must sign the sexual offenders’ register for life.
If you or someone you know has experienced rape or sexual violence or abuse, there is help available.
SARSAS provides support to people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, B&NES, North Somerset and Somerset, who have experienced rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.
Women and girls – call 0808 801 0456
Men and boys- call 0808 801 0464
Rape Crisis (England and Wales) run a national Freephone helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12–12.30 pm, 7pm–9.30pm every day, plus 3pm–5.30pm weekdays)
email@example.com or visit
Mankind Provides one-to-one counselling, therapeutic groups and couple counselling to men (age 18+) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives.
You can contact them on 01273 911 680 or at