Anorak | How Blaming Facebook And A Devon Paedo Ring Lets Jake Ormerod Off The Hook

How Blaming Facebook And A Devon Paedo Ring Lets Jake Ormerod Off The Hook

by | 9th, July 2011

JAKE Ormerod is the ringleader of a teen gang which lured up to 139 vulnerable schoolgirls some only 11 into underage sex “. He chatted them up, and used drink and drugs to have unprotected sex with them.

He’s been jailed for ten years at Exeter Crown Court. The Mail said the girls were as youth as 12 .

The Mail’s s ister organ, the South Devon Herald Express, says:

‘Sexual predator’ Jake Ormerod (pictured right), 20, of Babbacombe Road, lured girls as young as 13 to his house to have sex with them.

11. 12. 13. Such are the facts. The 11-year-old has been interviewed by police. And that is all we know.

In court, Ormerod admitted 13 counts of engaging in sexual activity with eight girls aged 13-15.

The Sun tells us:

Ormerod, now 20, targeted vulnerable runaways and girls in foster care, hanging around school gates to pick them up and take them to his filthy flat, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Anorak has followed the case. The mainstream mead noticed Ormerod when in February 2011 the Daily Mail yelled:


A letter had been sent to 16,000 students at schools in Torquay, Paignton and Teignbridge. You can read it here .

The Mail made Facebook the enabler. Were the children ensnared on Facebook? Can you be trapped on a website that can be unplugged at the mains? Facebook cried foul. There was talk of Facebook suing the Mail . The website demanded an apology.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said :

“While the inaccurate headline was quickly changed online, the damage of being wrongly tied to this story on the front page is worthy of an apology – to both Daily Mail readers and Facebook – of equal prominence.”

The Mail refused. Now the paper tells us:

Facebook Sex Abuser Jake Ormerod Jailed

The Mail is cunning. That headline appears in the URL of the webpage. You click on it and are confronted with a different headline:

Paedophile, 19, jailed for his part in ring that abused 139 victims as young as 11 in seaside tourist resort

Are there 139 victims? Dunno. The police say they have interviewed 139 young girls as part of the investigation. It’s tempting to think of them all as victims. But we don’t know that for sure. It might be just as likely many are friends of alleged victims, or children who were approached but never had sex. Such reporting turns a hideous story of child abuse and damaged lives into a scare story.

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