Man jailed after sex assaults on 15-year-old autistic boy in Orpington Walnuts Leisure Centre toilets

News Shopper: John Batholomew has been jailed for eight years. John Batholomew has been jailed for eight years.

A MAN who sexually abused a 15-year-old autistic boy in the Walnuts Leisure Centre toilets in Orpington has been jailed for eight years.

John Bartholomew, aged 50, from Upper Norwood, was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court today of rape and sexual assault.

The jury heard how Bartholomew approached his victim on October 9 last year in the swimming pool changing rooms.

The victim was asked by Bartholomew to follow him into his changing room - fearing for his safety, the victim agreed.

Once inside the changing room, Bartholomew sexually assaulted his victim.

The boy managed to escape from the changing room and alerted staff who called police.

Bartholomew was arrested as he left the leisure centre.

Detective Constable Ann Downes, from Sapphire, part of the Met's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, led the investigation.

She said: "Bartholomew preyed on this victim's vulnerability, manipulating the situation to isolate him and attack him.

"Bartholomew was found guilty by a jury and I welcome this conviction today. I hope it serves as a warning to others who may be tempted to pursue children in this way."

Detective Inspector Faye Churchyard, also of Sapphire, added: "Bartholomew is a dangerous man.

"It is likely that he stalked his victim over a period of time and then struck when he thought he would go undetected.

"The victim has found the courage to see his attacker convicted and I commend him and his family who have shown immense strength through what must be an incredibly difficult time.

"Bartholomew is now in prison and I would appeal to anybody else affected by this man's behaviour to come forward and speak to police - specially trained officers and partner agencies will support you."

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7:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

white rabbit9 says...

He couldn't control the reptile mind.
He couldn't control the reptile mind. white rabbit9

7:14pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Can't wait for the resident BNP sock puppets to chime in on this one.

Bartholomew you should be castrated.
Can't wait for the resident BNP sock puppets to chime in on this one. Bartholomew you should be castrated. Gypo.Joe

8:53pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Simon bald says...

nonce bashing ahoy in prison I hope
nonce bashing ahoy in prison I hope Simon bald

10:06am Thu 5 Dec 13

concerned.erith says...

I hope the inmates of where he is sent are reading this - give him a taste of his own medicine.
I hope the inmates of where he is sent are reading this - give him a taste of his own medicine. concerned.erith

10:24am Thu 5 Dec 13

the wall says...

Vile man.


Deport the nonce..... oh hang on he's an indigenous nonce. Sad thing is there are plenty indigenous nonces walking about. Most are BNP voters.
Vile man. Deport the nonce..... oh hang on he's an indigenous nonce. Sad thing is there are plenty indigenous nonces walking about. Most are BNP voters. the wall

2:47pm Tue 10 Dec 13

leefender says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Can't wait for the resident BNP sock puppets to chime in on this one. Bartholomew you should be castrated.
??????

Your obsession with BNP sockpuppets is getting beyond ridiculous now. I think you just type that out of habit now you pathetic little man.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for the resident BNP sock puppets to chime in on this one. Bartholomew you should be castrated.[/p][/quote]?????? Your obsession with BNP sockpuppets is getting beyond ridiculous now. I think you just type that out of habit now you pathetic little man. leefender

11:12am Wed 11 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

leefender wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Can't wait for the resident BNP sock puppets to chime in on this one. Bartholomew you should be castrated.
??????

Your obsession with BNP sockpuppets is getting beyond ridiculous now. I think you just type that out of habit now you pathetic little man.
Why what's it to you bellender ?
[quote][p][bold]leefender[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for the resident BNP sock puppets to chime in on this one. Bartholomew you should be castrated.[/p][/quote]?????? Your obsession with BNP sockpuppets is getting beyond ridiculous now. I think you just type that out of habit now you pathetic little man.[/p][/quote]Why what's it to you bellender ? Gypo.Joe

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