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“Harrowing and disturbing” investigation in Filey: Child and dog abuser jailed for 18 years

Last modified: 16 July 2021 at 04:41pm

Scarborough CID have secured justice against a former Filey man who raped a boy, incited a girl to engage in sexual activity and filmed himself having sex with a dog.

Kyle Stephenson (pictured below), aged 29, now of no fixed address, was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment at York Crown Court today (Friday 16 July 2021).

Kyle Stephenson

He was due to stand trial this week but decided to plead guilty to the offences against the boy and the girl.

Stephenson also admitted committing bestiality after police recovered conclusive video evidence.

The Judge took this offence into consideration when passing sentence, which also subjected him to a life-time Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely. He also has to serve an additional year on licence.

Stephenson was arrested on 31 January 2021 following a complaint made by the boy and he has remained in custody since being charged. Police enquiries confirmed that all the offence took place between then and January 2020.

Sadly, the dog Stephenson abused has since died from illness.

Detective Constable Steve Monty, of Scarborough CID, led the investigation.

He said: “This is one of the most harrowing and disturbing cases I have been involved in. My heart goes out to the brave young victims who have endured immense trauma caused by this vile and manipulative man.

“Their true courage, together with support from loved ones, will hopefully give them the strength to rebuild their lives and move forward from this dreadful experience.”

DC Monty added: “As for Stephenson, he has rightfully been brought to justice and is now facing the full consequences of his depraved and disgusting actions.

“My message to victims of child abuse, no matter when it occurred, is that the police will support you in a highly professional and sensitive way throughout an investigation and court case.

“Please don’t hesitate to seek our help or obtain support from specialist services that are readily available to victims.”

Seeking further support, advice and ways of reporting child abuse

  • Please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you are in immediate danger, always dial 999 for an emergency response


  • Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email sarc@nhs.net or go to www.bridgehousesarc.org/



  • NSPCC Helplines:

* Help for adults concerned about a child – call 0808 800 5000

* Help for children and young people – call Childline on 0800 1111

* Go to www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse

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