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Child sex abuse:How Lady Macur exonerated the Waterhouse inquiry over convicted paedophile Gordon Anglesea

9 Dec. 2017

While all eyes were on Brexit the Wales Office slipped out a revised version of the report by Lady Macur into child sex abuse in North Wales. It reveals her findings on paedophile Gordon Anglesea – exonerating the work of a previous inquiry which let him off the hook.

While the political world was convulsed over Brexit Whitehall decided to remove one of the major redactions in last year’s report by Lady Macur, an appeal judge, which reviewed the inquiry undertaken by Sir Ronald Waterhouse in the 1990s into the scandal of child sex abuse in North Wales.

The redaction involves her investigation and findings into the tribunal’s role in investigating Gordon Anglesea, a retired North Wales police superintendent, convicted of sexually abusing two teenage boys in October last year.

He is the superintendent who won £375,000 damages in 1994 in a libel case against two national newspapers, The Observer and the Independent on Sunday, the magazine Private Eye and HTV, the holder of the ITV franchise in Wales. His legal costs were underwritten by the Police Federation.

Anglesea claimed the four media organisations had accused him of being a child abuser during visits he made to the Bryn Estyn children’s home just outside Wrexham. He denied it and jury found for Anglesea.

The recent death of Anglesea – which meant he can’t appeal his conviction last year- allows him to be named in her report for the first time. And the findings are interesting given the subsequent conviction of Anglesea by Operation Pallial, the National Crime Agency’s investigation and the libel case in 1994.

The references to Anglesea are in the chapter on freemasonry. She examines the investigation carried out by the Witness Interviewing Team (WIT). This was headed by Reginald Briggs, a retired Detective Chief Inspector who had served in the South Wales police force and was a Freemason. She sees no conflict in the tribunal employing a freemason to investigate another freemason. Gordon Anglesea was also a freemason.

“This Review has specifically considered whether there is anything within the material which suggests that the investigations made on behalf of the Tribunal into freemasonry was less thorough by reason of this fact. I have found nothing to suggest this was the case and illustrate the point below predominately in relation to two establishment figures identified during the course of the Tribunal as Freemasons, namely Gordon Anglesea and Lord Kenyon,” [ Lord Kenyon was a Provincial Grand Master, and a member of the North Wales Police Authority in the 1980s]

She accepts that one survivor witness against Anglesea was difficult to trace and when finally contacted mentioned other people not him.

Another witness who was in prison is described as ” fixated by Anglesea’s and his alleged involvement in a paedophile ring.”

“The statement produced records his assertions that in 1991 he had
seen part of a video featuring Anglesea sexually abusing a boy and girl.

The video had allegedly been stolen from a local Councillor subsequently prosecuted for possession of a large quantity of pornography. He said he developed photographs from the video and sent them anonymously to the Chief Constable of the NWP.”

The tribunal concluded this witness was not credible and he was never called.

A lot of time was spent tracing people who might know Anglesea and about his visits to Bryn Estyn including finding one freemason in the same lodge but he said he only knew him by sight.

The report adds: “However, more than one contributor to this Review still question whether enough was done to find evidence against Anglesea or to properly examine the links between freemasonry and the failure to investigate child abuse allegations.”

The inquiry was hampered by one witnesses refusing to give a statement and another witness was deemed to be unreliable despite evidence of Anglesea helping the notorious paedophile Peter Howarth, who ran the home and was subsequently jailed, line up boys. The tribunal was not certain whether he was there at the time.

She does add one very interesting piece of evidence that was witheld from the tribunal.

“I am aware that an allegation of a relatively minor indecent assault was made
against Anglesea by an adult acquaintance of his family prior to the
commencement of the Tribunal hearings. It appears that Counsel to the Tribunal
was informed that “the CPS had decided to take no further action in the case on the
grounds that there was insufficient evidence to support criminal proceedings”, but
apparently not of the fact that Anglesea had lied, on his own subsequent admission, when first interviewed under caution about the allegation.”

… I wrote to the present Chief Constable of the NWP on 15 May 2015 in relation to this non disclosure. The Chief Constable responded indicating that there is no material in the possession of the NWP to indicate why the file was not disclosed, but that it is possible that the file’s relevance to the issue of credibility was overlooked.

She concludes: “I regard the evidence that had lied when first interviewed under
caution about the allegation of indecent assault against an adult acquaintance
of the family was relevant to the issue of his credibility.

Counsel to the Tribunal do not appear to have been made aware of this fact and would have been at a disadvantage in justifying their request for disclosure. It is likely that the NWP overlooked the issue of credibility in favour of considering whether the facts of the alleged offence constituted similar fact evidence.

“This information may have been significant in the Tribunal’s appraisal of his credibility and would have been ‘fresh’ evidence to that which had been available in the libel trial.”

In other words in a civil case which ended up with the media paying out £375,000 damages – the fact that Anglesea was a proven liar could have swayed the jury to bring in a different verdict.

Her overall verdict is to exonerate the Tribunal. And she is not in favour of further reviews of other tribunals covering child sex abuse and certainly not a public inquiry. She does not accept there were any paedophile rings involving Freemasons and VIPs- witholding the information from the public.

She is in favour of thorough police investigations – and perhaps mindful that the police might secure a conviction after her report- hedges her bets on this saying police investigations are better at solving complaints than public inquiries.

Her one other recommendation suggests the police should look at the perversion of course of justice and malfeasance in public office.
She concludes: ” In general, I would advise caution in embarking upon a review of the workings of previous tribunals or boards of inquiry without a considered opinion of the time likely to be involved and the consequent outcome to be achieved.”

“The conclusions of a rapid investigation into a broad and complex topic will be unlikely to allay the concerns and anxieties of interested parties or the public in general.

“An exhaustive review will produce results that may no longer be
relevant to the circumstances which initiated the investigation. In any event, it should be appreciated that the conclusions of any such body will not meet with universal approval. Those with an interest, personal or otherwise, will seek justification for their views and be unlikely to accept the contrary.”

A very Establishment view, Lady Macur. The full report and written statement from Alun Cairns, the Wales Secretary is here.

https://www.byline.com/column/22/article/1971

Truthseeker‏@thewakeupcall09:

Why was one of convicted paedophile John Allen’s companies in Amsterdam, that sent paedophile material to Dolphin Square not being investigated ?

Thomas Kenyon, son of the late Lord Kenyon (5th Baron Kenyon) was friends with paedophile Gary Cooke.

Because of the libel threat only two people can be connected to the Jillings report. Both are now dead. One is Sir Peter Morrison, a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and one of Thatcher’s key aides.

Cotsbrook Hall, Bryn Alyn Community, Shifnal, Shropshire Convicted paedophile David Stanley 18 years’ jail for sex abuse scoutmaster gets 18 years for Paedophile 17pt Gill Sans two decks (1997)
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Cotsbrook Hall in Shifnal, Shropshire, where Stanley worked as a care assistant. The home was owned by the company responsible for the Bryn Alyn home in Wrexham, north Wales, whose owner John Allen was jailed for six years for paedophile offences.


Much more is known about his father, pictured above, Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon 5th Baron Kenyon DL FSA CBE. From this point onwards refered to as Lord Kenyon.

Lord Kenyon was born 13 September 1917 and was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge

Between 1947 and 1982 ‎Lord Kenyon was‎ President of the University of North Wales at Bangor.

From 1948 he was the‎‎ Deputy Lieutenant for Flint. (North Wales)

Between 1952 and 1957 ‎Lord Kenyon was‎ President of the National Museum of Wales.

Between 1962 and 1988 ‎he was the‎ Director of Lloyds Bank.

He was Commissioner of Wales Boy Scouts 1966

Between 1966 and 1988 ‎he was Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery.

He died 16 May 1993 ‎aged 75.

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But who was “The Honourable” Thomas Kenyon ?

We know something about his elder brother, the 6th Baron Kenyon, also called Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon.

He was born 13 July 1947

He was High Sheriff Clwyd 1986 (North Wales)

And EU Ctee of The Regions 1994–97

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But what about “The Honourable” Thomas Kenyon ?

He was born on 14 March 1954.

He died of Aids in 1993.

It really does seem a shame to me that such a great family with such a longstanding connection to North Wales should have such little about them written on the internet.

And so, I feel it is my duty to rectify that. This article shall be a work in progress and anyone who can help fill out the biographies of senior members of this illustrious family can post in reply. Please provide links to sources of info.

“A 23 – YEAR – OLD man appeared for the second time before Birmingham magistrates today accused of arson at the city’s Central Y.M.C.A.

Thomas Tyrell – Kenyon, youngest son of Lord Kenyon of Whitchurch. Shropshire, was reamnded (sic) until May 19.

He was living at the Y.M.C.A., in Snow Hill, Birmingham, at the time of the alleged offence.

Sir Andrew Watson  allowed Tyrell-Kenyon bail of pounds 1,000.

A condition is that Tyrell-Kenyon remain in a secure wing of the North Walse Hospital, Denbigh.

Tyrell – Kenyon has two brothers and a sister. His father is a director of Lloyds Bank.

Thomas Kenyon, Son of Lord Kenyon, Was a Paedophile.

The Wynnstay Arms Hotel Wrexham, known as The Crest Hotel between 1960 and 1985

A great many people have been asking the question; Who was the son of a Lord who is implicated in the North Wales child abuse scandal and cover-up ?

Actually, the answer has been online for over 15 years in this very revealing article.

Because of the libel threat only two people can be connected to the Jillings report. Both are now dead. One is Sir Peter Morrison, a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and one of Thatcher’s key aides. His sister is Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen. One of his more extraordinary achievements is not hearing the IRA bomb go off while staying at the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1985.

The other is Thomas Kenyon, son of the late Lord Kenyon. Thomas died of Aids three years ago. His brother represents Wales on the EU’s Committee of the Regions. These names alone give some indication of the kind of people who might have been named in the report, if they were name-able.

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It is unclear if the author was unaware of the Waterhouse injunction or, as seems more likely, wrote this article before the injunction extension came into to being.

This should answer the puzzle set by Nick Davies and below I’ve taken a part of an article he wrote back in 1997 and added [in bold] the missing names.

Lord Kenyon was a powerful man: he had a considerable private income; he was a senior freemason,  a respected patron of the arts and a champion of good causes; he became a familiar figure in the corridors of power both in the City of London, where he sat on the board of Lloyds Bank, one of the largest companies in Britain, and in the political world, where he became an influential figure in regional politics. His son, Thomas Kenyon, however, was a very different creature.

Thomas Kenyon drifted into the low life of Wrexham, in North Wales, where he made his home. He drank, he mixed with a group of people who were in and out of prison and, most of all, he hung around the red-brick public toilets by the bus station in King Street. According to evidence which has been given behind a screen of anonymity at the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal, Lord Kenyon’s son was a paedophile.

In July 1979, Thomas Kenyon, then aged 25, had an alarming experience. He woke up in a room in the Crest Hotel in Wrexham to discover that all of his clothes and possessions had been stolen – by a young boy with whom he had been having sex that night. This boy, who was then two years below the age of consent and was supposed to be in the care of the local authority, has now told the tribunal that Thomas Kenyon used him for sex “on numerous occasions”.

Thomas Kenyon had no doubt at all about how to handle this theft. He went to the police and not only named the treacherous boy but explained quite openly why it was that they were sharing a room. A contemporary note made by the boy’s social worker records that the police were aware of allegations of “homosexual activities” between the boy and Thomas Kenyon . The police investigated. The outcome was clear: the boy was convicted of theft and sent to a detention centre for three months; Thomas Kenyon was never charged with any offence at all.

Under normal circumstances, Lord Kenyon and his son,Thomas Kenyon,  would both by now have been identified in the press as their names surfaced in the proceedings of the tribunal, which has been holding open sessions for eight months. The public would have joined the tribunal in making a judgement about whether  Thomas Kenyon escaped prosecution simply because there was insufficient evidence (he later told police that his claim to have had sex with the boy must have been “a figment of the imagination”) or whether Thomas Kenyon was right to boast, as one convicted paedophile told the tribunal, that his influential father could intervene to protect them.

As it is,Thomas Kenyon  has not been named because the chairman of the North Wales Tribunal, Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC,  has ruled that, unless they have been convicted in court, no living person who is or is likely to be accused of abusing children in care can be identified. It so happens that Thomas Kenyon  is dead – and so is Lord Kenyon – but Sir Ronald has extended his ruling to prevent either man being named.

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I should just say at this stage, that all references to Lord Kenyon in this article are to Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon 5th Baron Kenyon and not his son the 6th Baron Kenyon who bears the same name.

For the most part information about the family has been expunged from the internet. There are no wikipedia entries for either the 5th or 6th Baron Kenyon which is unusual for members of the aristocracy. It is a bit like “the curious incident of the dog [that didn’t bark] in the night-time.”

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I am aware that the following Parliamentarians knew about the elite paedophile ring and the cover-up Willie Whitelaw, John Major, Ken Livingstone, Edwina Currie, David Waddington, Michael Howard, Margaret Thatcher, Leon Brittan, Ken Clarke, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Geoffrey Dickens, Alun Michael, Rod Richards, John Merek and William Hague.

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Hansard Debate: Macur review

22 Mar 2016 : Column 550WH

Liz Saville Roberts

I turn to redactions: the removal of names and details by which people might be identified. On my count—I may be wrong, although I counted twice— there are 633 redactions in the report. Although many will be duplications, the Secretary of State and the Minister must appreciate that that number is extremely high.

The previous Secretary of State for Wales, the right hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said in his statement last week that redactions had been “kept to a minimum”. While I, and I am sure many people here, accept that some redactions must be made, particularly given the ongoing court proceedings and the potential for further actions, I put it to the House that to claim that redactions in the report have been kept to a minimum is frankly disingenuous.

I am particularly concerned about the extremely high number of redactions in chapters 7 and 8 on freemasonry and establishment figures respectively.

Lady Justice Macur made recommendations in her report to the Secretaries of State on what should be redacted in the published report. She said:

“It is for the Secretaries of State to determine any further redaction of my Report weighing public interest with the caution”.

The previous Secretary of State also said that the rationale behind making the redactions, as set out in the letters to the Secretaries of State by the Treasury Solicitor and the director general of propriety and ethics, “explain the reasons…fully”.

However, I put it to the Minister that those justifications are weak and bland. I sympathise with the views expressed by victims and by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, as just mentioned, who believe that the UK Government need to be more open about the process by which redactions were made.

First, I ask the Minister to tell the House how many redactions were made in addition to those suggested by Lady Macur.

Secondly, will he publish further information about why those additional redactions were made and what the process was in coming to a decision on them?

Especially alarming—possibly more so—are the numerous serious cases of missing or destroyed evidence at several different points during the various inquiries.

Lady Justice Macur’s report refers to individuals who have implied in written evidence that they hold information about abusers who were not investigated by the police or the tribunal.

She states that following an interview with—redacted name—she made a request for materials said by that person to be relevant to the review and stored by a solicitor. She goes on to say that that solicitor had since left the relevant practice and that the files in question were destroyed. She even says that the person at the firm dealing with her request recalled that, before the files were destroyed, the solicitor in question had visited the office and

“may have taken any documents he considered worthy of retention.”

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The report states that the solicitor in question had failed to respond to correspondence from Lady Macur. Does the Minister consider that a satisfactory conclusion to that line of inquiry?

Is simply ignoring correspondence until the problem goes away all one needs to do to get away with a crime? Even ignoring the allegation that the solicitor may have removed evidence, is the Minister satisfied that it would be standard practice to destroy recently archived data?

Unfortunately, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to missing or destroyed evidence. The greatest cause for concern in relation to the process and documentation is of course the fate of the Waterhouse tribunal’s evidence originally handed over to the Welsh Office in 1998. Those documents—it says this in the report—were supposed to be archived securely for 75 years. That did not happen. The evidence received scant respect at the Welsh Office and it was then shuffled over to the Welsh Government.

This is simply a catalogue of data mismanagement: dependency on technology that becomes dated and corrupted; destruction of hardware and tapes; boxes of evidence in disorder; and a reference index that lists 718 boxes while only 398 were initially made available. It remains unclear how many boxes of evidence were finally handed over to Lady Justice Macur, but documents were still coming to light on 1 December last year. It should be noted that the report was presented on 10 December. That methodology does not instil confidence.

The significance of the destroyed computer database cannot be overestimated. That was the record of all documentation. Against that database, if extant, it would have been possible to come to a view as to whether significant evidence was present or missing. Macur states:

It is impossible to confidently report that I have seen all the documentation that was before the Tribunal.”

We cannot therefore come empirically to an opinion on whether material has been lost, removed or concealed.

Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley) (Lab): I interviewed six young men some years ago in the Cynon Valley. Those boys were taken to north Wales, and that may be true of boys from other parts of south Wales as well. This is talked about as the north Wales abuse inquiry, but it is sometimes forgotten that the children came from all over Wales. Those boys’ reports were harrowing, as Members can imagine. It is an absolute disgrace that there are so many missing documents; I entirely agree with the hon. Lady. Where have they gone? Who is responsible? Lots of the evidence given to the Jillings report, which preceded the Waterhouse inquiry, has also gone missing. Where is it? Who did that, and what were they hiding?

Liz Saville Roberts: I agree. There is a history, as the right hon. Lady mentioned, of a loss of evidence associated with child abuse. I refer also to the Geoffrey Dickens dossier. I ask the Minister to consider whether victims and survivors of abuse in Wales—not only north Wales, of course—can, in all honesty, be satisfied with the findings of this report.

Now that the Macur review has been published, we are left with the overall lasting impression that documentation and process have been more important than securing justice for the victims and survivors of the abuse that was perpetrated, which should have been the overarching responsibility and purpose of the review.

Symptomatic of that concern for documentation and process rather than for the victims and survivors of abuse was the failure to speak to them individually.

The review held a public session in Wrexham in June 2013. The review’s website states that, on that day, Lady Justice Macur

“met privately with anyone who asked to do so”

and that the review

“met with numerous individuals with relevant information.”

However, I have spoken with one of the survivors, Keith Gregory, who is a point of contact for other victims and survivors of abuse, and he has informed me that arrangements for interviews were forgotten by the review.

In any event, the Government have redacted, as we have heard, huge swathes of the Macur review, removing in particular the names of individuals who have been the subject of speculation and who have national recognition.

For example, the name Peter Morrison has been redacted from the report, but puzzlingly, other names—Greville Janner, Lord Gareth Williams—have not.

Mr David Jones (Clwyd West) (Con): If I may correct the hon. Gentleman, Peter Morrison’s name does appear in the body of the report. It is important that the hon. Gentleman clarifies that, because it is not redacted.

Ian C. Lucas: It appears in one part of the report, but it is also redacted in other parts of it. His name appears in the introduction, I believe, but in the part that relates to establishment figures, his name is redacted.

Mr David Jones: The point I was seeking to make is that his name is not wholly redacted, and since the hon. Gentleman is making a speech that covers very important matters, it is necessary to clarify that point.

Ian C. Lucas: I am grateful for that clarification, but in the chapter that relates to establishment figures, the two names that I referred to are not redacted, whereas Peter Morrison’s name is. It is very difficult to deduce a line of principle to see why someone made that decision. I think we need to have that information, and I think it

is very important and very appropriate that the Children’s Commissioner for Wales has written to the Secretary of State for Wales, saying that

“more can be done to communicate many of the omissions to be found in the report, and seek a greater level of transparency to be afforded to victims. As such, I call on the UK Government to issue a statement explaining the methodology used for redacting the publically available Macur Review Report, giving a full rationale for the changes made. Without an understanding of the approach employed by the Government’s lawyers, many will continue to question whether there has been protection of individuals because of their position in society, rather than because there are ongoing criminal investigations, or if there is no evidence against them.”

Some of the people whose names have been redacted are dead, so there will not be any continuing criminal investigations as far as they are concerned, and it is very difficult to understand why these redactions have been made and what element of principle is involved. We need that information because we have to try to persuade our constituents that our political system is not rotten and that it does afford them some element of protection.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm160322/halltext/160322h0002.htm


Thursday 28 March 2013

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the following as Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal
  • Mr Justice Briggs
  • Mr Justice Christopher Clarke
  • Mr Justice Floyd
  • Mr Justice Fulford
  • Mrs Justice Gloster
  • Mrs Justice Macur
  • Mr Justice Ryder
  • Mrs Justice Sharp
  • Mr Justice Underhill
  • Mr Justice Vos
Is it fishy that  Mrs Justice Macur  chosen to head the Review  into the failed  Waterhouse Inquiry  has  suddenly been promoted to the Court of Appeal?

The most senior freemason in South Wales has defended the secretiveness of Wales’ 13,000 masons.

Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones said the members of the order should not be forced to declare their membership.

He was responding to calls made by South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner on S4C’s Y Byd ar Bedwar current affairs programme for more openness.

Alun Michael argued that it should be compulsory for all public servants, whether police officers, council officials or politicians, to declare if they are freemasons.

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Fifty years of service: The Hon. Mary Morrison (left)

‘Hon. Dame Mary Anne Morrison, GCVO  Woman of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1960′


[Sir Peter Morrison] was a force to be reckoned with — at the heart of the Establishment, close to the PM, and, throughout this period, his sister, now Dame Mary Morrison, was a friend and lady-in-waiting to the Queen’ [quote: former MP Gyles Brandreth]

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Princess Anne & Lady-in-Waiting Mary Morrison – sister of noted pederast Peter Morrison

The Queen and landed power in Scotland

The Queen Mother is the daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore. Her sister was married to the 4th Earl of Granville, whose granddaughter, Lady Marcia is married to Jonathan Bulmer.

The 2nd Earl of Granville’s daughter was the grandmother of James Morrison, Lord Margadale.


When we arrived in Chester in 1991, the word on the street was that Peter was ‘a disgusting pervert’. Out canvassing, knocking on doors in the large council estates, we were told that Morrison was a monster who interfered with children.

The first, and only, official acknowledgement of my predecessor’s possible involvement in child abuse came my way in 1996, when William Hague, then Secretary of State for Wales, came up to me in the Commons to let me know that he had ordered an inquiry into allegations of child abuse in care homes in North Wales between 1974 and 1990 — and that Morrison’s name might feature in connection with the Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham, 12 miles from Chester.”

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Mrs Thatcher spent a few days on the Scottish island of Islay, where her aide, Peter Morrison, had his family estate.

After dinner in the huge mansion each night, there were boisterous party games

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It’s now remarkable to think of Thatcher being courted on 3 successive holidays in 1977, 1978 and 1979 by Lord Margadale on the Isle of Islay, while his self-confessed ‘pederast’ son Sir Peter Morrison was hovering for a role in government and then to learn that Lord Harvington, (whose child abusing son had been neatly despatched to quieter climes in Workington, Cumbria by George Hume before becoming Archbishop), was also hosting Thatcher on holiday in Jersey.

Lord Harvington – Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and her husband were among the guests on his yacht.

‘Forty’ abusers at Catholic school

November 28 2017

Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire is accused of being a “honeypot” for offenders

Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire is accused of being a “honeypot” for offenders

Forty monks and teachers have been accused of sexually abusing boys at a leading Roman Catholic school that allegedly became a “honeypot” for offenders, it was revealed yesterday.

Reports of child sex offences at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire were disclosed yesterday at a public hearing of an inquiry into the handling of abuse allegations by the Catholic church.

As a case study, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) is examining safeguarding policies at two fee-paying boarding schools run by the English Benedictine Congregation — Ampleforth, and Downside in Somerset. Riel Karmy-Jones, QC, counsel to the inquiry, said that it would consider the prevalence of child abuse within the Catholic church and the extent to which Catholic culture “has or does inhibit the proper investigation and prevention” of such crimes.

Since 1996 three monks and two lay teachers at Ampleforth have been convicted of sex offences against pupils, but Ms Karmy-Jones said that the inquiry had been notified of multiple allegations against about 40 monks and teachers.

In an opening statement on behalf of 29 abuse survivors Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, the law firm, said that the “temptation to cover up” such crimes was “particularly acute in institutions associated with the Roman Catholic Church”. He said: “Where reputation is key to an organisation’s existence, there is likely to be an almost overwhelming desire to find some way of avoiding the bad publicity associated with child sex abuse.” Shared awareness among child abusers that their misconduct would be covered up, or dealt with in-house, explained why “some institutions become honeypots where multiple offenders operate”.

Mr Scorer urged the inquiry to consider recommending a change in the law to make failure to report abuse a criminal offence.

On behalf of 14 victims and survivors, David Enright said that it was “very difficult to explain” to a non-Catholic “the power and depth of influence the Catholic church exerts over its members. The abusers were not only men in positions of trust; they were seen by the abused, and their families, as spokesmen for the God they worship. It is hard to imagine a greater hold that a child abuser could have over his victim.”

Matthias Kelly, QC, counsel for Ampleforth, said that the school and the abbey wanted “to apologise for the hurt, injury, distress and damage done to those who were abused as a result of our failings”. He said that the school’s policy today was one of “full, transparent and immediate co-operation with the statutory agencies”.

For Downside and the English Benedictine Congregation, Kate Gallafent, QC, said that the Catholic church was committed to giving the inquiry “its full co-operation. The congregation expresses profound shame that any child has been the victim of sexual abuse whilst in the care of the schools connected with its abbeys.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/forty-abusers-at-catholic-school-w75b7wfjg


Before becoming Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher loved spending time on the beautiful Isle of Islay.

Every August, she would walk on the deserted beaches, drop into the local whisky distillery with husband Denis and play charades after dinner.

Her invitation to go there arrived every  year like clockwork from a young Tory whose well-heeled family owned the 80,000-acre Scottish island. Mrs Thatcher’s gratitude to him was revealed in a thank-you letter she sent from 10 Downing Street shortly after becoming Prime Minister in May, 1979.

She wrote: ‘I must let you know how much Denis and I are looking forward to our holiday this year with you on Islay. My office will be in touch with you about all the details.’

The note, signed fondly ‘Yours ever, Margaret’, was written to the Right Honourable Peter Morrison, a man spawned into a privileged political dynasty steeped in loyal service to  the Conservatives.

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, pictured with her private secretary Peter Morrison in 1990

His father, John Morrison — made Lord Margadale in recognition of his service to the Conservatives — then presciently announced at a family dinner at his grand house on Islay (three years before it actually happened): ‘Mark my words, Margaret Thatcher will be the next leader of the (Tory) Party.’

In due course, his son, Peter, became MP for Chester and was the first backbencher to urge Mrs Thatcher to stand for the party leadership. The Morrisons were so intimate with Mrs T that women in the family even gave her fashion tips. And over the years, no political colleague was more close to her than Peter.

Immediately after Mrs Thatcher became PM, he was given a job in the Treasury. Then, after a series of  junior ministerial roles, he was elevated to deputy chairman of the ConservThere was talk of an incident at a public lavatory in his constituency, of him trawling central London for rent boys, of having a private house where wild parties were held for under-age males, and secretive visits from  Chester over the border into Wales to see what he called ‘his young friends’.

Questions were increasingly asked in Westminster, in private at first, if it was wise for a man who was bedevilled by such deeply unpleasant rumours to be so close to the Prime Minister.

The Mail’s political columnist Simon Heffer says that, as early as 1988, concerns over Morrison were circulating in the Tory top ranks.

He remembers: ‘A very senior person in the party said that Peter had been discovered by police kerb-crawling for rent boys in Sussex Gardens, London

Norman Tebbit, the former Tory Party chairman and another Thatcher confidant, has admitted he, too, heard the sordid rumours ‘through unusual channels’ just before Morrison became the PM’s closest aide.

Lord Tebbit has told the BBC that ‘rumours had got to my ears’ over Morrison having sex with under-age boys. ‘I faced him up and asked him bluntly whether there was any truth in them. He assured me there was not. There was no action on the part of the police . . . I accepted his word.’

The Tory grandee says that he now believes a VIP ring of paedophiles operated in Westminster over many years and that their activities were covered up by those in powerful places to protect the British establishment.

In July 1990, one-time Health Secretary Edwina Currie wrote in her diary which was published –

‘Peter Morrison has become the Prime Minister’s PPS. Now he’s what they call a “noted pederast” with a liking for young boys. She either knows and is taking a chance, or doesn’t; either way, it’s a really dumb move.’

Morrison had, indeed, been cautioned, the police admitted (it is believed to have been in 1990, the year he took the job as Mrs Thatcher’s PPS), for having sex with a 15-year-old boy in the public lavatories at Crewe railway station.

By not pressing charges, he was given the green light to  carry on.’

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Jonathan Aitken, a close friend of Morrison’s at Eton, wrote in his Margaret Thatcher biography last year: ‘The allegations against him (Morrison) were never substantiated, and the inquiry was subsequently dropped.’

Police officers in Chester and Westminster complained that a less powerful man would not have been let off with just a caution but would have been charged with gross indecency.

What’s more, they said that, since the boy victims were under-age Morrison should have been charged with the much more serious offence of sexual crimes against children.

The disgruntled police also said that paperwork about Morrison’s caution had disappeared on the orders of ‘those on high’.

But what of Morrison’s secretive visits to North Wales, a short drive over the border from his constituency?

Gyles Brandreth, his successor as Chester MP, says he and his wife were told ‘repeatedly and emphatically’ that Morrison was a ‘disgusting pervert’.

Rod Richards, a former Conservative MP and leader of the Welsh Tories, says he has seen confidential documents prepared for earlier inquiries which state clearly how Morrison was a ‘frequent and unexplained’ visitor at the homes.

He says: ‘I saw his name and it stayed with me because I knew he was a politician. I think there have been many cover-ups along the way to protect him and others.’

Mr Richards’s memories chime with those of a former resident of the Bryn Estyn care home who told Channel 4 News he had seen Morrison there five times.

The man said: ‘Going through some papers recently, I saw his face. I know now he was the MP for Chester at the time. Morrison. Red wavy hair. I recognised him straight away.

‘I saw him at Bryn Estyn. He turned up in a car, the boy went off in his car. We used to see a lot of people we didn’t recognise, not staff. They couldn’t have been there for the same reason the staff were there. They turned up at odd hours, early evening and the night. Really nice shoes, I always remember the shoes.’

It remains deeply disturbing that Morrison should have been allowed to rise so high and get so close to Margaret Thatcher.

In 1986, when he was moved from his post as a Department of Trade and Industry junior minister to become deputy chairman of the Tory Party, Mrs Thatcher wrote him another effusive letter.

Hinting at their very close relationship, it began: ‘I hasten to say that I am not intending to write to you the normal letter for Ministers leaving the Government.’

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Peter Brooke’s family home is close to Peter Morrison’s family home on Islay

Islay was favoured by Thatcher – and Heath as a holiday destination – guests of Morrison

Peter Brooke, Life Peer PUDDLE HOUSE, CHICKSGROVE, TISBURY, SALISBURY SP3 6NA

What’s so interesting about that address?

HAKLUYT?

WELL – that’s SIR BRIAN CUBBON

Meet the man Leon Brittan handed the lost VIP paedophile dossier to

Sir Brian is listed as a director of an MI6 front company called Hakluyt & Company.

Peter Brooke was Chairman of the Tory Party

Chairman of the Conservative Party In office

13 July 1987 – 24 July 1989

Peter Morrison was deputy Chair from 1986

In 1986 he became Deputy Conservative Party Chairman under Norman Tebbit

but also served during Brooke’s tenure

Bottomley was PPS to Brooke

The Morrisons and Brooke were neighbours in Tilsbury as well as Islay

The Morrisons live at Fonthill House, near Tisbury in Wiltshire.

Peter Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville (born 3 March 1934)

PUDDLE HOUSE, CHICKSGROVE, TISBURY, SALISBURY SP3 6NA

Tisbury is a village 13 miles west of Salisbury in the English county of Wiltshire.

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Margaret Thatcher, Leon Brittan and Sir Peter Morrison on holiday in Islay, Aug 1979

This is Mrs Thatcher’s third consecutive summer holiday on Islay, where she is the guest of Lord Margadale, the former Tory MP.

A party of 12 will be staying at Lord Margadale’s house, Islay House, for Mrs Thatcher’s holiday week.

The guests include Lord Margadale’s son Mr Peter Morrison, Tory MP for Chester and a Government Whip,

and (his sister) Miss Mary Morrison, Lady in Waiting to the Queen.

Dame Mary Morrison, was a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II for forty years.


Sara Morrison – sister-in-law to noted pederast Sir Peter Morrison.  Her husband, Sir Charles Morrison helped fund Harvey Proctor’s shirt shop.sara-morrison

PIE-Linked Albany Trust

1974: Grey lunches with Sir Keith Joseph & invites Mrs Charles Morrison to become Albany Trust Chair

In autumn 1974, introduced by Mrs Sara Morrison, Peter’s sister-in-law, Grey had lunched with Keith Joseph about which she’d been delighted to have introduced them.

Tory child abuse whistleblower: ‘Margaret Thatcher knew all about underage sex ring among ministers’

“I underlined the names of Keith Joseph, Rhodes Boyson and one MP still serving today. I also said I had seen Michael Havers at a party in Blackpool held at the hotel pool in 1983.”

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Young People and Broadcasting – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

www.gulbenkian.org.uk/pdffiles/Young_People_and_Broadcasting.pdf

Early in 1979 the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation publishedBroadcasting and … The Foundation is deeply grateful to Peter Mandelson, Sara Morrison and the .

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“The late Sir Edward Heath was notoriously uneasy with women, but there was one, Sara Morrison, who was a good friend and an important political confidante. She was with him when he died on Sunday. ”

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Edward Heath ‘was not a sexual being’, says closest female friend Sara Morrison

Sara Morrison lunched weekly with the former prime minister and was his confidante

Mrs Morrison, promoted by Heath from local government to vice-chairman of the Conservative Party in the early 1970s, often played host in later years when Heath had dinners at his house in Salisbury

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Edward Heath’s Former Secretary Shot Himself After Child Abuse Arrest

16 Aug 2015

‘An ex-aide of former Tory Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath, shot himself in the
head following his arrest for potential child abuse offences.

Two days after being questioned by police investigating images on his computer, 40-year-old Nick Edgar killed himself near his parents’ Cambridgeshire estate.

The Sun reports the father of three, who worked as Sir Edward Heath’s Private
Secretary in the 1990s, was held by police investigating child abuse crimes in April
2010. Having been questioned again four months later, Edgar shot himself with a
shotgun near his parents’ home.

The former Oxford University Union president started working with Sir Edward in
1992 when he was in his early 20s. He worked as his Private Secretary for several
years, spending months at the former Prime Minister’s Wiltshire home.’

Seven police forces across Britain are looking into historic child sex abuse allegations made against Sir Edward himself, who died in 2005 aged 89.

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Ted Heath: The Cottaging Paedophile

He led the Tories to a surprise General Election victory over Labour, took Britain into Europe and lost power after failing to beat the unions over the three-day week.
But Sir Edward Heath might never have had a stint in 10 Downing Street had he not heeded advice to stop ‘cottaging’ for gay sex.
For he was warned in the 1950s that cruising for homosexual encounters could destroy his political career.
Sir Edward, a lifelong bachelor who died in 2005, always refused to comment on his sexuality.
But Brian Coleman, a senior Tory member of the London Assembly, has claimed the ex-Prime Minister had actively sought gay sex in public places.
He said it was ‘common knowledge’ among Conservatives that Sir Edward had been given a stern warning by police when he underwent background checks for the for the post of Privy Councillor.
In an internet article for the New Stateman magazine, Mr Coleman claimed that gay men had run the Conservative Party in the capital for years, whether as officials, councillors or volunteers.

