Ex-Cllr David Whittaker: Sentenced for child sex crimes

Former Isle of Wight councillor is found guilty of multiple child sex charges and sentences to six years in jail.

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Update 7.Feb.14 David Whittaker was sentences to six years in jail for the crimes (below) he was found guilt of. He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life.


On Friday 31st January, at the re-trial at the Isle of Wight Crown Court in Newport, former-Isle of Wight councillor David Whittaker was found guilty of two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child, and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of children.

Cllr WhittakerHe was also found guilty of sexual assault on a child and causing a child under the age of 16 to watch a sexual act.

He has denied all the charges.

Previously guilty of sexual activity in a public toilet
Three years ago, the former Conservative councillor was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity in a public toilet.

2009 arrest
Prior to that, in October 2009 he was arrested over alleged sex offences, which Police later (May 2010) decided to take no further action on.

When the arrest occurred he ‘stepped down from membership of the Conservative Group’. After the ‘no further action’ he was allowed to rejoin the Island Conservative Group.

Sentencing
Until earlier tonight, he was a parish councillor for Newport West. Cllr Mary Craven confirmed to OnTheWight,

“Cllr Whittaker has resigned from Newport Parish Council this evening.”

Sentencing will take place next week.

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Updated 19:48 Added extra detail of past arrests.
Updated 8.Feb Changed headline to reflect sentencing. Added sentence length to top of story.

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Friday, 31st January, 2014 7:15pm

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Don Smith

Newport West? Do the honourable thing Mr Whittaker…Or someone should whisper in his ear.

tryme

I take it that now he has been convicted he will be unable to hold public office?

CERS121

Don, in my opinion, the man wouldn’t know “honourable” if it jumped up and bit him, there’s definitely no honour in his behaviour.

p m rolfe

i would love to make a comment on this but cant

p m rolfe

this thing ran a children s home in cows and he went to philipines on regular bases so how many more victims are there and then we have the son who had to stand down as a cllr

tryme
If that’s the case, pm rolfe, I hope anyone else who suffered from his (or anyone else’s) behaviour will go the Police; and that they won’t be discouraged by the authorities because of fears that this would affect the tourist image of the IW, (as there were recently fears by VisitIW of Wightlink’s fares being publicised in a manner comprehensible internationally). Come to think of it, have… Read more »
Steve Goodman

I’m now wondering about any possibility of a connection to the jailed elderly sex-offender priest from Cowes, and the possibility that Whittaker’s misappropriation of the Cowes lifeboat money will also be looked at again.

tiki

Good riddance. You cannot stand as a Cllr if you have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of three months or more)It’s an absolute disgrace that this man has been allowed (in the past) to remain a Cllr The system needs to be changed.

CERS121

About time and I agree with tiki, tryme & Don’s comments.
I cant post what Id really like to say here…

Don Smith

I agree! He can’t become a councillor, but he could become a Peer of the Realm – He could perhaps join those already in the House of Nod (Sleep). Time the rules were changed.
Ex-prisoners making our laws of the land – Disgusting.

MamaLu

What is worrying is if people voted for him, despite a conviction, assuming that there was an election for the Newport Town Council last May.

Is it not always said that some people will vote for a three-legged dog as long as it wears a blue rosette?

max

Why are people concerned about what former cllr whittaker will do with regards public office?
My thoughts are with the victims of his crimes. I have nothing but disgust for Whittaker.

tryme

Very pertinent to check that public office won’t again give him the status and cover that likely increased his opportunities.

max

Very true.

Its a shame that public office seems to be the focus of the comments on here. The focus should be the victims and expressing sympathy for them. Public office concerns should come second.

tryme

Not mutually exclusive, of course, and very much linked. Commenters contribute different aspects, as usual. Try not to be prescriptive about what we may say.

max
No, not mutually exclusive. I never said they were. What I did say was that less concern about public office, which Whittaker will no longer hold now he is guilty, and more concern about the victims would be nice. That is not prescriptive in any way – people can say what they like. Its a shame that of the comments so far, the focus is public office… Read more »
tryme

Concern was of course implicit. ‘Should’ is prescriptive.

To move on, and addressing others now, I presume the Police have checked to see if there were adult contacts this man had, on the Island or elsewhere, who could be arrested for similar crimes. It seems unlikely that he acted in complete isolation.

max

I believe that the focus should be on the victims of Whittaker’s crimes, not on Whittaker’s former public office.

Thats not prescriptive. I am not telling anyone what to say, I am saying what I think.

Its disturbing that you either cannot tell the difference, or are attempting to start an argument.

bayboy

David Whittaker has not been a Conservative Councillor for years. He was an Independent and stood again as an Independent in 2013.

