Brighton drag queen jailed for planning sex session

Brighton drag queen jailed for planning sex session

Brighton drag queen jailed for planning sex session

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A drag queen has been jailed after being caught by an online sting arranging to have sex with a father and his two children.

Robert Clothier, who was director of Brighton’s famous Alternative Panto, was arrested at a London train station with an Easter egg, a Lego toy, a box of chocolate flavoured glow-in-the-dark condoms and pink children's underwear from Primark.

The 37-year-old was caught while en route to what he thought was a liaison with a fellow paedophile and two children aged eight and 11.

Clothier, of Windlesham Road, Brighton, stepped down as Pride chairman in 2010 and was also director of the Alternative Panto for two years before quitting last year.

Former panto colleagues said the city’s gay community was still shocked by Clothier’s crimes for which he was jailed for 26 months yesterday at Southwark Crown Court.

Clothier, who goes by the stage name Lady James, confessed in a series of online chats last March to having “naughty thoughts” about his own nieces and nephews but had never acted upon them as he did not want to “hurt his family”.

He told the court he was “turned on” while purchasing the pink underwear and had chosen a particular set because it was “sexy”.

Prosecutor Mervyn Burton told the court how Clothier described being constantly aroused while thinking about the children and how he was excited and honoured to meet them, and hoped it would not be “just a one off”.

Officers found a string of child porn images, including 18 cartoon images of fathers abusing their sons, when they raided his Brighton home.

The Argus:

Alternative Panto founder Brian Ralfe: “I was completely and utterly in shock and everybody I have spoken to about him since could hardly believe it.

“I always thought he was a nice guy, he did good work for me and I always held him in high esteem.”

Gareth Morgan, defending Clothier, said he had a “troubled background” which led to him developing an interest in “liaisons with what he considers father figures”.

He said: “He has been candid from the outset and fully accepts his guilt.

His intentions lay towards ‘Mark’ and had he been faced with the children he very much doubts he would have done anything with them.”

Clothier admitted arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, making indecent images of children, distributing images of children and possessing prohibited images of children.

Judge Taylor ordered that Clothier’s computer should be forfeited and destroyed and he be made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his access to children under 16 and internet use.

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1:21pm Fri 2 Aug 13

Mel@cityclean says...

Hope he has a time of Hell, inside.
Hope he has a time of Hell, inside. Mel@cityclean
  • Score: 17

2:42pm Fri 2 Aug 13

wales1973 says...

Mel@cityclean wrote:
Hope he has a time of Hell, inside.
Filth !!!
[quote][p][bold]Mel@cityclean[/bold] wrote: Hope he has a time of Hell, inside.[/p][/quote]Filth !!! wales1973
  • Score: 16

2:45pm Fri 2 Aug 13

wales1973 says...

Sorry wasn't supposed to quote on your comment mel@cityclean, meant to put it under my name, I'll do it again !
Filth !!!
Sorry wasn't supposed to quote on your comment mel@cityclean, meant to put it under my name, I'll do it again ! Filth !!! wales1973
  • Score: 7

7:05pm Fri 2 Aug 13

power_ranger says...

I wonder if he went to jail in full drag?
I wonder if he went to jail in full drag? power_ranger
  • Score: 8

11:53pm Fri 2 Aug 13

julesgemini says...

I just can't believe this story I knew him from the Aquarium bar. I'm totally shocked by this!
I just can't believe this story I knew him from the Aquarium bar. I'm totally shocked by this! julesgemini
  • Score: -1

10:31am Sat 3 Aug 13

metamorphosis says...

I'm not homophobic but the men that indulge in full sex at the pride event including giving each other b j's in the tents, fills me with disgust and I'd like to see them arrested for gross obscenity. Would it be acceptable for couples to indulge in sex and give each other b j's at a manic street preachers concert. These people are depraved and many of them are from outside the area. This case just goes to prove how depraved they are
I'm not homophobic but the men that indulge in full sex at the pride event including giving each other b j's in the tents, fills me with disgust and I'd like to see them arrested for gross obscenity. Would it be acceptable for couples to indulge in sex and give each other b j's at a manic street preachers concert. These people are depraved and many of them are from outside the area. This case just goes to prove how depraved they are metamorphosis
  • Score: -7

2:33pm Sat 3 Aug 13

hubby says...

Time and time again we are told that gays are not a threat to children.
This sort of disproves that theory.
Time and time again we are told that gays are not a threat to children. This sort of disproves that theory. hubby
  • Score: -28

9:54pm Sat 3 Aug 13

jimthedoorman says...

hubby wrote:
Time and time again we are told that gays are not a threat to children.
This sort of disproves that theory.
Perhaps you'd like to tell me where you heard this "fact" that you've heard time and time again.
I'm certainly not sticking up for anyone convicted of a horrible crime like this, but straight people are an equal threat to children as much as gay people. Mainly because people can be cruel and some people just aren't well in the head when it comes to children.