One of the things we are all starting to learn recently is that ‘gay’ is Tory code for paedophile. …large number of Conservative paedophiles who were not only members of parliament but also of the old GLC and local councils.

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From Heath’s 1998 autobiography – Ted Heath especially grateful to Nicholas Edgar…and some other familiar names…Sara Morrison, Soames, Fellowes…

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In June 1995 Heath’s private office, headed at that time by Nicholas Edgar, was set the task of organising three days of lavish celebrations for our visitors at the most prestigious London venues.

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Heath’s Chief Whip: My Job Was to Cover-up Scandals Involving Small Boys

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Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture

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Sir Edward Heath,Senior Citizens/Pensioners Forum - Kensington & Chelsea

12 April 1994

Dear Mr Bryson

Sir Edward has asked me to thank you for your letter of 7 April 1994.

It was kind of you to write and Sir Edward was interested to read about the scheme that you have set up in Kensington & Chelsea for the elderly.

Sir Edward has asked me to pass on his best wishes. He hopes that it is a great success.

Yours sincerely

Nick Edgar
Private Secretary


 


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Heath was a good pal of the Morrisons too

Heath autobio. p574

” …went off to spend the weekend with Charles and Sara Morrison at their home in Wiltshire………..

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John Granville Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale TD, DL (1906 – 1996), was a British landowner and Conservative Party politician. An MP from 1942 to 1965, he notably served as Chairman of the 1922 Committee between 1955 and 1964.

Morrison was the son of Hugh Morrison and Lady Mary Leveson-Gower, daughter of the Liberal statesman Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville. (There’s a name we recognise).

The eldest of John Morrison’s sons, James , married Sophia Cavendish, daugher of the youngest of the Mitford sisters, Deborah. Deborah Mitford is also known as DEBO.

The Mitford sisters were heavily influenced/influencing of Oswald Mosley, who may have been the influence for the political stance of THE MONDAY CLUB.

Debo was known to Savile and in his auction of personal artefacts was a card provenance as signed by Debo Duchess of Devonshire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah…_of_Devonshire

From Savile’s auction..

A collection of Christmas greetings cards, including from members of the Royal Household, four from Princess Alexandra (1936- ) The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Sir Angus Ogilvy (1928-2004); and two handwritten postcards from Deborah (1920- ) Duchess of Devonshire, signed ‘Debo’ (approx. 30)

Provenance: From the estate of Sir Jimmy Savile. OBE, KCSG, LLD (1926-2011)

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The second son, Sir Charles Andrew Morrison (1932–2005) sat as Conservative MP for Devizes from 1964 until 1992.

He was one of the investors in the shirt shop Cottonrose in Richmond. That property’s freehold is said to be owned by ‘Puddles’ (from the Mary Moss documents). It had been run by ex MP Harvey Proctor,Tory MP for Basildon 1979-1983 and Billericay 1983-1987, who was forced to resign following his activities involving a rent boy/spanking.

Sara Morrison, Charles Morrison’s wife has been described as Edward Heath’s friend and important political confidante and she was with him when he died.

The daughter of Viscount Lang and the Duchess of Marlborough, Sara Morrison was a director of the influential program, Fourth Channel TV, and one of the principal organizers of the Conservative Party, said to be a close confidante of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

She was a director of General Electric Co. of England (now Plessy – ? linked to the Rothschilds).

The third son, Sir Peter Morrison (1944 –1995), was Conservative MP for Chester from 1974 to 1992 and died aged 51 in 1995.

He lived at Puddington in Cheshire, according to the Chester Chronicle, and at the end of his life he was living in Somerset.

He was Margaret Thatcher’s parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.

In October 2012 it was alleged that evidence has been seen that linked Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over a 20 year period.

It has also been alleged that Sir Peter was protected by a “culture of sniggering, of giggling and of nudge-nudge, wink-wink” and that his behaviour was covered up by senior party members and the media.

Morrison is now named in connection with a fresh inquiry into these allegations, which could also implicate the late DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

John Morrison’s daughter, Dame Mary Morrison, was a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II for forty years.

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William Hague faces cover-up row over Thatcher ally’s link to care home abuse scandal:

Former foreign secretary said to have been made aware of Sir Peter Morrison’s connections while working as Welsh secretary

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Thatcher’s bodyguard (left) and Peter Morrison

Margaret Thatcher ‘Told Of Sir Peter Morrison Paedophile Claims’

Margaret Thatcher was told about alleged sex parties with under-age boys held by one of her closest aides claims her former personal bodyguard.

Barry Strevens, who worked as the prime minister’s personal bodyguard, said that he passed on allegations about her confidant Sir Peter Morrison.

“A senior officer in Chester had told me there were rumours going around about under-age boys – one aged 15 – attending sex parties at a house there belonging to Peter Morrison,” he said.

At the time, Sir Peter was being considered as the replacement for deputy party chairman after Jeffrey Archer had stood down over prostitution claims in 1986.

The former senior police officer said that Lady Thatcher appointed Sir Peter deputy party chairman of the Conservatives despite learning of the rumours.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/27/margaret-thatcher-sex-parties-paedophile-sir-peter-morrison-bodyguard_n_5624475.html

The History of Islay House

Islay House is one of Britain’s most historic houses, having played host to many distinguished guests from Prime Ministers to Queen Elizabeth II

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Gyles Brandreth who was part of Jimmy Savile and Cliff Richard’s “porn tour”

 


 

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Sir Edward Heath WAS a paedophile, says police chief: Astonishing claim is made that the former PM is guilty of vile crimes ‘covered up by the Establishment’

  • More than 30 people have come forward with claims about the former PM 
  • And they are said to have given ‘strikingly similar’ accounts to Wiltshire Police 
  • The county’s chief constable has said that the allegations are ‘totally convincing’
  • Pictures have emerged of Heath driving – despite it being claimed he didn’t have a car 

The police chief investigating claims that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile is convinced the allegations are ‘120 per cent’ genuine, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

More than 30 people have come forward with claims of sexual abuse by the former Conservative Prime Minister, according to well-placed sources.

And they are said to have given ‘strikingly similar’ accounts of incidents to Wiltshire Police – even though the individuals are not known to each other.

The Mail on Sunday has been told that Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale regards the allegations as ‘totally convincing’, and plans to publish a report in June.

Detectives have established that, contrary to claims that Sir Edward could not have committed the crimes as he ‘never drove a car’ and ‘always’ had a police driver with him, he did drive – and did have a car.

They have photographic evidence that shows he is a driver, and have established that he had a driving licence. He also bought a Rover 2000 after being deposed as Tory leader by Margaret Thatcher in 1975, when he was 58.

Astonishingly, Mr Veale is also understood to support claims that Sir Edward’s alleged crimes were reported to police years ago but covered up by the Establishment.

Some of those who said Sir Edward abused them are believed to have told police they went on to commit sexual abuse crimes themselves as a result.

The investigation into Sir Edward, called Operation Conifer, was set up in 2015 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Mr Veale came under pressure to abandon the inquiry last year after separate claims of a paedophile ring at Westminster involving former Home Secretary, the late Lord Brittan, and former Defence chief, Lord Bramall, were found to be groundless.

Allegations that Sir Edward was involved in satanic orgies have been dismissed as fantasy by an expert asked to review the case.

However, The Mail on Sunday has been told that Mr Veale believes the paedophile allegations are genuine. A source said: ‘Mr Veale believes in them 120 per cent and thinks they are totally convincing.

‘There are very close similarities in the accounts given by those who have come forward. The same names used for him, the same places and same type of incidents keep coming up.

‘What stands out is that the people giving these accounts are not connected but the stories and the details dovetail.

‘It contains disturbing stuff. Investigators have been shocked by what they have learned.’

Another source said: ‘The police were initially sceptical about the allegations, but now believe them. And they have come round to the view that they were covered up in the past because of who Heath was.

‘They will not be deflected by the rich and powerful trying to do the same now. Mike Veale is doing a great job and should be congratulated for his courage.’

The disclosures come after several senior politicians dismissed the allegations against Heath as absurd and unfounded. Former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind complained Heath’s reputation was being ‘besmirched’. Heath’s sexuality has been the source of much speculation over the years. Some believed he was gay, others said he was ‘asexual.’ At one point, he was being investigated by no fewer than five police forces – the Met, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent and Jersey.

The claims, some of which have been proved false, include alleged links to a convicted brothel keeper known as Madame Ling-Ling. A paedophile dossier compiled by Labour peer Baroness Castle said he offered young boys trips on his yacht, and in a separate incident one man claimed Sir Edward picked him up hitchhiking in Kent as a 12-year-old in the 1960s and lured him to his Mayfair flat.

Labour MP Tom Watson also said he had received allegations about Sir Edward. However the claims Mr Veale is investigating, which date from the 1960s to 1990s, are not linked to the discredited evidence of the man known as ‘Nick’, who alleged a high-level paedophile ring.

One of the key counter-claims made when the allegations first surfaced came from former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong, who worked with Heath when he was Prime Minister. He said Heath ‘never drove a car’ and always had at least one policeman with him from 1970 until his death in 2005.

The fact that Sir Edward could drive was confirmed last night by a friend, who said the former Prime Minister bought a car in 1975, although Sir Edward was later given a chauffeur-driven car and police guard after IRA death threats.

Asked if Mr Veale believed the allegations against Sir Edward were ‘totally convincing’, a police spokesman said the Chief Constable was determined to ‘ensure the investigation is proportionate, measured and legal’ and that the job of the police was to ‘impartially investigate allegations without fear or favour and go where the evidence takes us. It is not the role of the police to judge the guilt or innocence of people in our criminal justice system.’

Further asked if Mr Veale had ‘120 per cent’ faith in the allegations, the spokesman declined to comment.

DO THESE PHOTOS UNDERMINE EX PM’S DEFENCE

Sir Edward Heath seen with his car in Weymouth, despite claims he never drove

Sir Edward Heath seen with his car in Weymouth, despite claims he never drove

These are the photographs that appear to disprove the notion that the allegations against Sir Edward cannot be true because he ‘never drove a car’ and was always accompanied by police.

Both were taken in October 1975. In the main picture on the right, Heath is standing by the driver’s door of the Rover 2000 he bought after Margaret Thatcher ousted him as Tory leader in February that year. In the picture on the left, he is seen arriving at the Tory Party conference in Blackpool – in the driver’s seat.

The Mail on Sunday has learned that Wiltshire Police has also obtained photographic evidence of him driving.

The issue was first raised by former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong, who worked with Sir Edward in No 10. Lord Armstrong said Sir Edward – whom he described as ‘asexual’ – had a 24-hour police guard and driver from the day he became PM in 1970 to his death in 2005, and did not have his own car.

‘When he was at home he had two policemen on the gate, he had the personal protection officer from Scotland Yard in the house, he never drove a car himself, he always had an official driver,’ said Lord Armstrong. ‘It seems highly unlikely he could have escaped all that to do the kind of thing that is described.’

Sir Edward Heath again pictured driving, this time leaving leaves the conference for the sea breezes of Weymouth

Sir Edward Heath again pictured driving, this time leaving leaves the conference for the sea breezes of Weymouth

Sir Edward bought the Rover after losing the chauffeur-driven car he was entitled to as Prime Minister, then Opposition leader.

A confidant of the former PM said: ‘He definitely could and did drive, though was a notoriously bad one. When he went to music concerts in Salzburg and hired a car, he was meant to drive it because his British police guards weren’t officially allowed to.

‘But they insisted as they were frightened he was going to crash.’

New BBC paedophile scandal as ‘hero’ ex-chauffeur is unmasked as convicted child rapist

17 JUL 2016

Niven James Sinclair was so influential he sat in on BBC meetings – but Dame Janet Smith’s abuse probe in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal failed to identify him

A pervert with three child sex convictions worked as a BBC chauffeur for almost 30 years.

Niven James Sinclair drove VIPs ­including former Prime Minister Ted Heath and was employed to run BBC transport as a third party contractor. His firm supplied up to 150 cars.

He was so influential he sat in on BBC meetings and was involved with shows including Newsnight and Panorama.

And astonishingly, Dame Janet Smith’s probe into paedophiles at the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal failed to identify him.

Sinclair only stopped working for the broadcaster in 2005, aged 82, when his firm was still supplying 92 vehicles.

A glowing 2005 profile on the BBC website, still online tonight, was headlined: “A driving

 

Feb 19 2017

So is Daily Mail’s “120%” an attempt to create an Exaroesque “credible & true” stick with which to beat investigation with later?

Please find at a statement from me following stories in the media today re the investigation into Sir Edward Heath

Top Tory slaps down police chief claims that Edward Heath was a Paedophile Has Rifkind (Leon Brittan’s relation) read Wilts police statement?

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Heath aide suicide over paedo arrest

 Secretary shot himself

15th August 2015

SIR Edward Heath’s ex-aide killed himself after being arrested by cops investigating child abuse claims.

Nick Edgar, 40, put a shotgun to his head two days after questioning over images on his computer.

The father of three worked as ex-PM Sir Edward’s secretary in the Nineties. He was held by child abuse investigation police in April, 2010.

Edgar was quizzed again four months later but then shot himself near his parents’ Cambridgeshire estate.

The former Oxford University Union president got the job with Sir Edward in 1992 and worked for him until late in the decade, spending months at the politician’s Wiltshire home.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/196533/heath-aide-suicide-over-paedo-arrest/


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Paedophile Clarence Henry Howard-Osborne’s files could have ‘brought down government’/Paul Wilson/Australian VIP Ring

It appears paedophile Clarence Howard-Osborne, Australian Parliament stenographer, trafficked children to PIE members.

Howard-Osborne was a contact point for senior PIE figures and a leading pedophile called John Stamford in Amsterdam.

And the thing that was very disturbing about them was that the Brisbane kids [photographed by Osborne] were appearing in the German magazines …

then we’d find a copy of the same magazine in English … and it was almost like a tourist guide for paedophiles.

They could come to Brisbane and meet these kids.

And this was all arranged through bloody Clarry.

We discovered that the motto of the paedophile group over there was – ‘sex before eight [years old] before it’s too late’.

One of the German magazines was named Spartacus and it was the codename of an international underground paedophile network.

It was run by a bloke called John Stamford out of Amsterdam.

He originated from the UK and I think sort of got himself in a bit of strife there and went over to Amsterdam and he was running this network, and Clarry Osborne was part of that.

The names on the index cards, so dutifully recorded by Osborne, were not only those of the boys he had seduced, but adults – members of the judiciary, the legal profession, politicians, academics, and even police officers – with sexual interests in children.

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CLARENCE HOWARD OSBORNE’s photos appeared in Spartacus magazine – Brochures for Elm Guest House in the UK advertised discounts for Spartacus members.

Spartacus was in fact published by former British Catholic priest and paedophile Stamford, who had fled the UK for Amsterdam

Stamford also ran the Spartacus Club, part of the British-registered Spartacus International.

Two secret inquiries were held by the Public Service Board in 1973 into Osborne, and as a result, the chief court reporter was moved to the Hansard bureau at Parliament House


 18.15 – Eric Kasir / Neil Kier / Carol Kasir


[CHRIS] I knew who to complain to, how the system worked. Now, when the police, because they thought, they knew that Carol Kasir’s son, Eric, was 10, was living there. They also suspected and their own words ‘that other children might be present’ they approached Richmond Services, told them about the raid. Now procedure dictates that normally you would have got, say, the local field social worker in the local office who would have come in with the police on the raid. Any children present, they would have taken, they would have taken them into care. However, on the day of the raid, the man from Kingston, err from Richmond Council, who, who was on the raid with the police was Neil Kier, the officer in charge of Grafton, who took Eric into care.

[BILL] That’s her son Eric?

[CHRIS] That’s her son Eric. So you can understand why Carol was so angry.

[BILL] So, so, she knew, she knew that all the kids were coming from this children’s home. Then what they done on the night of the raid was took her own child and put her own child in that children’s home.

[CHRIS] Not only that, but with the very guy who had been one of the people supplying the boys, so Carol knew full well what that meant.

21.20 – David Hamilton Grant / Kings & Queens parties / Monday Club / Harvey Proctor / John Stamford / Peter Glencross / John Rowe / Michael Rowe (aka Captain Paul Reinhart)

[BILL] And one thing we never touched on, also, in this video suite, there was also a regular visitor there and his name was David Hamilton Grant. David Hamilton Grant was a child pornographer.

[CHRIS] Yeah.

[BILL] He made child pornography and

[CHRIS] Distributed it.

[BILL] Distributed it

[CHRIS] Yes.

[BILL] and the possibility of snuff movies as well.

[CHRIS] Yeah, but you need to understand where this starts from, and we’re talking about ..if you’re talking about the movies that were made in the video conference facility, but you have to broaden it out and understand the Kings and Queens parties. Now most of the people who attended the Kings and Queens parties were from organisations like The Monday Club.

[BILL] And what was The Monday Club exactly?

[CHRIS] The Monday Club was a right wing Tory party club for extreme right wing views, and people like Harvey Proctor belonged to it. All those sort of people belonged to it. Now one of the people who was involved with Carole Kasir, if you go back to prior to the raid, the evidence we’ve got, and indeed still have is The Monday Club paying for adverts in Capital Gay, which was the main gay newspaper in London.

[BILL] Capital Gay.

[CHRIS] Capital Gay. For the Elm Guest House. They were also paying for adverts to be put in a magazine called Spartacus. Now Spartacus was a magazine run by a man called John Stamford, who operated out of Holland. Stamford ran a European wide vice ring involving children. He was a known paedophile. He was a known maker of very nasty child pornography.

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Prince Charles & David Hamilton-Grant ‘The Souvenir Video Guide to Royal London’

David Hamilton-Grant 16 CHILD PORN BRITS BOOTED OFF SUN ISLE The Sun 03-08-88

David Grant (producer)

David Grant (born 1937) sometimes billed as David Hamilton Grant was an English porn producer, and suspected child pornographer during the late 1960s and 1970s.

David Hamilton Grant was born Willis Andrew Holt in Uxbridge in 1939. He changed his name by Deed Poll on the 22 January 1982 to David Hamilton Grant.

Originally a photographer, Grant first film was Love Variations (1969) a sex education film that was based on a ‘marriage manual’ Grant had photographed/published a year earlier. Grant’s sex film empire grew in the 1970s, he opened up a number of adult cinemas, the first being ‘The Pigalle’ in 1974,[1] distributed foreign sex films through his “Oppidan” company.

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“In 1984 he was convicted and imprisoned for ‘possession of over 200 copies of an obscene article for publication for gain’ this was in connection with the film ‘Nightmares in a Damaged Brain’ a violent ‘video nastie’ which featured children in sex scenes.

“Upon being released from prison, David Hamilton Grant fled to Cyprus and lived there until he was deported in 1988.

“An article in The Sun around that time described Grant as a “drug dealer” who had “corrupted thousands of children”, during his time in Cyprus.

“It would seem from Mr Grant’s central position in the schematic below that it was not just the children of Cyprus that he corrupted.

“David Hamilton Grant is thought to have died as a result of a contract killing in 1991.

“The ‘family tree’ document appears to show the commercial chain involved in the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children from Richmond care homes.

“Above David Hamilton Grant we can see the ‘Care Home’ part of the chain.

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Pedophiles arrested
‘more powerful than the Mafia
by Mark Burdman
On Feb. 2 , in London’ s Old Bailey court, four men were convicted for running a ring of pedophiles-adults who sex­ usually use children-which had recruited at least 150 young boys , some as young as nine, for repeated sodomic abuse.
It is the biggest ring of pedophiles yet uncovered in Britain.
British newspapers Feb. 3 said it had been run as a “Mafia­
like conspiracy. ” One man arrested was too frightened to
testify, declaring that the ring was “more powerful than the
Mafia. “
According to experts on child abuse in Britain, this case is only the beginning. Interviewed on British television Feb. 3 , Dianne Core, head of the Childwatch organization, stated that “people in high places” were involved in pedophiliac activities , and that the whole matter would “explode” during the coming months.
The London Daily Telegraph’s crime  correspondent reported Feb. 3 : “Despite the convictions , po­lice believe there is still a flourishing pedophile network in Britain, with a sophistication said to resemble the Mafia. “

The most prominent figure in the ring, Colin Peters , was trained at Oxford, and was formerly a senior adviser in the British Foreign Office. Following his Foreign Office work, he prosecuted cases for the British Customs and Excise.

Investigators working on the case had interrogated at least one senior member of the House of Lords , one vicar in West London, and officials in Whitehall , “but the police did not have sufficient evidence or manpower to pursue their suspi­cions ,” the Telegraph reported.
Alan Delaney, the official head of the ring, is a cleaning company director. Delaney would procure young boys for pedophiles , by putting job advertisements in the press .
The ring would also procure boys who were members of a junior soccer team. Many of the youngsters had been at special boarding schools for educationally below-normal children.
Others were runaways , who were caught up by members of the Delaney-Peters ring, who would roam” the streets of Lon­don scouting for boys .
According to the Feb. 3 Telegraph account, the young boys were “passed around its members for sexual degradation and, when the attraction faded, abandoned to a life of pros­titution, drugs , and petty crime . . . . The boys were tempted off the unfamiliar London streets with promises of food,
accommodation, money, and a sympathetic ear. Some were plied with drugs, including cocaine, and sexually assaulted while under their influence.”
When he was brought before presiding Judge Pownall for sentencing Feb. 3, Colin Peters was told: “On your own admission, you found boys to satisfy your lust. You were prepared to encourage them to drugs or to lace their drinks­ and you have made matters worse by trying to get witnesses not to attend court. You did that to save your own skin. That was disgraceful. You of all people should have known that. “
‘A permanent conspiracy’ British deputy police superintendent John Lewis , who oversaw the investigations , is calling on Scotland Yard to create a special squad to deal with pedophile rings. Lewis declared Feb. 2 that “these people are as organized and so­phisticated as any other  criminals, and are involved in a permanent conspiracy which is renewed daily as they hunt for new boys. They need to be targeted like bank robbers. It
is important that we should not feel complacent. Positive policing should be continued.”
British police investigators were reportedly angered by the light sentence meted out to Peters , Delaney, and their two  collaborators. The four received, in total, only 34 years of sentences. Peters received only 8 years, for combined charges of conspiracy to commit buggery (sodomy), buggery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Delaney was jailed for 1 1 years , on conspiracy to commit buggery, indecent assault, taking indecent photographs , indecency with a child, and attempted buggery. One of the four was given only 6 years.
A senior British police officer told the Daily Express Feb.
4: “It should have been more. The damage these people have
done to young lives is very severe.”
In an editorial entitled, “Is This Justice?” the Express Feb. 4 called the sentences “woefully inadequate . . . weighed against the enormity of
their crimes and the emotional and physical damage they did
to their victims , some of whom were only nine years old. “
Moncini and the Satanist track
The London case has refocused attention on another recent case, in Trieste, Italy, involving one Alessandro Mon­cini, a businessman nabbed by law enforcement in the United States and convicted in 1988 for importing child pornography (although he received a paltry one-year sentence and was released “on good behavior” after serving less than three
months in jail).
Investigators in Trieste working on the Mon­cini case have recently been to the United States, attempting to accumulate more information on what they believe to be a “most exclusive ring of international pedophiles.”

Informed sources in Britain believe that the Delaney­ Peters ring and the Moncini-linked networks are connected,

and that both are part of an international pedophile conspir­acy.

U. S. law enforcement officials have in their possession tapes of Moncini attempting to procure a young girl, for Satanic-ritual abuse purposes.

Experts on ritual abuse stress that pedophile rings , as horrifying as they are in and of them­ selves , are actually fronts for, or extensions of, hard-core Satanist cults , for whom the pedophiles provide young boys.

In Britain, however, the Home Office has repeatedly
indicated its opposition to allowing the matter of satanism to
be pursued by police and in the courts.

Should this attitude continue, it will be impossible to crack the command-struc­ture controlling powerful pedophile rings.

Investigative leads

Experts in pedophilia and Satanism report to EIR, that
that the dossiers on previously publicized cases of European­
based pedophile rings have never been fully closed, and may
now be reopened. These involve pedophile rings that were
either cracked or exposed in the 1 986-87 period. Three of
them are worth noting:
On June 1 8, 1987, the head of the Belgian national
office of UNICEF was arrested for involvement in a large­
scale child pornography and pedophilia ring. Ring leader
Jozef Verbeeck had used his influential position in UNICEF
to procure children, often from broken homes, some as young
as eight months old, for some 400 wealthy clients across
Europe. The basement of UNICEF in Brussels was used to
store pornographic pictures of children.
• In spring-summer 1987 , Dutch authorities uncovered
one of the worst cases of collective child sex abuse in record­
ed history. In a small town called Oode Pekala, during the
Easter holidays , a gang of pedophiles , dressed as clowns,
lured more than 70 children into taking part in pornographic
movies.
On Aug. 3, 1986, the Sunday Times of London “In­sight Team” exposed the activities of a secretive organization called the Spartacus Club, based near Amsterdam in Holland, which sent pedophile literature to 25 ,000 subscribers in Great Britain, and which specialized in procuring boys from the Philippines for pedophile activity. Headed by one John Stam­ford, the club was part of Spartacus International, which published homosexual literature and the Paedo Alert News, “a magazine about boy love. “


Paedophile’s 2,500 victims

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A cover-up continues to the present day.


International VIP Paedophile Networks

Members of the judiciary, the legal fraternity, there were politicians, it was the top end

in Australia and the UK …

Clarence Howard-Osborne      

According to police who saw the files, Howard-Osborne was also distributing child pornography and had links to PIE – the Paedophile Information Exchange – based in Amsterdam, and with paedophile contacts around the world.


March 18, 2016

QUEENSLAND government stenographer and paedophile Clarence Howard-Osborne gassed himself in his car in the garage of his home in Mount Gravatt, on Brisbane’s southside, in September 1979.

He had accidentally come to the attention of police, and fearing the exposure of his “life’s work” – extensive files on his boy victims – he took his own life.

On searching Howard-Osborne’s house in Eyre St, police soon discovered a monstrous cache of documents, audio recordings and photographs pertaining to more than 2500 young male victims. According to police who saw the files, Howard-Osborne was also distributing child pornography and had links to PIE – the Paedophile Information Exchange – based in Amsterdam, and with paedophile contacts around the world….

…a dark force beneath everything, weakening official inquiries into it, sending files missing, impelling alleged suicides when the truth strayed too close.

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He was a world-class stenographer and his name was Clarence Henry Howard-Osborne.

…a leading shorthand writer for the Queensland courts and later state parliament in Australia.

caught photographing boys in bushland near Mount Gravatt.

Items seized from Howard-Osborne’s home.

Osborne was taken by police to Eyre St. There, they discovered thousands of pictures of naked children, hundreds of hours of tape-recorded conversations with boys and a meticulously organised filing cabinet filled with index cards bearing the details of his victims, from their names, ages and addresses, to their physical measurements. It was later estimated that Osborne had been involved with more than 2500 under-aged males over a 20-year period.

Police took Osborne back to headquarters in the city for questioning. They also confiscated three carloads of materials – a fraction of Osborne’s sordid trove of information.

Investigators were initially bewildered by the magnitude of the case

Down at headquarters, police noted that Osborne was remarkably cooperative.

Former Juvenile Aid Bureau officer Dugald William MacMillan said the JAB was not informed of the Osborne case on the day he was brought in by CIB officers and questioned. “They [the original investigating officers] never came near us,” MacMillan recalled. “I was absolutely stunned when I heard this story.

I couldn’t understand why the CIB hadn’t followed it up and they’d let him go.

Osborne was found dead the day after he was questioned by investigators in September 1979

Incredibly, Osborne and his voluminous files were never thoroughly investigated by police. According to officers who viewed the Osborne material at the time, the names on the index cards, so dutifully recorded by Osborne, were not only those of the boys he had seduced, but adults – members of the judiciary, the legal profession, politicians, academics, and even police officers – with sexual interests in children.

One former officer said the Osborne material was enough “to bring down the [then Queensland] government overnight”.

The officer said when he suggested the Osborne case deserved a thorough investigation, despite the fact that Osborne himself was dead, he was warned off by a senior officer and told to leave the matter alone.

Premier of Queensland Australia – Joh Bjelke-Petersen with Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the Queensland Art Gallery in 1982

MacMillan added: “My understanding is the case went as high up as the premier’s  (Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s) office because of who Osborne was.”

By the early 1980s the Osborne case had been all but forgotten, and many of the diminutive stenographer’s secrets were presumed lost with him. Except a retired Queensland police officer with a conscience and a phenomenal memory, who wanted to pursue Osborne at the time – and was warned off by senior officers, and who received a death threat after he pushed the paedophile investigation too far – only to be drummed out of the force, never forgot the case.



And in breaking his silence, he would link Osborne to an international paedophile ring, and the child abuse scandal currently rocking Westminster in the UK.

During the 1970s, Osborne was a familiar face around Parliament House. Political staffers remembered his outgoing personality, and his obsession with holidaying in Thailand. And a trainee shorthand co-worker recalled Osborne’s most peculiar hobby. “He used to take and develop his own photos  of the boys he went with,” remembers the co-worker. “He would show these photographs around at work.

I saw hundreds of them. There were even pictures of babies.

Complaints over Osborne’s behaviour were lodged.

Two secret inquiries were held by the Public Service Board in 1973 into Osborne, and as a result, the chief court reporter was moved to the Hansard bureau at Parliament House

In the winter of 1980, almost a year after Osborne had gassed himself at Mount Gravatt, a Juvenile Aid Bureau detective in the city branch headed down to the storeroom to retrieve a fresh police notebook.  He could not know that that routine trip for some stationery would change his life.

 In the storeroom, he noticed dozens of boxes on the shelves marked “Osborne”. “Within those boxes were all these index cards …

I recognised names … it was quite obvious there were members of the judiciary, the legal fraternity, there were politicians, it was the top end

there were no bloody truck drivers and bricklayers amongst them,” the retired officer, who requested anonymity, said.

The following year, another young detective was transferred into the JAB. The officer developed a trust and rapport with the newcomer, and they were soon digging through the Osborne files together. “But we both realised we had to do it on the quiet, we had to sneak the stuff out,” he said.

“We found magazines. There were German issue magazines. There were American magazines.

And the thing that was very disturbing about them was that the Brisbane kids [photographed by Osborne] were appearing in the German magazines …

then we’d find a copy of the same magazine in English … and it was almost like a tourist guide for paedophiles.

They could come to Brisbane and meet these kids. And this was all arranged through bloody Clarry.

We discovered that the motto of the paedophile group over there was – ‘sex before eight [years old] before it’s too late’.

One of the German magazines was named Spartacus and it was the codename of an international underground paedophile network.

It was run by a bloke called John Stamford out of Amsterdam.

He originated from the UK and I think sort of got himself in a bit of strife there and went over to Amsterdam and he was running this network, and Clarry Osborne was part of that.

Spartacus was in fact published by former British Catholic priest and paedophile Stamford, who had fled the UK for Amsterdam in the early 1970s after being convicted of sending obscene literature through the post.

Stamford also ran the Spartacus Club, part of the British-registered Spartacus International. The company described itself as “general publishers of trade and business directories, periodicals, newspapers and journals”.

Through the 1970s Stamford also appeared regularly in the press as an advocate for gay rights, and was a leading member of what was known as the Paedophile Information Exchange PIE.

It was founded in 1974 as a pro-paedophile activist group. In addition, PIE had a “contact page”, a bulletin where members placed advertisements. They were required to quote their membership number, general location and their sexual predilections. PIE managed the replies through a private post office

As Osborne was sitting down with Wilson at UQ on the other side of the world, PIE was causing a storm in the UK.

Several members were charged with conspiring to corrupt public morals, and details of the outfit emerged during court proceedings. It was described as “sick and a force of evil”.

PIE’s contact point in Australia was Clarence Howard-Osborne 

Media coverage of PIE intensified through the late 1970s, as did the group’s attempts to push its message, which included the abolition of the age of consent. And its contact point in Australia was Osborne.

Clarry had been operating for so long that he virtually became the guru of paedophiles,” the officer said. “All of the paedophiles that we looked at were all in there [in the Osborne files], and that was only scratching the surface. They all came from Osborne’s system.”

In the end, the officer and his partner were on the brink of launching a major sting. 

The tension was just unbelievable. We took some of the Osborne files one day and we read them on a hill in Dayboro. We couldn’t get caught with it.

“It got to the point where we actually said to each other, don’t be surprised if they find one of us dead in the Brisbane River … that’s how bad it was getting.

The officer also found a bullet in the drawer of his desk at the Juvenile Aid Bureau. He took it as a death threat. In the end, his investigation petered out, having met with constant obstructions.

More than three decades later, the impact of PIE continues to play out in Britain via its Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in mid-2014 following the scandal surrounding late entertainer Jimmy Savile and his abuse of hundreds of children.

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The Independent Child Sex Abuse Inquiry was established by Home Secretary Theresa  will investigate alleged allegations of child abuse by key members of Westminister and Whitehall.

It was set up after investigations in 2012 and 2013 into the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal revealed widespread abuse, including claims of abuse stretching back over decades by prominent media and political figures, and inadequate safeguarding by institutions and organisations responsible for child welfare.

 

Incredibly, a part of that same massive ring had taken root in Brisbane, Queensland, courtesy of Clarence Osborne.

Equally astonishing is that the extensive Osborne files were never properly investigated, despite the best efforts of a handful of honest officers. The boxes of material sat for years in the JAB storeroom under lock and key.

Their whereabouts are currently unknown.

In Osborne’s wake remain a number of serious questions.

Why did the Queensland police never look into the expansive Osborne material given that his notorious activities were known to some officers prior to his suicide in 1979?

How did the Osborne material, given its global reach, manage to evade the serious scrutiny of various subsequent inquiries, including the Fitzgerald and Kimmins inquiries?

And why hasn’t Australia’s current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse not examined historic links with government and institutions such as the police?

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Elm guest house scandal: Coded advert that gave signal to perverts

The written message 10% Discount to Spartacus Club Members is understood to have alerted abusers that young boys were available for sex.

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Why did Leon Brittan refuse to ban PIE?


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Joh Bjelke-Petersen with Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the Queensland Art Gallery in 1982.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, … premier of a” notoriously corrupt government” in Queensland.

In 1984 Bjelke-Petersen was created a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for “services to parliamentary democracy”
“I don’t believe there can be any doubt what his biggest legacy is – he was the long-term leader of a Government which engaged in rampant nepotism and used a corrupt and sometimes brutal police force for their own political ends…. the kickbacks for illegal brothels...
it was the intimidation and harassment in so many individual people’s daily lives that was the worst aspect of the police force of the time.
Political activists were continually having their houses raided and searched (with the constant fear that drugs might be planted), cars were followed and often stopped and occupants questioned or searched for no particular reason.”


Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Fountain celebrations at the Queensland Art Gallery site, 11 March 1977 

In 1984
BjelkePetersen was knighted by the Queen in 1984.
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Also in 1984

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Leon Brittan and the 1984 “Cabinet Minister Scandal”

The ‘Cabinet Minister scandal’ ran for exactly one week at the height of the Miners Strike, 21st June-28th June 1984.

It started with a denial in The Times, and ended with libel threats and an MP being gagged by the Speaker of the House of Commons. It was never mentioned again in British newspapers.

If the Thatcher government believed the ‘MI5 smear’ story, then why wasn’t there an inquiry into MI5’s alleged role in the scandal?