Mr Fiddler

You can’t escape the fact that not only did the Island Tory party have him in their fold, but they welcomed him back in to the Party after he’d been accused of sexual crimes in 2009.

Don’t they have any standards?

Robert Jones
Accused isn’t the same thing as found guilty, though, is it? Anyone might find themselves accused of just about anything. I served on a committee with David Whittaker; granted, I didn’t know him as well as his Tory colleagues presumably did, but I would never have guessed in a thousand years that he was anything other than a rather excessively friendly man with a habit of sharing… Read more »
tryme
Agree with you that noone should be presumed guilty because they have been accused of something – that way chaos reigns. When charges have officially been made there will be a good case for suspension pending outcome. As regards age, I would have no confidence in such a blanket rule. People are extremely diverse and adpative, not to say manipulative, when it comes to intimate vagaries. No… Read more »
Cynic

@bayboy “David Whittaker has not been a Conservative Councillor for years”

Bayboy sometimes does not let facts stand in the way of true-blue support.

Electoral results for a “David Rex Whittaker” from IWC formal election results.

2001 Conservative candidate 440 votes (lost)
2005 Conservative candidate 567 votes elected
2009 Conservative candidate 501 votes elected
2013 Independent candidate 184 votes (lost)

Same person bayboy- or not?

tiki

He was elected to the Newport Parish Council in 2013 as an Indy.

retired Hack
We need to be a bit careful with the use of the word “Indy” here. It’s come, locally, to mean a member of the Island Independents, which Whittaker was not. I recall that at the time of the IWC election, his Conservative opponent in Newport West seemed unable or unwilling to understand the difference between the independents who came together as the Island Independents, and others, including… Read more »
Steve Goodman
b. – although he “has not been a Conservative Councillor for years” officially, I never saw him behaving differently in the council chamber; as he could be relied upon to continue to vote with them, I doubt that he was under much pressure to stop being a councillor following his conviction for the offence which he committed shortly after being told that unless further evidence came to… Read more »
bayboy

So your idea of Justice is ‘Guilty’ until proved innocent? I believe a previous post says that the police said at the time there was no case to answer.

max

Guilty until proven innocent? What are you on about?
Whittaker has been found guilty in a court of law. There is no presumption, it doesn’t matter what the police or anyone else have said or say in the future. Whittaker is guilty. He has been found guilty by the court. End of.

Robert Jones

I think the point being made is that yes, he’s been convicted now, but he hadn’t been at the time he was adopted as a Conservative candidate.

max
With 20:20 hindsight I would have won the lottery last week. With 20:20 hindsight, BayBoy and yourself are saying that because the police took no further action, he was allowed to rejoin the tories. Without any hindsight at all, I can say that Whittaker is now a convicted sex offender, and it doesn’t really matter what has happened in the past. Its the present and the future… Read more »
CERS121

I too would like to see them throw away the key but I’m not going to hold my breath yet…
Its not what you know its who…

Robert Jones
Has anyone said any different? I don’t understand this post. (By max, just to be clear; because it’s not always obvious here who is replying to whom.) The only hindsight in this is that which might have been expected of the Tory party; but for most of us, when the police say they’ll take no further action it usually means there’s no further action they can take… Read more »
max
If you or BayBoy had made your comment a month ago, then you would have a point. Whittaker is now a convicted sex offender. So, given that information, no, it doesn’t matter what happened with him in the past. Only the future, which will hopefully be a long prison sentence, matters. Of course, if you broaden the concepts we are discussing, then you make some excellent points.… Read more »
CERS121
here’s no point arguing amongst ourselves in my opinion, the man has finally been convicted of heinous crimes, I have my own views as to why he was not convicted a long time ago but I am not legally allowed to say, on this forum, what I would really like to say, also my feeling of concern and distress for the victims of this man and all… Read more »
tryme

You’re quite right, Cers121, it was silly for this sensitive subject to be turned into an argument. (Usual suspect, long track record).

I hope this isn’t the last we hear of the matter in terms of possible cover-up, abuse networks, compensation claims etc..

CERS121

Can anyone tell me why I cant Vote Up some comments here but others I can?
I hope its just a glitch.

tryme

I think it might happen when someone else has voted the opposite way, so when you ‘refresh’ they cancel each other out! Some people have ways of having more than one vote, so best not to mind too much anyway…

tryme

…’refresh’ by voting, I mean. There is then a catch-up of other people’s votes too. So sometimes there can be a catch-up that goes several votes in the opposite direction than you wanted!

