Falmouth pagan paedo pair's victims honoured for 'real courage and inner strength'

Falmouth Detective Constable Rick Milburn was praised alongside colleagues DC Sarah Brown and PC Rich McSweeney

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An officer honoured for his part in uncovering a pagan paedophile ring has paid tribute to the “real courage and inner strength” of the perverts' victims.

Falmouth Detective Constable Rick Milburn was praised alongside colleagues DC Sarah Brown and PC Rich McSweeney, both based out of Camborne, at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly police commander's awards.

The trio helped bring to justice Peter Petrauske, aged 73, and Jack Kemp, aged 69, who were jailed for a combined total of 32 years at Truro Crown Court in December.

The paedo pair were found guilty of “ritualistic, sickening abuse” in the Falmouth area, where victims as young as three were violated during the 1970s and 1980s, the court heard.

DC Milburn said that, while he was grateful of the recognition, “real praise should be levelled towards the victims” who showed “real courage and inner strength” during the lengthy investigation.

“I sincerely hope they are able to continue rebuilding their lives,” he said.

The detective requested that he was posted to Operation Margate, as the investigation was known, after it began in July 2011.

He was cited for his handling of the “extremely complex and difficult” case, where he “calmly managed the very many twists and turns throughout” and was praised for “meticulously” planning the arrest and interview phase.

Meetings with the general public and briefings prepared for his fellow officers by DC Milburn not only helped to quell local outrage at the case but also led to further witnesses coming forward.

PC McSweeney and DC Brown, meanwhile, were appointed as sexual offence liaison officers and helped the officer in charge to focus on collaring Petrauske and Kemp by gaining the trust of the victims and preparing them for court.

Police commander for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Superintendent Julie Fielding, commended “a truly outstanding investigation dealt with by DC Milburn with commitment, passion and lateral thinking, despite many barriers being put in his way.”

“The victims are relieved and grateful that after over 20 years they have been taken seriously and have finally secured justice,” she said at the awards ceremony in Bodmin earlier this month.

“After a difficult, high profile, three week trial the two defendants were sentenced to 14 years and 18 years in prison. I have pleasure in awarding DC Milburn, DC Brown and PC McSweeney a commander's certificate.”

After expressing his gratitude DC Milburn said he hoped other victims of any form of sexual abuse would feel confident in speaking to the police “when ready”.

“Knowing that we will listen, we will support and we will fully investigate their complaints,” he said.

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9:23am Thu 18 Apr 13

Wave says...

Who wrote this article using their own words like pervert and peado pair and pagan paedophiles.
Sounds like they are having a laugh.
The criminal offence is sexual abuse.
Other terms are uninformed subjective drivel.
Who wrote this article using their own words like pervert and peado pair and pagan paedophiles. Sounds like they are having a laugh. The criminal offence is sexual abuse. Other terms are uninformed subjective drivel. Wave
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9:59am Thu 18 Apr 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Have to agree, it's very unprofessional and sensationalist.

Whether they're self-appointed 'pagans' or have infiltrated some official church or got a job at a school or youth club in order to facilitate their offences, they are guilty of sexual abuse and should be dealt with accordingly.
Have to agree, it's very unprofessional and sensationalist. Whether they're self-appointed 'pagans' or have infiltrated some official church or got a job at a school or youth club in order to facilitate their offences, they are guilty of sexual abuse and should be dealt with accordingly. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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10:02am Thu 18 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Well done to all the officers involved. Any sexual offence is intolerable but in my view it always seems more abhorrent when it is an offence by paedophiles.
Well done to all the officers involved. Any sexual offence is intolerable but in my view it always seems more abhorrent when it is an offence by paedophiles. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:06am Thu 18 Apr 13

meerkats says...

Well done to the victims for their courage and the Officers involved in the case.
Well done to the victims for their courage and the Officers involved in the case. meerkats
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10:13am Thu 18 Apr 13

Wave says...

Gill do you mean when paedophile abuses an adult or a child?
A child can also be sexually abused by a paedophile or a non-paedophile.
The term is not helpful.
Charities such as NSPCC that deal with sexual abuse of children say the term paedophile should not be used.
Gill do you mean when paedophile abuses an adult or a child? A child can also be sexually abused by a paedophile or a non-paedophile. The term is not helpful. Charities such as NSPCC that deal with sexual abuse of children say the term paedophile should not be used. Wave
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10:26am Thu 18 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

My understanding of the word paedophile is someone who is sexually attracted to children, that is additionally my dictionary's definition, therefore I would have thought a paedophile is less likely to sexually assault an adult. Obviously I am referring to a paedophile assaulting a child as my comment was based on the above relevant article, if you wish to pick fault with someone's comments then I suggest you look elsewhere in future for a reaction or reply.
My understanding of the word paedophile is someone who is sexually attracted to children, that is additionally my dictionary's definition, therefore I would have thought a paedophile is less likely to sexually assault an adult. Obviously I am referring to a paedophile assaulting a child as my comment was based on the above relevant article, if you wish to pick fault with someone's comments then I suggest you look elsewhere in future for a reaction or reply. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:32am Thu 18 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Incidentally perhaps we should stop using the word paediatricians then for child health workers.
Incidentally perhaps we should stop using the word paediatricians then for child health workers. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:33am Thu 18 Apr 13

Lanty Slee says...