The way the Thatcher government dealt with the scandal was similar to the way the Elm Guest House scandal was suppressed in August 1982. That story made the headlines for 10 days before the Attorney General joined forces with Elm Guest House’s lawyers to threaten libel action against any newspapers that dared to print further allegations.

Elm Guest House: The History of a Cover-Up

Clockmaker Keith Harding played vital role in Britain’s biggest child sex ring

MUSIC box collector and clock maker Keith Harding, whose staff restored antiques for royalty, played a vital role in Britain’s biggest child sex ring.

The pervert met regularly with MPs Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith at his world-renowned workshop. 

The former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe would also drop by along with key members of the vile Paedophile Information Exchange Steven Adrian Smith and Tom O’Carroll.

A PIE list seized in 1984 records Harding, who died from cancer last year aged 82, as member 329 and his address as Hornsey Road, Holloway, north London.

He is understood to have kept hidden a list of more than 1,000 PIE members with prominent names including top politicians from the Thatcher era.

One of his staff, who worked for him between 1980 and 1987, said: “Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith were both regular visitors to the shop.

Usually they would come in via the side door, other times they would ring the bell at the front entrance and come in. 

“They’d straight away ask for Keith who would be coming down the stairs. 

“Then they would then either go up to his office for a private meeting or they’d go out for several hours.” 

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Top Tory Leon Brittan ‘photographed entering underage sex den during police investigation’

The former MP for Cleveland and Whitby is said to have been snapped by officers on a 1986 surveillance operation focusing on rent boy orgies

Our sources say it is unclear what happened to the photographs or why the raid was called off.

A friend of the officer on the investigation said: “The rent boys would be driven to flats or garages where large groups of men were waiting.

“These included Brittan and Smith. Pictures were taken as men entered or left buildings where the abuse was taking place.”

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More on Clarence Henry Osborne:

He was a leading shorthand writer for the Queensland courts and later state parliament- a world-class stenographer and his name was Clarence Henry Howard-Osborne.

A book on Osborne, The Man They Called a Monster, was written by criminologist and academic Dr Paul Wilson

Wilson also wrote about a British pedophile outfit called the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

At the time of writing his book, several members of PIE were being prosecuted for various crimes throughout Britain and Europe. Wilson speculated that the charges against PIE were not because crimes had been committed, but because “the very existence of such an organisation … offended both the government’s and the police’s sense of morality”.

In the mid to late 1980s, years after the publication of The Man They Called a Monster, PIE was exposed in the world press as part of a massive international pedophile ring, its tentacles reaching into Westminster.

And Clarence Howard-Osborne, was part of that network.

According to a retired Queensland police officer who viewed Howard-Osborne’s files in the early 1980s, there was evidence that Howard-Osborne was a contact point for senior PIE figures and a leading pedophile called John Stamford in Amsterdam.

Also in the files were innumerable references to a pedophiles involved in local rings.

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Paedophilia is a ‘hobby’: Queensland academic advocated to have no age of consent laws

November 26, 2016

A Queensland criminologist and convicted paedophile once advocated to scrap the age of consent laws for children because he believed they “should have the right to conduct their sexual lives like adults do”.

In the book, Wilson suggested that paedophilia was a “hobby” and claimed abusers went to “great lengths to look after the child” they were preying upon.

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Criminologist Paul Wilson in 1996.

By the early 1970s, Wilson was an established commentator and civil libertarian, known too for his sandy hair and his red sports car. He was part of an academic experiment to test if transcendental meditation might have a favourable impact on crime rates. The experiments were to be conducted, of all places, in the tough mining town of Mount Isa in far northwestern Queensland.

Wilson in the early 1990s at the Queensland University of Technology.

It was in the mid-1970s – not long after the offences occurred at Indooroopilly – that Wilson claimed he had a peculiar encounter in his office at the University of Queensland. By his own account, Paul Wilson was paid a visit by a top government shorthand expert, Clarence Howard-Osborne.

Howard-Osborne, in his late 50s, had brought with him documents and a manuscript about his life and philosophies.

Wilson would learn that Howard-Osborne had had relationships with more than 2500 boys over a 20-year period and had carefully documented these encounters.

Howard-Osborne had a filing cabinet filled with index cards detailing the boys’ physical attributes, as well as thousands of photographs of naked children he’d taken himself, and more than 8km of secret recordings.

“Howard- Osborne said that he had come to see me because of my reputation as a civil libertarian and because he was sure I would respect his rights to privacy,” Wilson later wrote.

Howard-Osborne claimed he was afraid he was about to be arrested.

A pornographic film of men having sex that he had bought by mail order from Denmark had been seized by Australian Customs.

His primary worry, however, was that police might confiscate his “research” – the unprecedented and lurid documentation of his sexual activities with children that he had amassed over the years.

Wilson claimed he met Howard-Osborne over the next few months.

By the time of their meetings, some senior police and members of the legal fraternity were fully aware of Howard-Osborne’s behaviour. Some had known for years.

In late 1979, Howard-Osborne had by chance come to the attention of police.

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In November 2012, Wilson was accused of sex abuse alleged to have happened in the early 1970s. He is fighting the charge.

On 16 May 2014, Wilson was committed to stand trial on six charges of indecent treatment of girls under the age of 17. Wilson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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High-profile criminologist denies having a full frontal photo taken with a CAT covering his genitals as he faces court charged with four counts of sexually abusing a young girl

Criminologist Paul Wilson leaves court in Brisbane where he faces four counts of indecent treatment of a girl under the age of 12 in the mid-1970s

  • Leading criminologist Paul Wilson on trial over four counts of molestation
  • Paul Wilson is accused of molesting a child under 12 (from age 8-11) in the 1970s
  • The jury heard the retired criminologist played sexualised hide-and-seek 
  • He said he has no memory of a photo with a cat covering his genitals
  • Mr Wilson said he has a hazy memory of taking a nude photograph 

A retired Queensland criminologist accused of molesting a young girl in the 1970s has begun giving evidence at his trial.

Paul Richard Wilson, 74, is fighting four charges of indecently dealing with a child under 12, between March 1973 and November 1976, in Brisbane’s District Court.

The jury has heard allegations he played sexualised hide-and-seek and kept a full-length naked poster of himself in his wardrobe that he showed to his alleged victim.

The Man They Called a Monster, by criminologist and academic Dr Paul Wilson

Professor Paul Wilson

Fulbright Scholar, Wilson would held distinguished academic posts – in the early 2000s he was Dean of Humanities at Bond University on the Gold Coast, as well as that institution’s Chair of Criminology – and Paul Wilson was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours of 26 January 2003.

Prof Paul Wilson OAM is an Australian author, sociologist and criminologist. He currently holds the Chair of Criminology at Bond University. Prior to this he held academic appointments at the University of Queensland and several American Universities. He also was a Fulbright Scholar. He has authored 24 books on crime and related social issues. He is an occasional columnist for several Australian newspapers. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘services to education, particularly as a writer and lecturer in the field of criminology and to the community through raising public awareness of social justice issues’.

Paul Richard Wilson (born 1941) PhD, OAM is an Australian author, sociologist and criminologist.

He currently holds the Chair of Criminology at Bond University. Prior to this he held academic appointments at the University of Queensland and several American Universities. He also was a Fulbright Scholar.

He has authored 24 books on crime and related social issues, He is an occasional columnist for several Australian newspapers. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘services to education, particularly as a writer and lecturer in the field of criminology and to the community through raising public awareness of social justice issues’.

Bibliography

* The Police and the Public in Australia and New Zealand (with D. Chappell), University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1969)
* The Sexual Dilemma: Abortion, Homosexuality, Prostitution and the Criminal ThresholdUniversity of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1971)
* The Policeman’s Position Today and Tomorrow: An Examination of the Police Force (with J. Western), University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1972)
* The Australian Criminal Justice System (with D. Chappell), Butterworths, Sydney (1972)
* Australian Social Issues: Perspectives for Social Action, Butterworths, Sydney (1972)
* Immigrants and Politics, Australian National University Press, Canberra (1973)
* Crime and the Community (with J. Brown,) University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1973)
* Deviance in Australia (with A. Hiller), Cheshire, Melbourne (1975)
* The Helping Professions: A Critical Appraisal (with A. Pemberton and P. Boreham), University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1976)
* Public Housing for Australia, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1976)
* Delinquency in Australia: A Critical Appraisal, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1977)
* Of Public Concern, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1977)
* The Australian Criminal Justice System (with D. Chappell), revised, Butterworths, Sydney, (1977)
* Planning for Turbulent Environments (with J. Western), University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1977)
* The Other Side of Rape, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1978) ISBN 0 7022 1167 2
* Mental Disorder or Madness (with E. Bates), University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1979)
* The Two Faces of Deviance (with J. Braithwaite), University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1979)
* Intimacy , Cassell Collier-Macmillan, Sydney (1979)
* The Man They Called a Monster, Cassell, Sydney (1981)
* Black Death, White Hands, Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1982 (revised editions 1985, 1988).
* Murder of the Innocents: Child Killers and Their Victims, Rigby, Adelaide (1985)
* Street Kids (with J. Arnold), Dove, Melbourn (1986)

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  February 18th 2016   Hung jury in the case of high profile criminologist Paul Wilson

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Professor Paul Wilson OAM is a Research Fellow and Honorary Professor in Criminolgy and Forensic Psychology at Bond University. He has worked in Canadian and American Universites and research institutes, was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at two Australian Universities and also Director of Research at the Australian Institute of Criminology. He has co-authored or authored thirty books and hundreds of articles or reports mainly in the areas of miscarriages of justice, violence and violence prevention and most recently, mass crimes of atrocity. He is a practicng forensic psychologist and in August, 2011, will be givng a keynote address to the Australian Psycholgical Society National Conference on Miscarriages of Justice and the role of the forensic psychologist

Experience

  • 1993–2011
    Professor and Chair of Criminology, Bond University
  • 1991–1993
    Dean and Professor of Social Science, QUT

Education

  • 1971
    University Of Queensland, Sociology

Honours

Order of Australia Medal

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Paul Wilson & his wife Robyn Lincoln

Queensland criminologist Paul Wilson found guilty on child sex charges

Nov 23 2016

High-profile Queensland criminologist Paul Wilson has been found guilty on four child sex charges dating back to the 1970s.

The 75-year-old was convicted on four counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 12.

Luminaries provided him with character references – 16 in all.

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Revealed: Paedophile criminologist Paul Wilson wanted age of consent scrapped and defended child abusers saying they ‘look after’ their victims

  • Paul Wilson convicted of playing blindfolded sex games with a young girl 
  • The abuse took place in his Brisbane home between 1973 and 1976
  • In 1981 Wilson published a book defending paedophiles and child abuse 
  • Argued against an age of consent and said children ‘should have the right to conduct their sexual lives like adults do’
  • Called child abuse a ‘hobby’ and said abusers ‘look after’ their victims 

He was once one of the country’s most well-regarded criminologists – but following his conviction this week Paul Wilson will now go down in history as a child abuser.

While his guilty verdict shocked many in court on Wednesday, it has emerged that Wilson has a sordid history of defending paedophiles and promoting ‘man-boy love’.

In 1981, Wilson published a book defending the activities of a follow paedophile as merely a ‘hobby’, suggesting that abusers ‘go to great lengths to look after the child’ they attack, and arguing that the age of consent should be abolished.

The book was called The Man They Called a Monster and was based on the life of Clarence Howard-Osborne, a government official and serial child abuser.

Over the course of two decades Howard-Osborne preyed on young boys, photographing and filming the encounters as well as keeping a detailed filing cabinet full of ‘data’ he collected.

He wrote: ‘Clarence Osborne and his fellow paedophiles are just part of a long tradition of folk devils created by a vengeful society and a sensationalist press.’

In his view, there was nothing wrong with having sex with children, provided no ‘violence, force, fraud or pressure’ was used.

In a section dealing with the ‘rights’ of children, he added: ‘It is only logical that children should have the right to conduct their sexual lives with no more restrictions than adults do.’

In the same section he argued for the abolition of any age of consent, and ‘all legislation relating to the age of consent in the field of sexuality specifically.’

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Journalists Chris Masters and Phil Dickie with Paul Wilson and former premier Peter Beattie.
Paul Wilson awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his contribution to education.
He was sentenced to six months in prison.
Judge Julie Dick sentenced Wilson to 18 months imprisonment suspended after six months. Dick said the offending was persistent, brazen and involved the corruption of a child “of tender years”.

Bond Uni has been in the news recently with criminologist lecturer Professor Paul Wilson facing court on child abuse charges. Former student Fiona Barnett says the rot at the University goes deep.

Trapped inside Australia’s vast child abuse network (Part 2)

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Bravehearts Child Abuse Agency tries to erase their relations with Convicted Pedophile Bond University lecturer Paul Wilson

November 26, 2016

On Wednesday 23 November 2016, my former Bond University forensic psychology lecturer Professor Paul Wilson, was convicted of 4 counts of child sexual abuse.  The following day, he was sentenced to 18 months prison.  I have it on good authority that such a long line of female victims are waiting to testify against Wilson regarding their own historical child abuse experiences, Wilson should spend the rest of his life in prison – or court.

The media refer to Wilson as a ‘now-retired’ academic, psychologist and criminologist.  This is misleading, since Wilson was head of Criminology at Bond University right up until police started investigating him.  People like Wilson simply don’t retire from academia.  Some of my Bond University lecturers are much older than Wilson who was Dean of Humanities at Bond for 10 years.

I got to know Paul Wilson while taking a forensic psychology class he shared with Katarina Fritzon in 2006.  That same year, I assisted Fritzon and Wilson with their textbook, ‘Forensic psychology and criminology: an Australasian perspective’ and was mentioned in that book.  At that time, I knew nothing about Paul Wilson’s pro-pedophilia articles and books, and blindly trusted that Bond University was an ethical institution.  As it turns out, Paul Wilson is not an exception, and Bond University is a pedophile haven.

Wilson is part of a Queensland based VIP child abuse network.  Back in the early 1980’s, when lecturing at the University of Queensland, Wilson organised a pro-pedophilia conference to be held at UQ until public outcry forced the university to cancel the event.  Also while a UQ lecturer, Wilson ‘accidentally’ showed a class of psychology students the end of a kiddie porn snuff film.  One student in that class was the daughter of a Queensland police commissioner; other student witnesses are now practising psychologists.

Until now, Paul Wilson has evaded arrest and conviction due to his VIP pedophile network connections which included Queensland Police Commissioner Terry Lewis who had a dirt file on Wilson which  featured in the Kimmin’s Report and found its way into the Fitzgerald Inquiry.  The existence of the snuff film that Wilson did indeed show at UQ was whitewashed by the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

This pedophile did not only commit numerous crimes against children, but he also brazenly promoted pro-pedophilia doctrine and anti-victim thinking within academia and the Australian media that he regularly addressed.

I personally experienced the pro-pedophilia / anti-victim stance taken by Paul Wilson and the other Bond University criminology, law and forensic psychology lecturers.  In fact, I was victimised, placed under excessive scrutiny, and finally subjected to a false and vexatious notification by Bond University staff to the psychology registration board because I adhered to mandatory reporting legislation and took a pro-victim / anti-pedophile stance in my classes.

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Every connection with Paul Wilson must now be questioned.  This includes the fact that Paul Wilson’s wife Robyn Lincoln, who also lectures in criminology at Bond University, sat on Braveheart’s advisory board.

Robyn Lincoln resigned her position on the Bravehearts executive committee immediately following the arrest of her husband Paul Wilson in late 2012.  Bravehearts subsequently tried to erase record of their relationship with pedophile Paul Wilson’s wife, including in 2013 revising the Two Strikes article and replacing Robyn Lincoln’s name with Hetty Johnston’s.  This is fraudulent.

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Bravehearts should be open and transparent about their relationship with the woman who supported her pedophile husband throughout his multiple trials.

Since addressing the national press in Sydney a year ago, I have been inundated with contact and information from hundreds of victims of child abuse and VIP child sex trafficking rings around the globe.  I have been entrusted with names, times, places, and connections.  I now have a unique and thorough understanding of the nature of child sex trafficking and networks.  I know which police, judges, lawyers, universities, government agencies, politicians and child abuse support agencies are engaged in child sex trafficking and its cover-up.

Bravehearts is a fake advocacy agency funded by the government to gather information and silence victims of child trafficking.  Hence their close relationship with Bond University and their pedophile protector lecturers.

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After Paul Wilson was charged, Terry Goldsworthy replaced Wilson as Bond University’s head of Criminology, and he replaced Robyn Lincoln on Bravehearts’ advisory board.

I was targeted by Bond University after adhering to mandatory reporting laws in the Bond University psychology clinic.  I reported fresh allegations of child abuse by a Miami (Gold Coast) DOCS foster parent against a 10 yo child. In response, Bond University psychology lecturers made a false & vexatious notification to the Psychology Board about me.  Terry Goldsworthy – whom I have never met – removed my age at the time of my child abuse and reported me to police & AHPRA as an adult perpetrator instead of a child victim of my childhood abuse.  In support of this false & vexatious notification, Goldsworthy used his position as a Bond University lecturer & a Gold Coast police officer. Goldsworthy exchanged emails with authorities that referred to me as a criminal ‘suspect’.

Goldsworthy called my child abuse experience “outlandish claims.”

Terry Goldsworthy’s research interests include the role of the Nazi Waffen SS… His first book Valhallah’s Warriors examined the genocidal actions of the German SS in Russia during WW2.

Is Terry Goldsworthy who labels a child abuse victim’s testimony ‘outlandish’ the sort of person suited to being on a child abuse organisation’s advisory board?

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Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia — It Starts at the TOP, Just Like in the USA and UK

A woman has claimed that she was sold for sex by a “VIP pedophile ring” which allegedly included a former Prime Minister of Australia. Fiona Barnett, 45, claimed to media in Sydney that she was trafficked to “pedophile parties” at Parliament House in Canberra aged five, according to the News.com.au site.

She claimed she was abused by an ‘elite’ ring which she says included high-ranking politicians, police and members of the judiciary.

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 back to Joh Bjelke-Petersen…illegal brothels, ugly sex

...the truth about his administration began to emerge from an inquiry into police corruption.

In late 1986 two journalists independently began investigating the extent of police and political corruption in Queensland and its links to the National Party state government.

Dickie’s reports, alleging the apparent immunity from prosecution enjoyed by a group of illegal brothel operators, began appearing in early 1987

This was too much even for a tame Bjelke-Petersen cabinet. After trying to block the inquiry and dismissing five ministers, he was forced to resign in December 1987.

The inquiry went on to expose crime, corruption and cronyism extending far beyond the police.

On September 23, 1991, he went on trial for corruption and perjury. However, a hung jury ended the trial, and Bjelke-Petersen went free.
It was later discovered that the jury foreman was a member of Bjelke-Petersen’s National Party and had assisted in raising funds for his legal expenses.

Four cabinet ministers were eventually jailed; a fifth died while awaiting trial. The police commissioner, Sir Terence Lewis, got 14 years. The voters threw out the Nationals in favour of Labour, and Sir Joh became the 213th person to be charged

later years…he had become a tourist attraction in his old brick family farmhouse, with its pictures of the Queen and Sir Joh together.

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Despite their estrangement, former Queensland police commissioner Terry Lewis and his biographer Matthew Condon have one thing in common: their love for little fish. It’s the meanings behind the metaphor that differ. For Lewis, little fish were the small bribes before “The Joke”, as it was colloquially known, became big business. For Condon, author of the true-crime trilogy Three Crooked Kings, Jacks and Jokers and All Fall Down, they are titbits of new information he regularly receives about old corruption scandals.

Lewis, 88, will die protesting his innocence, but he was self-accused. His obsessive diarising secured his conviction on charges of corruption, the entries partly corroborating the evidence of Jack “The Bagman” Herbert. Recording his memoir was his biggest mistake. His second biggest was engaging Condon in the belief it would clear his name.

Condon instead provided an insight into the Lewis persona, particularly his fascination with power, status and indispensability. His influence has waned but his malice has not. As Condon describes in this book, Lewis, even before he terminated their collaboration, used intimidation to try to manipulate his biographer.

Unlike Condon’s trilogy, Little Fish are Sweet features Lewis as a peripheral character. Condon returns to the era of Frank Bischof, who was commissioner between 1958 and 1969, sponsor of the young Lewis, and patron, along with many corrupt detectives, of the notorious National Hotel.

The place to go for after-hours drinking and illegal prostitution, the National was the subject of a royal commission in 1963-64, chaired by Queensland judge Harry Gibbs, who was later chief justice of the High Court.

A quarter of a century later, another royal commissioner, Tony Fitzgerald, examined Gibbs’s finding that there was “no acceptable evidence that any member of the Police Force was guilty of misconduct or violation of duty in relation to the policing of the hotel”.

Fitzgerald was sympathetic towards Gibbs, stating that “nothing in the terms of reference or structures of the Royal Commission … would have alerted it to the possibility that it confronted an orchestrated ‘cover-up’ based on, and supported by, institutionalised police attitudes and practices”.

Condon, in contrast, argues that Gibbs’s findings amounted to a spectacular failure. He cites a former legal intern who worked for the solicitor-general’s office at the time. Not only did Bischof influence the draft terms of reference, alleges the intern, but Gibbs “was aware he was not getting the full story”. Gibbs effectively had three choices. He could have requested the government expand his terms of reference or he could have resigned. He instead continued with the inquiry, thus compromising himself and emboldening a new generation of corrupt police. What should have been Bischof’s Watergate moment was instead a whitewash.

Establishing who these police protected remains Condon’s interest. There’s no question they included the operators of illegal brothels and casinos, but Condon muses as to whether the network shielded even more insidious criminality. He cites the case of Brisbane man Clarence Howard-Osborne, 61, who took his life in 1979. Described by Condon as one of the “worst serial pedophiles”, Howard-Osborne, by the time of this death, had been involved with more than 2500 under-age males, photographing them naked and meticulously recording their personal details and physical measurements.

Howard-Osborne appeared not to have acted alone. A former Juvenile Aid bureau officer who viewed the seized material discovered names of alleged co-conspirators including judges, lawyers, politicians, academics and police, and links to overseas pedophiles. What should have been a major criminal investigation was terminated during Lewis’s reign, with threats to the officer and his premature retirement on medical grounds.

Having looked far back into the 1950s and beyond, Condon believes a network of teachers and counsellors across various Brisbane schools put Howard-Osborne in contact with his victims. From a purely evidentiary point of view, more research is needed to validate that belief, but it’s not unreasonable speculation. Whatever the case, Condon’s research into several other high-profile Queensland pedophiles of that period reveals the effectiveness of universities and elite schools as their shield and haven.

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Joh Bjelke-Petersen conspired to appoint corrupt Terry Lewis as Queensland police commissioner

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David Moore (right) with then Police Commissioner Terry Lewis (left) TV puppet Aggro and TV presenter Fiona MacDonald in the 1980s.

Ex-TV cop “Officer Dave” Moore committed for trial on child porn charge

FORMER national children’s television police identity “Officer Dave” Moore has been committed to stand trial in Brisbane for possessing child pornography.

http://www.news.com.au/national/ex-tv-cop-officer-dave-moore-committed-for-trial-on-child-porn-charge/story-e6frfkp9-1225825843357

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The hidden hand of her majesty

February 10, 2007

The misconception the monarch has a hands-off role in Australia has been exposed

…publication of a book that sheds fresh light on the notion that Queen Elizabeth II might not only be Queen of the United Kingdom and Queen of Australia, but Queen of NSW and, for that matter, Queen of Queensland.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/the-hidden-hand-of-her-majesty/2007/02/09/1170524304007.html?page=fullpage

 

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Further evidence of Queen’s involvement in the 1975 dismissal uncovered

‘Volcanic’: Evidence of Queen’s involvement in the 1975 dismissal uncovered

Representatives of the British government flew to Australia in the lead-up to the 1975 dismissal of the Whitlam government to meet with the then governor-general, casting further doubt on the accepted narrative that London officials did not play an active role in Australia’s most significant constitutional crisis.

Historian Jenny Hocking discovered files in the British archives showing Sir Michael Palliser, the newly appointed permanent under-secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, arrived in Canberra a month before the dismissal and held a joint meeting with Sir John Kerr and the British High Commissioner, Sir Morrice James, just as the Senate was blocking supply.

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The British-American coup that ended Australian independence

In 1975 prime minister Gough Whitlam dared to try to assert his country’s autonomy. The CIA and MI6 made sure he paid the price

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/23/gough-whitlam-1975-coup-ended-australian-independence

The return of Joh Bjelke-Petersen – premier who made the Queen sovereign of Queensland 

9 July 2012

Some of the decisions by the new Queensland LNP Government have a striking resonance with those of long-time Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen

The Newman State Government is showing its monarchist colours with Queensland set to become the first state in Australia to restore the title of Queen’s Counsel.

After nearly two decades of Senior Counsel, the state’s top barristers are expected to soon resume the old title, QC. The title QC dates back to the late 16th century, when Sir Francis Bacon was appointed the first Queen’s Counsel.

When Queensland decided to dump the title in 1994, it was riding the wave of modernism that was sweeping though many Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries. It was replaced in many places with various permutations of Senior or State Counsel, with no apparent loss of efficiency or purpose. The Bar Council of the Queensland Bar Association has confirmed to the Attorney-General’s office its in-principle support for the proposal to recommence the appointment of QCs, and the matter is expected to go before Cabinet soon. Queensland Bar Association president Roger Traves SC, acknowledged in a letter to members that some might view the move as pro-monarchist.


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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will take evidence at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on July 14, 2015 in London, England. The inquiry will ‘investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales’.


Update:

Former student who was ‘oiled up, photographed and sexually abused’ before being caned for ‘telling lies’ says school tried naming building after headmaster who oversaw paedophiles

  • John, who is in his 60s, said his housemaster Harry Wippell assaulted him 
  • He claims then principal Harry Roberts caned him for ‘telling lies’


Principal Harry Roberts oversaw four convicted paedophiles at Churchie after he was hired in 1947.

Housemaster Harry Wippell

John said he was soon introduced to Wippell’s friend, government stenographer Clarence Henry Howard-Osborne, who allegedly photographed him after making him take off his clothes and covering him in oil.

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Elm Guest House – CHE

In 1975, a Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality (CHE) was formed by party members, led by Peter Walter Campbell, a Professor of Politics at Reading University.

Campbell belonged to the Monday Club, a sub-group of ultra-libertarian Conservatives who believe in privatising everything from the prisons to the police. He was a member of the Albany Society which had campaigned for homosexuality to be legalised in 1967, and the very left-wing dominated Campaign for Homosexual Equality. They might have regarded him as an oddity, but he was like many of them in one striking way – he was a paedophile.

The name “Peter Campbell  – Monday Club” is found on this list of clients of the Elm Guesthouse, a boy-brothel. 

The place was closed down in 1988 but before she died, Mrs Kasir gave a list of regular clients to a former child protection officer, Mary Moss, who was investigating allegations made by victims. It was stunning, full of famous names from the world of show-business, M15 and politics. It included numerous MPs, and “Peter Campbell  – Monday Club”.

It could not refer to anyone else. Other Monday Club members on the list were Conservative MPs Charles Irving, Peter Bottomley and Harvey Proctor.
Not only did Peter Campbell use the boy-brothel, but he advertised it in the newsletter of the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality, which he edited.

The advertisement mentioned that Elm gave a discount to members  of the “Spartacus club”  – an infamous pederast network that fixed up paedophiles with victims to molest while on trips abroad.
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Researchers for NAPAC (the National Association of People Abused in Childhood)  have tracked down a letter Campbell wrote in 1982, at the time of this advertisement, with a handwritten note on it from Peter Campbell to John Rowe, another frequenter of the Elm Guesthouse, saying “I have now inserted the entry about the hotel but can’t find the text about the Dutch adventure   – could you please let me have another copy? – Pete”. The Netherlands was the nearest and most popular destination for the boy-molesting holidays organised by Spartacus Club.  
Campbell could hop on the train at Reading and be in Paddington in forty-five minutes. From there he could take the Central Line Tube or more likely, on his professorial salary, he could afford to take a taxi to Barnes in Richmond. There he would select whatever bewildered, depressed young boy took his fancy, take him to a bedroom or even into the sauna, perform obscene acts on him, check him back in, and then have a drink in the bar before going on to meet friends at the House of Commons, or home to Reading. He was probably a member of the Spartacus club himself, and despite all of that he went on teaching in a British university. This molester of children was paid to teach teenagers aged from 18 upwards.

  Under the leadership of John Major, the CGHE increased in size and strength and by 2010 it had quite simply taken over the party.

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Peter Campbell‘s fellow Monday Club members:

ASSOCIATES –  JOHN PINNIGER, SIR CHARLES IRVING, DEREK  LAUD, HARVEY PROCTOR…

John Pinniger, Lambeth Councillor at the same time as John Bercow and a fellow member of The Monday Club


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Other Monday Club members – John Remfrey  Pinniger (far left) was a leading activist and political adviser in the right-wing Conservative Monday Club during the early 1980s

Three of the Young Members’ Group at a Club Conference at Chilham Castle, 1980: John R. Pinniger (YMG Chairman), Richard Turnbull, & Gregory Lauder-Frost.

John R Pinniger  –  former Conservative councillor for  Lambeth 1990

He was also a leading activist and political adviser in the right-wing Conservative Monday Club

Pinniger worked closely with the Conservative Member of Parliament Harvey Proctor, who was then Chairman of the Monday Club’s Immigration & Repatriation Committee.

He co-authored papers with Proctor including:

”Immigration, Repatriation, & the Commission for Racial Equality”, by Keith_Harvey_Proctor, M.P., John R. Pinniger, M.A., with a foreword by Sir Ronald Bell, Q.C., M.P., published by the Monday Club, 1981, (P/B).

Pinniger was a director, along with Derek Laud of

LUDGATE LAUD LIMITED

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John Pinniger was a “research assistant” to Harvey Proctor MP and to Sir Charles Irving MP and Pinniger worked at Harrod’s menswear shop in between his parliamentary duties.

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 Pinniger also worked for Charles Irving who offered steady ‘stream of advice’ to CHE

Peter Tatchell was a leading member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) but never knew or met any GLF members that were paedophiles like John David Stamford ?

On 27 August 1971, I arrived in Britain from Australia. The next day, I saw a lampost sticker near Oxford Circus advertising the Gay Liberation Front. My immediate reaction was a feeling of exhilaration. Four days later, I was at my first GLF meeting. Within a month, I was helping to organise many of GLF’s bold, irreverent zaps.

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May/June: CHE takes part in two episodes of Jimmy Saville’s Speakeasy, the first with GLF and the second on its own. This is the largest audience CHE has achieved to date, and the phones at the London Office, staffed by volunteers, don’t stop ringing afterwards for twelve hours, despite having two extra lines put in for the occasion.

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From Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner

If you want to understand how we won LGBTI law reform in the UK, read this history of the pioneering Campaign for Homosexual Equality – and remember with pride the CHE campaigners who trailblazed the equal rights we now enjoy.

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Harriet Harman, PIE , etc …..

February 25, 2014

Is this the current CHE membership leaflet with photo of Nettie Pollard & Peter Tatchell from 2011?

“Pollard gave a constant stream of support to paedophiles and promoted their views.”

Photo below: Nettie Pollard (EC Member) with Peter Tatchell at the 2011 Annual Conference:

Nettie Pollard was member number 70 of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

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Pensioner backed Paedophile Information Exchange and may hold key to links with left wing groups

Nettie Pollard was a key figure in the London left – a Sunday People investigation reveals her to be a chief apologist for some of PIE’s most chilling demands

Even those who have lived beside her for years have little idea about her life – none of her neighbours has ever been invited inside the home she has lived in alone for almost 30 years.

But 69-year-old Nettie Pollard may hold the key to how the Paedophile Information Exchange infiltrated left wing groups in the 1970s.

She was a key figure in the London left, working for the National Council for Civil Liberties for two decades.

But a Sunday People investigation reveals Pollard to be chief apologist for some of PIE’s most chilling demands.

Our investigation found that throughout her career Pollard gave a constant stream of support to paedophiles and promoted their views. She also:

  • Supported PIE’s call to scrap the age of consent.
  • Argued against the introduction of a bill to protect children.
  • Sat on committees with known ­paedophiles and PIE members.
  • Wrote a twisted essay defending sex between adults and children.

It emerged MP Harriet Harman, ­husband Jack Dromey and former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt had been involved with the NCCL when PIE was affiliated to it.

Mrs Harman has subsequently moved to distance herself from Pollard and paedophiles, with a spokesman stating they “did not influence any of the work she did there”.

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However one source involved with the London left in the 70s claims – ­embarrassingly for Mrs Harman – that she and Pollard did work together on occasions within the NCCL .

The source said: “Nettie was a big presence in the movement back in the 1970s and couldn’t be ignored by anyone wanting to get on in the NCCL.”

Our investigation first places Pollard in 1975 working as the Gay and Lesbian Officer for the NCCL.

And that brought her into close ­contact with the infamous PIE – the child sex group which campaigned to have the age of consent lowered or scrapped.

As well as her role at the NCCL, Pollard was and remains a significant member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality – a group that defended PIE’s rights at their 1983 conference.

But even after PIE was disbanded in 1984, Pollard made no secret of her ­sympathy for the organisation’s aims.

In 1993 she contributed a ­defence of the ­sexualisation of youngsters to a book called Bad Girls and Dirty Pictures.

Entitled The Small Matter of Children, Pollard’s essay draws on work by knownpaedophiles such as former PIE vice-chair Warren Middleton to build its case.

Pollard argues child sex should be legal if the act is “consensual”.

It also uses language like “willing partners” to describe sex between adults and children.

But by far the most disturbing section is Pollard’s attempt to justify the sexualisation of children.

She writes: “Far from being ‘innocent’ and becoming sexual at puberty, as was once the common belief, it is now indisputable that everyone is sexual, even before birth.”

The research cited was also used in PIE’s bid to reduce the age of consent to just four.

Pollard continued to work for the NCCL until her mysterious ­departure from the group in 1997.

She was made redundant but reports from Feminists Against Censorship implies murkier reasons ­behind her exit.

A ­newsletter from the time reads: “Within the last several months, two of NCCL’s employees have remarked that the organisation’s longest-serving staff member, Nettie Pollard, was the last civil libertarian left on the payroll.”

Challenging the cost-cutting explanation given it added: “Since she is one of the few indispensable staff members, and the most ­expensive to make redundant, we suspect economy is not the reason.”

Pollard, whose Facebook page currently shows her support for causes including an anti-drones campaign and attacks on the “Big Brother” state, also showcases her taste in music with a link to indie rock band The Donutsh – described by one of their following as sounding “like Johnny Cash biting off Johnny Rotten’s head”.

She refused to answer the door to us when we visited her home.

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Harriet Harman and Peter Tatchell

Feb 2014: Convicted paedophile, Tom O’Carroll told The Guardian he remained a member of the NCCL’s gay rights committee for several years after Harman claimed his organisation was marginalised. NCCL archives in London have also shown how O’Carroll, a former chairman of PIE, asked Nettie Pollard, a staff member at the organisation, about the possibility of amendments to the 1978 child protection bill.

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Is Peter Tatchell A Paedophile Or Simply Misunderstood?

