Royal butler jailed for child porn offences

A FORMER favoured butler to the Queen has been jailed for two years for a catalogue of sick child porn charges.

Pervert Nicholas Greaves, 33, worked at Buckingham Palace for two years before leaving to become personal butler to the King of Jordan.

He was caged at York Crown Court today/yesterday(THURS) for swapping depraved child porn on the internet.

A police man described some of the 473 sick photographs and films - which included images of children being tortured - as among the worst he had seen.

The 16 charges date between February, this year, and April, 2004, when gay former QE2 steward Greaves still worked directly for the Queen.

He was employed by the palace between May 2002 and June 2004, before spending a year serving King Abdullah II in London.

He then moved to Whitby, North Yorks, to open a cafe but still worked for the royals on a casual basis until his arrest in February this year.

Greaves, who is thought to have been a favourite of the Queen, would help out at state functions and important events, including her 80th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said the images showed the degradation of children, aged from a baby of a few months to 16, of both sexes.

"The depravity to which they have been subjected beggars belief," he said.

"It is not suggested that you were involved in the making of any of these images, but by downloading them and distributing some of them as you did you contributed to that very degradation of these young children."

Greaves admitted five offences of distributing indecent images of children and three counts of possessing indecent images with a view to distribute. He also accepted seven counts of possessing indecent images and one count of possessing indecent films of children.

The ex-butler also admitted failing to surrender to police bail in May, when he went on the run for a month, claiming to be suicidal.

Simon Reevell, mitigating, said as a result of the case Greaves had lost his social standing, home and business.

"This is the same man who not very long ago was one of 16 under-butlers who were responsible for serving the Royal Family," he said.

"In two years he travelled to Sandringham, he was with them in Scotland, he served them in Buckingham Palace.

"He left that employment because he was promoted and he became the butler at a private residence in Belgravia of the Jordanian royal family, serving directly the King himself.

"He moved from that to a failed suicide attempt, waking up surrounded by left over tablets, standing at the sea edge looking for a cliff and sufficient courage to hurl himself into oblivion."

Prosecutor Andrew Hatton said police became aware of Greaves' interest in child porn after searching the computer of a suspected paedophile, in Twickenham, who is facing child rape charges.

An email from NewkyBrown2004 - a nickname traced back to Greaves - was found to contain five pictures of young boys being abused by adult males.

Greaves was questioned by police and immediately admitted owning indecent images of children and distributing them on the Internet.

He said he used a one to one messenger service to chat with paedophiles and swap images of children but denied it was for sexual pleasure. "In interview he said he was not interested in the content of the photos but instead in the people who sent them," Mr Hatton said.

"He said he wanted to know what made them tick."

The former butler told police he thought they would only find six images on his computer as he regularly deleted them and had not built up a large collection.

But when they searched the machine they found 453 indecent photos of children and 15 sick films.

These had been categorised using a scale of one to five, where five indicates the sickest type of child porn.

There were 13 pictures and one film in the top category and over 250 images at level three and above.

Greaves told police he was surprised by the find and said he thought there was only around 100 deleted images.

He could not account for over 300 pictures and 12 films not deleted and still stored in his MyPictures and MyDocuments files.

The ex royal servant failed to answer police bail on 8 May, this year, but handed himself in at a police station a month later on 12 June.

Greaves claimed he had tried to kill himself by taking over 100 pills the night before he was due to answer bail and was shocked to wake up alive.

He said he panicked and drove off on his moped to Redcar and Blackpool looking for cliffs he could jump off but failed to find any. He then travelled round the country for a month, feeling suicidal, before handing himself in.

Mr Reevel said Greaves was of previous good character and now realised how wrong his actions had been.

Judge Marson ordered him to sign on the sex offenders register and disqualified him from working with children.

He added: "There is no reason for the possession and distribution of these images other than for sexual gratification.

"There is no other logical explanation and were it not for people like you those who make and distribute these dreadful images would have no market for them."

Speaking after the verdict Sgt Darrin Knight said: "I have a great deal of sympathy with the children depicted in the images, some of which are were the worst I'd seen in 17 years.

"The judge understands the link between the people who download these images and the people who make them."

Sgt Knight said Greaves' royal duties had included opening doors for the Queen and added: "As I understand it she has preferred butlers and he was one of them."