LIFE FOR CHILD SEX CRIMES; Now Probe to Ask How Teen Trainer Duped Authorities LIGHTFOOT

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Byline: By GARETH

A DEPRAVED youth training company owner who groomed and abused a string of teenage boys on Teesside may never be released from prison.

Richard Stephen McGuire was branded "an inherently dangerous pervert and a scheming predator where young children are concerned" by Teesside's top judge.

The 44-year-old former Scout leader was imprisoned indefinitely for public protection after a three-year campaign of sexual abuse.

He must serve a minimum of seven years before he can apply for parole.

And a "serious case review" is under way over how he duped the authorities.

He set up and ran the Dragon House Training firm, which provided out-of-school activities and courses like fishing, adventure parks, go-karting, paint-balling and trips away.

The convicted child sex offender forged Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance forms and conned his way to grants and payments of more than pounds 65,000.

Through the business, it is believed the ex-Navy man had access to hundreds of children.

Teesside Crown Court heard how he befriended and groomed seven teenage boys between 2005 and 2008.

Judge Peter Fox QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told McGuire yesterday: "The psychological harm to the young boys whom you seriously sexually abused is incalculable.

You seduced them with money, alcohol and drugs."

He said McGuire gained the boys' confidence, then invited them "to the den of your iniquity - your own home - where, in a number of cases, you rendered them unconscious either through alcohol or drugs or some other way, and so had your wicked way with them."

He molested five of the boys.

Sometimes he took photographs of them and filmed himself carrying out abuse.

Often the child was asleep or unconscious and unaware of what was going on.

Prosecutor Christine Egerton said the victim of the worst abuse knew nothing about it at the time.

The boy said police revelations of what happened "destroyed" him, though he has since been able to move on with his life.

McGuire, formerly of Warwick Street, Middlesbrough, admitted 28 charges including attempted rape, sexual assaults, sexual activity with children, taking indecent photographs of children and frauds. …