COLLIN MIDDLETON ALIAS STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER KING ALIAS STEVE
It was a bizarre tale which a retired deputy superintendent of police
supervising a case involving paedophile John Colin Middleton alias Stephen
Christopher King alias Steve told Tehelka. “Middleton was let off,
as he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. How could he indulge
in intercourse with that kind of an illness?” the former cop reasoned.
as young as six are bribed with clothes, cash and their first pair
of shoes to perform depraved sexual acts and pose for porn pictures
The accused had been arrested in 2001 with three minor
Nepali boys at the Maria guest house in Benaulim, South Goa where another
foreigner Avison Paul was also present. A year prior to that, Middleton
had been seen with minor boys of Tamil origin. Months of sloppy and sluggish
investigations later, the police shelved his case, due to lack of evidence.
Contradicting information like Middleton’s possession of a passport
in the name of John Colin Middleton and a bank account in the name of
Stephen Kings was overlooked. The police do not even have Middleton’s
When Middleton was arrested by the Colva police the local community actually
stood up in his defence. The young Goans in Colva were upset that the
man who would shower them with gifts was behind bars. They were angry
with the ngos who had filed the complaint.
Importantly, Middleton—in his mid-seventies—who was arrested
in New Zealand for sodomy, is a frequent traveller on the infamous child-sex
trail, hopping from Kerala
to Goa onto Nepal. Middleton’s travel chart is too conspicuous for
a man afflicted from Parkinson’s.
Middleton was back in Goa in March this year. Tehelka got scent of it
and reached where he had put up. We were late by a few days. Middleton
had already left for Nepal. Nothing could describe the grave state of
affairs vis-a-vis paedophilia in Goa more effectively than the Middleton
He had set up base in Benaulim, where Freddy Peats had flourished and
was later exposed a few years ago. And yet Middleton’s penchant
for boys was construed as ‘good samaritanship’. “He
used to take children to the beach. He was a very nice man,” lauds
Maria Rebello, who runs the Maria guest house. Tehelka has copies of statements
of eyewitnesses submitted to the police, stating that Middleton was masturbating
a minor boy on the Benaulim beach in public view. He was also thrown out
of a shack located near Taj Exotica, Benaulim, for publicly kissing and
fondling a child.
Maria’s husband claims, “There used to be boys roaming around
with him. All those boys have gone abroad now.” Middleton is a sinister
reminder of the Freddy Peats case, where boys from the Peats’ orphanage
were trafficked abroad by Peats’ paedophile friends. Peats may have
been the past. But Middleton is the present. He is on the loose and lurking.
August 14, 2004
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