Wave wrote:
Who wrote this article using their own words like pervert and peado pair and pagan paedophiles. Sounds like they are having a laugh. The criminal offence is sexual abuse. Other terms are uninformed subjective drivel.
I'm sorry Wave, but you're talking nonsense.

A paedophile is defined as an adult who is sexually attracted to children.

A pervert is defined as a person whose sexual behaviour is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable.

These are perfectly reasonable terms to describe these two monsters.

In fact, they deserve much worse.
[quote][p][bold]Wave[/bold] wrote: Who wrote this article using their own words like pervert and peado pair and pagan paedophiles. Sounds like they are having a laugh. The criminal offence is sexual abuse. Other terms are uninformed subjective drivel.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry Wave, but you're talking nonsense. A paedophile is defined as an adult who is sexually attracted to children. A pervert is defined as a person whose sexual behaviour is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable. These are perfectly reasonable terms to describe these two monsters. In fact, they deserve much worse. Lanty Slee
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4:40pm Thu 18 Apr 13

meerkats says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
My understanding of the word paedophile is someone who is sexually attracted to children, that is additionally my dictionary's definition, therefore I would have thought a paedophile is less likely to sexually assault an adult. Obviously I am referring to a paedophile assaulting a child as my comment was based on the above relevant article, if you wish to pick fault with someone's comments then I suggest you look elsewhere in future for a reaction or reply.
Gill you shouldnt have to give Wave an explanation of your previous comment it explained your view perfectly.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: My understanding of the word paedophile is someone who is sexually attracted to children, that is additionally my dictionary's definition, therefore I would have thought a paedophile is less likely to sexually assault an adult. Obviously I am referring to a paedophile assaulting a child as my comment was based on the above relevant article, if you wish to pick fault with someone's comments then I suggest you look elsewhere in future for a reaction or reply.[/p][/quote]Gill you shouldnt have to give Wave an explanation of your previous comment it explained your view perfectly. meerkats
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5:04pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Thanks meerkats.
Thanks meerkats. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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5:34pm Thu 18 Apr 13

meerkats says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Thanks meerkats.
You are welcome, as i have said many times before ,i always enjoy reading your comments and find them very interesting. ,never rude or insulting.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: Thanks meerkats.[/p][/quote]You are welcome, as i have said many times before ,i always enjoy reading your comments and find them very interesting. ,never rude or insulting. meerkats
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7:10pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Wave says...

It's the comments that make me sick.
It's the comments that make me sick. Wave
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7:18pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Lanty Slee says...

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
Have to agree, it's very unprofessional and sensationalist.

Whether they're self-appointed 'pagans' or have infiltrated some official church or got a job at a school or youth club in order to facilitate their offences, they are guilty of sexual abuse and should be dealt with accordingly.
LBFS have you read the court report from December?

The judge himself described these degenerates as "two of the surviving members of a paedophile ring" and they were both said to be pagans.

They interfered with a three year old, for god's sake.

Call it sensationalist if you must, but I think this is highly accurate reporting of the actions of those two despicable, abhorrent lowlifes.

I hope they rot in jail - and that their fellow inmates give them what they deserve.

All credit to the officers involved. It must have been a terrible case to cover.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Have to agree, it's very unprofessional and sensationalist. Whether they're self-appointed 'pagans' or have infiltrated some official church or got a job at a school or youth club in order to facilitate their offences, they are guilty of sexual abuse and should be dealt with accordingly.[/p][/quote]LBFS have you read the court report from December? The judge himself described these degenerates as "two of the surviving members of a paedophile ring" and they were both said to be pagans. They interfered with a three year old, for god's sake. Call it sensationalist if you must, but I think this is highly accurate reporting of the actions of those two despicable, abhorrent lowlifes. I hope they rot in jail - and that their fellow inmates give them what they deserve. All credit to the officers involved. It must have been a terrible case to cover. Lanty Slee
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3:49pm Fri 19 Apr 13

meerkats says...

Wave wrote:
It's the comments that make me sick.
Its this news article that makes me sick.They are despicable human beings.
[quote][p][bold]Wave[/bold] wrote: It's the comments that make me sick.[/p][/quote]Its this news article that makes me sick.They are despicable human beings. meerkats
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