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Boy Forced To Lose Virginity To Stepmum To 'Cure' Sexuality

An eleven-year-old boy was forced to watch pornography and have sex with his stepmother by his own father to 'cure' him from being gay.

Daniel Dowling, now 36, has opened up about his ordeal decades on, and continues to be haunted by the scent of his stepmother's perfume. 

Dowling revealed his childhood trauma during his father Richard and stepmother Annette Breakspear's trial. He opened up about how he was made to lose his virginity to Breakspear and suffered three years of sexual abuse at their British home.


In court, 62-year-old Richard Dowling defended himself, claimed he was simply "trying to steer him [Daniel] in the right direction and not to go to the way of being gay." 

Daniel Dowling's father was jailed for five years and Annette Breakspear for eight.

It is believed the abuse started when he was playing a family board game when his stepmother, who was 38 at the time, ended up "completely naked".


He recalls another event where he was told to give his stepmother, who was handcuffed on the bed, a "goodnight kiss". His father then joined them, and they had intercourse. 

It didn't end there. Another incident saw his father make his son perform oral sex on his stepmother, and aggressively punched him when he refused. 

The stepmother's abuse allegedly continued to happen even when his father, who worked for the Ministry of Defence, wasn't at home.


In 1996, Breakspear split with Dowling, however, the abuse didn't end there. By the time Daniel Dowling was 16, he was abused by another paedophile. Disturbing images of the teenager were found at the accused's home, but no arrests were made. 

After being treated "shoddily" in police interviews, Daniel decided to take things into his own hands and record a phone call with his father admitting to the abuse.

However, the father attributed his actions on "undiagnosed depressions" and that it was essentially not his fault, but his partner's who had a "Jekyll and Hyde character". 

Dowling admitted to one count of cruelty to a child and two counts relating to sexual offences involving a minor. 

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