‘I fear there are more victims of paedophile’

Paedophile Stephen Salmon
Paedophile Stephen Salmon
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THE mother of a woman whose life was blighted by a Royal Marine paedophile says she believes he has victims all over the world.

Sick Stephen Salmon was convicted last year of subjecting the victim to horrific attacks when she was aged between seven and 12 in the 1970s, in Portsmouth.

He was jailed for four years.

Last month Salmon, now 67, admitted sexually assaulting two other little girls while he was living on the Isle of Wight in the 1980s.

The women came forward following publicity of his first trial. He was jailed for a further six months. Now the mother of the first victim says she believes there are others who fell into Salmon’s clutches.

She feels his job as a Royal Marine and his retirement to Spain would have given him the opportunity to abuse other children.

The 66-year-old, from Havant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: ‘Until my daughter told us, when she was around 25, we did not have a clue.

‘He could not have been more helpful. He came across as a nice guy, touchy-feely and almost soppy. He would do anything for you.

‘But he groomed my daughter to believe what he was doing to her was normal.

‘He destroyed her life. I’m so angry with the sentence he has been given for the other attacks.

‘Six months is nothing. He needs to be behind bars for life.

‘You move around a lot in the forces and I believe there are other victims out there, all over the place.’

She said Salmon told her late husband he taught music in the Royal Marines Band and she fears this would have been another opportunity for him to abuse children.

The News contacted the MoD over the claims but it would not comment because Salmon is no longer in the service.

Hampshire Constabulary did not respond when The News’ asked if investigations into Salmon are continuing.

To report abuse contact Hampshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.