Darren Sewell

Darren Sewell
Photo: Wales Online

Darren Sewell (aka Crystal Couture and CC Quin) a violent male drag queen, was convicted in 1999, of four counts of rape of a boy under 16 and was sentenced to three years in a young offenders’ institution. On his release, he was banned from having contact with children.

In 2011, at the age of 27, Sewell was found guilty of breaching that order by working as a gymnastics and dance tutor with children as young as nine in Cardiff. For breaching the order, Sewell avoided jail and was instead sentenced to a three-year sex offender’s treatment programme, a 24-month supervision order, 300 hours unpaid work and a six-month curfew on electronic tag.

In 2018, a popular Cardiff bar defended its decision to allow Darren Sewell as a convicted sex offender to perform as a drag act during Pride weekend in Cardiff. One person who was in the audience at the WOW bar told Wales Online that he complained to staff and that several people walked out in disgust at Sewell’s act, which included jokes about prolific child sex offender Jimmy Saville.

See also Robert Clothier, another violent male drag act convicted of child sex offences. He also made jokes about being a paedophile at a Pride event in Brighton. Likewise, the Green Party activist David Challenor convicted of the rape and torture of a ten year old girl in 2018, was involved with Coventry Pride as was Aimee Challenor who twice hired David Challenor as election agent.

It later emerged that British Airways had also unknowingly hired the convicted sex offender Sewell to represent the national airline at the Pride Festival held in Brighton in 2018, as had a bar in Cornwall. Neither had been informed of Sewell’s sex offender status.

Media Reports

Wales Online
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/child-sex-offender-performed-drag-15082784 archive

UK Paedophile Database https://theukdatabase.com/2012/05/02/darren-sewell-newport/

South Wales Argus
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/8891156.gym-coach-had-rape-conviction/

Daily Mail
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6143783/British-Airways-hires-convicted-paedophile-drag-queen-Gay-Pride-celebrations.html

Cornwall Live
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/child-sex-offender-drag-queen-1955873

UK & Ireland Sex Offender Database
https://theukdatabase.net/2012/05/02/darren-sewell-newport/