April 21, 2012
Croydon circumcision campaigner caught with child porn videosTHE head of a pro-circumcision group who used to run a children's computer club was caught with a hoard of child porn.
Vernon Quaintance, from Upper Norwood, has avoided a jail term – despite having three video cassettes with nine-hours' worth of clips showing boys as young as 11 engaging in sex acts.
The 68-year-old is the head of the Gilgal Society, a group dedicated to promoting male circumcision.
The Old Bailey heard how police raided Quaintance's home in Henley Gardens, Upper Norwood, on April 11 last year after receiving a tip-off.
The movies seized included graphic footage of child abuse ranked at the second-highest level of severity.
Prosecuting, Frances Janusz said: "Of the five tapes seized, three were found to contain indecent images. They comprise a total of seven to nine hours.
"The children were estimated to be between 11 and 16 years old."
Robert Girling, defending, said the video tapes had been found in a box in Quaintance's office and featured films from the late 70s and early 80s.
Mr Girling told the court: "He accepts that he acquired it and it was material that he looked [at,] at the time. But 'at the time' is approaching 40 years ago.
"It was recovered from a box in his office and it was a box that he had not looked into for years and years."
Quaintance, who the court was told had been celibate for his entire life, admitted three counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child.
The retired telephone engineer was handed a 40-week jail term, suspended for two years, ordered to complete a sexual offenders rehabilitation course, and told to pay £300 costs.
According to an online profile, Quaintance is a former chairman of Croydon Computer Club, who also started a free computer group for children.
Sentencing him on Tuesday, judge Nicholas-Loraine Smith told him: "You said you had watched the videos but claimed to have got no sexual enjoyments.
"I'm afraid I very much doubt that since you retained them."
But he said Quaintance's willingness to address his problems meant he could suspend his prison sentence.
Residents in Henley Gardens, where Quaintance is known as the respected head of the local community association, were shocked to hear of his conviction. One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "I know he is a very religious man and is committed to the church." [So the name Gilgal - commonly translated "Hill of Foreskins" (Joshua 5:2) - for the society was his idea?]
[Quaintance has already been publicly exposed, and his offending is intimately involved with his interest in circumcision.
The text of this brochure [Sex and Circumcision: What every woman needs to know] has received consensus
support from the following circumcision experts (listed
alphabetically), who contributed to its formulation:
Bertran Auvert, MD PhD (France)
Robert Bailey, PhD (Univ of Illinois, Chicago, USA)
Stefan Bailis, MA (Minnesota, USA)
Xavier Castellsagué, MD PhD (Barcelona, Spain)
Mike Cormier (New Brunswick, Canada)
Guy Cox, DPhil (Univ of Sydney, Australia)
Ilene Gelbaum, RN NOAM (Los Angeles, USA)
Daniel Halperin, PhD (Harvard, Boston, USA)
Dawn Harvey, MA(Hons) (Aberdeen, UK)
Sam Kunin, MD (Los Angeles, USA)
Edgar Schoen, MD (Oakland, USA)
Roger Short, AM FRS ScD (Univ of Melbourne, Australia)
Howard Stang, MD (Minnesota, USA)
Jake Waskett (Manchester, UK)
Helen Weiss, PhD (London Sch Hyg Trop Med, UK)
Robin Willcourt, MD (Newport Beach, USA & Adelaide, Aust)
Tom Wiswell, MD (Florida, USA)
Primary author: Brian Morris, DSc
Professor, School of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney,
May be obtained from the following websites:
http://www.circinfo.net (Brian Morris, PhD DSc)
http://www.medicirc.com (Edgar Schoen, MD)
http://www.gilgalsoc.org (The Gilgal Society)
http://www.aboutcirc.info (Guy Cox, DPhil)
http://circumcision.com.au (Terry Russell, AOM, MB BS)
http://www.samkuninmd.com (Sam Kunin, MD)
http://circumcisioninfo.com (Pierre Lacock, PhD)
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/2754 (Mike Cormier)
A list of possible circumcisers in your region may be
obtained from the Gilgal Society. See www.gilgalsoc.org for
an order form, or www.circinfo.net for doctors in Australia
and New Zealand
©2007 Brian Morris & The Gilgal Society
Published in England by The Gilgal Society
PO Box 53515, London, SE19 2TX
(It does not of course follow that they knew of Quaintance's other interests.)]