CWES121

tryme – Thank you for the explanation ;) I just like to show my support to comments I agree with but then Id like to be able to edit typos too :)

tryme

Btw, Cers121, forgot to say that if you are the first voter on a comment, you won’t see it register until you refresh the whole page.

tryme
A legitimate point Robert, in response to a post saying the Tories shouldn’t have had him back, to say you can’t penalise someone as though found guilty, when they hadn’t been at a particular time. Nothing to do with hindsight but how things were at the then current state of play. That understanding seems part of this sorry story. (Not that I am absolving any particular political… Read more »
Don Smith

No doubt he will serve a prison sentence, however, these sort of offenders enjoy being with people of the same ilk whilst in prison. Prison yes! But his victims should be compensated.

Hitting a persons pocket is far better than prison at times, and saves the tax payer a lot of money. This man must live with the shame for the rest of his life.

tryme
Safer for children if he’s in prison, Don. They’re who matter most. People’s pockets don’t tend to get hit too much by a fine, (the Court works out what can be afforded). I hope he has the igmoniny of having to get used to prison life, AND has his pocket hit by civil compensation claims; AND has to “live with the shame for the rest of his… Read more »
CERS121

Don: I doubt this man will ever know the meaning of the word “shame” the only pity to be felt, will be for himself…

tryme: I agree with all you say here I would gladly donate some of my pension to see All Paedophiles get sent to prision never to return, or to be operated on…

tryme
Nothing is that simple though, is it Cers121! A p****ph**e may well themselves have been abused as a child. We are all strongly formed by our upbringings, and the burning biological impulses we all have can be wholly distorted by adults we may mistakenly (but have to) trust, as children. Once children are no longer in danger of contact from a particular p****ph**e, (I am trying to… Read more »
CERS121
tryme: I hear what you say but I cant agree with all of it… This subject (paedophilia) is one Im quite informed on, but I cant say too much here, so as not to speak out of line etc. but suffice to say, I simply cannot understand, how such people, could inflict on children something that was inflicted on them as children, I also know, as fact,… Read more »
tryme

Understood, Cers121. Revulsion is natural and right; but it doesn’t make the problem go away. So let’s hope research and treatment programmes eventually get somewhere. Unless it turns out to be something where all we can do is to protect children better.

Cynic
@tryme “Once children are no longer in danger of contact from a particular p****ph**e,..” One of the problems is that convicted paedophiles are often released into their local communities after completing their sentences. This has two dangers. Firstly, there is a chance that their victims will accidentally meet them again. Secondly, there is a risk that punishment will be administered by vigilantes. Part of the sentence IMHO… Read more »
tryme
Sounds like a good point, Cicero. However much the convicted person may have been able to change their behaviour (if less likely their feelings) while in prison, for the children and family to see him about (if they have remained in the same area after the experience) is likely to be very distressing and possibly re-traumatising, I should think. I imagine there would need be a lot… Read more »
tryme

Robert, max/woodworker’s prolonged bluster covers up that he made a muddled intervention between Mr Fiddler and bayboy.

Mr Fiddler had excoriated the Tories for taking Whittaker back in the past, and bayboy pointed out that as he hadn’t been found guilty of an offence at that time, the Tories could hardly have treated him as guilty till proved innocent. In those immortal words, “End of”.

max

How sad.

My point is that whittaker is guilty now. Worrying about the past is pointless.

Finally, once again, my name is Max. Go and enjoy your paranoia elsewhere, dont subject me to it.

sam salt

I see he has been sentenced to 6 years but for his young victims I would imagine their suffering would go on for far longer than 6 years.

CERS121

I just read that in the CP so came looking for a link here but cant find one yet.
I will admit 6yrs is more than I thought he would get but still not enough for the lifelong damage he has caused to his victims.

The Sciolist

He deserves every one of three years he will actually serve. Half is about the usual amount of time for all offenders.

He is obviously a very peculiar individual and hopefully the time spent in jail will force him to address his disgusting behaviour.

Robert Jones
I’ve no more to say about David Whittaker personally – I thought I knew him slightly, but it’s now pretty obvious I didn’t really know him at all – but did want to say to tryme that I thought he/she made a good (and in the circumstances rather brave) point about redemption. I’m not a Christian, but I do believe in redemption – it may be true… Read more »
Don Smith
Three years in prison is not a long time for offences against children – He will be on Rule 43 for most of his sentence and will only be out of his cell for a hour a day, or at best sewing mail bags with his peers. His, will be a very unhappy time, and it will I hope give him time to realize and reflect just… Read more »
tryme
“Most children will get over their ordeal”? Not sure how you can say this, Don. It makes me very sad for the children that not only were they manipulated into his activities with no way of anticipating how this would always be an adverse factor affecting the rest of their lives and relationships; but they had to give evidence in/for Court – and not once, but twice… Read more »
Don Smith

tryme’s,

I write from personal experience. I do not want to go into details. All I will
write is that my sister never recovered her ordeals, and has been in a
(? nursing home) for quite some time. She is younger than I am. It affected me for some time in my youth, but thankfully a stint in the army…

tryme

Yes Don, and I respect that you speak from experience.

