Yesterday at Croydon Crown Court Howard Curtis was jailed for six years.
He was found guilty of two counts of child cruelty and six counts of sexual assault. He will sign the sex offender register for life.
The Croydon Advertiser reports:
[Curtis] claimed he spanked one of the women on her bare backside during religious deliverance healing sessions to "heal" her of depression, and that he "didn't see any harm" in it.On one of the counts of child cruelty it reports:
Curtis spanked the other on her naked genitals, while she was completely undressed, to "cure her frigid spirit" and he led her to believe the sessions would improve her marriage and sex life.
Judge Gower said Curtis had spanked her on between 10 to 20 occasions, "hard enough, on one occasion, to bruise her", and during one of the sessions he even photographed her afterwards while she was naked on the floor of his office, before showing her the pictures and deleting them.
The court heard how the boy's mother discovered the youngster's backside was "black and blue" when she went to change his nappy after Curtis had taken the child to "calm him down".Howard Curtis was the long-term head and pastor of Coulsdon Chess Fellowship and a leading figure in Surrey chess for many years. The religious cult which he had led for three decades, and as head of which he committed these assaults, remains active in chess and works in many schools.
Judge Gower said Curtis "at no stage" had permission to smack the boy, while Curtis had told the girl's mother her daughter "needed to be disciplined" and he left her with red marks to her backside.
More on this on Monday.