Paedophile called Steven Gerrard claims he’s too fat to molest children
23-and-a-half stone sex offender makes bizarre appeal.
A 23-and-a-half stone sex offender has failed to convince top judges he was too fat and ill to be a child molester.
Steven Gerrard, 42, from Coventry , claimed his medical condition and obesity meant he could not possibly have preyed on a young boy.
The pervert, of Attoxhall Road, Wyken , said he was pressured into admitting two counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13.
But now three senior judges at the Court of Appeal in London have sent him packing, ruling he is stuck with his guilty pleas.
Gerrard received a three-year community order at Coventry Crown Court on July 12 2013 and was also handed a 15-year sexual offences prevention order.
Prosecutors said Gerrard placed a boy face down on a bed, lay on top of him and simulated sex. He later kissed the youngster on the neck.
Despite his guilty pleas, Gerrard challenged his convictions, pointing to fresh medical evidence.
Insisting the boy’s accusations had been made up to seek compensation, he claimed he had been pressured into admitting his crimes.
His weight and medical condition, including diabetes, would have made it impossible for him to do what he was accused of doing, he argued.
His 23-and-a-half stone bulk meant he ‘could not have been on top of the complainant for five minutes’ without injuring the boy.
But Gerrard’s trial barrister stated that he pleaded guilty of his ‘own free will’ and was not ‘pushed or pressurised to do so’.
His trial solicitor also told the court in a statement that Gerrard had ‘pleaded guilty of his own volition’.
Judge Eleri Rees told Gerrard: “You pleaded guilty and there is no valid reason why you should be permitted to go behind that position.
“Whatever your weight and medical condition you cannot say it would be impossible for you to commit the offence.”
“Your application lacks merit,” added the appeal judge, who was sitting with Mr Justice Gilbart.
The application for permission to appeal was rejected.