Fake teen jailed for false rape claim

Salisbury Journal: Jailed: Shane Peake Jailed: Shane Peake

A CONMAN who fooled social services into thinking he was a vulnerable 17-year-old boy before stealing from his foster carers and “destroying”

the life of a charity boss with a false allegation of rape, has been jailed for four and a half years.

Salisbury Crown Court heard on Friday that Shane Peake went to Wiltshire Council for help in June this year.

He told them his name was Steven Shaw and that he had been thrown out of his home in South Yorkshire after telling his family he was gay.

In reality he was a 26-year-old man intent on conning the good samaritans trying to help him.

The authority placed him in temporary lodgings with carers and Salisbury-based charity Rainbow Rooms UK was asked to provide him with additional support.

Rainbow Rooms founder Will Clark, 43, spent several weeks trying to help the young man but he grew suspicious about Peake’s story and questioned what he had said about his background and situation.

Peake then went to the authorities and accused the older man of rape.

Mr Clark, who lives in Salisbury with his partner of 17 years and who has been running the awardwinning charity supporting young gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people for six years, said his life then fell apart.

“I was destroyed,” he said. “I was devastated and I couldn’t believe what was being said about me.

“I went to pieces, mentally and physically.”

Although police told him within days that no evidence had been found to support the rape claim and no charges would be brought against him, Mr Clark faced an agonising three-month wait for the case to come to court and the facts to be made public.

He was forced to close down the charity he had devoted years to building up and became so depressed he took an overdose and ended up in hospital.

The police investigation uncovered a number of aliases used by Peake and he was arrested. Peake admitted theft, burglary, fraud and perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to fourand- a-half years in jail.

DC Cat Isaac of Wiltshire Police said: “This case has had a massive impact on Will Clark. His life has been torn apart by Peake’s actions.

“We hope all those people who were deceived by Peake and have suffered as a consequence will be reassured by the sentence.”

* Full story in tomorrow's Journal.

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2:02pm Wed 16 Oct 13

willclarkrruk says...

It good that people can now read the truth! it's been hard on me and the people I love and care about, they say times a great healer but at time I can't even see past the day I'm in never mind next week, month or even year.
For the past few months this man has made my life a living hell and I would like to thank all of my family & friends who have stood by me! It's going to take some time before I get my life back on track but with your love, help and support I'm going to give it a dam good try.
He destroyed my life and the charity that I loved! And it did so many good things here in Salisbury & Wiltshire, helping so many people! For that I will never forgive him and I only hope that his time in prison is the most uncomfortable time of his life and that for each day & night he spends behind bars he is reminded just why it is he's there!
I would like to thank my family and friends for all of the support that they have shown me and I would also like them all to know that without them I could never have got through this.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizations and people who have worked for or alongside the Rainbow Rooms UK LGBT Charity without them we could never have done so much in such a short time to help make the lives of so many LGBT people that little bit better.
For LGBT help or support please use the following links:

(LGBT) https://www.stonewal
l.org.uk/‎
(Transgender) www.beaumontsociety.
org.uk/
(HIV) www.tht.org.uk/‎

Kindest regards
Will Clark
It good that people can now read the truth! it's been hard on me and the people I love and care about, they say times a great healer but at time I can't even see past the day I'm in never mind next week, month or even year. For the past few months this man has made my life a living hell and I would like to thank all of my family & friends who have stood by me! It's going to take some time before I get my life back on track but with your love, help and support I'm going to give it a dam good try. He destroyed my life and the charity that I loved! And it did so many good things here in Salisbury & Wiltshire, helping so many people! For that I will never forgive him and I only hope that his time in prison is the most uncomfortable time of his life and that for each day & night he spends behind bars he is reminded just why it is he's there! I would like to thank my family and friends for all of the support that they have shown me and I would also like them all to know that without them I could never have got through this. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizations and people who have worked for or alongside the Rainbow Rooms UK LGBT Charity without them we could never have done so much in such a short time to help make the lives of so many LGBT people that little bit better. For LGBT help or support please use the following links: (LGBT) https://www.stonewal l.org.uk/‎ (Transgender) www.beaumontsociety. org.uk/ (HIV) www.tht.org.uk/‎ Kindest regards Will Clark willclarkrruk

6:31pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Tony Whale says...

i am pleased that justice has been done and you have been vindicated Will.
i am pleased that justice has been done and you have been vindicated Will. Tony Whale

7:23pm Wed 16 Oct 13

SWVLIST says...

More needs to be done so that this never happens again!!!!!!!
More needs to be done so that this never happens again!!!!!!! SWVLIST

7:28pm Wed 16 Oct 13

The Dadda says...

He should rot in hell for what he's done to Will Clark.
He should rot in hell for what he's done to Will Clark. The Dadda

2:09pm Thu 17 Oct 13

Poggle123 says...

My family were victims of his fraud. I am so disgusted by him and we are so sorry to Will for everything that has happened. Hes hurt our family as well as Will's. I can't believe I ever though he was genuine. So sickening.
My family were victims of his fraud. I am so disgusted by him and we are so sorry to Will for everything that has happened. Hes hurt our family as well as Will's. I can't believe I ever though he was genuine. So sickening. Poggle123

8:46pm Thu 17 Oct 13

sarumwilts says...

Mr Clark saved my life, and for the grace of God he is still with us today despite his turmoil, to see that justice has been done.
Mr Clark saved my life, and for the grace of God he is still with us today despite his turmoil, to see that justice has been done. sarumwilts

4:42pm Sat 19 Oct 13

Alladin69 says...

4 and a half years is not enough!
4 and a half years is not enough! Alladin69

8:57pm Sat 19 Oct 13

nekokat says...

GODS! I hope the world, with it's funny ways, gives that man what he deserves beyond this lax sentence... karma and justice are unfortunately not the same thing :(
GODS! I hope the world, with it's funny ways, gives that man what he deserves beyond this lax sentence... karma and justice are unfortunately not the same thing :( nekokat

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