Peter Tatchell was born in Melbourne Australia on 25th January 1952, he moved to London in 1971 to avoid conscription. In 1978 Tatchell joined the Labour Party and moved to Bermondsey, South East London. Tatchell ran as the Bermondsey Labour Party candidate in the 1983 General Election. Despite Bermondsey being a Labour stronghold he lost to Liberal candidate Simon Hughes. In February 2000 he left the Labour Party for unknown reasons. In 2004 he joined the Green Party and was chosen to be their candidate for Oxford East in the 2010 General Election, however for some reason he withdrew his candidacy in 2009.
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Peter Tatchell (the UK’s most prominent homosexual activist and a favourite of the BBC)has done more than demand the abolition of the age of consent, he has broken the law on the age of consent in Britain at least once.

Peter Tatchell is a regular on the BBC. The BBC have refused to state whether he appears as a human rights activist, homosexual campaigner or paedophilie apologist.
Peter Tatchell is a regular on the BBC. The BBC have refused to state whether he appears as a human rights activist, homosexual campaigner or paedophile apologist. They have also refused to state how much they have paid him for appearances.

As a gay 18-year-old Australian anti-Vietnam war draft-dodger, he came to the UK in 1971 and lived with a 16-year-old boy in London. The homosexual age of consent in England at the time was 21. Later he campaigned for lowering it to 16, and now he wants it lowered again to 14. What will he want after that?

When the age of consent for homosexuals was lowered to 16 an Outrage (Tatchell’s organization) banner said “16 is just a start” – it didn’t state what the end goal was.

Mr Tatchell criticises the age of consent laws. Here is a quotation from his own website:

“Nevertheless, like any minimum age, it is arbitrary and fails to acknowledge that different people mature sexually at different ages. A few are ready for sex at 12; others not until they’re 20. Having a single, inflexible age of consent doesn’t take into account these differences. It dogmatically imposes a limit, regardless of individual circumstances“.

Peter Tatchell wrote the chapter “Questioning Ages of Majority and Ages of Consent” for a book openly advocating paedophilia and finding ways “to make paedophilia acceptable“.

This book, published in 1986 and called The Betrayal of Youth (B.O.Y.), was edited by Warren Middleton, then vice-chairperson of the Paedophile Information Exchange, Britain’s number one paedophile advocacy group.

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Commenters on the book:

Peter Tatchell

Ken Plummer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Essex

Jeffrey Weeks

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Jeffrey Weeks & Peter Tatchell

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Academia and Paedophilia 1: The Case of Jeffrey Weeks and Indifference to Boy-Rape

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Ken Plummer

‘Paedophilia is natural and normal for males’

How some university academics make the case for paedophiles at summer conferences

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Ken Plummer is emeritus professor of sociology at Essex University, where he has an office and teaches courses, the most recent scheduled for last month. “The isolation, secrecy, guilt and anguish of many paedophiles,” he wrote in Perspectives on Paedophilia, “are not intrinsic to the phenomen[on] but are derived from the extreme social repression placed on minorities …

“Paedophiles are told they are the seducers and rapists of children; they know their experiences are often loving and tender ones. They are told that children are pure and innocent, devoid of sexuality; they know both from their own experiences of childhood and from the children they meet that this is not the case.”

As recently as 2012, Prof Plummer published on his personal blog a chapter he wrote in another book, Male Intergenerational Intimacy, in 1991. “As homosexuality has become slightly less open to sustained moral panic, the new pariah of ‘child molester’ has become the latest folk devil,” he wrote. “Many adult paedophiles say that boys actively seek out sex partners … ‘childhood’ itself is not a biological given but an historically produced social object.”

Prof Plummer confirmed to The Sunday Telegraph that he had been a member of PIE in order to “facilitate” his research

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/10948796/Paedophilia-is-natural-and-normal-for-males.html

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Robert Kingsley Whitehead outside Melbourne Magistrates Court in 2015.

Robert Kingsley Whitehead outside Melbourne Magistrates Court in 2015.

Puffing Billy sex abuse scandal hidden by official failures

25 June 2018

Monumental failures by Victorian officials perpetuated one of the state’s worst child sex abuse scandals, according to an inquiry into abuse of children at the iconic Puffing Billy Railway tourist attraction.

In an inquiry prompted by an expose in The Age, Ombudsman Deborah Glass has said that officials at Puffing Billy and other Victorian railway groups put the organisation’s reputation above the welfare of many vulnerable children, exposing them to sexual abuse by paedophile Robert Whitehead.

“Whitehead was a life-long offender whose abuse was facilitated by the wilful blindness, indifference or ineptitude of a succession of organisations from Victorian Railways to Puffing Billy,” Ms Glass said.

Ms Glass’ inquiry has led to the disbanding of the board that oversees the iconic tourist train. Puffing Billy’s longstanding chief executive John Robinson took sick leave ahead of the tabling of the Ombudsman’s report. His contract has not been renewed.

The report centres on Whitehead, a lifelong sex offender who was a volunteer at Puffing Billy from 1961 until 1990.

Whitehead died in prison in 2015 after being convicted of sexually abusing six boys.

Whitehead was first convicted of a child sex offence in 1959. But he was given his job on the Victorian government railway back after being released from jail in 1960.

Ms Glass found he used his status as a government train controller to groom boys. She said, “we do not and will never know how many he abused”.

Ms Glass said the victims of sexual abuse at Puffing Billy were owed a public apology.

“The action and inaction of people in authority is inexcusable,” she said.

“ Double standards prevailed for decades. Puffing Billy reported minor thefts but not decades of child sex abuse.”

Puffing Billy, 1975

Puffing Billy, 1975

Another paedophile, Anthony John Hutchins, operated at Puffing Billy alongside Whitehead in the 1980s. He was jailed after pleading guilty to 66 offences.

Over 30 years, Whitehead used Puffing Billy to prey on children, including those who attended the railway’s overnight working parties. Some members of the Puffing Billy Board were aware of allegations Whitehead was abusing children but never reported these matters to police or sought to restrict his access to children.

Ms Glass said certain board members “failed to act on complaints” and in “one notable case” punished a teen abuse victim by banning him from Puffing Billy.

The state government will back all the recommendations of the ombudsman’s inquiry.

Among these are to set up a victims’ support taskforce to help people who have been abused seek redress, and to ensure the new board of the railway introduces child safety standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Another paedophile, Anthony John Hutchins, operated at Puffing Billy alongside Whitehead in the 1980s. He was jailed after pleading guilty to 66 offences.

Over 30 years, Whitehead used Puffing Billy to prey on children, including those who attended the railway’s overnight working parties. Some members of the Puffing Billy Board were aware of allegations Whitehead was abusing children but never reported these matters to police or sought to restrict his access to children.

Ms Glass said certain board members “failed to act on complaints” and in “one notable case” punished a teen abuse victim by banning him from Puffing Billy.

The state government will back all the recommendations of the ombudsman’s inquiry.

Among these are to set up a victims’ support taskforce to help people who have been abused seek redress, and to ensure the new board of the railway introduces child safety standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

John Eren, the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, is understood to have taken a close interest in the scandal since it was first revealed in The Age, viewing it as an opportunity to address past injustices and a systemic governance failure involving the railway.

In an emotional press conference on Monday, Mr Eren said Puffing Billy management had ignored repeated ‘‘cries for help’’ by children and their families about the abuse.

‘‘There’s some vindication for the victims and obviously [Whitehead], through his time in prison, has deceased and is hopefully burning in hell,’’ Mr Eren said.

Mr Eren accepted Ms Glass’ recommendation he issue a public apology to children abused while involved with Puffing Billy, and said it would take place following private apologies.

‘‘Over decades, Puffing Billy railway protected pedophiles and chose to ignore allegations of sexual assault against children,’’ he said.

Mr Eren said the entire Emerald Tourism Railway Board and Puffing Billy chief executive had resigned, with an interim group installed.

Speaking alongside Mr Eren, the acting interim chair of Puffing Billy, Jennifer Fleming, said the organisation would also issue a formal apology to victims.

The case is a stark example of how multiple cases of sexual abuse could occur inside a government entity with limited or no intervention, effectively providing impunity to offenders.

The child sex abuse epidemic was revealed in The Age in 2015 after the newspaper was contacted by victim Wayne Clarke.

The victim’s story

Clarke’s story of abuse and survival is harrowing. On Australia Day weekend in 1974, Clarke, then an 11-year-old, visited Melbourne’s Spencer Street station to look at a historic rail carriage. He left having given his name and address to a 43-year-old man. It would be four decades before Clarke would be able to bring himself to walk into Cheltenham police station to tell officers what happened next.

Like countless boys the world over, Clarke loved trains. He had travelled alone from his home in Mentone just to see an 1899 rail carriage known as the 30AV. Purpose-built by the Victorian railways, it had a curved wooden roof and ornate wooden window shutters. It was a beauty.

As Clarke studied the carriage, he was approached by its owner, a powerfully built man who was a senior railways officer and a leading member of the Puffing Billy service. His name was Robert Kingsley Whitehead.

The pair talked about their infatuation with trains. Whitehead asked the boy to give him his address and telephone number so he could send him some special train articles. Clarke went home excited at having met a man he aspired to be like. But it was the beginning of a nightmare that many other children would also endure.

Clarke is one of a band of now middle-aged men who had their childhoods ruined by predators including Whitehead who throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s operated often with impunity within Victoria’s government and historic railways, including the iconic Puffing Billy.

At least four other men volunteering at Puffing Billy or at the Australian Historical Rail Society in North Williamstown have been convicted for child sex offences over the past 30 years. Other abusers were never caught and have died. Some are living as free men. For far too long, Whitehead was too, until he was finally jailed in 2015 for decades of abuse involving six children.

The predator

Whitehead presented as charming and harmless. Born in 1931, he grew up in Melbourne’s sandbelt suburb of Cheltenham. His father, Ken, was secretary of the Cheltenham Golf Club. His mother, Margaret, was from a prominent local family. Young Robert was a boy scout. Comfortable rather than wealthy, the family stood out mainly because of where they lived – a historic homestead in Charman Road that Margaret had inherited, along with some family connections that some observers would later speculate helped their son stay out of trouble.

The property endowed Whitehead with an aura of grandeur that he further extended by telling people that he was schooled at the exclusive Mentone Grammar. Actually, he went to the local state secondary school. Perhaps we can read something into that small lie – a habit of pretending to be someone other than who he was. Or not. Children embellish the truth, or they do sometimes – it was a truism that Whitehead himself would exploit to devastating effect as an adult. But there is little in his childhood to seize on for those of us looking for clues – unless it was the house itself, which was known as Ulupna​, and which back in the 19th century had been a lunatic asylum.

After leaving school, Whitehead brought his boyhood loves of trains and the scouts into adulthood. He rose through the ranks to become a Scoutmaster. He started in the Victorian government railways as a 17-year-old and by his mid-20s, he was working as a stationmaster. Outside his day job, most of his time was spent as a volunteer at Puffing Billy – the steam train in the Dandenongs beloved by generations of Victorian children – and the rail society in North Williamstown. He would have long associations with both, and later would also spend several years at the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre. Back in the mid-’70s however his haunt was the disused Taradale rail station near Bendigo, which he and a few friends leased from the state.

Whitehead was in no rush to build his friendship with the young Wayne Clarke. Sometimes he would drop in to the boy’s home where he impressed his parents with his charm and respectability. The boy and the man would go out for the odd day trip and train rides. Then, on October 18, 1975, everything changed. Clarke remembers the telephone at his house ringing at 6pm. It was Whitehead. He wanted to know if Clarke would join him that night for an overnight stay at Taradale.

By 7.30pm, Clarke was in the car with Whitehead, heading north. And it was here that he felt his first moment of unease. They were passing through Moorabbin when Whitehead made a strange comment. “He said, ‘By the way, everyone who goes to Taradale has a nude initiation’,” Clarke recalls. He had never heard Whitehead speak like this before. He hoped it was a bad joke.

It was late when they arrived at the old station. They got out of the car and trudged toward the old stone building. Whitehead unlocked the wooden door and ushered the boy inside. Clarke remembers feeling his temperature drop as he entered the building. The momentary quiet was interrupted by the door locking behind him. Then Whitehead spoke. His voice was different. More a bark: “Take your clothes off.” Clarke had just turned 13. He did as he was told.

“I froze. I was terrified,” Clarke, now 52, remembers.

Years of abuse

How often did Robert Whitehead slip between the cracks? How many times could he have been stopped? Towards the end of 1959, when he was 28, Whitehead disappeared for seven months. He would later tell people he had gone to Darwin. In fact, he was in Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison. Some months before, the urges that Whitehead would much later tell police had been building inside him since his schooldays, had surfaced. He had abducted the son of a policeman from a Scout hall and molested him. He was found guilty on November 2, 1959, and sentenced to 18 months in Pentridge Prison. He was released on parole seven months later.

Scouts Victoria took swift action, forcing him out and writing to their affiliate bodies across Australia to warn them never to allow him near children. A letter dated February 25, 1960, from Scouts Victoria to Supreme Court judge Trevor Rapke​, indicates it was the judge who specifically requested steps be taken to ensure Whitehead “did not come into contact with boys in future”.

Somehow, however, Whitehead was welcomed back into his government job at the railways and would progress to become a controller at Spencer Street station in Melbourne’s CBD. It was a job that would give him great authority in the railway fraternity – and unimpeded access to children.

Extraordinarily, Victoria’s railway department deemed it appropriate for Whitehead to return to a prestigious job that would bring him into regular contact with children. Through their actions- or inaction- certain officials afforded Whitehead protection over the years when complaints about him were periodically raised.

Whitehead abused Clarke at a disused railway station. He preyed on others, too.

More victims

Nineteen ninety-seven. A V/Line train to Seymour. The train’s conductor is a young man called Bill. As he passes through one of the carriages, he sees the familiar burly frame of a man sitting comfortably as the train rolls through open country. Their eyes meet. “He knew who I was,” Bill recalls. “I watched him like a hawk and thought, ‘If you go near a kid on my carriage I’ll kill you’.”

Bill, who has asked for his surname not to be published, was 12 when he first met Whitehead. It was on the Puffing Billy line in the mid-1980s. “I just loved railways at the time.” Bill, now 48, says he was abused by Whitehead and a colleague called Anthony John Hutchins while at Puffing Billy. He says both men warned him no one would believe him if he spoke out.

But unlike Clarke, Bill did speak out. He told his parents.

In 1986, Bill’s parents were among a small group to contact police, alleging that Whitehead and Hutchins had abused their children at Puffing Billy. Hutchins fell to pieces. He confessed and was convicted of 66 sex charges against children. But Whitehead was cool – or clever. He didn’t sweat, let alone confess. For years, he was able to persuade his doubters and confound his victims. By the 2000s, the state government and various local councils were even using him as an expert historian to promote tourist railways.

Bill, who went on to work for V/Line himself, recalls that he was once threatened with losing his job after referring to Whitehead as “paedophile Bob” in front of a V/Line manager. Whitehead seemed to be untouchable. Bill meanwhile coped by drinking. Once he tried to kill himself.

Bill and his mother Alice remain staggered that Whitehead escaped charges in 1986. “Whitehead must have had friends in high places,” Alice said in an interview in 2015.

The ombudsman’s report has confirmed that Whitehead’s tale encapsulates a gross failure by successive state governments and Victoria’s close-knit railway fraternity to protect vulnerable children. If only steps had been taken to exile Whitehead from Victoria’s railway movement upon his first conviction, Clarke and at least five other boys would have been spared the abuse that has scarred their lives. If only people had acted on what was known as far back as 1959, the story of Robert Kingsley Whitehead would hardly be worth telling.

In an interview in 2015, the chief executive of Puffing Billy, John Robinson, says it was only in 1990 that management became aware of an “unconfirmed allegation” of abuse against Whitehead by an unknown victim. He says Whitehead was questioned and denied the claim. But management immediately revoked his volunteer status and cancelled his membership.

Similarly he says, the organisation ejected Hutchins in 1986 after parents complained and he confessed.

“In both cases from my knowledge I can categorically deny the allegation that management was aware of allegations against either man and took no action. In both cases, management took immediate and firm action,” Robinson says.

The victims have disputed this and in her report, ombudsman Deborah Glass said that Mr Robinson’s position as chief executive should be reviewed.

The survivor

Today, Clarke lives with his partner and two stepchildren. He says he is happy but acknowledges that Whitehead’s abuse has affected his life in many ways. He is less trusting, more wary. His secret affected past relationships. He felt unable to confide. He struggled with keeping what happened from his mother, afraid she would blame herself.

It was not until a few weeks after he had walked into Cheltenham police station in July 2014 to report to police what had happened all those years before, that Clarke finally told her the whole story of what happened on that night in 1975 when he went away with the railway man.

Clarke had spent the previous two days giving his statement to detective Nova Graham when he called in to see his mother. He was drained. “We were sitting together and she asked me if I was OK,” Clarke says. Then she asked him the question she had been holding close to her all those years: ‘Was it that man I let you go away with? I’ve always worried that something might have happened to you that night.'”

Whitehead’s jailing is all down to Clarke. But Rolf Harris helped. It was the hubris of the disgraced entertainer in the face of his own sexual abuse charges that prompted Clarke to go to the police. There had been other times when he came close. Other public figures. Other disclosures. But something inside kept holding him back. Until Harris. As details of Harris’ brazen predation of his young fans continued to emerge, Clarke was overcome with disgust, not only at the entertainer, but at a society that had seemingly turned a blind eye. It was time. “I knew I wouldn’t be Whitehead’s only victim,” he previously told The Age.

On Monday morning, the ombudsman singled out Clarke for praise. His bravery, Ms Glass said, had allowed the foll horrors of the scandal to be finally revealed.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/puffing-billy-sex-abuse-scandal-hidden-by-official-failures-20180625-p4znjm.html


Robert Whitehead (left)

Puffing Billy paedophile Robert Whitehead: the secret he took to the grave

December 31 2016

When Victorian railway sex predator Robert Whitehead died in jail last year, he took a big secret with him.

That secret was the identity of a small but powerful group of Victorian men who, according to his victims, ran what amounted to a protection racket for Whitehead, and whose influence allowed him to abuse train-loving boys, whenever he wanted, for at least three decades.

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Probe into claims Puffing Billy paedophile Robert Whitehead had high-level protection

June 28 2017

Claims  that Puffing Billy sex predator Robert Whitehead was enabled and protected by a cabal of powerful men are to be investigated by the state Ombudsman.

Justice took a long-time to catch up to Whitehead, who died in 2015 at the age of 84. His death came months into a lengthy prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to 24 charges involving six boys and ranging from sexual penetration and indecent assault to false imprisonment.

Robert Whitehead, pictured in 2015, died months into a lengthy prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to 24 sex crime ...Robert Whitehead, pictured in 2015, died months into a lengthy prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to 24 sex crime charges.

 

The offences occurred from the 1960s to 1980s.

Sex crimes detectives believe Whitehead may have had many more victims, and Fairfax Media understands there is at least one new accuser who is considering reporting Whitehead’s alleged abuse of him during the 1990s.

 

Wayne Clarke, one of Whitehead's victims.Wayne Clarke, one of Whitehead’s victims.  Photo: Simon O’Dwyer

 

Three of Whitehead’s victims spoke out last year about their belief that a small group of police, politicians and railway officials shielded their abuser from scrutiny. Whitehead was the subject of numerous complaints to police and railway officials over the years, but it appears action was not taken.

One victim who still works for the Victorian railways said Whitehead told him it would be futile to report him, because he “had protection”.

The victim also said Whitehead had enough influence within the Transport Department to have a job offer to become a train driver rescinded.

“I’ll never forget Whitehead standing on the stairwell above me saying: ‘I told you that you should’ve bent over for me.’ ”

It can also be revealed that the Puffing Billy Preservation Society may face legal action over the failure of its previous leadership to protect boys under its care by not acting on complaints against Whitehead.

Law firm Ryan Carlisle Thomas is acting for several of Whitehead’s victims and is investigating all potential entitlements to compensation.

The Ombudsman’s investigation will go as far back as 1959, the year Whitehead served his first prison term, for abducting and molesting a boy scout.

Despite the serious conviction, Whitehead was given his job back on the Victorian government railways after his release from Pentridge Prison thanks to the intervention of Bolte government minister Sir Murray Porter, who lobbied railway chiefs as a favour for Whitehead’s father, who was his friend.

Whitehead grasped his second chance, rising to become a controller at Melbourne’s Spencer Street Station. He also became a prominent figure at  the Puffing Billy tourist railway and other volunteer rail services.

He used his government and volunteer railway positions to befriend boys, several of whom he went on to sexually abuse. Farifax has previously revealed how at least one boy was sadistically abused and imprisoned at a dis-used railway building Whitehead leased from the government at Taradale, near Bendigo.

A letter from Deputy Ombudsman Megan Philpot to Wayne Clarke, one of Whitehead’s victims, reveals the investigation will examine how Whitehead got his job back with the Victorian railways after his first conviction.

The investigation will also examine how Whitehead was able to lease state-owned property at Taradale and at Brighton beach in Melbourne’s south-east. His role as secretary of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society will also come under scrutiny.

Importantly, the investigation will delve into how the Victorian railways department, the Puffing Billy Preservation Society and other volunteer railway groups responded to complaints about him.

Fairfax has previously revealed how police could not find a record of Whitehead’s 1959 conviction in their archives.

Victoria Police has investigated why no record of Whitehead’s first offence could be found and determined that his record had been removed from its main criminal registry in error.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/probe-into-claims-puffing-billy-paedophile-robert-whitehead-had-highlevel-protection-20170627-gwzhvc.html

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Fifty years after a mum first raised the alarm, men get $7m for teacher’s abuse

Ten men abused as children by a paedophile teacher who was shuffled between primary schools for 14 years have been paid more than $7 million by the Victorian government.

Robert Leonard Morris, 72, started abusing boys the year he began teaching in 1966.

A mother reported him to the Education Department in 1967 but he continued teaching up until 1980 in Melbourne’s east and country Victoria, despite further reports to police and principals.

He left dozens of victims in his wake. The youngest was six years old.

 Ten of his victims, now aged in their 40s and 50s, were awarded compensation following civil action in which the government accepted it was legally responsible for Morris’ crimes.

The settlements for Morris’ crimes significantly exceed what the Catholic Church has paid-out. Victims received an average $46,000 under the Melbourne Response and a $270,000 average settlement for those who tried to sue, according to a 2015 Age analysis.

Robert Leonard Morris.Robert Leonard Morris.

Two survivors of Morris’ abuse received between $1.5 and almost $2 million; thought to be record figures in Victorian sex abuse claims.

“He deserves to rot,” one of those two men told Fairfax Media.

“It wasn’t easy to sue the Education Department, but there have to be consequences for putting a known paedophile in a classroom of little kids.”

“I’m proud of standing up for myself and for other survivors. I’m glad I did it and I urge other survivors, if they can, to do the same – talk to police, talk to the lawyers. Make sure this never happens again.”

A Department spokesman said it was a tragic case with a heartbreaking impact.

“We apologise unreservedly for failing to protect the victims of this teacher when they were students in the 1970s,” he said.

Rightside Legal’s Michael Magazanik, who represented the 10 men and another three who have sued, said the Education Department could have stopped it at the beginning.

In 1967 a mother reported Morris to the Education Department for abusing her son, he was reported to at least two principals in the 1970s and, damningly, he was allowed to return to the same school in Ringwood in 1979 despite being charged and acquitted of abusing six boys.

It’s understood one principal put him in a classroom opposite his office to keep an eye on him. But still he continued to assault students, Mr Magazanik said.

Much of the abuse was public; in classrooms, on crowded school buses, at school camps and in playgrounds.

Jailed last year for at least four years, the County Court heard in one instance, Morris made a seven-year-old boy sit on his lap in front of his class and masturbated him from behind a book.

One of the boys, the court heard, now suffers from a debilitating compulsion to wash himself over and over.

The civil claims for Morris’ abuse were settled before trial, except for one victim, for whom the compensation amount was contested. Government lawyers argued the man, who was able to work full-time, suffered mild anxiety that did not prevent him for leading a secure life.

Justice Rita Zammit awarded the 51-year-old $717,000 in damages, future losses and medical costs in the Supreme Court in Melbourne on Friday.

Justice Zammit said the abuse – which he experienced weekly through his grade 4 year at a Ringwood school – insidiously affected all aspects of his life.

“The abuse was prolonged, gross and public and it had a profoundly damaging effect,” Justice Zammit said.

It is believed the government is considering counter-suing Morris to recover some of the pay-out. Police are also understood to be investigating claims from further victims.

Morris was jailed last year for a maximum six years, with a minimum of four behind bars, for abusing six boys at two schools in Cranbourne and Ringwood. He lost an appeal against his sentence in December.

Morris, who was a Cub leader in Melbourne’s east, left teaching in 1980 after he pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of a student.

He went on to teach international students in Sydney and China from 2001 to 2008 before his arrest in Canberra last year.

The Education Department spokesman said the way schools identify and respond to suspected child abuse has been overhauled.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fifty-years-after-a-mum-first-raised-the-alarm-men-get-7m-for-teachers-abuse-20170814-gxvqq2.html


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Maria James murder:

  • Stabbed 68 times in her Melbourne home
  • Hands bound in what police described as a ‘frenzied attack’
  • Youngest son abused by two local priests
  • One priest seen covered in blood on day of murder
  • Police cleared suspects using wrong D

Trace: Police admit DNA bungle wrongly cleared paedophile priest as suspect in cold case murder

Bongiorno (left) abused the teenage son of Maria James. Father Bongiorno was ruled out of involvement in Maria James’ murder as a result of a DNA mix-up
July12 2017

Police have admitted they used an incorrect DNA sample to rule out a paedophile priest in the brutal killing of Melbourne cold case murder victim Maria James.

The ABC understands a bloodied pillow case, used to establish a DNA profile for the suspected killer of the Thornbury single mother, came from an unrelated crime scene.

Local priest Father Anthony Bongiorno, as well as multiple other suspects in Maria James’ 1980 murder, were cleared as a result of DNA testing against that incorrect sample.

Her two sons, Mark and Adam James, have now formally applied to the Victorian coroner to set aside the original finding and reopen the 37-year-old case.

Maria James was stabbed 68 times in her home out the back of her Thornbury bookshop in what police described as a “bizarre” and “frenzied” killing.

The ABC’s Trace podcast has been reinvestigating the murder for over a year, and recently became aware that an incorrect DNA sample had been used to rule out persons of interest in the case.

On presenting that information to authorities, the ABC was issued a statement by Victoria Police stating it had discovered “an error in the handling of an exhibit”.

“The exhibit in question had been forensically tested and used to eliminate suspects. A recent review by the homicide squad however has shown that the exhibit was in fact unrelated to the Maria James case,” the statement said.

“A small number of persons of interest who had previously been eliminated will now be re-assessed in accordance with normal investigation procedures.

“Victoria Police would like to stress that this was an isolated human error, and not the result of any flaws in the forensic testing process.”

‘I’m devastated by this information’

For nearly four decades, police have failed to identify Maria James’ killer.

In 2013, it was revealed Father Bongiorno sexually abused her 11-year-old son Adam, who has cerebral palsy and Tourette syndrome, in the weeks prior to her murder.

Now 48, Adam said he told his mum of the abuse and believed she planned to confront the priest.

Father Bongiorno died in 2002.

Trace also revealed a local electrician working at the nearby St Mary’s church said he saw Father Bongiorno with blood on his face, arm and hands on the afternoon of the murder.

The electrician, Allan Hircoe, said he took the information to Victoria Police, but was told it was not pertinent to the Maria James case.

“They just told me that the DNA [they] found at the scene is not [Bongiorno’s],” Mr Hircoe said.

“They had the DNA of [Maria James] and other DNA, and they said it’s not his.”

Police visited Maria’s eldest son Mark James on Tuesday night to inform him of their error.

Mark James said he was “shaken up” by the DNA bungle and found it difficult to accept.

“I’m devastated by this information,” he told Trace.

“They mentioned I think nine suspects that need to be retested, based on this error, and Father Bongiorno was among them.

“They apologised to me for what’s happened, and they apologised for previously being told that Father Bongiorno had been eliminated, whereas now they can confirm Bongiorno has not been eliminated through any type of DNA testing.

“I acknowledge human error is a fact of life, but it seems a bit odd that somehow this pillowcase got put into mum’s evidence lot.”

Family calls on police to reopen investigation

In light of the new information, police are hoping the killer’s DNA exists on other exhibits from the Thornbury crime scene.

Mark James said he believed police should reinvestigate Father Bongiorno as a key suspect.

He also called for an investigation into Father Thomas O’Keeffe, who was parish priest at St Mary’s Thornbury, and once abused Adam James on the same day as Father Bongiorno.

Survivors who had been abused by Father O’Keeffe in other parishes around Melbourne prior to him moving to St Mary’s told Trace he was a terrifying and violent “psychopath”.

Father O’Keeffe died in 1984, but it is understood police could access familial DNA that would establish a DNA profile for him.

This could then be compared against any newly created DNA profile of the killer.

Victoria Police said they were committed to achieving justice for the family of Maria James, but would not comment further on the case.

“My brother was sexually assaulted by both Bongiorno and O’Keeffe right before my mum was killed,” Mark James said.

“My mum found out about it. She had contact with the church, where that contact indicated she was going to complain, and within a matter of a day or two, she’s murdered under very mysterious circumstances.

“I think this merits reopening.”

Father Anthony Bongiorno was an alleged paedophile.

Father Anthony Bongiorno (right) was seen covered in blood on the day of Maria James’ murder.

Witness saw paedophile priest covered in blood near cold case murder victim Maria James’ house

27 Jun 2017

A priest who sexually abused the son of cold case murder victim Maria James was seen covered in blood on the day of her murder, metres from the crime scene.

The priest — identified as Father Anthony Bongiorno — had blood on his face and arm as he ran into St Mary’s Parish Thornbury, roughly 50 metres from the Melbourne bookshop and home where Maria was stabbed 68 times in 1980.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-28/trace-priest-seen-covered-in-blood-near-maria-james-crime-scene/8652936


Prestigious boys’ schools face multimillion-dollar lawsuits as lawyer claims children were sexually abused on an ‘outrageous’ scale

  • Lawyer claimed some of Sydney’s top schools face huge sexual abuse lawsuits
  • Jason Parkinson, who has 1,500 cases, said the abuse was on ‘outrageous scale’
  • He said it was ‘cruel’ that parents worked hard to send children to the schools
  • Mr Parkinson added that treating victims was likely to cost taxpayers ‘a fortune’

A handful of Sydney’s most prestigious schools reportedly face multimillion-dollar lawsuits from hundreds of people for historic claims of having been sexually abused as children.

Lawyer Jason Parkinson told the Daily Telegraph that top schools like Trinity Grammar, Knox Grammar and St Patrick’s College, Goulburn, were among the schools facing a series of legal claims.

He also claimed acclaimed schools such as Newington College and De La Salle colleges in Revesby Heights and Marrickville were among those facing huge lawsuits.

A handful of Sydney's most prestigious schools reportedly face multimillion-dollar lawsuits from hundreds of people for historic claims of having been sexually abused as children. Pictured, Trinity Grammar School

A handful of Sydney’s most prestigious schools reportedly face multimillion-dollar lawsuits from hundreds of people for historic claims of having been sexually abused as children. Pictured, Trinity Grammar School

Mr Parkinson said the abuse took place on ‘an outrageous scale’ and said the deluge of lawsuits was similar to that seen when asbestos was found to be harmful.

‘There has not been a common thread of criminality or negligence that has affected more Australians than child abuse and it is more egregious than asbestos because these institutions’ reason for being was caring for children,’ he said.

Lawyer Jason Parkinson claimed that schools like Trinity Grammar, Knox Grammar (pictured) and St Patrick's College, Goulburn, were among the schools facing a series of the historic allegations

Lawyer Jason Parkinson claimed that schools like Trinity Grammar, Knox Grammar (pictured) and St Patrick’s College, Goulburn, were among the schools facing a series of the historic allegations

The lawyer also claimed that private schools were more likely to cover up abuse as it is not mandatory for them to report it, whereas it is in state schools.

Mr Parkinson, who says he has 1,500 sex abuse cases on his books, said many o the boys who were abused are now seeing psychologists and psychiatrists – costing ‘a fortune’ to the taxpayer.

Neil Albert Futcher leaves Downing Centre Court after a hearing in August.
Neil Futcher had taught at Sydney Grammar School, Knox Grammar School and Trinity Grammar School. Mr Anderson had first gone to police in 1990 but there was no investigation. He again reported it in 1997. The investigation only began after Mr Anderson gave evidence to the child sex abuse Royal Commission.
Futcher’s trial had heard distressing details of how he sexually abused six boys, aged between 12 and 15, while he was working as a teacher and swimming coach between 1974 and the early 1980s.

Fourth former Trinity Grammar teacher accused of historic sex abuse

Allegations of historical sexual abuse have emerged against a fourth teacher at Trinity Grammar, raising concerns there was a cluster of predatory employees at the Melbourne private school in the 1970s.

Four former employees – a senior teacher, an assistant chaplain, a boarding tutor and now, a science teacher – were all at the Anglican school at the same time.

Christopher Howell pictured in the 1977 Trinity school magazine

The most recent claim alleges that shortly after an incident – which cannot be detailed for legal reasons – with the school’s science teacher when he was 15, the former student was abused by Christopher Howell, the senior teacher.

Now in his 50s, the former student says the incident and subsequent abuse sent him on a downward spiral, and left him feeling like “the teachers were all in it together”.

He raised the allegations with the school in 2015 before going to police. Investigators were unable to pursue the claim because the science teacher had died. Instead they took a statement about Howell, who was alive at the time.

Howell, who taught at the school for 40 years, took his own life days before he was due to face court last year on an indecent assault charge. Five former students have come forward to say they were molested by him.

Christopher Howell from Trinity Grammar publication ‘The Grammarian’ July 2013.

The science teacher ran outdoor education camps and was known by some students to watch boys in the shower. One former student remembers his classmates being ordered to get into the sleeping bag with the teacher to stay warm.

In the second claim, another survivor says when he was 15, he and his parents tried to report Howell’s abuse to his boarding master Leslie Wiggins. He said Wiggins told them the allegation was “nonsense” so they reported it to then headmaster John Leppitt. Mr Leppitt, the survivor said, told his parents their child needed to be disciplined.

 

It can now be revealed a former teacher has provided a statement claiming Wiggins, the school’s assistant chaplain, was moved in 1975 because of an abuse allegation.

Known by students at the time as a “fiddler”, Wiggins was convicted in 1991 of indecently assaulting three boys on the Mornington Peninsula. He died several years ago.

Rightside Legal lawyer Michael Magazanik, who is preparing legal action against Trinity, says the allegations show there was a culture of cover-up.

“Trinity, like Geelong Grammar, was a haven for abusers,” Mr Magazanik said.

“Many lives have been damaged as a result. We know of at least two suicides thought to be linked to abuse at the school. It’s time the school faced up to just how bad things were.”

The fourth alleged child abuser, who was a boarding house tutor, is facing a criminal trial accused of sexually assaulting five boys, two who were from Trinity, in 1975 and 1978.

A fifth teacher, John Hamilton Buckley, was jailed in 2015 for abusing boys in the 1980s at Geelong Grammar’s junior school Glenmorgan in Toorak. He taught at Trinity for one term in 1986 as a replacement for a teacher on long service leave.

Trinity’s current headmaster, Dr Michael Davies, said any allegations of abuse at the school were deeply concerning and very upsetting.