Think about what you'd say to someone in real life before giving a sweeping generalisation from behind your keyboard next time.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: Time and time again we are told that gays are not a threat to children. This sort of disproves that theory.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you'd like to tell me where you heard this "fact" that you've heard time and time again. I'm certainly not sticking up for anyone convicted of a horrible crime like this, but straight people are an equal threat to children as much as gay people. Mainly because people can be cruel and some people just aren't well in the head when it comes to children. Think about what you'd say to someone in real life before giving a sweeping generalisation from behind your keyboard next time. jimthedoorman
  • Score: 20

2:50pm Sun 4 Aug 13

illuminati at the Grove says...

metamorphosis wrote:
I'm not homophobic but the men that indulge in full sex at the pride event including giving each other b j's in the tents, fills me with disgust and I'd like to see them arrested for gross obscenity. Would it be acceptable for couples to indulge in sex and give each other b j's at a manic street preachers concert. These people are depraved and many of them are from outside the area. This case just goes to prove how depraved they are
Top post.Plus 100% correct.They are depraved and thousands of good family people don't want this filthy pride thing in the city every year.
[quote][p][bold]metamorphosis[/bold] wrote: I'm not homophobic but the men that indulge in full sex at the pride event including giving each other b j's in the tents, fills me with disgust and I'd like to see them arrested for gross obscenity. Would it be acceptable for couples to indulge in sex and give each other b j's at a manic street preachers concert. These people are depraved and many of them are from outside the area. This case just goes to prove how depraved they are[/p][/quote]Top post.Plus 100% correct.They are depraved and thousands of good family people don't want this filthy pride thing in the city every year. illuminati at the Grove
  • Score: -14

2:52pm Sun 4 Aug 13

illuminati at the Grove says...

AlanPare wrote:
illuminati at the Grove wrote:
julesgemini wrote:
I just can't believe this story I knew him from the Aquarium bar. I'm totally shocked by this!
Why there will be thousands just like him in Brighton this weekend.As soon as that stupid pride thing is stopped the better.Most familys with young children don't wish to see such vile filth walking around the streets like that.
What a t**t you must be.
What vile filth you must be.
[quote][p][bold]AlanPare[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]illuminati at the Grove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]julesgemini[/bold] wrote: I just can't believe this story I knew him from the Aquarium bar. I'm totally shocked by this![/p][/quote]Why there will be thousands just like him in Brighton this weekend.As soon as that stupid pride thing is stopped the better.Most familys with young children don't wish to see such vile filth walking around the streets like that.[/p][/quote]What a t**t you must be.[/p][/quote]What vile filth you must be. illuminati at the Grove
  • Score: -13

7:01pm Sun 4 Aug 13

Wiggsy says...

illuminati at the Grove wrote:
AlanPare wrote:
illuminati at the Grove wrote:
julesgemini wrote:
I just can't believe this story I knew him from the Aquarium bar. I'm totally shocked by this!
Why there will be thousands just like him in Brighton this weekend.As soon as that stupid pride thing is stopped the better.Most familys with young children don't wish to see such vile filth walking around the streets like that.
What a t**t you must be.
What vile filth you must be.
Sorry, "thousands just like him"? Care to expand to actually make your post relevant to the article.
[quote][p][bold]illuminati at the Grove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanPare[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]illuminati at the Grove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]julesgemini[/bold] wrote: I just can't believe this story I knew him from the Aquarium bar. I'm totally shocked by this![/p][/quote]Why there will be thousands just like him in Brighton this weekend.As soon as that stupid pride thing is stopped the better.Most familys with young children don't wish to see such vile filth walking around the streets like that.[/p][/quote]What a t**t you must be.[/p][/quote]What vile filth you must be.[/p][/quote]Sorry, "thousands just like him"? Care to expand to actually make your post relevant to the article. Wiggsy
  • Score: 4

7:26pm Sun 4 Aug 13

NickBrt says...

I was in the park all afternoon yesterday and saw lots of people having a good time, i saw no men having sex with each other but did see a fair few mixed sex couples groping, kinda suggests we gays know how to behave where straights have yet to learn.
I was in the park all afternoon yesterday and saw lots of people having a good time, i saw no men having sex with each other but did see a fair few mixed sex couples groping, kinda suggests we gays know how to behave where straights have yet to learn. NickBrt
  • Score: 8

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