On 4th September 2013 two men appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court on charges relating to Scotland Yard’s ‘Operation Fernbridge’.
John Stingemore, 71, of Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex who used to run Grafton Close home in the London borough of Richmond, south-west London, is charged with eight counts of indecent assault, two charges of taking indecent images of a child and one of conspiracy to commit buggery, the other person involved is unknown.
The Roman Catholic Priest, Tony McSweeney, 66, of Old Brighton Road North, Pease Pottage, West Sussex is charged with three counts of indecent assault, three of making indecent images of a child and one for possessing indecent images of a child.
Police say the charges relate to seven victims who were aged between nine and 15 when the offences occurred during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
The pair will be in Southwark crown court on 18th September for a further remand hearing. Part of the bail conditions set by Judge Emma Arbuthnot was that they could not have unsupervised access to a child or children under the age of 16. They are also not to have contact, or try to make contact, with each other. Another condition to McSweeney’s bail is that he is not allowed access to the internet.
Another man linked to the ‘Operation Fernbridge’ investigation is, Haroon Kasir (known as Harry), 69, the former co-manager of the Elm Guest House in Richmond. He was arrested and is on bail without charge until the end of this month. Police suspect he was involved in a VIP pedophile ring that was based in south-west London and that he possessed indecent images of children.