“I would like to reassure the Trinity community that we treat these matters with the utmost seriousness and have strict and clearly communicated policies around reports of abuse,” Dr Davies said.

“If abuse was reported in prior years and not acted upon or appropriately documented then that is in total contravention of policies and procedures which are now rigorously adhered to in the school.”

Legal action focuses on Howell and the former science teacher. Another firm, Maurice Blackburn, is representing two other complainants who say they were abused by Howell and the former boarding tutor.

The allegations against Howell, who rose to the position of assistant headmaster, caused deep divides. Many simply refused to believe the claims.

“It has torn apart the community,” a friend of Howell’s said. “So many have great memories of Chris, but clearly there are some who don’t …Tragically, there is a stain on his career.”

The ruptures were exposed when Dr Davies and his deputy Rohan Brown paid tribute to Howell’s “extraordinary legacy” after his death, despite knowing he’d been charged. “To many, including those penning this letter, Chris Howell was, is and always will be the best educator we have known.”

The letter led to the president and treasurer of the Old Boys board to resign in disgust. One of the survivors said he had never been more revolted with something than that letter.

“The vision of Howell was enough to make me sick, but what the school was saying about him; it was a lie and the school knew it was a lie and it protected him. The school has broken faith with every parent, every child.”

 

Head of Trinity Grammar in Sydney misled school council on abuse claims

Royal commission finds Milton Cujes did not disclose he was aware of allegations of assaults in boarding house

18 October 2017

Trinity grammar school’s longtime headmaster misled the prestigious Sydney school’s council over the handling of allegations of boarders sexually abusing other boys, a royal commission has found.

The school council had expressed full confidence in its headmaster, Milton Cujes, and staff over the way they dealt with allegations of boarders being sexually abused with wooden implements in 2000.

But the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse found Trinity’s school council was misled by the head, who is retiring at the end of this year after 21 years in the role.

The allegations came to light in August 2000 after a student, known as CLB, alleged some boarders tried to rape him, and that other boys had been sexually assaulted using wooden dildos on multiple occasions before that incident.

The commission said if senior school psychologist Katherine Lumsdaine had not carried out her own inquiries, there would have been no investigation into sexual assaults occurring in the boarding house in 2000.

Apart from Lumsdaine’s investigation, Trinity did not seek out other boys who may have been assaulted, the commission said in findings released on Wednesday.

“It follows that support was not given to the boys affected.”

In February 2001, around the time two boys pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting another Trinity student known as CLA, the school council backed staff’s handling of the boarding house allegations.

The commission found Cujes did not disclose that he, the boarding master and senior master were aware of CLB’s August allegations, thereby misleading the council about the adequacy of their response.

Cujes and Trinity had argued against such a finding.

The commission also found another elite Sydney boys school, the King’s School, failed to report an assault allegation to police that occurred amid a bullying culture.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/18/head-of-trinity-grammar-in-sydney-misled-school-council-on-abuse-claims?CMP=share_btn_tw

Trinity Grammar knew about abuse and protected teacher, victim says

An alleged victim of a Trinity Grammar teacher has come forward after 40 years, saying the school knew he was abused and they are still protecting the teacher today.
 
Christopher Howell from Trinity Grammar publication ‘The Grammarian’ in July 2013
The man, now in his 50s, came forward after Fairfax Media reported on Monday that school heads sent out a letter paying tribute to former teacher Christopher Howell’s “extraordinary legacy”.

“I’ve never been more disgusted with something than that letter,” John*, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said.

“The vision of Howell was enough to make me sick, but what the school was saying about him; it was a lie and the school knew it was a lie and it protected him.

“The school has broken faith with every parent, with every child.”

Christopher Howell pictured in the 1977 Trinity school magazine.

Christopher Howell was a teacher at the exclusive Melbourne private school for more than 40 years. He took his own life in January 2016, three days before his first court appearance on one count of indecently assaulting a student in the 1960s. He had retired in 2009 as the acting head of the senior school and was still involved with the school, but withdrew when he was charged in November 2015.

On the day of the January 29 court appearance, Trinity headmaster Michael Davies and his deputy Rohan Brown sent a letter to the school community in tribute.

“To many, including those penning this letter, Chris Howell was, is and always will be the best educator we have known. He was a hero to many who worked with him and alongside him,” it read.

The letter caused deep divides within the Anglican school. Several former students who contacted Fairfax Media said they made complaints to the headmaster and both the president and treasurer of the Old Boys board resigned in disgust. They claimed the heads tried to ban the board from debating the handling of the complaint and subsequent letter.

“There can be no winners out of this horrid situation, not least the victim(s) of sexual abuse who may have had to experience the displeasure of reading the Headmaster’s letter,” former treasurer Thomas Hudson wrote in his resignation letter obtained by Fairfax Media.

The first time John was aware of the letter was when he read it in the paper on Monday having left the school in 1975 following the alleged abuse.

“I felt on Monday exactly as I felt after it had happened. I felt dishonoured. I felt ill,” he said.

“Everything came back to me. Everything.”

John said he was sexually assaulted twice by the teacher when he was 15 and a boarder at Trinity. John claimed Mr Howell tried to force his penis into his mouth inside the tent John was sleeping in during a bushwalking trip at Tonimbuk, east of Melbourne, in 1973.

He said he was also assaulted in a storeroom on school grounds about two weeks later.

John said he disclosed the abuse to his father and mother in 1974.

“I remember his [his father’s] words. He said ‘Son, we love you, we believe you and we’ll make this right’,” he said.

John claimed he was with his parents when they reported it to boarding master and priest Leslie Wiggins, who was later convicted of indecently assaulting boys in Rosebud. After being told the claims were “nonsense”, John said he and his family reported to the headmaster John Leppitt.

John said Mr Leppitt told his parents: “You need to discipline your child and you need to consider whether or not to keep him in the school.”

On their way out of the school, John said they ran into Mr Howell in the corridor. He said his father grabbed Mr Howell by the throat, punched him and said “If you touch him again, I’ll kill you”. John said the sixth form master in a nearby classroom witnessed the tail-end of the altercation.

John contacted Trinity again following Monday’s report and spoke to headmaster Dr Davies, he said.

Dr Davies said in a statement to Fairfax Media that the safety and wellbeing of current and former students was of utmost important.

“If someone makes us aware of an allegation against a former teacher, we immediately offer counselling and support and encourage that person to contact police. Any allegation is treated seriously and with immediacy. Where allegations have been made, we have co-operated fully and openly with the police,” he said.

“If abuse was reported in prior years and not acted upon then that is in total contravention of policies and procedures which are now strictly adhered to in the school. 

“The safety and wellbeing of our boys and old boys is our highest priority and we continue to encourage anyone who is upset, has grievances or concerns to contact the school or the relevant authorities.”

John has joined two other men in legal action launched by Rightside Legal seeking compensation against the school and Mr Howell’s estate.

Another alleged victim has contacted the law firm.

“I’m so angry. But I’m doing this because I have to,” John said, encouraging others to come forward.

Another former employee of the school is facing a County Court trial in May. Mark Watson, who cared for boarders, is accused of abusing boys between 1975 and 1978.

* Not his real name. 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/trinity-grammar-knew-about-abuse-and-protected-teacher-alleged-victim-says-20170224-gukjok.html


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Education Department faces lawsuits over claims paedophile teacher was shuffled between schools

September 19 2016

Robert Morris, who was jailed this year for abusing young boys in Cranbourne and Ringwood in the 1970s. 

The Victorian Education Department is facing lawsuits that could cost it millions of dollars over allegations a paedophile teacher was shuffled from school to school despite reports to police, principals and a senior department official.

Robert Leonard Morris, now 71, was a primary school teacher between 1966 and 1980, working in country western Victoria and in Melbourne’s outer-eastern suburbs.

He was jailed in March after pleading guilty to abusing six boys, aged as young as six, at two schools in Cranbourne and Ringwood.

Four of those boys, along with another six who recently came forward, launched civil action in the Supreme Court against the department, which they claim moved Morris from school to school when concerns about his behaviour surfaced.

The department said it could not comment given the case was before the court, but pointed to policies it had put in place to better protect children in light of the royal commission into child sex abuse.

Lawyers for the victims, who are now in their 40s and 50s, say several reports were made by parents to principals, and on one occasion, to a senior department employee, but Morris continued teaching.

“The Education Department shuffled a paedophile from school to school for years, effectively supplying a child abuser with new victims year after year,” Rightside Legal partner Michael Magazanik said.

“Dozens of very young boys were horribly traumatised. For many, the damage has lasted a lifetime.”

Mr Magazanik said the reports ranged from molestation disclosed to parents by their sons to concerns about inappropriate behaviour witnessed by other teachers, such as Morris getting boys to sit on his lap on school bus rides.

“One of the most shocking things is the public nature of the abuse,” Mr Magazanik said.

“Our clients were abused in classrooms, on crowded school buses, in bunk rooms full of boys and in playgrounds.”

In 1977, one of those reports resulted in a police investigation into Morris. He was acquitted by a jury. The following year he was allowed to return to teaching at a school in Ringwood where he had previously taught, Mr Magazanik said.

“The government sent him straight back to teaching young boys, and Morris immediately resumed abusing them,” he said. “It was so predictable and the results were so tragic.”

Morris, who was also a cub leader for the Scouts in Melbourne’s east, came under police scrutiny again in 1980. This time, he pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of one of his students and left teaching.

After his Victorian teaching career was over, he worked at the Commonwealth Public Service in Melbourne and the ACT, before he took up teaching international students in Sydney and China from 2001 to 2008.

Morris was arrested in Canberra last year and charged with abusing six boys. In March, he was jailed for six years, with a four-year non-parole period.

In the County Court sentencing hearing, the court was told Morris had made a seven-year-old boy sit on his lap in front of his class and masturbated him behind a book.

He rubbed another young victim’s penis as he sat next to him on a bus returning from a swimming lesson.

One of the boys, the court heard, now suffers from a debilitating compulsion to wash himself over and over, and throw away clothes he felt were contaminated.

In his sentencing, County Court judge Gerard Mullaly said Morris’ offending was sickening, and a “comprehensive abuse of trust”.

“Each of them has been left with lifelong scars,” Judge Mullaly said.

Morris has since appealed the length of his sentence. A judgment is yet to be handed down. Trial dates have not been set for the civil actions.

Mr Magazanik said the real number of Morris’ victims must be “enormous”, given he had worked at at least seven primary schools in 15 years, was a cub leader and coached junior sports.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/education-department-faces-lawsuits-over-claims-paedophile-teacher-was-shuffled-between-schools-20160918-griuyq.html


Brisbane Grammar, St Paul’s had history of sex abuse, commission finds

February 15, 2017

Two prestigious Queensland schools have been revealed as sites of significant historical child sexual abuse, with “no systems, policies or procedures” in place to deal with allegations made against two staff with a long history of alleged child sexual abuse.

The Royal Commission released it’s findings into two Brisbane schools, including Brisbane Grammar School, an affluent boarding school for boys, and St Paul’s School, a coeducational private school operated by the Anglican Church, this morning.

It comes after a number of former students from both schools gave evidence to the Royal Commission, claiming they were sexually abused by Mr Kevin Lynch and Gregory Robert Knight while they were teachers between 1973 and 1997.

Mr Kevin Lynch worked as a teacher and then counsellor at Brisbane Grammar school, in Spring Hill, and St Pauls School, in Bald Hills.

He was found to have “sexually abuse a large number of students” during his time at Brisbane Grammar.

A number of senior staff at Brisbane Grammar were made aware of complaints against Mr Lynch but the headmaster, Doctor Maxwell Howell “did not report the matter to the police of the board of trustees”.

“In doing so he failed in his obligations to protect the safety and well being of the students,” the Royal Commission found.

“We find that during Dr Howell’s period as headmaster there was a culture at Brisbane Grammar where boys who made allegations of sexual abuse were not believed and allegations were not acted upon”.

Mr Lynch left Brisbane Grammar and took up a position as a counsellor at St Pauls’ Anglican School in 1989, where he continued sexually abusing students.

He was charged with 9 counts of abuse committed against one St Paul’s student in 1997 and committed suicide the following day.

The report found both schools had failed, in several cases, to investigate sexual abuse allegations and take measure to ensure the students under their care were kept safe.

Gregory Robert Knight worked as a teacher at St Paul’s between 1981 and 1984 and had previously worked at Willunga High School in South Australia and Brisbane Boys’ College in Queensland.

Inquiries uncovered that Knight had sexually abused a number of boys during his time in South Australia but, instead of being referred to the police, he was allowed to resign which meant “he maintained his registration as a teacher in South Australia”.

Allegations of sexual abuse continued during Mr Knight’s subsequent employment at Brisbane Boys College, in Brisbane’s western suburbs, and St Pauls’ Anglican School, where complaints were made that he had sexually abused a number of students in his capacity as a teacher.

The Royal Commission found that, following these complaints, St Pauls’ headmaster Gilbert Case accepted Knight’s resignation and gave him a favourable reference.

He then went on to teach at Dripstone High School in the Northern Territory, where another student alleged he had sexually abuses them and he was eventually charged with a number of offences.

He was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.

The report pointed to a number of systemic failures in both Brisbane Grammar and St Pauls that “did not encourage or facilitate the reporting by students or staff of any instances or suspected instances of child sexual abuse”.

The hearing continues.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/royal-commission/brisbane-grammar-st-pauls-had-history-of-sex-abuse-commission-finds/news-story/112b23c23da5008996863269fbe84087

Religious institutions were 59% of reported abuse (37% Catholic). 70% abused were male. Abuse began @ average age 10

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/16/royal-commission-has-led-to-more-than-100-child-abuse-prosecutions-says-head?CMP=share_btn_tw

Elite Qld schools failed to act on abuse

February 15, 2017

Two prestigious Queensland schools failed to protect students from sexual abuse, doing nothing about complaints from victims who were not believed, a royal commission has found.

The culture at Brisbane Grammar School for 24 years under former headmaster Dr Maxwell Howell meant boys who alleged abuse were not believed, the commission said on Wednesday.

After counsellor Kevin Lynch moved on to the Anglican St Paul’s School where he again sexually abused students during counselling sessions, two boys who went to headmaster Gilbert Case were labelled liars.

Mr Case’s inaction when told Lynch and teacher Gregory Robert Knight had sexually abused children meant he did not achieve his most fundamental obligation to keep students safe, the commission said.

It said Mr Case, who was headmaster at St Paul’s from 1979-2000, was put in charge of all Anglican schools in Brisbane despite former archbishop and governor-general Peter Hollingworth and diocese general manager Bernard Yorke, knowing about allegations he took no action when told of abuse by Lynch.

Brisbane Grammar missed opportunities to discover Lynch’s abuse because it failed to keep adequate records of students’ attendance at counselling sessions and their absence from classes, the commission said.

A number of complaints about Lynch were made to senior Brisbane Grammar staff, most significantly to its 1965-1989 headmaster Dr Howell, who died in 2011.

The commission said Dr Howell did not investigate a 1981 complaint or report it to police or the school’s board of trustees, failing in his obligation to protect students.

“We find that during Dr Howell’s period as headmaster there was a culture at Brisbane Grammar where boys who made allegations of sexual abuse were not believed and allegations were not acted upon.”

St Paul’s also took no action to deal with complaints about Lynch sexually abusing students, the commission’s report said.

The commission rejected Mr Case’s evidence that two students did not tell him they had been abused by Lynch, who committed suicide a day after being charged in 1997 with sex offences against another St Paul’s pupil.

“Mr Case told the students they were lying and threatened to punish them if they persisted with the allegations,” it said.

There were allegations during Knight’s three years teaching music at St Paul’s that he sexually abused a number of students.

The school’s only action was that Mr Case accepted Knight’s resignation in October 1984, giving him a favourable reference, the commission said.

Knight was accused of sexually abusing students at a South Australian school before joining St Paul’s and afterwards at a Northern Territory school, where he tried to resign but was immediately sacked and reported to police.

Dr Hollingworth’s successor as archbishop Phillip Aspinall reached a negotiated settlement for Mr Case to leave his position as executive director of the Anglican Schools Commission, a role that required him to ensure the schools had proper child protection policies.

Current Anglican Schools Commission executive director Sherril Molloy said measures were now in place to better protect children, including trained student protection officers in each school.

Brisbane Grammar repeated its unreserved apology and said it has learnt from its past failures.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/abused-qld-students-not-believed/news-story/c13ed887ec55f544914f306dcb0e3670

Cranbrook headmaster Nicholas Sampson wrote ‘misleading’ letters after sexual abuse allegations raised

14 Feb 2017

Headmaster: response ‘just not good enough’

Former Geelong Grammar headmaster Nicholas Sampson faces questions about how the school dealt with allegations of sexual misconduct by former teacher Jonathon Harvey

The headmaster of one Sydney’s most expensive private schools, Cranbrook, wrote “misleading” letters about a teacher accused of child sexual abuse at his former school and failed to report the allegations to a higher authority, a royal commission has found.

Nicholas Sampson, then the headmaster of Victoria’s Geelong Grammar, paid teacher Jonathan Harvey to retire early in 2004 to avoid any formal complaints of child sex abuse being made against him.

Harvey was later found guilty of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy known as BLF by repeatedly plying him with alcohol, fondling his genitals and forcing him into a threesome with another man in the 1970s.

Mr Sampson told the commission he was alerted to allegations against Harvey by the victim’s brother, BLW, and conducted a “fairly cursory” investigation before asking Mr Harvey to retire early.

The commissioners found Mr Sampson should have notified the Victorian Institute of Teaching about the allegations and that he “should have made a documentary record of the reason [Harvey left the school]”.

Instead, Mr Sampson wrote letters to Harvey thanking him for his “outstanding service”, praising him as a “wonderful teacher, an outstanding housemaster, a fine and thoughtful colleague and a tremendous and committed schoolmaster”.

A second letter from Mr Sampson to Harvey confirmed an extra year of pay following his retirement “due to the exceptional service [he] offered”.

The commission dismissed Mr Sampson’s defence that the letters were for personal use: “The letters were plainly kept amongst the school’s formal records in relation to Harvey,” it found

 

“We also reject the submission that the letters were not misleading. No other records were produced which recorded the real reason for Harvey’s departure from the school, and no explanation was given as to why such documents were not produced.”

Mr Sampson, who became the headmaster of Cranbrook in 2012, an Anglican, $35,000-a-year school in Bellevue Hill, told the commission he was acting in the best interests of the victim, BLF, who did not want his identity revealed.

“We accept that Mr Sampson attempted to act in the best interests of BLF by securing Harvey’s resignation without disclosing his identity,” the Commission found. “It is clear, however, that he should have notified the Victorian Institute of Teaching.”

Royal Commission: Vatican has no test for paedophiles

In a separate sitting on Tuesday, the Commission also heard there was no requirement for the Catholic clergy to be screened for sexual attraction to children but that the Vatican does have a detailed assessment procedure for homosexuality.

The Catholic Church’s central authority spent 13 years developing a protocol on homosexual tendencies among potential priests but has stayed “silent” on the issue of paedophiles, the commission heard.

The commission is examining factors behind abuse claims in the Catholic church, with data showing seven per cent of priests were alleged offenders between 1950-2010.

“As I understand it, the Vatican is specific that you must test for homosexual tendencies but the Vatican is silent in that same way on testing for children,” Commissioner Andrew Murray said.

Sister Lydia Allen, who assesses candidates for the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush, said the Vatican was working on such a document.

“I have asked them if they have any documents on this situation of child abuse and they don’t yet … it’s part of a project they are going to work on,” she said.

“They do not have . . . anything that says, ‘You must assess for that’.

“However, I think it would be an unspoken rule. I don’t think it needs to be stated explicitly because it’s so obvious.”

David Leary, an academic and Franciscan friar, told the inquiry the assessment process was flawed.

“The first test for a candidate for either religious life or the seminary or for the priesthood is not a question about whether or not they’re homosexual,” he said.

“It’s about whether or not they are compassionate and that’s the thing that needs to be tested.”

Dr Leary said the Catholic church was “highly resistant” to understanding how its structures may have led to child sexual abuse.

“I don’t think we understand the psychology that underpins … child sexual abuse,” he said. “It’s really clear in every other jurisdiction except the church.”

Peter Thompson, rector of Vianney College in Wagga Wagga, told the commission it would be impossible to effectively screen every candidate for the priesthood.

“No one can infallibly predict that someone is not going to offend,” he said.

The hearing, before Justice Peter McClellan, continues.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/cranbrook-headmaster-wrote-misleading-letters-after-sexual-abuse-allegations-royal-commission-finds-20170214-gucoju.html

2004

Marlborough College, educator of royalty – the school in Wiltshire where Princess Eugenie is a pupil.

Former pupils include the poets John Betjeman and Siegfried Sassoon, the actor James Mason, the traitor Anthony Blunt, and songwriters Nick Drake and Chris de Burgh

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1496642/So-I-have-400-misdemeanours-I-dont-think-Im-badly-behaved.html

Ghislaine Maxwell is alleged to have supplied a number of under-aged girls for Jeffrey Epstein‘s sexual abuse and sex-trafficking scheme, according to US court documents.

The 53-year-old was educated at Marlborough College and Balliol College, Oxford.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/prince-andrew-sex-slave-scandal-who-ghislaine-maxwell-1481707

College rocked by new sex scandal

TEACHER Andrew Richards has left Marlborough College after police launched an inquiry into his alleged possession of computer porn.

This week both police and the £22,000-a-year public school, where Princess Eugenie is a pupil, have confirmed that a teacher is being questioned over material found on his computer.

Neither the school or police would name the teacher but the Gazette has established that the man arrested was the housemaster of C3 House.

Sources within the police force and the school confirmed that it had been Richards who was arrested.

The maths teacher was arrested in his home at the school after police carried out an undercover operation two weeks ago and seized his computer. They took action after receiving information that Richards had downloaded obscene images on his computer, which is still being examined by a specialist team of officers.

After news of the arrest began to circulate in the town this week the school issued a statement saying: “Marlborough College can confirm that following the discovery of inappropriate material on a computer, one of our masters has left the school with immediate effect.

“There is no suggestion of improper behaviour with any pupil in the school.

“The College brought the matter to the attention of the relevant authorities, with whom we have been working closely.

“We understand that the police are carrying out an investigation into

this matter and therefore it would not be right for us to comment

further.”

The master of the public school, Nicholas Sampson, said he was unable to make any further comment.

Wiltshire police put out a statement saying: “On Saturday, April 30 as a result of information received from Marlborough College a male member of staff was arrested and interviewed at Salisbury police station.

“The man was subsequently bailed without being charged to return to Salisbury police station on a date in June.

“Inquiries are being completed to establish if any offences have been committed.”

Marlborough College, one of the top five public schools in the UK, has been rocked by several sex scandals in recent years.

In 2003 the school’s swimming pool manager, Mark Davies, was arrested after allegedly indecent pictures were found on his computer. Davies, brother of the Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, was cautioned but not charged.

In 2002 there was another scandal when students sitting an exam saw pornographic pictures projected onto a screen. Teacher Richard Jowett, who had been invigilating, had been looking at pictures of naked women on his computer unaware that it was sending the images to an overhead screen in full view of pupils.

http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/7248830.College_rocked_by_new_sex_scandal/

Geelong Grammar took no steps to protect students after abuse reports, says inquiry

14 Feb 2017

Royal commission releases report into prestigious Victorian private school criticising headmaster who went on to Eton College

The prestigious Geelong Grammar School’s long-time headmaster took no steps to bring in measures to protect students from a teacher alleged to have sexually abused pupils, a royal commission has found.

Geelong Grammar’s 1980-94 headmaster, John Lewis, allowed Jonathan Harvey to remain at the school despite knowing about allegations against him, the child sex abuse royal commission said.

It said by 1991, Lewis – who became headmaster of England’s elite Eton College after leaving Geelong Grammar – knew about allegations Harvey sexually abused students in 1982 and 1985 as well as allegations of inappropriate conduct with students.

“Despite this knowledge, Mr Lewis allowed Harvey to remain in a position where he had unsupervised access to students,” its report said. “Mr Lewis did not take any steps to prepare policies or procedures to protect the safety and welfare of the students at Geelong Grammar.”

Geelong Grammar’s 2001-04 headmaster Nicholas Sampson, now headmaster of Sydney’s Cranbrook School, organised for Harvey to be paid his entire 2005 salary to retire a year early after a staff member complained his brother had been abused by the teacher in the 1970s.

Sampson attempted to act in the victim’s best interests by securing Harvey’s resignation without disclosing the former student’s identity, but should have notified the Victorian Institute of Teaching, the commission found.

Sampson thanked the maths teacher for his outstanding service and did not record in writing the real reasons for Harvey’s departure, despite verbally informing others at the school about the allegations.

The commission said he should have made a documentary record of the reasons, but accepted Sampson’s evidence that he would now approach a similar situation very differently.

The royal commission also criticised Geelong Grammar for not investigating a boarder’s 1989 complaint that he was sexually abused, before expelling the 14-year-old for speaking out.

No member of staff notified police of the allegations, the commission said. Lewis should have ensured the allegation was investigated, it said.

The commission also found the school’s Highton campus master Robert John Bugg was involved in the boarder’s dismissal for discussing the sexual assault with other students.

Bugg must have believed the likely perpetrator was probably a staff member, it said. “In removing BIW from the school and not investigating the complaint, Mr Bugg failed to protect BIW’s interests and the interests of other students at Highton.”

Live-in boarding house assistant Philippe Trutmann was convicted for abusing BIW and 40 other Geelong Grammar students.

The commission found the school put its own financial interests before those of a student seeking compensation after being sexually abused by a teacher by not disclosing that it knew the teacher may have been jailed for pedophilia.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/feb/14/geelong-grammar-took-no-steps-to-protect-students-after-abuse-reports-says-inquiry?CMP=share_btn_tw

‘A tsunami of survivors’: Law firms swamped by historical child abuse victims

2 Apr 2017

Australian legal firms are experiencing unprecedented demand from people who have suffered alleged child sexual abuse in institutions such as churches, schools and youth groups.

The demand has been spurred on by revelations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and legal reforms which allow survivors to make a claim for damages regardless of when the abuse allegedly occurred.

Shine Lawyers received 61 inquiries about historical child sexual abuse in 2012, prior to the commencement of the royal commission in 2013. Last year the firm received 730 inquiries, an increase of more than 1000 per cent.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn has also experienced a surge in people exploring their legal options, with hundreds of new inquiries.

Shine Lawyers abuse law principal Lisa Flynn said the commission had created widespread public awareness about the devastating impact of abuse.

“It is an extraordinary increase which is largely due to the spotlight cast by the royal commission,” she said.

“The royal commission’s work over the past four years has really encouraged people to come forward and seek assistance. It’s been a tsunami of survivors coming forward.”

The commission held its final public hearing last week and will hand down its final report in December.

Ms Flynn said that while the long-running inquiry is wrapping up, it has left a strong legacy for survivors.

“Survivors have seen the bravery of others in coming forward and that’s given them the encouragement they need to come forward themselves,” she said.

“We know from people who have told their stories, it’s such a powerful way of seeking validation and justice.”

A number of states, including NSW, have scrapped the statute of limitations for civil action by child sexual abuse survivors, many of whom take decades to disclose.

Maurice Blackburn institutional abuse specialist Danielle De Paoli??? said the reform had allowed more survivors to come forward and seek justice.

“We expect this to continue, particularly given many states have now acted to ensure that archaic statutes of limitations have been removed to allow long overdue access to justice for abuse survivors,” she said.

Ms De Paoli said many defendants unnecessarily delayed redress for people who had been abused in an institution.

“Unfortunately too many organisations, including Scouts NSW and organisations of the Anglican and Catholic Churches, still continue to do the wrong thing by survivors, in spite of the significant evidence uncovered by the royal commission,” she said.

Figures released by the royal commission show the Catholic church paid $280 million in compensation to victims of alleged child sexual abuse between 1980-2015 and Anglican church dioceses have payments of just over $34 million in response to complaints over the same period.

The Federal government has announced a national redress scheme to compensate survivors to run for 10 years from 2018.

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4570843/a-tsunami-of-survivors-law-firms-swamped-by-historical-child-abuse-victims/


Feb 20 2017

Extraordinary legacy and hero to many; school knew of abuse allegation when it sent a tribute letter

The heads of a Melbourne private school knew a former teacher had been charged with abusing a student when they wrote a letter paying tribute to his “extraordinary legacy”.

The letter, branded by lawyers as “stupid and insensitive”, prompted two Old Boys to seek legal action against Trinity Grammar.

It’s the second abuse claim to rock the exclusive school, with another former employee set to go to trial over 41 historical sex offences against five boys.

The latest scandal involves respected former teacher Christopher Howell, who was charged by police in November 2015 with the indecent assault of a student in the late 1960s.

Mr Howell, who had taught at the school for 43 years, took his own life days before his court appearance last January.

In a letter to the school community after his death, the school’s heads paid tribute to his “extraordinary legacy”.

“To many, including those penning this letter, Chris Howell was, is and always will be the best educator we have known. He was a hero to many who worked with him and alongside him,” the letter, by headmaster Michael Davies and deputy headmaster Rohan Brown, stated.

“Chris was admired by so many; he always worked in the best interests of the boys and tirelessly in the service of others.”

The letter prompted three men, including one who sparked the criminal court case, to seek legal representation.

Two have subsequently issued civil claims in the Victorian Supreme Court against the school and Mr Howell’s estate.

“Stupid and insensitive is the only way to describe the headmaster’s letter,” Rightside Legal partner Michael Magazanik said.

“Our clients were appalled. Each of them had spoken with the school about what had happened to them.”

One of the men reported being sexually abused in the boarding house, where Mr Howell had been a resident master, and another said he was repeatedly sexually assaulted on a bushwalking trip in Victoria’s mountains. The boys were about 14 and 16 at the time.

The school was aware of the criminal charge against the former teacher at the time of the letter after his death.

In November 2015, Dr Davies said the Anglican school fully supported police in their investigations.

“The allegation has been brought by an Old Boy of Trinity who attended the school in the late 1960s,” he reportedly wrote in a letter to parents.

“He was made an offer of counselling and ongoing support and was referred to the police.”

He said the former teacher, who was still involved with the school, withdrew from all activities following the charge.

He encouraged all other pupils who felt “aggrieved” to come forward.

“Our greatest concern is for our students and, as ever, we prioritise their well being and that of our Old Boys.”

It is believed other former students had also contacted police following Mr Howell’s death.

Fairfax Media made repeated attempts to contact the school for a response.

A long-term colleague of Mr Howell’s said the allegations have rocked the school community.

“It has torn apart the community and we know, from our Old Boys particularly, they are devastated. So many of them have great memories of Chris, clearly there are some who don’t,” they said.

“I don’t know how you can defend something like this when the person is no longer here.”

Mr Howell was the acting head of the senior school at the time of his retirement in 2009.

Mark Watson, another former employee, has been listed to face a County Court trial in May. Mr Watson, who cared for boarding school students, is accused of abusing boys between 1975 and 1978.

Two of the alleged victims, aged 12 and 13, were Trinity students.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn is handling the compensation claims of at least one of the alleged victims.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/extraordinary-legacy-and-hero-to-many-school-knew-of-abuse-allegation-when-it-sent-tribute-letter-20170218-gufzfq.html


Royal commission: Outrage over church’s financial support for paedophile priests

24 Feb 2017

An admission that the Sydney Catholic archdiocese provides financial support for convicted paedophile priests has drawn outrage from sex abuse survivors at a royal commission.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher told the inquiry the church supports convicted Catholic clergy living in the community.

“That would include assistance with housing and some other kinds of assistance,” he told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“I am so angry at what they have done, I don’t want to give them anything further by way of help, but throwing them back on their family or community … others would say that’s just the church washing its hand again of responsibility.

“It’s a situation of damned if we do and damned if we don’t.”

Archbishop Fisher, along with archbishops from Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, faced their second day of questioning at the inquiry into Catholic church authorities.

He told the commission the church could not confidently monitor convicted paedophile priests in the community.

“I can’t pretend we have remotely sufficient supervision for me to be assured they are not misbehaving again, that they are no risk,” he said.

“People can be very deceptive and clever in not letting on what they are up to.”

Archbishop Fisher’s comments drew the ire of Catholic church sex abuse survivors, many of whom say they have not been compensated fairly.

The inquiry has previously heard a recent reassessment of claims relating to the Christian Brothers order found almost 170 people were underpaid $14 million.

Outside the hearing, survivor advocate Gabrielle Short questioned how the church could justify financially supporting convicted priests when many survivors lived in poverty.

Advocate Mark Fabbro described the church’s internal complaints handling schemes, Towards Healing and the Melbourne Response, as “failures” that have not adequately compensated victims.

“It’s clear they are still in the mode of protecting the church at all costs,” he said.

“The priority seems to lie with putting the interests of the church before the interests of the victims.”

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart told the inquiry the future of the Melbourne Response was under consideration ahead of the introduction of a national redress scheme next year.

“I’d have to take advice on the pros and cons with that but I’d certainly be prepared to look at it,” he said.

The inquiry heard the archbishops would directly inform Pope Francis of the concerns raised at the royal commission, which has spent the past three weeks examining factors that led to a high proportion of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge said the Vatican was too far removed from victims.

“One of the difficulties that the Holy See faces is that at times these are people who have never been at the coalface,” he said.

“They have never sat down with victims. They haven’t heard the stories. They haven’t listened to the pain. As long as that continues there will be fumbling … from the Holy See.”

The five archbishops indicated support for a new national regulator, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd, which will set, enforce and audit new benchmarks.

Archbishop Fisher told the inquiry the body would lead to greater transparency and accountability within the church.

“Clearly what we don’t want is any risk of returning to era of cover-ups and excuses and avoiding scrutiny,” he said.

The hearing, before Justice Peter McClellan, has adjourned.

http://www.cowraguardian.com.au/story/4491675/royal-commission-outrage-over-churchs-financial-support-for-paedophile-priests/

Cardinal Pell (pictured) was previously the Archbishop in both Sydney and Melbourne and is now serving at the Vatican

The alleged abuse was said to have taken place in the back room of Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in the late 1990s, with the choirboy then asking to leave the choir, the book alleges.


Cardinal George Pell accused of sexually abusing two choirboys, book claims

Vatican’s financial chief, who has always denied wrongdoing, faces fresh allegations of abuse, relating to his time as archbishop of Melbourne

Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, is accused of abusing two boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s

New allegations of child abuse are being levelled against Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s financial chief and the most senior figure in the Australian Catholic church.

Fairfax Media has reported claims contained in a new book, Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, that he sexually abused two choirboys at St Patrick’s cathedral after becoming archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.

The author Louise Milligan first flagged these claims on the ABC’s 7.30 Report in July last year. But according to Fairfax Milligan’s book, to be released on Monday, contains details of the accusations that have not been made public before.

After the 7.30 Report Pell accused the ABC of conducting a “scandalous smear campaign.”

Cardinal Pell’s office issued a statement on Saturday saying the cardinal had “not been notified by the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions or Victoria police of the status of their investigations, which have been underway since at least February 2016.”

“Cardinal Pell will not seek to interfere in the course of justice by responding to the allegations made by Melbourne University Press (publisher of Milligan’s book) and media outlets today, other than to restate that any allegations of child abuse made against him are completely false,” the statement said.

“He repeats his vehement and consistent denials of any and all such accusations, and stands by all the evidence he has given to the royal commission.”

