PC [ John Bates ] Accuses CID Chief
Policeman John Bates has accused the head of Lincolnshire CID and another senior officer of masterminding a conspiracy against him.
He has alleged that Detective Chief Superintendent Ray Moyses and Detective Chief Inspector Bob Warner plotted with boys he is accused of assaulting.
Lincolnshire Free Press, Tuesday July 12, 1983
In the witness box of Nottingham Crown Court, Bates accused three of the boys of making the original allegations and claimed investigating officers put words into the mouths of the eight other young complainants. He accused them of perjury.
Bates (35), of 75C Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, has denied 11 offences of indecently assaulting boys and four of committing serious sexual offences with boys.
Bates, a Spalding parish church choir member and town scout leader, told the jury: “I don’t know why they are doing this – perhaps to cover something else up in the force.
“I wish I knew why this was happening to me. I have tried to think of the reasons for the past 13 months. I have been good to everyone in my life, as far as I know.
“I have taken the oath and I am telling the truth,” he said.
Mr Desmond Fennell QC, prosecuting, asked Bates if he was suggesting an exhibit was a plant when he said he had never before seen pornographic pictures he was asked to look at.
Mr Fennell said the pornographic material had been seized by officers from Bates’ flat but he denied ever having the pictures and said they were not included in the collection of books and magazines he was asked to identify as his property when he was seen at Spalding police station.
Mr Fennell asked Bates why Mr Moyses and Mr Warner would want to “conspire on a grand scale” against a serving officer in their own police force.
Bates agreed with Mr Fennell when he said the masterminds behind the conspiracy must have been very careful to put together the script, rehearse the actors and make sure the plot was accurate.
And Mr Fennell described as “a preposterous suggestion” the theory advanced by Bates that one of the complainants – a choirboy – was jealous because Bates had other friends and harboured that grudge for five years.
Bates has been alleged to have shown the boys pornographic magazines and blue films.
He told how some of the pornographic books taken from his flat had been given to him by the father of one of the boys. He said the other magazines came from another policeman’s locker at Holbeach police station.
He emphatically denied dozens of allegations of sex with the boys and said he never showed them any pornographic material.
Bates said the three boys who made the original allegations were trying to get back at him after he had to tell them off.
A girl spent the night in their tent on a scout camp and Bates found out about it. The boys denied it had happened before admitting to Bates that the girl had slept the night in their tent.
He told the court: “I was very upset about it. They were supposed to be looking after younger boys – they were in a position of responsibility. A scout is taught to be trusted and always tell the truth.” He added: “They decided to get back at me like this and it went too far. They could not go back on the allegations they made.”
When Bates finished his evidence on Friday, he had (to page 2) spent six and a quarter hours in the witness box.
Fellow scout master Mr John Malcolm Brown of 66a Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, told the court on Friday that he would neither approve nor disapprove of Bates showing boys sex magazines.
When asked by Mr Desmond Fennell how old boys should be before having the opportunity to see sex magazines, Mr Brown replied: “I would expect the young people to be anywhere from the age of 10 to 12 upwards.”
His answer sparked off an angry question from the Judge, the Hon Mr Justice Park, who said: “We are talking about scoutmasters showing boys pornographic magazines – now just direct your mind to that question. Do you approve or disapprove?”
Mr Brown, who has twin sons aged 19, said he would neither approve or disapprove, because it was up to the individual whether he wanted to show the books to other people.
Mr Brown was shown copies of sex magazines found in Bates’ flat, and admitted some were not the usual “girlie” magazines found on most newsagents’ shelves. Mr Brown said he did not know Bates had books of that type.
Earlier in the day Bates, cross-examined by Mr Fennell, said he had looked at the blue films and sex magazines for a laugh.
“Once you have seen one, you have seen them all,” he said. “They are a giggle.”
He claimed that five boys mentioned in the charges had made up their allegations for various reasons, and insisted that he had never touched any of them sexually, only in a fatherly way by putting his arm round their shoulders.
Mr Gerald Williams Henigan, of the Eastern counties Investigations Agency, Peterborough, said he visited newsagents in Spalding, Peterborough and Long Sutton.
He found a magazine called “Impact” on sale in the Long Sutton shop, and one called “Cockade” was on sale there and at a store in Peterborough.
Evidence was also heard from Mr Andrew Brown, a Lincoln solicitor, who took notes of Bates’ interview with Det Chief Supt Moyses and Det Chief Insp Warner.
The notes he took were slightly different in wording sometimes to those of DCI Warner, but the evidence in them was substantially the same.
The trial was adjourned at lunchtime on Friday for summing-up to begin yesterday (Monday) morning.
Reproduced with kind permission of the Lincolnshire Free Press. Tuesday July 12, 1983