Rather than my posting of cakes and eating, it would have been wiser if I had referred to ‘on the one hand and on the other’.

I’m glad you indicate you are fully recovered. To believe that “most” find the same is perhaps extrapolating beyond what we can know without examining any research findings.

Mike

Whilst I respect Dons opinion as an ex Prison officer and therefore experienced dealing with these people I do mot agree that ANY child EVERgets over it.Ilive with the consequence of an attack on me when Iwas 5 every day of my life and Im 67 now No amount of counselling helps

tryme
Mike, I would just say that Don was also relating that he has personally-affecting experience of abuse, but that he feels fortunate to have recovered from it. I suspect that most people do not recover fully, in the same way that when someone you love dies you never truly ‘get over’ it, you think about them every day / most days thereafter. It depends how one defines… Read more »
Mike

Yes tryme I should have read the full thread Ididnt realise he was talking from personal as well as professional experience. My problem is I find it impossible to forgive.

tryme
I myself don’t think that one has to forgive deliberately bad actions, in order to make personal progress. Feeling that I ought to do so would just make me feel worse. I look for other things that make me feel good about me and my life, a process that seems to put the person more in perspective. (In my own case I’m talking about different kinds of… Read more »
context is good
Whilst I dont agree that “Most children will get over their ordeal”, it does seem important to quote Don in context. What he is actually saying is that “but for those that don’t, all the support they will need must be at hand.” An… interesting… way of putting that point, but I’m sure everyone would echo the second part of that statement, if not the first. I… Read more »
tryme

I’ve not misquoted Don, ‘context is good’, (do I know you under another name?), and the sentiments of his that I commented on are not altered because he also says other things. Don has a way of very often having his cake and eating it, and this can confuse. I chose to think he takes responsibility for both aspects of his comment.

tryme

… My focus was to question on what basis Don says that “Most children will get over their ordeal”.

adrian whittaker

HERE IS A QUESTION. I BET NOT ONE PERSON ON HERE HAS THE GUTS TO SAY ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO MY FACE ABOUT ME DAD, SO ******* ******** TO YOU ALL.

Robert Jones

If David Whittaker is your dad, which I presume he is, and you feel he has been unjustly convicted, then say so. You might not be able to go into details, because the identity of the children concerned needs to be protected, but if you want to defend him, do it properly.

Just shouting at people isn’t going to help him, or anyone else.

sam salt
Yes No.6 I bet no-one with say anything to you about your father to your face. Why? Because they are feeling for you at this awful time and for your family. Your dad has been found guilty of a terrible crime but it is not only him that will suffer is it? It’s the victims and his own family that are having to live with this. I… Read more »
Don Smith

no6’s,

Guts! Give your name not your brand of cigarettes. Saying anything to your face will not change (? Your Dad) situation.

I feel sorry for the family of Mr Whitaker,
however, I feel far more sorrow for his victims.

Cynic

Based on what No.6 has published in these blogs in the past (as a Shanklin hotelier commenting on festivals), I suspect that the latest “No6” is just a troll that can be ignored.

Will the true No.6 stand up pls?

Man in Black

You’re confusing No.6 (posting here) with No.5 (former hotelier in Shanklin, now pub landlord in Sandown).

Cynic

Thanks for the correction.M-i-B.

benwhittaker
right stop bad mounthing my family if that was your family i woulent do the same people need to have some repsect for the other people and i can tell you one thing its all a lie and my family has done noting wrong so all the pople on here need to back of away from my family cox i will get peed off and i will… Read more »
Cynic

Presumably the police advised you that issuing threats (even implied ones) on a public medium is a crime in its own right?

benwhittaker

i am not issing threats i am being honist and open minded and i dont like my family getting treated like poop and i cant think whats you lot are saying about my grandad how is dieing with a bleeding to the brain so i am protecting my family sorry if you took it the wrong way

Cynic

No probs- it is good to protect your family!

benwhittaker

THANKS MATE SORRY ABOUT THAT ITS I GOT TO STICK UP FOR MY FAMILY AND I CAN SEE YOU COMEING FORM AND THATS FOR UNDERSANDING ME AND MY FAMILY HAS DONE NOTING WRONG AND ITS BE ALL A LIE AND THE FAMILY HOW DID IT HAS LIED ABOUT THIS BEFORE AND I NOT LETTING THEM WORING MY FAMILY THANKS FROM MR B WHITTAKER