The boys, students at St Kevin’s College, sang in the cathedral choir and were allegedly abused by the archbishop in a room somewhere in the precincts of the cathedral. They left the choir and the school shortly afterwards.

Milligan claims one of the choirboys died of a drug overdose in 2014. His mother was subsequently told by the second boy that they had been abused by Pell when they were teenagers at the cathedral.

Milligan writes that both spoke to the Sano taskforce established to investigate allegations that emerged during a parliamentary inquiry in Victoria and the later royal commission into child abuse.

Pell has now been accused of abusing boys at three stages of his career: as a seminarian, a priest and as archbishop of Melbourne.

He has denied all these allegations on a number of occasions. No charges have ever been laid against him in relation to them. The cardinal, prefect of the secretariat for the economy at the Vatican, has stated that he willingly co-operated with the detectives of the Victoria police when they interviewed him in Rome in October last year.

Sano has also investigated allegations that as a young priest Pell abused boys in the swimming pool of his hometown Ballarat. Pell also denies these allegations.

Milligan writes that Pell and his defenders have been able to “bat off or gloss over” the swimming pool allegations by casting them as “horseplay or a bit of rough and tumble … The story of [the choirboys] has no such ambiguity. If these allegations are true, they point to utter, sinful hypocrisy.”

Citing ill health, Pell declined to return to Australia to give evidence to the royal commission in person last year and instead gave evidence by videolink from Rome. In February this year the Australian senate called on the cardinal to return home “to assist the Victorian police and office of public prosecutions with their investigation into these matters.”

Pell dismissed the parliamentary resolution as “an interference on the part of the Senate in the due process of the Victoria Police investigation.”

According to reports, the police have now twice sent briefs of evidence concerning Pell to the Victorian office of public prosecutions.

The Guardian is not claiming Cardinal Pell is guilty of any allegations of sex abuse, only that they have been investigated by police.

Operation Sano continues.

The Guardian contacted the Vatican, Pell’s office in Rome and his office in Australia for comment.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/13/cardinal-george-pell-accused-of-sexually-abusing-two-choirboys-book-claims?CMP=share_btn_tw


Cardinal George Pell ‘to be CHARGED over child sex abuse allegations’ sending shockwaves through the Catholic Church

  • Cardinal George Pell will reportedly be summoned to Australia by police
  • The summons is believed to be related to a child sex abuse investigation  
  • Authorities are expected to announce the possible charges this morning

Cardinal George Pell is expected to be charged over child sex abuse allegations.

It is understood Cardinal George Pell will be summonsed to Australia from Rome in relation to a child sex investigation by Victoria police.

The summons will be issued today to the 76-year-old head of finances for the Vatican, according to The Australian.

Authorities are expected to provide additional details on the investigation and possible charges this morning.

It is not clear whether the cardinal will return home from Europe or if he will be extradited to face the charges.

Cardinal George Pell is expected to be charged over child sex abuse allegations (pictured eating in Italy)

Cardinal George Pell is expected to be charged over child sex abuse allegations (pictured eating in Italy)

Cardinal Pell will be summoned to Australia from Rome in relation to a child sex investigation by Victoria police
Cardinal Pell will be summoned to Australia from Rome in relation to a child sex investigation by Victoria police

Cardinal Pell will be summoned to Australia from Rome in relation to a child sex investigation by Victoria police

Cardinal Pell appeared via video-link for a public hearing of Australia’s national child-abuse Royal Commission in early 2015.

When he was asked to fly to Australia to appear in person, he declined, citing health problems.

The Cardinal was interviewed by three detectives from the taskforce in Rome in October 2016, who updated the evidence.

He has strongly denied the allegations of abuse.

The Office of Public Prosecutions submitted a second brief of evidence on Cardinal Pell to the police last month, according to The Herald Sun.

The summary said charges could be laid against Pell based on the evidence but that it was up to the to decide if they wanted to or not.

The Sano taskforce, which investigates allegations of sexual abuse, has been investigating Cardinal Pell since 2016

The Sano taskforce, which investigates allegations of sexual abuse, has been investigating Cardinal Pell since 2016

Police could be powerless to make Cardinal Pell return to Australia because he is so high up in the Vatican that he has diplomatic immunity.

Cardinal Pell was appointed to the Vatican’s Secretariat of Economy in 2014, the third highest ranked position within the church.

His high ranking grants him diplomatic immunity in Australia, meaning he cannot be forced to attend court or provide information, according to legal experts.

New South Wales state parliament member David Shoebridge told the Newcastle Herald in May that Australia had an extradition treaty with Italy, but it did not include the Vatican.

‘[Australia] hasn’t managed in 44 years to get one in place with the tiny pretend nation-state of the Vatican that exists wholly within Rome,’ he said.

‘This is why George Pell can’t be forced back to face questioning.’

Victoria Police will not comment on reports Cardinal George Pell is to be charged by summons over historic child sex abuse allegations.


A series of letters and documents published on the sex abuse royal commission’s website reveal details of Ridsdale’s abuse and the response from the Catholic Church, including Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns.

‘I went haywire with altar boys’

Paedophile Gerald Ridsdale (left) arriving to court with George Pell 

Ridsdale has been convicted for abusing more than 50 children over three decades, dating back to his ordination in 1961.

After parents complained to then Ballarat Bishop James O’Collins about Ridsdale in 1961, O’Collins told him: “If this thing happens again then you’re off to the Missions” and sent him to Mildura. The royal commission was also told Bishop Mulkearns knew in 1975 that Ridsdale had abused boys — but did not act until 1988.

One of Australia’s most notorious paedophiles, Gerald Ridsdale

Inquiry probes Ridsdale’s relationship with Cardinal George Pell

Ridsdale told the royal commission the fact Cardinal George Pell accompanied him to court on child sex abuse charges in the 1990s was insignificant.

He said he could not recall much about his relationship with the then Father Pell in Ballarat in the 1970s, except he “would’ve met him, because he was Ballarat born-and-bred”.

“I can’t remember him being there … I can’t remember him … I never had much to do with him,” Ridsdale said of Cardinal Pell.

“We needed some people to come along [to court] for support … I don’t see it as having a very big significance.”

Ridsdale said his barrister asked Cardinal Pell to go to court, and he did not ask him himself.

He said, at the time, he did not know if Cardinal Pell knew about the nature of his charges, and he did not know, what Cardinal Pell planned to say.

He said his legal team was “clutching at straws.”

https://aussiecriminals.com.au/2015/05/27/vile-paedophile-gerald-ridsdale-gives-evidence-at-royal-commission-today/

Royal Commission into sex abuse hears of suicide problem in Ballarat

IT has been called a city that has a suicide rate “through the roof” and is marred by a “landscape of death”. And one old class photo illustrates it in black and white.

Ballarat is considered one of the most horrific sites of abuse in Australia after it was revealed

that at one time in the 1970s all the male teachers and the chaplain at the St Alipius primary school were molesting children.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse this week moved to the regional Victorian city for hearings, and is expected to hear from one of Australia’s most vile paedophiles, Father Gerald Ridsdale.

It has also heard from sex abuse victims, who are detailing the crimes that were committed against them — and the lifelong trauma that created.

Philip Nagle was the first witness to give evidence yesterday. From the witness box, he held a black-and-white picture up of his grade-four photo from St Alipius Primary School in 1974, The Age reported.

Paedophile Gerald Ridsdale will be called to give evidence at the Ballarat hearings of the Royal Commission into child abuse.

Paedophile Gerald Ridsdale will be called to give evidence at the Ballarat hearings of the Royal Commission into child abuse.

There were rows of boys in uniform, who should all be aged in their 50s now. Instead, a third of the boys in the image are dead, believed by suicide.

It’s a graphic example of the suicide problem Ballarat has grappled with since the sexual abuse of what is feared to have been hundreds of schoolboys.

The exact number of victims isn’t known. There is no concrete evidence to link the suicides to sexual abuse, although Fairfax has previously detailed secret police reports that count at least 40 suicides by people sexually abused at the hands of Catholic clergy in Victoria.

But some are in no doubt the two are linked.

Peter Blenkiron, was 11 when he was abused at the Brothers’ other school in Ballarat, St

Patrick’s College, estimates there’s been 10 suicides in the regional Victorian city in the past year alone.

He told the ABC: “Ballarat has got this hidden trauma and landscape of death about it. I believe the suicide rate is higher than the road toll and we don’t hear about it. We have to stop that.”

He said the suicide rate was “through the roof” and believed since the abuse by the Christian Brothers an “atomic bomb went off and it’s destroyed so many lives over the years.”

Along with the suicides, there had been a number of other premature deaths linked to substance abuse.

St. Alipius primary school in Ballarat where many boys were molested.

St. Alipius primary school in Ballarat where many boys were molested.

Another victim will give harrowing evidence today of losing three family members to suicide who were abused as children by Catholic clergy in Ballarat.

The victim, who cannot be named, was sexually abused by convicted paedophiles Father Gerald Francis Ridsdale and Brother Robert Charles Best.

His brothers and a cousin committed suicide after being abused.

He is expected to tell his story to the royal commission today, the second day of a three-week hearing in the Victorian regional city devastated by decades of abuse.

 

‘I went haywire with altar boys’

Paedophile Gerald Ridsdale (left) arriving to court with George Pell 

A major focus of the Ballarat hearing is who was responsible for moving Father Gerald Francis Ridsdale from parish to parish, allowing him to continue to offend, and why.

Ridsdale abused more than 50 children as he was moved between nine Victorian parishes over three decades. He also abused an altar boy in Sydney.

Witness Philip Nagle has told the royal commission a third of his classmates had committed suicide

Then Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns knew Ridsdale had abused boys, “so he was taken out of there” and again moved to another parish, the commission heard yesterday.

Ridsdale will give evidence from jail via videolink later during the hearing.

with Australian Associated Press

http://www.news.com.au/national/crime/royal-commission-into-sex-abuse-hears-of-suicide-problem-in-ballarat/news-story/0ae5aa11e0505a69998b578e3d7c219b

George Pell with Gerald Ridsdale (left) arriving to court in 1993. Picture: Supplied

The photo that has dogged George Pell for years

THE photograph was striking: There was George Pell, then an auxiliary bishop, walking side-by-side into court with Gerald Ridsdale, the man later found to be Australia’s worst paedophile priest.

The decision by Cardinal Pell, now a Vatican cardinal, to support his former housemate that day in 1993 led to an image that has lived on in infamy in Australia for more than two decades, creating an image of a man who appeared to be more concerned with protecting the church than its flock.

And it made him something of a PR scapegoat for all that was wrong with how the Catholic Church handled the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Though Cardinal Pell went on to ascend the ranks of the Catholic Church and become Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser, he would eventually find himself pulled back to Australia.

On Thursday, Australian police charged him with “historic sexual assault offences” making Cardinal Pell the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church’s long-running abuse scandal.

George Pell with Gerald Ridsdale (left) arriving to court in 1993. Picture: Supplied

George Pell with Gerald Ridsdale (left) arriving to court in 1993.

Cardinal Pell has vehemently denied the allegations and vowed to return to Australia to clear his name. But he is likely to face a cool reception in his homeland, where he faced years of accusations that the church mishandled cases of clergy abuse when he was archbishop of Melbourne and, later, Sydney.

The towering former Aussie rules player’s abrasive nature has long been off-putting to many, with the father of one clergy abuse victim once accusing him of having a “lack of empathy.”

Cardinal Pell himself acknowledged as much in 2013, saying of his decision to support Ridsdale that day 20 years earlier: “I intended no disrespect to the victims. I understand now that they perceived it — and probably rightly — as such, but I did not at the time.”

Pope Benedict XVI with Cardinal George Pell. Picture: AP/Mark Baker

Pope Benedict XVI with Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell has said he set the program up out of compassion, though victims later criticised it as a way to keep them from suing the church.

“His style can be robust and direct; he does not wear his heart on his sleeve,” seven Australian archbishops and bishops wrote in a statement supporting Cardinal Pell in 2015.

“But underneath, he has a big heart for people.”

Cardinal Pell was born in 1941 in Ballarat, a deeply Catholic city in the southern Australian state of Victoria that would eventually become the epicentre of the nation’s clergy abuse crisis.

He was ordained a priest for the Ballarat diocese in 1966, and became an auxiliary bishop of the Melbourne Archdiocese in 1987. In 1996, he was appointed archbishop of Melbourne and was made Sydney archbishop five years later.

Impressive as his career trajectory was, he never managed to shake the Ridsdale controversy.

In many ways, the photograph encapsulated the Catholic Church’s attitude toward sex abuse the world over: Church leaders regularly sided with the priests who stood accused of raping and molesting children, placing the reputation of the church above the safety of the young and the real needs of abuse victims.

And despite what supporters dubbed his pioneering efforts to compensate victims, he was dogged for years by allegations that he should have done more to stop clergy from abusing children in the first place, particularly in Ballarat.

The city was devastated by disclosures of a huge number of church abuse victims, scores of whom killed themselves in an unprecedented cluster of abuse-related suicides.

In 2012, Australia’s government announced a royal commission into how the Catholic Church and other institutions have responded to child sex abuse.

Cardinal Pell testified repeatedly before the commission, and was peppered with questions about current Vatican efforts to address the scandal as well as how he dealt with abuse allegations against other clergy members during his time in Australia.

The cardinal largely deflected any blame, though eventually conceded that he had erred by often believing the priests over victims.

Last year, Cardinal Pell sparked a fresh wave of anger in Australia after saying he was too ill to travel back to his home country to testify — for a third time — before the commission, opting instead to testify via video link from Rome.

A crowd-funding campaign was quickly set up to send abuse victims from Ballarat to Rome so they could watch the testimony in person. Comedian and musician Tim Minchin released a blistering song entitled Come Home (Cardinal Pell), in which he called the cardinal an ethically hypocritical, arrogant coward.

In 2014, Pope Francis named Cardinal Pell prefect of the new economy secretariat, tasked with getting the Vatican’s vast and complicated finances under control. Critics in Australia saw Cardinal Pell’s move as an attempt to leave the church’s troubles behind and avoid dealing with the abuse scandal.

His reception in Rome wasn’t much rosier; Cardinal Pell has been a polarising figure at the Vatican ever since his appointment. Soon after he was named, he drew swift scorn from the mostly Italian-headed Vatican bureaucracy for boasting that he had “found” some 1.4 billion euros “tucked away” in Vatican accounts that didn’t appear on balance sheets. In fact, the money was well known to the secretariat of state.

Cardinal George Pell says he will return to Australia to fight the charges. Picture: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Cardinal George Pell says he will return to Australia to fight the charges. Picture:

And over the years, he clashed with many other cardinals who resented his attitude suggesting that he was the main force for transparency and reform while others were resistant to change.

Cardinal Pell’s initial mandate was huge, tasked with broad rein to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See.

But the mandate was subsequently restricted to performing more of an oversight role. In a statement Thursday, the Vatican said Francis greatly appreciated Cardinal Pell’s “honesty” in working in the Curia and was grateful for his collaboration.

Francis was particularly grateful “for his energetic dedication to the reforms in the economic and administrative sector, as well as his active participation” in the pope’s group of nine cardinal advisers, the statement said.

But it was well known that Cardinal Pell and Francis had their differences in both style and substance.

It was Cardinal Pell, for example, who handed Francis a letter signed by 12 fellow cardinals complaining about the procedures surrounding Francis’ landmark synod on the family in 2015. The letter warned that the Catholic Church was at risk of collapse if bishops went too far in accommodating the flock over the contentious issue of letting civilly remarried Catholics receive communion.

In the end, Francis went ahead with the accommodation, albeit obliquely. In a statement Thursday, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher stood by Pell and said the archdiocese would support him with accommodation upon his return.

“The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others, a man of faith and high ideals, a thoroughly decent man,” Fisher said.

http://www.news.com.au/national/courts-law/the-photo-that-has-dogged-george-pell-for-years/news-story/d218a60f50d73b3ba027d3bee4dd45c5

Cardinal Pell (C) walks with a heavy police guard from his barristers Robert Richter office to the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on July 26.

Vatican treasurer George Pell faces Australian court

July 26, 2017

One of the most senior figures in the Vatican will plead not guilty to multiple charges of historical sexual assault offenses, his lawyer told an Australian court on Wednesday.

Cardinal George Pell faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court Wednesday for his first hearing since the charges were made by Victoria Police last month.

Wednesday’s brief court hearing marked a significant moment in Australia, where Pell is the country’s most senior Catholic.

Pell is the most senior cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church ever to face criminal charges.
The cardinal, who is being represented by one of Australia’s leading criminal barristers, Robert Richter QC, has risen through the ranks from working as a young priest in Victoria to the third most powerful figure within the inner sanctum of the Vatican alongside Pope Francis.
His next court date will be on October 6.
The trial begins as Australia is still coming to terms with the shocking statistics published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The figures released February showed 7% of Australian priests, as well as other non-ordained religious brothers and sisters and other Church personnel, were accused of abusing children between 1950 and 2010.
The Commission found that approximately 40% of the priests from the religious order Brothers of St. John of God have allegations of abuse against them during this period.
The Commission also stated that the Church had been reluctant to investigate the reported abuse and also assisted in covering up the incidents after they were reported.

How George Pell gazumped other bishops to claim credit for tackling child abuse in the church

http://www.smh.com.au/national/how-george-pell-gazumped-other-bishops-to-claim-credit-for-tackling-child-abuse-in-the-church-20170510-gw1jrh.html

 

Child abuse royal commission: Priest abused every young boy at regional Victorian school, inquiry hears

23 Jul 2015

A notorious paedophile priest abused every boy at a regional Victorian school between the age of 10 and 16, the child sex abuse inquiry has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding long-awaited public hearings in Ballarat to examine historical abuse suffered by children at a number of schools in the regional centre, at the hands of Catholic clergy and other members of the Church.

Some of Australia’s most notorious abusers, including Gerald Ridsdale, Robert Best and Edward Dowlan, were part of a paedophile ring operating in and around Ballarat for years.

In her opening address, Senior Counsel Assisting the Commission, Gail Furness SC, outlined the extent of Ridsdale’s offending.

She said the inquiry would hear evidence of Ridsdale’s time at the Mortlake parish during the early 1980s, including comments from the priest who took over from Ridsdale.

“Father Dennehy told the Catholic Church’s insurance investigator that he thought every male child between the ages of 10 years and 16 years, who were at the school, had been molested by Ridsdale,” she said.

Ms Furness said Ridsdale was a “prolific offender” during his time at Mortlake.

“There will be evidence that his behaviour around boys was no secret,” she said.

She also told the inquiry Cardinal George Pell – who later became Archbishop of Sydney and now oversees the Vatican’s finances – was one of seven present at a meeting in September 1982 where Bishop Ronald Mulkearns discussed the need to remove Ridsdale from the school.

She said under the heading of “staff” the notes from that meeting read:

The Bishop advised that it had become necessary for Father Gerald Risdale to move from the Parish of Mortlake.

Negotiations are under way to have him work with the Catholic Enquiry Centre in Sydney.

A new appointment to Mortlake will be necessary to take effect after October 17th.

The minutes did not disclose whether the Bishop said why the move was necessary, she told the inquiry.

“However … it is expected that there will be evidence that Bishop Mulkearns knew it was because Ridsdale had abused boys in Mortlake and that he had offended in this manner in 1975,” she said.

All male teachers at St Alipius PS were molesting

Ballarat was one of the most horrific sites of abuse and it was revealed that in 1971, all male teachers and the chaplain at the St Alipius primary school were molesting children.

Ms Furness said the royal commission would also hear from a survivor who had a photograph of his grade four class at St Alipius in the 1970s.

She said he would tell the hearing, of the 33 boys pictured, 12 had committed suicide.

In his opening address, inquiry chairman Justice Peter McClellan urged those attending the hearing to remember the victims and survivors.

“The evidence in the first stage of this hearing will include the personal stories of a number of survivors,” Justice McClellan said.

“That evidence will describe the gross violations of individuals by ordained members of the Catholic Church.

“As you are aware, the royal commission has revealed many shocking stories of the betrayal of children.

“As we listen to the evidence in this hearing, we should all reflect on the impact for those who have suffered in the Ballarat region, and the thousands of others who have suffered throughout Australia.”

Ridsdale to give evidence to inquiry via video link from prison

Justice McClellan said the inquiry would also hear from perpetrators but not directly about the circumstances of their offending.

“That has already been dealt with by the courts,” Justice McClellan said of Ridsdale’s crimes.

“However, the evidence has an important part to play in the royal commission coming to understand both the way ordained members of the Catholic Church became abusers and how the Church responded to allegations of their abuse.”

Ridsdale is serving an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to 30 child sex offences in 2014.

It is the fourth time he has been jailed after three previous stints in prison for more than 100 other offences.

He will give evidence, possibly next week, via video link from prison.

The hearing will also consider why Ridsdale was able to move around to so many locations in Victoria, without being reported to police.

He offended and re-offended in Horsham, Inglewood, Camperdown, Ballarat North, Mildura, Swan Hill, Warrnambool, Ballarat East, Apollo Bay, Edenhope, Melbourne and Mortlake.

“I appreciate that the evidence of perpetrators may be confronting for some people, in particular survivors,” Justice McClellan said.

“However, without the evidence of perpetrators the true story of the response of the Church in Ballarat may never be completely revealed.

“I am aware that there may be different and strongly held views about the conduct of ordained people and the appropriateness of the response of leaders in the Church in the Ballarat Diocese.

“Many want this hearing. There are others who doubt the need for a public hearing. Some may not want the story told.

“Unless the truth is revealed and known publicly then [the] prospect of effective healing for survivors and institutions is diminished.”

Support on hand as inquiry prepares for gruelling three weeks

Today’s hearing was packed with survivors and their supporters and a spill-over court was set up in an adjacent building to cope with demand.

Justice McClellan said support would be on hand for survivors as the hearing progressed.

The Catholic Church also warned of a gruelling few weeks of evidence.

Bishop of Ballarat Paul Bird released a statement urging people across the region to support one another throughout the hearing.

He will also give evidence, as will Brother Peter Clinch, the Province Leader of the Christian Brothers Oceania Province.

Former Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who is accused of moving perpetrators and destroying documents to avoid detection, is not on the witness list.

He did not appear before the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse, citing ill health.

Ms Furness said 17 abuse victims would give evidence and the commission would also hear from a psychiatrist about the post-traumatic effects of child abuse on survivors.

Some victims will give evidence anonymously, under a pseudonym.

“Many witnesses are expected to say that they were reluctant to disclose their abuse to anyone,” Ms Furness said.

“They are expected to give reasons such as feelings of shame, guilt, disgust, fear of punishment, fear of judgment and a belief that they would be disbelieved.”

Perpetrators must be called to account, victims say

Abuse victim Patrick Nagle, 50, of Ballarat, was abused at St Alipius and said testifying before the commission was “extremely difficult”.

“We’ve known this has been coming for about three months and I haven’t slept [the] last couple of nights,” he said.

“You’ve got to prepare yourself for it.

“[It was] very, very tough indeed, but [I’m] glad it’s over [I’m] going to go and have a beer now.”

Andrew Collins, 46, of Mount Helen, was abused by four different men at Ballarat schools and churches during his teenage years.

He said it was important that those who moved these men around and did not report the abuse to police were brought to justice.

“It’s not just the perpetrators, it’s the hierarchy that facilitated those abusers to cause so much more hurt, pain and suffering,” he said.

Mr Collins said the number of victims who had committed suicide was “horrendous”.

“There’s been over 40 confirmed suicides where suicide notes have been linked to the abuses, but we’re aware of many other victims who have taken their own lives,” he said.

“We’ve had 10 [suicides] in the last 12 months and it is just painful and horrendous to open up the newspaper and see that somebody you know, you know was abused, hasn’t told their family, has taken their own life.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-19/child-abuse-inquiry-begins-ballarat-hearings/6479902

Photo published for A time to stop the suicides

Even when Gerald Ridsdale was a young man he had the habits of a sinful old bastard.

Almost from the moment he was ordained in 1961, the Catholic Church in Australia’s most vicious offender was up to no good.

With his ear to the local gossip — perhaps even in the confessional when parishioners across western Victoria’s vast plains purged their fears and regrets — Father Gerry would be poised, waiting anxiously for the information he needed.

Word of a broken home, a death in the family, financial troubles; any weakness would do.

With this knowledge, Ridsdale — 81 on Wednesday — would swoop on grieving families, pretending to be offering wise counsel and pastoral relief. Doing the Lord’s work.

All the while, he was quietly preying on the parish’s children.

The more fragile the child the better for Father Gerry.

He has been convicted of abusing 54 children, but it is quietly speculated that Ridsdale’s victims can be counted in their hundreds.

While child abuse is cruel, Ridsdale was vicious, buggering most, revelling in the sexual depravity of using blunt instruments on children too young to play mini-colts football. Most victims were boys.

But when he tired of males, he would turn to girls.

When the royal commission into institutional child sex abuse marches tomorrow into Ballarat, the de facto capital of western ­Victoria, it will have been a long time coming for victims and ­parishioners alike.

To date, no national inquiry has tried to unpick the disaster of the Ballarat diocese that unfolded in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

For while Ridsdale led the charge, he was not alone. In the mix were other convicted offenders including Brother Robert Best, Brother Edward Dowlan and ­Father Paul Ryan, who were aided by a grossly negligent church and, at times, a duplicitous police command. The bulk of the offending occurred in the 70s and 80s when Ronald Mulkearns was bishop of Ballarat.

Mulkearns, since retired, has been thrown under a bus by the church hierarchy in Australia, accused of destroying documents that would help piece together how such abuse could be covered up over decades.

Mulkearns, about the same age as Ridsdale, was the man who, once notified about the offending, was responsible for dealing with the offenders.

To say the modern church is outraged by the actions of the then pope’s man in Ballarat is an understatement.

“To say I took no action is wrong. I sent them for counselling. I can’t help if they blame me for what happened,’’ Mulkearns said in a recent interview.

“I regret terribly what happened. I wish I knew then what I know now because I would’ve done things differently.’’

The travesty of the Ballarat offending was that at the stroke of a pen on many, many occasions, offenders were simply shifted to a new parish. Ballarat one day, Edenhope the next. Things would go to custard in Inglewood, next stop Swan Hill.

All with the rubber stamp of the diocese.

For Peter Blenkiron, the next three weeks in Ballarat will be ­excruciating. He was abused at the age of 11 at Ballarat’s St Patrick’s College by Christian Brother Edward Dowlan, who was everything but a Christian. Now aged 65, Dowlan has admitted abusing boys at St Alipius in Ballarat in 1971, St Patrick’s College in Ballarat in 1973 and 1974, Warrnambool Christian Brothers College in 1975-76, Chanel College in Geelong in 1980 and Cathedral ­College, East Melbourne, between 1982 and 1988.

Blenkiron admits that he still struggles to cope with the effects of the abuse but is committed to speaking out because the alternative is watching his generation ­disappear, succumbing to suicide and drug and alcohol abuse.

“A lot of the stuff doesn’t even make the death notices because it’s too hard for the families, which is understandable,’’ Blenkiron ­laments. “Change is possible. It will be difficult. But to not do it will cause generational genocide.”

He says it’s not just the survivors of the abuse in Ballarat who are hurting but also their families, and these secondary victims also need support. “The ripple effect isn’t a ripple effect in Ballarat. It’s an atomic bomb.”

The impact of the abuse was immense, with the diocese covering several thousands of square kilometres — all the way to the South Australian and NSW borders.

The church, certainly until the 80s, dominated a region that was strongly old-school Irish Catholic, but so vast was the abuse that it was as if the church used the pedophiles as pin cushions across western Victoria.

The pins were moved whenever word spread that the priest was a predator.

For Blenkiron, like so many others, there is vastly more at stake than money, even if the diocese almost went broke under the weight of the offending.

“When you address this from a bottom-line point of view and don’t incorporate the values, you end up with trying to limit liability, save money, which is what the ­Towards Healing and the Melbourne Response did,’’ he says.

“It was about those two things, limiting liability, saving face, giving people some money, sign off, don’t mention it. That’s what used to happen.”

Blenkiron would like to see a national redress scheme trialled in Ballarat, along the lines of one for returned servicemen with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Everyone says it’s too hard. Keep people out of jail, keep people alive, save the community money, change the culture. It’s a simple message.”

Francis Sullivan is the chief executive of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, which is co-ordinating the Catholic Church’s ­response to the royal commission.

He believes the church leadership is still struggling with the backlash and agrees there needs to be a national redress scheme and an independent umpire who investigates and determines what the compensation should be.

“The Catholic Church will pay its full weight just like every other institution that has to, but it needs to be administered independently because the days of the Catholic Church investigating itself are over,’’ he says.

“I think the magnitude of the anger and disenchantment, not only in the community but in the Catholic community, has ­surprised, if not shocked, some of the leaders.”

He thinks that even though the church put redress schemes in place years ago, that effort has not taken away the anger people have towards the church.

“Its history is shameful and confronting and I think the royal commission and the reactions that have happened both publicly and privately demonstrate that, and I think that’s been again a real … learning, awareness, awakening,’’ Sullivan says.

“I think the church leadership has also recognised that an overly legalistic and risk management type of approach that was adopted in the past is just not suitable for a church and that real commitment to survivors and their families is a lifelong pastoral commitment.”

Yet Sullivan’s views are not always embraced by the modern church leadership, which, despite the white noise, has worked assiduously to right some of the wrongs.

The Melbourne Response adopted in the Archdiocese of Melbourne at the behest of former archbishop George Pell — despite some flaws — has been judged by those who know as being generally ­generous and biased towards the victims.

Much of the criticism has come from the fact that the weight of suffering has been so profound that few victims could be expected to respond with thanks toward the church. Indeed, why would they?

For the next three weeks, the royal commission will attempt to unpick the disaster that has been the Ballarat diocese.

The scope of the first hearing into the diocese includes St Alipius Primary School, St Alipius Parish, St Patrick’s College and St ­Patrick’s Christian Brothers Boys’ Primary School. At each school ­offending occurred.

It will also potentially hear evidence from offenders and seek to understand the extent of the damage to the community.

Shireen Gunn is the manager of Ballarat’s Centre Against Sexual Assault. CASA runs fortnightly support groups for male survivors of institutional abuse and Gunn says the group has just “grown and grown”.

She says there is anxiety among the groups about the commission and an air of expectation. “We have got some very heavy few weeks about to descend on our town,” she says.

Not surprisingly, she says CASA expects other survivors to come forward and make contact once the royal commission starts, but many of the abused are now dead. “We have a very high suicide rate … That’s what needs to basically stop.

“How that stops is people (being) able to reach out and be supported.”

Like all social catastrophes, the implications are local, national and even international.

It is certain news of the ­Ballarat hearings will filter quickly, if not immediately, to the Vatican.

Like Ridsdale, Pell is a Ballarat boy. While Ridsdale is wicked, Pell used his towering intellect to become, effectively, the Vatican’s treasurer. This makes him one of the world’s most influential Australians. Ever.

When Ridsdale appeared in court in 1993 for the first time to face charges, Pell naively supported his priestly brother.

Pell had shared a house with Ridsdale for about a year from early 1973 at the St Alipius Presbytery, next door to the primary school, where some of the offending had occurred.

By then, Pell was climbing the church’s equivalent of a greasy pole and was an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne.

“It was simply a gesture on my part,” Pell later lamented.

During a recent Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse, both Pell and incumbent Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart criticised Mulkearns and former archbishop of Melbourne Frank Little over their handling of abuse.

Those who understand the gravity of this will look back at these words as probably the most significant of the entire parliamentary inquiry.

While the inquiry served a purpose, it also seemed to become bogged down in its own self-importance, leaping on “revelations’’ that were in fact old news.

There is no doubt Pell and Hart have made mistakes, but, conspiracies aside, they have also done more than most to address the systemic failures, which almost exclusively occurred under the watch of Little and Mulkearns.

Little is dead. But it was clear from the evidence that he covered up abuse. Mulkearns, meanwhile, was accused by Pell, under parliamentary privilege, of destroying crucial church documents.

The Australian has unsuccessfully tried to interview Mulkearns, who failed to give evidence to the parliamentary inquiry because of a recent stroke. Until late 2013 at least, he had been saying mass in the diocese.

For Blenkiron, abused so long ago by Dowlan, the royal commission is difficult but necessary.

“It’s going to be difficult because we’re talking about authority figures in the judicial system, and it was authority figures that got us as kids,’’ he says.

“It’s a necessary pain … and I’m motivated by having nobody else die. Too many people have died.”

No one is sure of how many people have died after being ­abused. Police have made attempts to create a list detailing the number of suicides but The Australian ­understands that it is most likely inaccurate.

What is certain is that hundreds of people were abused in the Ballarat diocese, and most of these victims were so spiritually damaged that their lives will have been laced with misery.

If they are still alive.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-a-time-to-stop-the-suicides/news-story/d48154a22f8f192f17caa6287bf10f22

Gerald Ridsdale Sentenced To 11 More Years For Child Sex Abuse

31  Aug  2017

Australia’s worst pedophile priest is likely to die in jail.

Ridsdale, 83, has been serving time since 1994 and has admitted to abusing 65 children, however it’s believed his victim count is in the hundreds.

Fairfax
Gerald Ridsdale, a former Catholic priest , outside Warrnambool County Court in 2004

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/08/30/gerard-ridsdale-sentenced-to-11-more-years-for-child-sex-abuse_a_23191577/

Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese exposed after ‘fiercely resisting” a child sex victim in court

11 Jul 2017

MAITLAND-Newcastle Catholic diocese “fiercely resisted” paying compensation to the victim of a notorious child sex offender teacher in 2005 despite internal legal advice in 1990 conceding his victims would have “a pretty good case” to sue the church, royal commission documents released on Monday show.

The teacher’s trail of destruction through the Hunter over several decades included a parting gesture to the church a year before his death – his evidence to the 2005 court case saying he warned the diocese he was a convicted child sex offender before it employed him in 1974.

His crimes against children included threatening a 10-year-old boy victim that he would “kill your mum” if the boy told her about the serious sexual assaults.

Documents released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse show the teacher’s evidence on February 16, 2005 caused Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) less than a week later to refuse to cover the diocese for any claims by the teacher’s victims, and increased the substantial compensation ultimately paid to 10 victims because of the diocese’s liability.

Told: Former Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone was told Catholic Church Insurance refused to cover the diocese for claims initiated by victims of a paedophile teacher.

The documents show CCI advised the then Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone that “the dilemma we now face is the difficulty of defending the actions of the diocese, who allegedly allowed a known sex offender to work as a teacher in the Catholic education system”.

While it had originally planned to cover the diocese for claims against the teacher and was “conscious of its obligation to support the diocese in these difficult circumstances”, the Catholic insurer said “new information which has recently come to light” caused it to change its position.

It followed an affidavit by the teacher, who cannot be named by order of the royal commission, that he told Catholic Education Office directors Monsignor Frank Coolahan and Monsignor Vince Dilley during employment interviews in 1974 that he was convicted of sexually assaulting young boys at a Hunter public school in 1962.

The teacher, known by the royal commission as GKI, was a student at Marist Brothers, Maitland in the 1940s.

GKI was convicted in 1989 of sexually assaulting two boys, aged 10, at a Hunter Catholic school. But documents held by the Newcastle Herald, and others released by the royal commission on Monday, show parents raised the alarm about GKI on at least three occasions in the 1980s, including reports to the Catholic Education Office.

The documents include a report to the then Bishop Leo Clarke in 1990 by a church committee headed by the then Monsignor Philip Wilson, and tasked with reporting on the diocese’s handling of the teacher’s case.

