Robert Orton Biography — Wiki
Robert Orton is a former government spy base worker who has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two boys ages 12 and 13, more than 20 years ago. Orton was convicted of five sex offenses against a teenager and a young boy that took place in the mid-90s, by a jury at Gloucester Crown Court.
Evidence supporting the two boy’s allegations of indecent assaults by Orton came to light after police discovered indecent images on his computer in 2016 whilst investigating him over an allegation that he had molested a 12-year-old boy on board a bus.
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Robert Orton a former IT consultant at GCHQ, from Longlevens, Gloucester, is 65 years old.
Robert Orton found guilty of indecently assaulting two boys
The judge, Recorder Christopher Quinlan QC, bailed Robert Orton’s pending sentence on a date to be fixed and warned him an immediate jail term is likely.
At the start of the nine-day trial prosecutor, Christopher Smyth told the jury that Orton had a ‘sexual interest in grooming boys aged 12 upwards’ and that he had sexually touched the private parts of his alleged victims.
Mr. Symth told the court: ‘The saga begins in the mid-90s when Orton befriended the family of a Manchester boy whose mother had died when he was seven years old.
‘Orton bought him a lot of things without the boy’s father knowing. He would take him out for the day. The boy remembers being taken to snooker hall when he was aged 10.
Mr. Symth added that the boy’s father had contacted Gloucestershire Police after learning Orton had bought the 12-year-old cigarettes.
What we know so far about Robert Orton
Orton was interviewed by police but ‘despite being warned off, he continued to contact the boy’, the court heard.
Mr Smyth continued: ‘When Orton was with the boy he made numerous “accidental” attempts to rub the boy’s private parts over his clothing during visits.
‘The boy visited Orton at his Gloucester address. On the first occasion another young boy, younger than him, was staying at Orton’s home.
The visitor was in the spare room and he heard sexual noises coming from the next door bedroom. He later witnessed money being exchanged before the boy left Orton’s home.
‘On another occasion the boy had his pants pulled down by Orton and had his private parts touched by him.’
Orton’s next victim was a teenage singer with a ‘troubled home life’ who had performed with a band in the area.
Smyth told the jury: ‘This victim described Orton as being a “sugar daddy” as he bought him many things, including a guitar over a period of time.
‘He told another member of the band that Orton had put his hands down his trousers and had been next to him when he stayed overnight.
‘The concerned band member went to Orton’s home address to talk to him and ended up staying the night in the lounge. He woke up the next morning to see Orton leaning over the teenager’s bed, an argument ensued and the visitor walked out.
‘When the singer was thrown out of his troubled home Orton said he could stay in his spare room.
‘Orton began entered the teenager’s room on numerous occasions and a consenting sexual relationship began.
‘However, when the concerned other band member heard about this he visited Orton and knocked him unconscious. Despite this, the relationship continued for some time and the Orton and the teenager enjoyed away days together around the country including Weymouth.’
Orton, who has since left his job at the government security intelligence organisation in Cheltenham, denied all eight sex offences he was charged with.
He was acquitted of one charge of indecent assault on a 14 or 15-year-old boy, alleged to have taken place between July 1999 and July 2001.
The judge’s direction and the jury could not reach verdicts on two charges.
These charges, which will lie on file, are Meeting a child following sexual grooming of a 12-year-old boy on at least two occasions between September 1, 2016, to October 19, 2016, and intentionally touching a 12-year-old boy in a sexual manner of between September 1, 2016, and October 19, 2016.
Mr Smyth alleged that the charge of touching a 12-year-old boy in a sexual manner took place in 2016 when Orton ‘introduced himself to a group of boys on the upper-deck of the bus and tried to befriend them’. He alleged: ‘On one occasion Orton picked on one boy and put his hand on his thigh.
‘The 12-year-old moved quickly. While this move might be not considered sexual in itself, this was a much older man in his 60s who was seen touching this boy.’
In his police interview, Orton stated that he did not have a sexual interest in children and said that his preference was for men aged in their mid-30s.
He added that going on the upper deck of the bus to meet boys on their way to school had become a ‘habit’ when he was travelling to his work at GCHQ.
Giving evidence about his first victim in Manchester, Orton said he had been a friend of the family since 1992 and the boy’s mother had passed away in 1993.
In evidence about the allegations made by the band singer, Orton said ‘He told me he wanted to appear in Big Brother and wanted me to record his showreel, which I did.
‘He slept over on February 4 2003 as he was having problems with his parents and had begun the search for the accommodation of his own. He noticed I had a spare room and asked if he could stay. I told him no. Ultimately he stayed for a week. He visited a number of times afterwards – he had taken to hugging me a lot.
‘On Saturday, February 22 we’d been drinking together and we went to bed. I was in my own bed and he was on the camp bed in my room.
‘In the middle of the night he began stroking my crotch area and I responded by stroking his upper leg. He was half awake and seemed to enjoy what I was doing before falling asleep. When it started to get light, at around 7 am, he got up and took his quilt to the sofa. Later on, I asked him what was up and he accused me of taking advantage of him. It was only then I realised I had misjudged the situation despite him making affectionate noises. He left the house shortly afterwards.
‘I tried to contact him and got into my car and went out to find him, which I did, but he didn’t want to talk.
‘A couple of days later I returned home only to find him sleeping on the spare bed.
‘I bought him a guitar as I was sorry about the misunderstanding when we touched each other.’
Orton said a friend of the singer’s challenged him about the relationship on June 1, 2003.
‘I opened the door to the visitor and as I didn’t expect anything when I was hit and was knocked unconscious. I was taken to hospital where I recovered from my injuries.’, Orton said. Despite that incident, he said, he spent a weekend in Weymouth with the singer in March 2003.
‘I saw him again some two years later while shopping in a supermarket in Gloucester. He asked me for a lift home, which I obliged.
‘He lived at a caravan park, which is not very suitable and started staying over with me at weekends. He brought his girlfriend along and she wrote an entry in my visitor’s book which said that ‘friends like you are rare’.
Bailing Orton after the verdicts, the judge warned him he is likely to receive a custodial sentence.
Orton was convicted of:
- Indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy between July 24, 1997, and July 24, 1998
- Indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy on more than five occasions between July 24, 1997, and July 24, 1998
- Indecent assault on a 13-year-old boy between July 24, 1998, and July 24, 1999
- Indecent assault on a 13-year-old boy on more than five occasions between July 24, 1998, and July 24, 1999
- Indecent assault of a male between June 15, 2001, and June 15, 2003