Chris Jefferies bought Jo Yeates flat from paedophile colleague

December 31, 2010 | by

Jo Yeates murder suspect Chris Jefferies bought the flat the architect lived in from a paedophile colleague who abused a young boy, it has emerged.

Chris Jefferies bought Jo Yeates flat from paedophile colleague

Fellow Clifton College teacher Stephen Johnston used to live below Jefferies in Flat 1 of the building on 44 Canynge Road.

Bachelor French teacher Johnston sexually abused a pupil between 1991 to 1994 in the same apartment murdered Jo, 25, would later share with her 27-year-old boyfriend, Greg Reardon.

Vile Johnston, now 57, was jailed for seven years in March 2008 after being found guilty of six sex offences.

When he was arrested, police found hundreds of pictures of young boys’ naked bottoms from the school he taught at.

The French teacher’s victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court at the time how Johnston had lured him to his home with promises of alcohol and cannabis.

But the child and other young boys were shown pornographic videos and, by the time he had turned 13, his relationship with Johnston had become sexual.

Johnston and the child’s relationship ended three years later when the youngster reached 16-years-old and left school.

The French teacher then moved to London after being made redundant from the school.

The relationship only came to light when the boy, who is now a 32-years-old, finally contacted police in 2006.

In court the man, who chose to become a teacher, told how his relationship with his parents broke down and how he has an inability to trust anyone, including his wife.

Jailing Johnston at the time, judge David Ticehurst told him: ”You have destroyed a young man’s childhood and have caused enormous damage to his life. You have been convicted of very serious offences, which represent a serious breach of trust.

”Parents and pupils can expect teachers to act properly, not to abuse those in their care, which you singularly failed to do.

”You have let down the teaching profession, you have let down yourself, and you are a thorough disgrace.”

Johnston was banned from working with children for life and is currently serving time in Dartmoor Prison, Devon.

Murder suspect Chris Jefferies bought the flat from Johnston in 1999 when the paedophile moved to live with his mother in Sturminster Newton, Dorset.

There is no suggestion Jefferies was involved in any of the crimes.

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