Facing prison for injecting children’s genitals posing as dr
A church minister has pleaded guilty to multiple charges after he was caught posing as a doctor and injecting children as young as 13-years-old in the genitals after telling them they had radiation poisoning.
58-year-old John Beaumont, who has previous convictions for injecting minors, admitted to one count of actual bodily harm and nine counts of indecent assault for inserting needles into victims’ various body parts, including their arms, groin, and genitals as part of an elaborate cover for acts of pedophilia.
Michael Brady, the prosecuting attorney, revealed that the “true cause” for Beaumont posing as a doctor and university researcher was to “sexually assault the victims in the way he did”.
Mr. Brady said: “He was able to carry out these assaults because he had established a huge degree of trust, and was able to persuade them that he needed to carry out these examinations with the hypodermic needles.”
The court also heard how the “servant of God” had been convicted of 40 separate offenses about 40 years ago similar to the offending which has now caught up with him.
Metro reports: The offenses took place over a period of more than a decade, between June 1986 and October 1996. Beaumont, now aged 58, convinced the three victims to remove part or all of their clothing by claiming they may have been affected by radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.
He then inserted the needles, and on one occasion a tube, into their genitals. He also caused actual bodily harm by inserting a needle into the male victim’s arm.
One of the female victims was disabled, and Manchester Crown Court heard that the assaults would have been “particularly painful” for her.
Prosecutor Michael Brady said of Beaumont: “He is a highly intelligent, highly articulate but, ultimately, highly manipulative individual who was able to gain a huge amount of trust – to the point he was able to commit these highly unusual offenses with the ostensible, and I stress ostensible, consent of the three victims.”
On one occasion Beaumont even used a box with wires that made a clicking sound, claiming to his victims that it was a Geiger counter that was picking up radiation.
The cleric also convinced them he had some medical training from his time as a minister, or trainee minister, with the Church of Scotland. “As a consequence of this manipulative behavior all three allowed him to carry out these ‘examinations’, which took the form of having all three completely or partially undressed,” Mr. Brady continued. “These were, no doubt, highly uncomfortable and traumatic for them.”
Beaumont’s victims reported the historic offenses to social workers out of concern that he would abuse others.
A jury formally found Beaumont guilty of the charges on the direction of Judge Paul Lawton. He was told that Beaumont already has previous convictions for more than 40 similar offenses he carried out in Scotland during the 1970s and 80s.
He used a similar pretext – claiming to be investigating the effects of nuclear radiation – and gained his victims’ trust by posing as a doctor, university researcher or member of the health board.
The clergyman has been granted bail until his sentencing hearing on June 16 but was warned by Judge Lawton that he faces a lengthy custodial sentence.