The committee found serious gaps in the diocese’s child protection protocols, including a reluctance to include details of alleged sexual misconduct on a teacher’s personnel file.

“It would seem that if a teacher faced with allegations of sexual abuse resigns, there is nothing to guarantee that he/she will not be employed at some time in the future in a Catholic school in another diocese, or indeed in this diocese, given the reluctance to place information regarding the allegations in the personnel file,” Monsignor Wilson’s committee found.

It recommended that “personnel files contain all documents related to allegations, charges, convictions in relation to sexual abuse”.

The committee report noted that GKI had to be ordered by his probation officer to stay away from the church, the school and the children after he harassed children at Mass, followed the school bus and approached them in the street.

“Parishioners were extremely angry when they discovered that one of the teacher’s former parish priests had testified on his behalf at the court case in which the teacher had pleaded guilty,” Bishop Clarke was told.

“It would seem that there has been no attempt by the parish, school or Catholic Education Office to ascertain whether the victims have suffered financial hardship because of the events which have occurred since the time of the abuse.”

A note at the bottom of the report warned Bishop Clarke that parents had the right to sue the Catholic Education Office and the diocese for “failing to adequately protect their children”.

“Our legal consultant suggests that the parents in this case would have a pretty good case if they chose to act,” the note said.

But when one of the 10-year-old boys whose complaints led to GKI’s conviction for child sex offences in 1989 tried to sue the diocese for compensation in 2005, his case was “fiercely resisted”, his barrister Andrew Morrison, SC, said in a report on the case in 2009.

Mr Morrison on Monday said he was “not at all surprised” to learn the diocese knew GKI’s victims had a “pretty good case” to sue the church, based on its knowledge it had employed a child sex offender to put in charge of young children.

“The Catholic Church doesn’t appear overall to have learnt the lessons from what has occurred and been revealed, although there are significant changes in some areas and it is not the only institution to have been found wanting,” Mr Morrison said.

“It’s got a long, long way to go. There are still some very ugly attitudes among some decision-makers.”

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4781015/church-employed-paedophile-then-fought-his-victims/#slide=3


Another Former high ranking parish priest accused of child sex abuse

A RETIRED Catholic parish priest who stands accused of several child sexual abuse offences was excused from appearing in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday where his case was mentioned.

Richard St John Cattell, 77, who now lives on the Gold Coast, faces nine historic charges including intercourse with a male between 10 and 17 years old as well as aggravated indecent assault with a boy under his authority.

Cattell served as a parish priest at several NSW parishes in the 1970s and 1980s before being promoted to Vicar-General of the Diocese of Parramatta in the early 1990s.

The offences allegedly occurred during Cattel’s time as a parish priest at various NSW parishes in Sydney and surrounds.

Prosecutor Luke Wiggins told the court on Tuesday the “bulk” of the alleged offences occurred in the Hawkesbury region on the Central Coast, while some of the charges occured at other locations such as Mollymook on the South Coast.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned the matter to Penrith Local Court on July 28.

Cattell was excused from appearing at the next court date if legally represented.

https://www.northernstar.com.au/news/former-high-ranking-parish-priest-accused-of-child/3201946/

In Mildura in 1972, Detective Constable Denis Ryan sought to charge a priest, Monsignor John Day, for sex offences against children. Ryan had obtained a number of statements from victims. The allegations were of a serious type — acts of gross indecency, buggery, rape, sexual assault.

It would have been the first time a Catholic cleric was charged with child sex offences in Victorian criminal history.

This unhappy story had its roots in an event on the streets of St Kilda in 1956, when Ryan as a young constable in the company of two more senior officers, detained Day, then a priest at Apollo Bay, after the priest was found drunk and semi-naked in his car in the company of two prostitutes. Ryan wondered why Day had not been charged at the time and was told by his sergeant, “Short of murder, no Catholic priest could be charged with any offence in Victoria.”

Detective Sergeant Jim Barritt, was a member of the group and was a close friend of Day’s. Barritt set himself up essentially as Day’s protector. Ryan did not inform Barritt of his inquiries and referred them to the most senior police officer in the area, Superintendent Jack McPartland at Swan Hill. McPartland ordered Ryan off the case and instructed him to hand over all statements to Barritt’s partner in crime, Superintendent Alby Irwin.

But Ryan would not let the matter go and continued to make inquiries and take statements from victims. In all 14 victims came forward before Ryan was forced out.

Ryan claimed he could have obtained statements from 100 victims. We now know Day has been the subject of more than 100 Towards Healing claims. I believe he had been an active paedophile for 50 years. He died unpunished in 1978.

Enter then Superintendent John O’Connor who travelled to Mildura with his sidekick Chief Inspector Harvey Child. They were “toe-cutters”, then Chief Commissioner Reg Jackson’s special investigators. Initially O’Connor offered Ryan an inducement, a promotion to the rank of detective sergeant and Barritt’s job in Mildura. Ryan knocked him back. That was when the shit hit the fan.

Ryan was ostracised within the force. O’Connor tried to fit up Ryan with disciplinary charges that were laughable and never got off the ground. He ordered Ryan’s transfer back to Melbourne, something he knew Ryan would not cop. O’Connor effectively destroyed Ryan’s career. Ryan left the force in 1972.

I co-wrote the book Unholy Trinity with Ryan. He came to my home and for four months we sifted through files and sat in my little office putting his story together. When he arrived he presented as a deeply anxious character. He spoke of nightmares, insomnia and lived with the almost constant onset of panic attacks. There was no doubt in my mind he was suffering the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and had done so for decades. Never mind that he had once been one of them, the cops had really done a number on him. A hamburger with the lot, in their dark parlance.

The book was published in 2013 and was received as a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2014. Ryan gave evidence to the commission in December 2015. His evidence was not challenged, he was not cross-examined. Rather, he simply read sections of his statement into the record at the commission. In the space of a morning’s proceedings, Ryan finally received the vindication he had sought since 1972.

Outside the courtroom, a long line of senior police, including the current Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, stepped forward to express regret and offer their apologies.

The simple fact of the matter is Ryan need not have waited so long.

For many years prior to giving evidence to the commission, Ryan hammered away at Victoria Police, demanding answers. He was roughly ignored and the door remained shut on what I regard as the force’s darkest secret, the protection it afforded clerical paedophiles.

A Victorian independent MLA for Sunraysia, Russell Savage, decided to take up the cudgels on Ryan’s behalf. Savage was a former cop and had met Ryan and knew Ryan was telling the truth. He raised the Day investigation and Ryan’s disgraceful treatment in Victorian parliament. The then police minister, Tim Holding, requested VicPol conduct an internal review of the matter.

Ryan thought finally the wheel had turned in his favour. Surely an investigation by Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon would end his suffering and provide some form of succour. After all, it was 2006 and a raft of priests and clerics had been convicted of child sex offending, many of them in the Ballarat Diocese.

But despite Nixon’s investigation the big lie persisted. She responded with a letter in response to Savage’s inquiry in the parliament. The penultimate paragraph of that letter reads: “Following examination of this extensive statement by former Assistant Commissioner O’Connor, I am completely satisfied with the conduct of the investigations into the Day matter and that Denis Ryan resigned from Victoria Police of his own accord.”

This was the same O’Connor who had tried to fit Ryan up and who had ultimately conspired with bishop Ronald Mulkearns in Ballarat to pervert the course of justice by not charging Day and demanding Mulkearns merely move the perverted priest out of Mildura into another parish and a fresh group of unsuspecting children.

At the time of writing the book, we did not know the contents of O’Connor’s statement. We knew it existed but despite a successful application to VCAT for the release of police documents, O’Connor’s statement remained under lock and key. Now that we have seen it, we know why it was withheld.

O’Connor’s statement, sworn by him in 2006 when he was 90 years of age, was a litany of lies from a man prepared to perjure himself to the grave. When sections of the statement were read into the record by counsel assisting the Royal Commission, the public gallery burst into laughter, so ludicrous and outrageous was it.

Among the more extraordinary claims in the statement, O’Connor stated there were two Father John Days in Victoria and since 1956 Denis Ryan had battled under the misapprehension of mistaken identity. It was a lie and provably so.

According to her letter in 2006, Nixon relied almost entirely on O’Connor’s statement to form the view that the Day investigation which saw the priest removed from the Mildura parish but not charged, sent off to another parish where he would offend against children again, was a legitimate one and that Ryan had resigned of his own accord.

If you think that’s rough on Ryan then imagine what Day’s victims were going through. They had been told again they did not matter and the profound indignities they suffered at the hands of Day did not happen.

Comment was sought from Christine Nixon. She referred my questions to Victoria Police.

The trouble with that is Victoria Police have already conducted their inquiries. After the release of Unholy Trinity, former Chief Commissioner Mick Miller contacted his successor, Graham Ashton and urged him to read the book. Ashton did and then demanded the police files. He sifted through the files and quickly formed the view the Day investigation was a farce and that Ryan had been at best very poorly treated.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/blogs/nixon-a-question-of-competence-not-gender/news-story/ed9c92c65ff4133398be7f54d7af1e19


James Fraser Darling member of the Spartacus Club 33 years FOR THE SCOT WHO PREYED ON THAI KIDS

Sentenced to 33 years for paedophile offences in Thailand. Released on appeal and deported. Served a grand total of 2 years inside.

James Fraser Darling – who preyed on boys as young as eight – gives one-to-one lessons to the children of wealthy families.

Darling, 56, who lived in Morningside, Edinburgh, before going to the Far East, is working in a private language school in Zhuhai in south China.

We discovered the pervert – the son of an Oxford don – posing as a respectable teacher in the same week as pop paedophile Gary Glitter jetted back into Britain.

But while Glitter, 64, was placed on the UK sex offenders’ register, Darling is subject to no monitoring or restrictions.

At his school in Zhuhai, Darling, who is paid pounds 450 a month, refused to speak to the Sunday Mail.

School principal Li Lulin said she knew nothing about Darling’s crimes – but would not sack him.

She said: “Give him a break. His performance here has been good. I won’t tell parents.

“It’s not up to the Chinese government to punish him for his past. His contract finishes in September. I’ll let him go peacefully.”

A Foreign Office spokswoman said: “It is a matter for the Chinese authorities if they admit him to the country. We wouldn’t necessarily know if Mr Darling was there.”

At the Chinese Embassy in London, a spokeswoman refused to say whether any action would be taken to remove Darling.

 CHILD SEX SHAME OF SCOTS TOFF: He molested Thai lads, court told

Fraser-Darling and other Westerners allegedly molested the boys at the picnics and in Fraser- Darling’s cottage near the poor village of Rawai.

The boys showed investigators photos of themselves naked with the man they knew as “Uncle James”.

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More nude pictures were found at Fraser-Darling’s home, along with a Spartacus magazine article on “boy love” written by a J.Darling. Fraser-Darling denies being the author.

Fraser-Darling, who went to posh Repton school, was arrested in November 1995 after a colleague at the university reported him.

He was about to leave Thai-land for Cambodia when police swooped.

The pervert was taken from prison to court in his brown jail uniform early yesterday. His ankles were chained.

Fraser-Darling admitted he was a paedophile.

But he denied the charges, claiming he was a scapegoat in Thailand’s “witch- hunt” against child sex perverts.

Fraser-Darling’s father is Scots academic Sir Frank Fraser-Darling, an expert on Scottish birds and Hebridean wildlife.

He also has a brother in the Diplomatic Corps.
Frank Fraser Darling lived on the island of Tanera Mor.
Tanera Mor is  notable as the location for Frank Fraser Darling’s book Island Years.

Someone was pulling strings to get him out of Thailand.

A PAEDOPHILE has arrived in Scotland to claim a family inheritance – still lying about his sleazy past.

Toff James Fraser Darling, 51, is in the Highlands to get what is left of his family’s cash after being freed from a Bangkok jail.

But while the former teacher claims he won an appeal against all convictions, the truth is that the Thais kicked him out after only reducing his jail sentence.

Fraser Darling was left a small fortune while languishing behind bars and used some of the money to win his freedom.

Now the pervert, who preyed on young boys in the seedy resort of Phuket, is staying at an pounds 18-a-night guest house in Forres near his former family home while he plans his future.

Local residents are unaware that he is a convicted paedophile.

 LIES OF DEPRAVED TOFF

Fraser Darling’s father, Sir Frank, died in 1979 at the age of 73 after his retirement as chief officer of the Imperial Bureau of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh-born Christina was his third wife and met him when she was taking care of his children after his second wife’s death.

Since Fraser Darling’s arrest he has been too ashamed to contact his brother Richard, 52, a senior Foreign Office intelligence officer, and his sister Francesca, 46, who lives in the USA.

He says he has spent his time in Scotland trying to register for work after a lifetime working abroad in Thailand, Iran, Sri Lanka and El Salvador.

Accused Scot was ‘like an uncle’ to Thai boys

THE paedophile son of a Scottish knight was jailed for 33 years in Thailand yesterday for preying on young boys.

Teacher James Fraser Darling, 47, whose father, a leading academic – was an authority on Scottish wildlife, was chained by the ankles as he was led away to the cells wearing regulation brown prison shirt and shorts.

The appalling sex acts he was convicted of were carried out on boys from a sea gypsy community at a Thai beach resort.

He was sentenced to five years each on nine counts of separating children from their parents.

Darling is the son of Sir Frank Fraser Darling, an Oxford don and expert on Scottish bird-life and Hebridean wildlife, who became chief officer of the Imperial Bureau of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh. He died in 1979.

Darling’s mother, Lady Christina Darling of Forres, Moray, died while he was on trial.

His brother Richard, a senior intelligence officer specialising in the war against drugs, works for the Foreign Office in Britain and did not attend the court.

Richard Ogilby Leslie Fraser Darling Counsellor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Pervert Darling, a London University arts graduate, travelled the world teaching in Brazil and Sri Lanka before arriving in Thailand four years ago.

A book published by the Spartacus organisation – a European group linked to paedophilia – was found in his house, and a chapter inside, written by J Darling, described Roman orgies with young boys.

However, Darling denied that he was the author of the work.

The court’s decision was welcomed by FACE, the coalition against Child Exploitation, which has been monitoring suspected paedophiles in Thailand.

Almost everybody on Phuket knew James Fraser Darling.
 How disgusting can you get 2 years then deported back too our country!! Bloody loose around innocent children! Thank you for sharing this
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Three of the Salvation Army’s most senior commanders are related to alleged or convicted abusers

 

26 Apr 2017

Three of the Salvation Army’s most senior commanders are closely related to men who have been accused of, charged with or convicted of sexual offences, ­including against children.

The revelation demonstrates how deeply the church child-sex scandal has affected the tight-knit Salvation Army community and comes after a royal commission uncovered evidence of horrific ­assaults allegedly committed by its officers and staff.

The commission identified at least 19 alleged child abusers within the Salvation Army over recent decades, while an ongoing police investigation into boys’ homes run by the church has led to two arrests so far.

WOODBURY, MAJOR ERROL

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Major Errol Woodbury of the Salvation Army became a police chaplain in 1984. In 1988 he was appointed full-time as a senior chaplain a position he held until January 1995. Since then Major Woodbury has continued as an honorary chaplain. He is also actively involved in pastoral care ministry for the Salvation Army.

https://pansw.org.au/about/life-members/life-member-biographies/woodbury-major-errol

The Salvation Army’s national chief secretary, Colonel Mark Campbell, is the son-in-law of a former major, Errol Woodbury, who was the subject of “historical allegations” that led to his being stripped of his position in 2015.

Queensland’s divisional commander, Lieutenant Colonel David Godkin, is the son-in-law of a former Salvation Army soldier, Maurice Press, who is serving 5½ years in jail for 11 counts of sexual assault on a child.

The Australian has previously revealed that Ray Pethybridge, whose son Kelvin is chief secretary-in-charge of the church’s powerful eastern territory, will face court next month charged with 14 sexual offences, including indecent assaults on girls under 16.

Two of Mr Pethybridge’s alleged victims said they grew up in the Salvation Army but left the church after they came forward claiming to have been assaulted

“They just didn’t do anything about it,” said one woman, whose family reported the allegations to the Salvation Army in the 1980s.

“I don’t know whether they just turned a blind eye and didn’t know anything about it but I also think there was a mentality back then that if you ask God’s forgiveness … you will be forgiven.

The second woman said: “They like to think they have (changed) but how can they? To me, the Salvation Army has lost all humanity in the way we have been treated.”

More than 250 of those who gave evidence in private to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said they were abused in recent decades in children’s homes run by the Salvation Army.

Evidence before the commission shows Mr Woodbury was involved in handling claims of physical and mental abuse against one such child in 1993.

In a statement, the church said it had “commissioned an independent external investigation into historical allegations made against Mr Woodbury, with the findings from that investigation being provided to both the Queensland Police and the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian.

“A decision was made to terminate Mr Woodbury’s officership in 2015. Mr Woodbury is strictly prohibited from representing the Salvation Army in any official capacity,” the statement said.

The Salvation Army has previously said it “co-operated with a police investigation and … criminal proceedings” against Press, who was jailed in November.

A Salvos spokesman said “a number of significant changes to ensure policies and procedures remain best-practice’’ had been enacted. “The Salvation Army would like to again sincerely and unreservedly apologise to survivors, their families and the Australian public for serious past failures.”

Isn’t it funny how sometimes odd little coincidences occur in life?

Take this one for example – the Uncle, Cousins and Brother of the arch=pedophile Clarence Henry Howard Osborne – aka Clarrie Osborne – all lived withing a short walk or a decent stone’s throw from the Anglican Church Grammar School in East Brisbane, then known as the Church of England Grammar School, but best known as Churchie.

Gee that’s interesting Archie, I hear you say, but Brisbane’s a small town and sh*t happens and what does it all mean?

Plenty is the answer, especially in a town of well over a million that ain’t that small at all, but hold your breath and I’ll tell you why in a few minutes.

But for now just take a gawk and get the lay of the land.

First up, Clarrie’s Dad’s brother Merv – aka Mervyn Howard-Osborne – a lawyer about Brisvegas town.

He lived at number 11 Longlands Street, East Brisbane, a short jog or a mid-range gunshot from Churchie.

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Cool Arch, I hear you say. So what?

Just ask the Bovver Boy.

The joint below is where Clarrie’s brother Len – Leonard James Howard-Osborne – used to live, back in the days when Clarrie was in the Army.

The army? Clarrie?

I’ll tell you more about that in a minute too.

First though, have a peek at where Len used to live. It’s even closer to Churchie than Uncle Merv and the cuzzie bro’s joint.

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De La Salle College at Revesby a ‘hot spot’ of paedophilia, claims Sydney lawyer

July 17, 2017

DE LA Salle College at Revesby Heights has been labelled a “hot spot of paedophilia” by a Sydney lawyer who is working through thousands of historical child sex abuse cases.

The revelation about the Catholic boys school comes after countless men came forward with allegations of being sexually abused by numerous staff at the school in the 1970s and ’80s.

Among the worst offenders was Brother Anselm Hallam, also known as Tom Hallam, who was allegedly moved to the Sydney school from one in Melbourne after sexual abuse complaints were made against him.

Mr Hallam died in the early 1990s aged 92 before his charges could be heard in court.

John Comerford told NewsLocal that at age 18 he went to the Revesby school with a loaded shotgun to confront Mr Hallam, who allegedly raped him seven years earlier, but was told the teacher was dead.

Jason Parkinson, of Porters Lawyers, said an article that referenced the school in January led to about 15 men contacting him and saying they had been assaulted at the school.

“I think that says a lot about the number of children being abused,” he said.

“The men have complained to us that Brother Anselm would routinely molest the entire class of children by having them stand up at the side of their desk, and have them unbutton their shorts and then go from one child to the next.

“We consider it to be a hot spot of paedophilia in Sydney.”


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Former Kings Cross sex worker opens little black book on high profile clients

December 7, 2015

A FORMER Kings Cross sex worker has opened his little black book containing the names and details of high profile clients he claims were a part of a “sick” and elaborate paedophile ring.

Dave*, 47, told news.com.au that high profile judges, lawyers, navy captains, a prominent lord mayor and business executives were among hundreds of clients who prowled the Sydney red light district and the “Darlinghurst Wall” pick-up spot to lure underage boys into their hotels and penthouses for sex in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Dave, aged 18 at the time, said a pimp forced him into prostitution and a “seedy” underworld where he was abused, sodomised, threatened and taken advantage of by “hundreds” of men in Sydney over four years.

“The main thing I was concerned about was the people I was meeting, their jobs and positions and things like that and what bothers me was they had underage people,” he said.

He said former Wollongong mayor Tony Bevan — whose other victims previously signed statutory declarations to allege was a paedophile — was the “sick” ringleader with a network of men reaching into all facets of the community.

“Tony Bevan, he’s the filthiest person I’ve ever met,” Dave said.

“I never forgot his name because of what they made us do.

“There would be five or six of them (in the one room) and me and this other guy Brian* would say we were going for a walk and they’d say ‘no you can’t’, then they’d get physical and push us down and all of them would get on both of us and sodomise.

“It’s the high profile ones who were the worst: filthy and dirty and threatening.

“There were judges, lawyers and two navy captains and some officers, and a respected business man who now owns a major clothing company.”

Former Wollongong mayor Tony Bevan faced multiple allegations of paedophilia.

Former Wollongong mayor Tony Bevan faced multiple allegations of paedophilia.Source:News Limited

Dave said he was groomed by Mr Bevan to approach younger boys from the streets and lure them back to hotels and apartments for the men in the network to have sex with.

“I feel guilty because I was asked to befriend these people for them,” he said.

“The going price was $50 then you go with them and they pay you or give you clothes.

“The boys would be around the Cross, they have seen them then get me to befriend them and see if they were willing to come back and introduce them and stuff like that.

“That’s part of the reason I haven’t gone to the police, because I’m scared I’ll get in trouble for it.

“I’ve got to live with the guilt and shame. I battled with mental health. I faced it. I’ve accepted it. It’s taken a lot of years.

“I think about those boys all the time and wonder how they are.”

The Wood Royal Commission into police corruption and paedophilia — which started three years after Mr Bevan’s death — was told the former mayor, known in paedophile rings as Commander Hook, lured young boys with gifts and aeroplane rides and then used them in a sex ring he ran in Wollongong and Sydney.

Evidence given by the young victims was damning, horrific and explicit.

Dave said some of the perpetrators who victimised him had since died, including Mr Bevan in 1991, while others not named in the Royal Commission still held top positions in the community.

Dave said he believes “at least some” of the alleged offenders affiliated with Bevan’s Sydney network were still preying on vulnerable and troubled youths, based on information from his connections.

“I think it’s because of their position, they can manipulate with money, ‘we’ll buy you this if you do this’,” Dave said.

“There are kids on the streets who tell me they experience the exact same things I did — I know what they’re going through.”

He said it was easy for youths to fall under the spell of seasoned criminals.

“It happened to me when I was young and homeless and approached by a man while resting at Central Station,” he said.

“I was a very young-minded 18-year-old. He came and said ‘stay with me’.

“I went with him and later found out he was a heroin addict when we were living in Paddington.

“He introduced me to the Cross and I started meeting people and going to bars that were gay, like the Fish Bowl and the Rex Hotel.

“Then one day he took me up to ‘the (Darlinghurst) Wall’ and said ‘if you stand here we can make lots of money’.

“I said ‘what do I have to do?”

“He said ‘you have to have sex’.

“I said ‘I don’t want to do it’ but he said ‘you’re going to have to if you’re going to pay for your living’ so I done it.

“If I didn’t I’d get bashed and beaten.”

Running away crossed his mind but wasn’t a feasible option at the time, according to Dave.

“I was afraid to say no to the offers,” he said.

“I didn’t want to do certain things, like being sodomised.

“I would try to get away by just teasing them or just touching them but that never really worked.”

Dave said he required medical attention after one of his encounters with “a respected businessman”.

“He tried to penetrate me … I had it forced,” he said.

“It was behind a wall, he took me in a dark alley and he was very strong.

“I went to the reverend across the road and fell on the floor crying and told him why … he referred me across the road for medical treatment but I didn’t want them to call police because I was scared I would be in trouble too.

“I had torn tissue and I can’t remember how long it took to recover physically.”

He said forced prostitution was an industry that thrived in Australia during the 1980s and ’90s.

“A lot of times I woke up naked, and I didn’t know how I’d got there,” he said.

“I reckon I was drugged with a sleeping tablet or something.”

Dave said he wanted to share his experiences to educate vulnerable people on the dangers of sexual predators and to increase awareness of the sly tactics they adopt to rope their targets into prostitution.

“These scumbags need to be dealt with,” he said.

“The public need to be aware they’re out there.”

Dave said after four years as a sex worker, he met the “love of (his) life” in a bar who helped change his life.

He is now happily married and works part time as a cleaner.

* Not real names

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/former-kings-cross-sex-worker-opens-little-black-book-on-high-profile-clients/news-story/5ba7138d98f7f7c1907f60d8d6ecbbf4

1992 Arkell awarded Order of Australia Queen’s Birthday honours list

Frank Arkell: How a vicious murder unmasked a city’s darkest secrets

Former Wollongong Mayor and State MP Frank Arkell

 

Former Wollongong mayor and state MP Frank Arkell was brutally murdered on June 26, 1998.

26 June 2018

WARNING: This story contains graphic details that readers may find disturbing.

It was the death that could have pushed Wollongong over the edge.

In the late 1990s, the New South Wales city had become a cesspool of corruption and abuse involving civic leaders and Catholic priests, and was in the grip of a heroin epidemic, its streets littered with needles.

Then, 20 years ago on June 26, 1998, the gruesome bashing murder of former Wollongong lord mayor and state MP Frank Arkell helped break the curse that had dragged the steel city to its darkest depths.

Known as Mr Wollongong, Arkell, who was lord mayor from 1974-1991, had proudly coined the phrase ‘Wonderful Wollongong’ to describe the place he loved to work and play.

To many in high places he was the city’s saviour, but to others who knew his dirty secrets, including his predilection for young boys, he was a ‘rock spider’ who deserved what was coming to him.

‘I wanted to kill someone that day’

Arkell’s murder at the age of 62 came exactly a fortnight after the garrotting and decapitation of 59-year-old gay man David O’Hearn.

O’Hearn happened to live a few houses away from 19-year-old unemployed man Mark Valera — who was found guilty of both murders — in Albion Park, south of Wollongong city.

Police evidence revealed Valera posed as a gay man to gain access to Arkell’s West Wollongong home.

Mark Valera was the youngest man in Australia to be convicted for murder

Mark Valera is serving a double life sentence in Goulburn Correctional Centre for the murders of Frank Arkell and David

Once his quarry turned his back, Valera picked up a lampshade and hit his victim over the head with it more than 40 times.

Valera, who was wearing work boots, also kicked Arkell hard in the ribs, attacked his head with a glass ashtray, and strangled him.

Once the former mayor was dead, Valera punctured Arkell’s cheek and eye with badge pins found inside the home.

O’Hearn’s murder had been similarly brutal, verging on satanic.

His head had been cut from his body and his arm sawn off and used to draw a pentagram and an inverted cross in blood on the wall.

His body was cut down the front with a knife and his intestines removed.

A ‘very horrible’ man’s sickening demise

When asked later why he killed Arkell, Valera said he knew he was a paedophile.

“He is a very, very horrible man,” he said.

1998 front page newspaper coverage of Arkell murder

The Illawarra Mercury newspaper front page covering the death of former mayor and state MP Frank Arkell in June 1998.

Southern Highlands-based police inspector John Klepczarek was an acting sergeant at Lake Illawarra at the time and remembers going to both crime scenes.

“The O’Hearn murder is by far the most gruesome I have ever come across in my career in the NSW Police,” he said.

“Considering what kind of tragedies and murders we have seen in the Illawarra, that is saying something.

“The mental state of the person who committed those crimes I can’t even begin to imagine. The time and effort to commit those crimes, it was absolutely horrific.”

Valera was found guilty of the murders and sentenced, in December 2000, to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment, never to be released.

Dirty old town

Steen, a proud gay man who today runs a tea shop and theatre company in Wollongong, knew Arkell “quite well”.

“Being in the arts and community sector we came across Frank all the time and I have to say when you meet Frank, [he was a] charming, lovely person to talk to, very good at hiding what he was up to in his private life,” he said.

“You can’t deny Frank did a damn good job at promoting the town, but you can’t deny that he also did a good job at smudging its name on the way out.”

For Steen, Wollongong in 1970s and ’80s was a dangerous place.

“I myself was beaten over the head and left for dead in a creek bed just for what I was wearing, so you kept quiet and you kept everybody else’s secrets,” he said.

There were well known gay beats operating where hoons would turn up to bash so-called ‘poofters’ for fun.

In a city peppered with many Catholic Church-run schools, there was also the dark scourge of child sexual abuse, which authorities all too often turned a blind eye to.

“I can tell you as an absolute fact that it did happen in one school because I was a victim of it, and I was only eight at the time,” Steen said.

“And all they did was just move the priest to another school where he did exactly the same thing all over again.

“Thankfully he is behind bars now.”

The royal commission that broke the stranglehold

Well before the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse came the Wood Royal Commission into Police Corruption, which was extended to investigate paedophilia.

It was a massive undertaking.

Starting in June 1995, it ran for 451 hearing days with evidence from 902 public witnesses, and cost an estimated $64 million.

The royal commission investigated claims Arkell and retired judge David Yeldham were potential paedophiles.

Arkell’s secret life preying on young boys did not become public until five years after he left public office, when state MP and anti-paedophile campaigner Franca Arena effectively outed him in state parliament.

She asked whether Arkell was W1, who was under investigation by the Wood Royal Commission for having sex with underage boys.

It set off a spiral of controversy that turned Arkell from a man who could do no wrong to a person widely despised and verbally attacked.

Yeldham took his own life in November 1996, while Arkell, who denied the allegations, was virtually forced into hiding before he had the chance to clear his name in court.

“Once the Franca Arena allegation became public, the charges then became public,” said Glenn Mitchell, honorary senior fellow in history at the University of Wollongong.

“Had he not been murdered in June 1998, some time in 1998 between June and December he would have been before a judge and jury in Wollongong Court defending the allegations and the charges against him.”

Commissioner James Wood AO QC

James Wood headed the royal commission that investigated police corruption and paedophilia

Probe uncovered rats’ nest

Some of the other names associated with paedophilia in Wollongong at the time included former mayor and businessman Tony Bevan, alderman Brian Tobin, parish priest Father Peter Lewis Comensoli and former Edmund Rice College principal Brother Michael Evans.

Bevan — reputedly known in paedophile rings as ‘Commander Hook’ — was investigated by the Wood Royal Commission three years after his death from cancer in 1991.

Tobin killed himself just two hours after being interviewed by investigators from the Wood Royal Commission paedophile team in 1996.

Evans also took his own life in Rockhampton in 1996.

“It was a sad time, a dark time, and with what was being uncovered in the Wood Royal Commission there was a feeling the place was pretty well evil,” current Wollongong Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

Current mayor counselled ‘delusional’ Arkell

After the Arena bombshell, Arkell’s life started to rapidly slide downhill.

“Several graffitists had put ‘W1 equals wanker’ and other words that I can’t repeat painted on his front fence,” Dr Mitchell said.

“He was the subject of several prank calls, one of whom was Mark Valera, his eventual murderer.”

It was around this time a new Uniting Church minister assigned to work in Wollongong’s Church on the Mall and its associated food kitchen catering for those living rough met Arkell.

That minister, Gordon Bradbery, who is now the mayor, said he found the retired politician “delusional”.

“I sat with him for quite a while and was convinced he was heading towards full-blown dementia.”

The Mayor said the Catholic Church had had an immense influence on the city when he arrived in 1996.

“There were locations in Wollongong where we had intense power in the Catholic Church. It could control the narrative,” he said.

He said the shackles of the past were thrown off in part by the Wood Royal Commission, but also the later ICAC inquiry into sex for development at Wollongong Council and the growing influence of the university.

Path to redemption

The city’s transformation, brought on by the necessity to progress past a narrow reliance on ever-shrinking industrial base, opened Wollongong up to greater scrutiny from the outside world.

“What I think probably opened it up more than anything else was the work of the university, just the fact that people were coming in here and asking questions and expecting a higher standard of accountability, transparency and good government,” Cr Bradbery said.

This extended to the moral behaviour of its citizens, with murder and paedophilia scandals doing little to enhance the image of Wollongong as a desirable location.

The Wood Royal Commission and association media publicity helped bring the skeletons out of the closet, but many still feel even now it remains a work in progress.

“[Royal commissions] are a wonderful part of the process, but unfortunately I don’t think they go far enough, because there are still people at the top covering their tracks,” Steen said.

The murders of Arkell and O’Hearn at the hands of Valera were not the only murders going on at the time — they were simply the worst of a very bad lot.

A bizarre additional chapter of the double murder played out when Valera’s sister, Belinda Van Krevel, pleaded guilty in 2003 to soliciting her boyfriend Keith Schreiber to murder her father Jack Van Krevel while she was pretending to sleep in the adjoining bedroom.

Schreiber, now imprisoned for life, was also the best friend of Valera.

The murder triangle serves as a reminder of how things have changed for the better and the need to remain vigilant against secrecy and complacency.

For Dr Mitchell the journey has been a difficult but necessary one.

“We have come along a very gut wrenching and torturous journey, but I think the destination we have reached is probably a better destination than anyone could have dreamed of,” he said.

Frank Arkell at a University of Wollongong graduation ceremony.

Frank Arkell played an active role in promoting the city and had close links to Wollongong University.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-26/how-vicious-murder-unmasked-wollongong-paedophiles/9904280

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Prince Charles meets up with Frank Arkell

Prince Charles and Lady Diana meet up with Frank Arkell

31 Jan 1988

PEDOPHILE RING EXPOSED; AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT MINISTER AND OTHER TOP PEOPLE ACCUSED

10 May 2014

Wollongong City Council was referred to in the Wood Royal Commission investigation into the NSW Police Service.

Two former Wollongong Lord Mayors, Tony Bevan and Frank Arkell, reportedly ran a paedophile ring in the 1960s to 1990s.

The ring involved child sex trafficking between Wollongong and Sydney.

This was the same child trafficking ring that Fiona witnessed as a child.

Both mayors were ritually murdered.


Wollongong Mayors Tony Bevan and Frank Arkell: alleged child sex traffickers. Both were brutally murdered.

 

5 Nov 1996 Sydney Morning Herald

 

Clergy who fail to report child abuse heard in confession should be charged – royal commission

Commissioners say they have heard evidence that disclosures of child sexual abuse were made in confession but were not passed on to authorities

13 August 2017

Clergy who received information during religious confession that an adult associated with the institution is sexually abusing or had sexually abused a child should get no exemption or privilege from the failure to report the offence, it concluded.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/14/clergy-who-fail-to-report-child-abuse-heard-in-confession-should-be-charged-royal-commission?CMP=twt_gu

Child abuse royal commission: Bishops oppose forcing priests to report details heard in confession

Aug 14 2017

The Catholic Church has signalled it will oppose any move to force priests to report details of child sexual abuse received during confession, despite calls from the royal commission to make it a legal requirement.

Clergy who fail to report information about child sexual abuse heard during confession would face criminal charges under a series of sweeping changes to the criminal justice system recommended in a new report.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has detailed 85 proposed changes to the law in a report released today.

There should also be “no excuse, protection nor privilege” for priests who fail to alert police because the information was received in confession, the report said.

“We are satisfied that confession is a forum where Catholic children have disclosed their sexual abuse and where clergy have disclosed their abusive behaviour in order to deal with their own guilt,” it said.

But the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, said protections for confession should be respected.

The royal commission said it had heard evidence of multiple cases where abuse was disclosed in confession, both by victims and perpetrators.

“We heard evidence that perpetrators who confessed to sexually abusing children went on to reoffend and seek forgiveness again.

“We have concluded that the importance of protecting children from child sexual abuse means that there should be no exemption from the failure to report offence for clergy in relation to information disclosed in or in connection with a religious confession.”

The royal commission also called for greater use of evidence by multiple victims in relation to a single perpetrator, arguing the exclusion of this evidence in the past has led to “unwarranted acquittals”.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-14/royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse-recommendations/8804040

Child abuse inquiry recommends an end to Seal of the Confessional

August 14, 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – the official independent inquiry in Australia, has recommended that the failure to report child sexual abuse in institutions should be made a criminal offence. And it said that there should be “no exemption, excuse, protection or privilege from the offence granted to clergy for failing to report information disclosed in connection with a religious confession.”

The recommendations are amongst a sweep of 85 legislative and policy changes proposed in a report Criminal Justice, released by the Commission today (Monday), “aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.”

In their report, the commissioners say: “Before discussing a criminal offence, we consider it important to make clear that persons who know or suspect that a child is being or has been sexually abused in an institutional context should report this to police – not necessarily as a legal obligation enforced by a criminal offence but because it is moral and ethical to do so.

“Child sexual abuse is a crime and it should be reported to police. There should be no doubt that police are the correct agency to which child sexual abuse should be reported.”

http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2017/08/child-abuse-inquiry-recommends-an-end-to-seal-of-the-confessional.aspx

Colette L Annesley‏ @ColetteAnnesley

In the secular world, colluding with or protecting paedophiles is frequently described as a constituent element of a paedophile ‘ring’.


 Melbourne archbishop says he’d rather go to jail than report child abuse heard in confession

Hart said he stood by comments he made in 2011 that priests would rather be jailed than violate the sacramental seal.

Father Frank Brennan, a Jesuit priest and professor of law at the Australian Catholic University, joined Hart in saying he would not adhere to any legislative changes.

“And if there is a law that says that I have to disclose it, then yes, I will conscientiously refuse to comply with the law,’’ Brennan told the Australian.

Should Australia change the law, priests would be expected to obey the law, like everybody else, or suffer the consequences.

“If they do not this will be a personal, conscience decision on the part of the priest that will have to be dealt with by the authorities in accordance with the new law as best they can,” he said.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/15/melbourne-archbishop-says-hed-rather-go-to-jail-than-report-child-abuse-heard-in-confession?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Depraved father helped Ridsdale assault his daughter: court

15 Aug 2017

Shannon Deery @s_deery

10 of Ridsdale’s victims are at court to face him. One is appearing via videolink from prison, where so many abuse victims end up.

Peter Fox  @Peter_Fox

So if Ridsdale confessed these crimes to Archbishop Hart, Hart would prefer to go to gaol then report them to police. Wonderful morals.

Anne Frandi-Coory‏ @afcoory

You just might have to go to prison then, Denis…

Wombie McWombieface‏ @TheNakedWombat

Wonder how many he’s hiding?

pauline hollywood‏ @paulinehollywoo

Deliberately defying the Commission to protect children, by aiding and abetting the cover-up of child abuse, should be enough to incarcerate

From the very top! It’ll remain forever in their DNA to protect poedophile priests-and to HELL with their victims:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/10/catholic-bishops-not-obliged-report-clerical-child-abuse-vatican-says

Anne Frandi-Coory‏ @afcoory

Absolutely…and highlights that nothing at all has changed within the CatholicChurch

Kerry Jaggers‏ @kezincanberra

Catholic Church is NOT above the law. Nor is it above morality, human rights, protection of our children. Melb Archbishop should be ashamed.

ABC The Drum‏ @ABCthedrum

“The church is saying they’re above the law. I reject that

 “Perpetrators who confessed to sexually abusing children went on to reoffend and seek forgiveness again”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/world/australia/sex-abuse-catholic-church-confession.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur

 

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart

Why is the Catholic Church protecting paedophiles?

This is the only way to interpret the church’s desire to allow allegations of abuse made in the confessional to be exempt from mandatory reporting to police.

In an extraordinary admission, Catholic bishops have opposed any move to force priests to report details of child sexual abuse received during confession.

This is despite calls from the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse to make it illegal for them not to do so.

Recommendations released by the commission this week suggest clergy who fail to report such information would face criminal charges.

The report states confession has been a forum where both victims and perpetrators have disclosed sexual abuse in the past.

So it seems absolutely unbelievable that president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, said protections for confession should continue to be respected.

This absurd notion needs to be immediately challenged. Religious freedom should not give priests the freedom to sexually abuse children, or protect others who do so.

Why does the church want to absolve paedophiles?

You would think the Catholic Church wouldn’t want to absolve paedophiles, but to hand them over to authorities.

And yet it would seem this is not the case — the church appears to be more concerned that priests are healed than the people they abuse.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/susie-obrien/why-is-the-catholic-church-protecting-paedophiles/news-story/68e3d0279f5002350b899d91662beafd


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Catholic bishops not obliged to report clerical child abuse, Vatican says

10 February 2016

Vatican guide says ‘not necessarily’ bishop’s duty to report suspects to police despite Pope Francis’s vows to redress Catholic church’s legacy of child abuse

The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.

A document that spells out how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse, which was recently released by the Vatican, emphasised that, though they must be aware of local laws, bishops’ only duty was to address such allegations internally.

“According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds,” the training document states.

The training guidelines were written by a controversial French monsignor and psychotherapist, Tony Anatrella, who serves as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Allen noted that a special commission created by Pope Francis, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, had appeared to play no role in the training programme, even though it is supposed to be developing “best practices” to prevent and deal with clerical abuse.

Indeed, a church official familiar with the commission on abuse said it was the committee’s position that reporting abuse to civil authorities was a “moral obligation, whether the civil law requires it or not”.

Pope Francis has called for the church to exhibit “zero tolerance” of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults by clergy and that “everything possible must be done to rid the church of the scourge of the sexual abuse”.

He said in a 2012 interview – when he was still a cardinal – that he was once called by a bishop asking him for advice on how to deal with an allegation of sex abuse. Cardinal Bergoglio – as he was then known – allegedly told the bishop to take away the priests’ licences and begin a canonical trial that would deal with the matter internally.

SNAP, a US-based advocacy group for abuse victims that has been very critical of Pope Francis on the issue, said the news outlined in John Allen’s Crux article proved that the church had not substantially changed.

“It’s infuriating, and dangerous, that so many believe the myth that bishops are changing how they deal with abuse and that so little attention is paid when evidence to the contrary – like this disclosure by Allen – emerges,” the group said in a statement.

Catholic brother Francis Brophy guilty of BoysTown sex abuse

August 21, 2017

A CATHOLIC brother who inflicted “sheer terror” on vulnerable boys at a Queensland orphanage, sexually abusing nine of them, has been jailed for his historical crimes.

“Your legacy disgusts me and every right-minded member of society,” Brisbane District Court Judge William Everson told Francis Brophy today.

The 87-year-old, who was found guilty by a jury of five offences and sentenced for more than 30 counts in total, sexually abused the orphans at BoysTown, near Beaudesert, between 1978 and 1983.

Judge Everson denounced him as “a cowardly, evil paedophile” who masqueraded as a follower of God while inflicting lifelong damage on the children who were meant to be in his care.

He said Brophy presided over a “Gulag right in our midst” that left some of his victims ravaged by nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.

“The combination of your depraved sexual offending and the terrifying violence you meted out makes your conduct particularly heinous,” Judge Everson told him.

“It is the sheer terror that you presented to the victims in the context of their complete and utter helplessness that places your conduct in a special category of seriousness.”

He sentenced Brophy to a head term of eight years behind bars but set a parole eligibility date for two years’ time.

There were tears in the public gallery as the court heard one of Brophy’s victims froze and endured “significant pain” when he was sodomised by the brother, who took his vows in 1952 and retired in 1994.

A victim was also “viciously” strapped for smoking, while another was punched in the stomach when he appeared to mock another brother.

As he walked away, Brophy laughed and told the winded boy: “You’re not as tough as you make out to be”.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the De La Salle Brothers said “a member of the Order” had been sentenced for crimes that amounted to a profound betrayal of the trust of children.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/catholic-brother-francis-brophy-guilty-of-boystown-sex-abuse/news-story/6ca5480612516ea8eafdadc439bcff6d


Dr Peter Macarthur in a picture from The Armidale School newsletter Binghi in December 1983.

Convicted child sex offender quietly exits International Grammar School board

A convicted child sex offender has quietly exited the board of a top Sydney private school after a prospective parent conducting background checks inquired whether board members had any contact with children.

Dr Peter Macarthur, an ear, nose and throat doctor with practices in Armidale and Taree, served 21 years as a director of the co-educational International Grammar School (IGS) in inner Sydney until last month. He has also quietly left the board of the NSW Association of Independent Schools (AIS) on which he sat for 30 years.

On four occasions since 2010, including at the start of this year, Dr Macarthur signed disclosures to the school stating that he met fit-and-proper person requirements, including that he had not been convicted of an offence against children, or engaged in a deliberate pattern of immoral or unethical behaviour.

After learning about the allegations in May, IGS only informed parents who pay up to $23,850 a year for their children’s tuition about the circumstances of Dr Macarthur’s departure late on Friday afternoon following inquiries from the Herald.

The Herald understands that IGS acted after being alerted to Dr Macarthur’s convictions when a parent contacted the school asking about enrolling their child. But Dr Macarthur has insisted to the board that his convictions were known to both IGS and the AIS when the offences were dealt with in the mid-1990s.

Board papers seen by the Herald reveal chairwoman Dr Marie Leech implemented “mitigation measures” in relation to supervision of Dr Macarthur on campus after learning of his convictions.

In 1995, Dr Macarthur was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on patients under anaesthetic on the operating table of Armidale Hospital as they were being transferred from an operating bed onto a trolley in 1993. One victim was a woman aged 23, the other was a girl aged 13. Dr Macarthur was 55 at the time of the offences.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/convicted-child-sex-offender-quietly-exits-international-grammar-school-board-20171027-gz9i7u.html

Australian celebrity paedophile ring revealed

A PAEDOPHILE ring in Australia’s arts community included literary figures and famous artists for whom prepubescent sisters were “jailbait”.

 June 10, 2018

STUNNING revelations of an Australian paedophile ring involving celebrity arts figures have been laid bare by the daughters of a prominent playwright.

Rozanna and Kate Lilley, the daughters of playwright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men including the late Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, The Australian reports.

Sharp, Australia’s foremost pop artist, designed record covers and posters for Bob Dylan, Donovan and Eric Clapton and wrote songs for Clapton’s band, Cream.

Ellis was a political commentator, write and film maker who penned 22 television and screenplays.

The Lilley sisters, who each have written new books, say their mother encouraged underage sex between her daughters and famous men she entertained at her Sydney house.

The sisters say the men enjoyed having young girls around and their mother, considered a left wing radical and admired feminist, encouraged their joining in the libertine sex scene of the times.

“We were these nubile girls … jailbait,” Kate Lilley said, describing her mother’s house as “a brothel without payment”.

Rozanna and Kate Lilley (left, as teenagers) claim they were molested by author Bob Ellis (top right), and (bottom right) painter Martin Sharp and photographer David Hamilton.

Rozanna and Kate Lilley (left, as teenagers) claim they were molested by author Bob Ellis (top right), and (bottom right) painter Martin Sharp and photographer David Hamilton.Source:Supplied

Poet Dorothy Hewett, above with daughters Kate and Rozanna Lilley in about 1976, encouraged her underage daughters having sex with older men.

Poet Dorothy Hewett, above with daughters Kate and Rozanna Lilley in about 1976, encouraged her underage daughters having sex with older men.Source:Supplied

Dorothy Hewett’s Sydney house was like an ‘unpaid brothel’ for the underage sisters who were ‘jailbait’ for prominent arts figures.

Dorothy Hewett’s Sydney house was like an ‘unpaid brothel’ for the underage sisters who were ‘jailbait’ for prominent arts figures.Source:Supplied

Other men included a local film producer who is still alive and a poet who raped Kate Lilley when she was underage, plus renowned British erotic photographer, David Hamilton.

Known for his soft-lit images of prepubescent young girls, 83-year-old Hamilton took his own life in 2016 after a former model accused him of raping her in 1987 when she was 13 years old.

In the Woollahra terrace Hewett shared with her husband, writer Merv Lilley, a queue of famous men attended parties in the salon-like atmosphere where the sisters spent their early teens.

Sex was facilitated by Hewett who also slept with some of the men, while her husband had sex with other women.

When she turned 16 years old, Kate Lilley had already slept with six men and her younger sister Rozanna had slept with a dozen men by the time she reached the age of consent.

The men were older artists and writers, including Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, and Hamilton who photographed pornographic images of Rozanna.

Rozanna said she had sex once, when she was 15, with Martin Sharp, who decades later apologised to her.

Decades later, artist Martin Sharp called Rozanna Lilley to apologise for taking advantage of her sexually.

Decades later, artist Martin Sharp called Rozanna Lilley to apologise for taking advantage of her sexually.Source:News Corp Australia

Writer Bob Ellis would have sex with Kate ‘whenever he turned up’ and with her younger sister.

Writer Bob Ellis would have sex with Kate ‘whenever he turned up’ and with her younger sister.Source:News Corp Australia

Kate (left) and Rozanna Lilley who say their famous mother failed to protect them from sexual predators on the arts scene. Picture: John Feder.

Kate (left) and Rozanna Lilley who say their famous mother failed to protect them from sexual predators on the arts scene. Picture: John Feder.Source:News Corp Australia

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Kate Lilley’s new book, Tilt. Source:Supplied

David Hamilton took close photographs of her genitals after showing her pornographic images of girls to prove others had consented.

“It was unbearable at home,” Kate Lilley said, “I used to have sex with men to prevent them having sex with Rosie.

“But then I would find out they did have sex with Rosie.”
Kate Lilley’s teenage years are referred to in poems in her new book, Tilt, which the 57-year-old poet and university English professor has published.

Rozanna, 55, an anthropologist and autism researcher also writes poems about sexual abuse by (unnamed) older men in her book, Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life.

Kate Lilley told The Australian she had sex four times with Bob Ellis when she was aged 15 and 16, “whenever he turned up”.

Rozanna has written a poem about her sexual encounter with Ellis as a child.

At the age of 13, Rozanna Lilley was cast in the lesbian-themed film Journey Among Women about female convicts living in the bush.

Her mother, Dorothy Hewett, wrote the script.

The film is still available on DVD.

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Rozanna Lilley on the set of Journey Among Women. Source:Supplied

The Lilley sisters’ parents Merv Lilley and Dorothy Hewett at their Blue Mountains home shortly before Hewett’s death.

The Lilley sisters’ parents Merv Lilley and Dorothy Hewett at their Blue Mountains home shortly before Hewett’s death.Source:News Limited

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/australian-celebrity-paedophile-ring-revealed/news-story/152f23a6d269437321f8e2f923a82e7f

Andreas Baader‏@stop1984

“plus renowned British erotic photographer, David Hamilton”

Photographer, David Hamilton

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hamilton_(photographer)

Writer Bob Ellis – His university life put him in contact with Clive James, Bob Hughes, Germaine Greer and Les Murray, who were also studying there at that time.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/tributes-flow-for-writer-journalist-bob-ellis/7295744

 

Bob Ellis funeral

Mourners included feminist Germaine Greer

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/bob-ellis-funeral-mourners-pay-tribute-to-a-scoundrel-rogue-and-gentleman/news-story/ed4cfe906f24cdfce80d1f6844be7fdb

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Germaine Greer calls for punishment for rape to be reduced

May 31 2018

Germaine Greer has called for the lowering of punishment for rape and said society should not see it as a “spectacularly violent crime” but instead view it more as “lazy, careless and insensitive”.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/31/europe/rape-crime-greer-intl/index.html

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Germaine Greer


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PIE list had been all but ignored until recent paedophile allegations surfaced.

Detectives knew of 300 names in a secret club that advocated sex with children

Police kept the secret membership list of a controversial group which advocated sex with children  and let it “sit in a drawer”, leaving several of those named on it free to commit serious child abuse.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/paedophile-register-of-controversial-group-ignored-by-police-allowing-several-members-to-commit-a6941526.html

Truthseeker1 ‏@thewakeupcall09

So many cases where police have obtained membership lists and done nothing.

Why police not questioning the PIE members that are currently in prison?

 

 

Anyone who is connected to PIE & any other organisation should be held to account.They wouldn’t be accepted as a volunteer 4 an organisation

Where’s the inquiry strand looking into Peter Righton?

He was advising the inquiry’s founding dept Home Office during 70s 80s until 1992

Cop Saw Documents In 1990s Suggesting Existence Of Establishment Paedophile Network

 

Cop Saw Documents In 1990s Suggesting Existence Of Establishment Paedophile Network

 

Steering Committee – Peter Righton, G. Godfrey Issacs, Miss Mary Joynson (Director of Child Care of Dr Barnado’s), Miss Janet Matlinson (Tavistock Centre), John Rea Price (Director of Social Services for the London borough of Islington. Nicolas Stacey (Director of Social Services Kent)

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Wednesday, March 28, 1979 – 13
Thornham Estate – Righton’s Sanctuary
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The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Wednesday, May 8, 1985 – 27
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The Ancestral Home Of The 8th Baron Henniker In Thornham Magna Suffolk.

Peter Righton Who Is At The Centre Of An Inquiry Into The Abuse Of Boys Is Living In A Stable Block On The Estate.

6 May 1993

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John Whittingdale, half-brother of convicted PIE secretary Charles Napier, was SPAD to Leon Brittan who was close friend of (PIE member) Keith Harding. Coincidence?

Dame Alun Roberts ‏@ciabaudo

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I also worked for Leon Brittan, the man who went to visit PIE member Keith Harding with Cyril Smith and Jeremy Thorpe

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Keith Harding appears to be the link between that paedophile Home Secretary Leon Brittan and PIE.

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Is it just a coincidence that the Freedom Association, GCHQ and Brittan mate Keith Harding of PIE were all based in Cheltenham?

Northleach = Peter Ball = Keith Harding = Rev David Jennings (lifelong Peter Ball friend) = BigEars Coincidence?

Keith Harding, Bugger Brittan’s chum, was once a Dominican monk

This obit links Keith Harding to just about everything: Railways, CoE, RAF pilot,…

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Top Freemason at GCHQ’s Cheltenham Masonic Lodge

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A top Freemason, well protected, his Northleach Museum was in old urban Council offices


 

 

Did BHH ask Ms Brittan why her paedophile husband regularly visited Keith Harding, PIE membership secretary, while being asked to ban PIE?

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IslingtonSurvivorsNetwork ‏ @theIslingtonSN

28 May 1977: PIE held its third AGM at 274 Upper Street N1 at London Friend islington – Peter Righton resigns as “Community Liaison Officer” – Tom O’Carroll takes over as Chair – Social Worker Jonathan Simon new organiser local groups PIE Central

‘Stop Press – Stop Press’, p. 12
AGM took place at Islington HQ of London Friend on May 28th.
Resignations from EC: Hose (as Chairperson) and Peter Righton (as Community Liaison Officer).
Full national EC election results: ex teacher/journalist Mr Tom O’Carroll, new Chairperson
Former lecturer/assistant JP Mr David C Grove new Secretary
Ex-teacher Mr Charles S. Napier, Treasurer (returned)
Social Worker Mr Jonathan Simon, new Organiser Local Groups
Private Businessman Mr Warren Middleton (p), Magazine Editor (returned)
Teacher Mr David Brownough (p), new Newsletter Editor
University lecturer/sociologist Dr. Humphrey Barton* (p), new Research Director (*subject to confirmation)

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Remember the Jim’ll Fixit episode featuring Keith Harding? Guess who did the sinister film work outside the shop and shop window!

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It was David Secrett, a trusted employee at Keith Harding’s shop.

Have a guess where Secrett lived and worked in the 90s!

Thornham Magna.

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David Secrett – Clocks and Automata – Eye Suffolk

Peter Righton PIE Member #51, Keith Harding PIE Member #329

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Righton and Napier

After Righton’s 1992 conviction on child pornography, he moved to live in a cottage on the estate of the eighth Lord Henniker, in Thornham Magna, North Suffolk, and was allowed to use the estate for special holidays for vulnerable children from Islington (at the very time when there was an epidemic of child abuse in Islington care homes – see here and here for vital material

The Chief Constable of Suffolk visited Henniker personally to warn him that Righton was a career paedophile, but he ignored this advice, and Righton was able to continue hosting children on the estate until his death in 2008.

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Through PIE (Righton) made contact with the campaign’s treasurer, Charles Napier, a teacher who had banned from working in all English schools after he was convicted of indecent assault on five infants.

(Charles Napier, half-brother to MP John Whittingdale)

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The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Wednesday, August 28, 1996 – 27

Lord Henniker offered Peter Righton and Richard Alston refuge there when they fled Evesham in 1992. He employed Napier..

in senior positions teaching abroad with British Council and ran Islington‘s Suffolk children’s scheme.


Peter Righton was questioned about child sex offences in November 1994

A recently discovered press cutting shows that Peter Righton was questioned about indecent assaults on children by the Obscene Publications Squad in November 1994 – several months after the Hereford & Worcester investigation had been shut down, and after the BBC documentary Secret Life of a Paedophile had been broadcast. It can be assumed by the absence of any further news reports that he was never charged with an offence, despite clear evidence from his diaries including names and ages of victims, along with the name of the institution where he abused them. The November 1994 arrest took place in Eye, Suffolk – presumably at Lord Henniker’s estate, where he had been living since his 1992 arrest.

Henniker was needing cash for his stately pile upkeep – quite a business he had going – somehow the cash kept flowing in…………….

No wonder he considered Righton a good tenant?

From what I have been hearing, it is virtually proven that Harding liked to take boys to Amsterdam.


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Lord Henniker of Thornham Magna – was a close friend of the royal family

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 Prince Philip is godfather to his son.

 


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Lord Henniker – close friend of the royal family

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BBC News – How did the pro-paedophile group PIE exist openly for 10 years?

2014

The government gave them £500,000 maybe that’s reason enough plus a lot of them were PIE members.

 

Is that with or w/o the free Home Office funded office at Elgin avenue?

 

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as was paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile

I think I am probably one of the last surviving members of the old Thursday Club, the gang of cronies that the Duke of Edinburgh used to gather round him in the 1950s to have a bit of fun away from his serious life at Buckingham Palace.

On an average night of the Thursday Club there would be 10 or 15 members present. There would be Lord Louis Mountbatten, Arthur Koestler, Prince Philip, Cecil Beaton, and little Larry Adler playing his mouth organ in the corner, and maybe one or other of the Kray brothers.

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According to the Mirror:

SECRET files about Prince Philip’s private life are to remain locked behind closed doors for 100 years.

Most confidential Cabinet documents relating to relating to the royals and government are covered by the “30-year rule”.

But at least 27 royal files in the vaults of the Public Records Office at Kew, West London and many of , are considered so delicate they are labelled: “Closed for 100 years“.

More than 10 concern astonishing MI5 and Scotland Yard reports on the Duke Of Edinburgh’s private life.

As an explosive new biography of the Queen hints that the Greek-born Prince was unfaithful to the Queen, we can reveal that Buckingham Palace courtiers and security chiefs were once so concerned about Philip’s non- royal activities that they ordered round-the-clock surveillance.

They feared the Royal Family would be compromised and that there would be a constitutional crisis if news leaked out of how the Prince was behaving.

He was known to be “letting his hair down” with celebrities of the day at weekly meetings of the Thursday Club above exclusive Wheeler’s Restaurant in Soho.

One senior detective, now retired, who was attached to the Prince’s protection team, said: “It’s true we had to report back on where we had been and who had been present.”

But he refused to discuss the Prince’s private visits.It is not known what details of Prince Philip’s private life were made known to the Queen or the Privy Council. But it will not be until the years 2052 to 2060 that they will be released – if then.”

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Henniker ran the Islington /Suffolk Project – a scheme for disadvantaged children from Islington to have country holidays in rural Suffolk.

Charles Napier joined the British Council after his 1972 conviction.

Henniker was also Director of the British Council (1968-72).

The Observer
(London, Greater London, England)
05 Mar 1972, Sun  • Page 40

Henniker has links to MI6 and the Royal family.

Lord Henniker, who gave refuge to Peter Righton was at Stowe School, Rifle Corps and Foreign Office with paedophile Peter

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HAYMAN ARRESTED IN 1984

The Guardian
(London, Greater London, England)
17 May 1984, Thu  • Page 4

 

‘Official’ papers may not tell whole story of historical paedophilia scandal

The discovery and release of government papers detailing the investigation into the alleged ‘unnatural’ sexual conduct of diplomat Sir Peter Hayman generated substantial press coverage. Unreported, however, were alternative contemporary accounts offering a different story of the legal proceedings brought against members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in the early 1980s.

The official National Archives documents confirmed what we already knew about Hayman. A retired diplomat and former High Commissioner in Canada, he was exposed in Private Eye in 1980, named by the MP Geoffrey Dickens under parliamentary privilege in 1981, and scrutinised in the press, where he was linked to PIE.

It is not surprising to learn that reports on Hayman crossed Margaret Thatcher’s desk and that a press ‘line’ was agreed. The authorities’ main concern seems to have been the possible national security implications of Hayman’s indiscretions, demonstrative of long-standing Cold War anxieties about the subversive potential of sexual blackmail.

While the National Archives files – known as PREM 19/588 – suggest there was no official protection of Hayman, that he was not immune from prosecution, and that there was no evidence linking him to specific crimes, a different story exists in alternative archival sources. In particular, the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) Gay Rights Sub-Committee documented events differently.

As with many organisations from the ‘gay left’, this sub-committee was concerned about the potential implications of the PIE prosecutions on the future policing of ‘non-normative’ sexual behaviour, including homosexuality. Civil libertarians more generally were anxious about the vagueness of conspiracy charges in general. The sub-committee was also close to the defence team, and its Gay Rights Officer, Barry Prothero, attended committal proceedings outlining the evidence gathered in relation to PIE.

In November 1980, Prothero corresponded with campaigners in Canada about the case. He wrote: ‘The DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] seems to be negotiating to drop the conspiracy charges [because] there is another man who may have been charged and who was not because of his connections and blowing the cover-up is likely to be worse for the DPP than proceeding with the prosecutions.’

Prothero noted that ‘although assisting in a “cover-up” may be distasteful, not only the defendants but the entire gay movement in this country would be delighted if this one succeeded in order to keep the case out of court.’

A second letter was more specific. Prothero wrote that the DPP used only a ‘tiny fraction of the evidence presented at the committal proceedings’ and called just four of the 13 witnesses present at the earlier hearing: ‘Of the hundred-odd boxes of material that were used at the committal, only five magazines and a handful of letters were used at the trials.’

Accordingly, Prothero observed that it was ‘clear that most of the evidence that was not used was dropped because Hayman, the erstwhile HC [High Commissioner] to Canada, was the central figure in its production. The defence barristers tell me that he began the “round Robin”, as the letter writing circle is called, which generated most of the material upon which the committal was based.’

While the Gay Rights Sub-Committee’s interest in PIE was problematic, it did mean that it was well-informed about the case. Its documents suggest that questions must still be asked about these competing accounts, as well as the evidence disregarded by the DPP and how decisions were made at that level.

The contents of these documents also show some difficulties in searching for accounts of historical sex offences. Official archives are often limited and partial; there are constraints on the past that they capture. The processes permitting the assembly and compilation of material influence what has been included, excluded and catalogued.

More will be revealed if additional files can be found and those which are under closure orders are opened. Now that the official inquiry into historic child sex offences is mobilising, it is important that official reports and documents are properly investigated. It is equally vital, however, that evidence produced outside of the state and, perhaps most importantly, the testimonies of survivors, are properly and sensitively gathered and evaluated. Consideration of the abused is absent from PREM 19/588.

If the files fail to show the ‘establishment’ cover-up that NCCL members felt occurred, they are still demonstrative of an official attitude favouring protection over investigation; shutting down inquiries rather than opening them up. It remains unclear if that attitude has entirely changed.

A version of this article first appeared on the University of Birmingham’s Modern British Studies: Birmingham blog.

Dr Christopher Moores

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/thebirminghambrief/items/2015/02/official-papers-may-not-tell-whole-story-of-historic-paedophilia-scandal-19-02-15.aspx

Roy Jenkins & Co

…there was a major effort, near the Labour to push a multi-channel (academic / political / media) pedo agenda slipstreamed in as part of the nascent gay rights movement.

Nice summation. And it appears to be sourced in Fabian (Havelock Ellis, Edward Carpenter, Wilfred Trotter/Bion, Norman Glaister) ideas about socio-spiritual engineering via sexual interference/”liberation” – currently being promoted as “the evolutionary power of trauma” by LSE-grad Whitley Strieber and Esalenite Jeffrey Kripal, among others.

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Alderman Robin Goodman

The Mayor of Islington hanging out at Harding Antiques 1971

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Arsenal manager Bertie Mee (1918 – 2001) with the borough mayor Robin Goodman and a mace bearer at a celebration of Arsenal’s FA Cup victory.

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Intriguing FOI request regarding Dolphin Square, hospitals, Islington, Henniker estate, Nick, suspicious deaths etc.

Richard Card 6 January 2017

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am referring to the Dolphin Square Inquiry made re child abuse complaints by “Nick”. And whether historical inquiry explored the implications of Sir John’s death 1991 concerning his casework that was cut short.

Without knowing what further correspondence took place between attorney general and police minister and Sir John I can only say that it was inevitable his casework would have led to questions about the six years of disabled child deaths 1966 to 1972 in Islington and Hackney care at The Beeches Ixworth. A village close to the Henniker Estate later home to Peter Righton and allegedly abusive Islington Suffolk project.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) 18 January 2017

Dear Mr Card

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:2017010000144

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/01/2017.

DECISION

I have decided that, in accordance with Section 8 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act), your enquiry is not considered a valid
request.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Would you disclose how far advanced the BBC is in providing the Panorama broadcast, the research and the follow up deliberations to the CSA Inquiry please ?

The programme featured Edwin BAARS a mental patient discharged homeless to Margate. In time he ended up in one of the resort’s many “Section 37” Homes. Former boarding houses registered as care homes (not nursing homes and hence no requirement to employ qualified nurses)

At the time Barbara Castle MP was DHSS minister with special advisor barrister jack STRAW. And a question arises about two dogs that neither barked nor bit. BBC and MIND where Peter RIGHTON was an executive I think.

The most recent Commons question then re Section 37 homes avoiding qualified staff expense was 1972 by Barbara Castle MP about Sue Ryder HQ Cavendish. Sir Keith Joseph refused care inquiry. He also refused inquiry into six years of child deaths of disabled children in social services London care at the Beeches Ixworth Suffolk a village adjoining the now notorious Henniker estate (abusive Islington Suffolk Project)

For public record I should also point out that Sue Ryder’s husbands charity had been subject of Dept of Health commissioned group psychiatric research by Tavistock Institute. Possibly as a consequence the Leonard Cheshire inmates of Le Court Cheshire home had revolted in 1972 after Sir Keith Joseph’s refusals I think of care inquiries at the Sue Ryder HQ of the charity. This led to the creation of disabled persons human rights movement. In fact Dr Laurence Clarke years later wrote a study of Leonard Cheshire versus the Disabled Persons Rights Movement.

By 1975 I would have thought the inmate revolt was sufficiently well known that Barbara Castle would have raised the care inquiries Labour MPs had called for only 3 years earlier. The European Convention of Human Rights provisions re inmates of Leonard Cheshire Homes being subjected to Tavistock Institute research commissioned by govt. The attorney general says the legal advice situation is still secret.

Dame Janet Smith conducting your Savile review at BBC ruled both the Sue Ryder deaths cases 1972 (and a related Regional Crime Squad inquiry into GP death registration malpractice) and the 6 years of questions about death certifuications at Beeches Ixworth as beyond her terms of reference SHIPMAN Inquiry. To examine and make recommendations to improve death registration practices.

Clearly now we can see that at the time, of the two dogs BBC and MIND that neither barked nor bit thus rather letting Mrs Castle off the hook, 1975/76 SAVILE was getting away with abuse at Sue Ryder Child Hospice Leeds.

It was always open to Mrs Castle to order care inquiry re Sue Ryder and the Beeches. But she did not. Even when one of the MPs calling for inquiry was Islington’s Michael O’Halloran. Islington where STRAW was a Labour Cllr with Mrs Hodge and PIE set up its HQ.

I think you should fwd this FOI to Dame Janet Smith as she may care to make a submission to the CSA Inquiry explaining how she was not in fact compromised to conduct Savile Inquiry at BBC.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

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The Queen meeting Grp Capt Leonard Cheshire during a visit to the Sue Ryder Foundation in Cavendish. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The Queen meeting Grp Capt Leonard Cheshire during a visit to the Sue Ryder Foundation in Cavendish.


Peter Campbell was a director of Jim’ll Fix It and directed the episode in which Keith Harding appeared in 1980.

He had the freedom of the City of London (as did Harding). Campbell died in 1985 at 42 after drinking heavily and a heart attack.

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Dame Janet Smith BBC report:  It was much more likely that the episode was set up by Peter Campbell as a means of giving some publicity to Mr Harding.

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Jimmy’s Special Award at the RAF Piccadilly

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Peter Campbell and Jimmy Savile OBE  with Mary Whitehouse and Roger Ordish

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The Dream Machine

Jan 29th 1982 – Jim`ll fix it and a photo of the crew with Jimmy Savile at TV theatre.

Director Peter Campbell was on Jim`s right and producer Roger Ordish on his left.

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Paedophile register of controversial group ignored by police – allowing several members to commit abuse

20/3/16

Detectives knew of 300 names in a secret club that advocated sex with children

Police kept the secret membership list of a controversial group which advocated sex with children  “sit in a drawer”, leaving several of those named on it free to commit serious child abuse.

Detectives were given the membership list containing more than 300 names and addresses of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) group in the 1980s, but effectively did nothing with it.One member of the group, which publicly campaigned for adults to be allowed to have sex with children from the age of 10, was convicted 27 years after police were first given the names.

The list has now been passed to the independent Goddard inquiry

Claims of police inaction over child sex abuse allegations comes as Scotland Yard was reportedly planning to announce this week that it will end Operation Midland, its controversial investigations into allegations of VIP child sex abuse and murder.

Labour MP Tom Watson said: “The PIE list shows that there were clear intelligence lines that could have been investigated at the time.

One of those on the list and later convicted was Leo Adamson

Another PIE member later convicted was Charles Napier.

He bragged of easy access to young boys and how he could send obscene images back to Britain in diplomatic bags.

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ADULTS ONLY P.I.E

The Guardian
(London, Greater London, England)
19 May 1977, Thu  • Page 11

A group of Mps, including Sir John Eden MP for Bournemouth East, are waiting to receive a full report on PIE from the Minister of State at the Home Office.


The Paedophile Information Exchange PIE was allegedly given £70,000 by the Home Office between 1977 and 1980 – the equivalent today of about £400,000.

A former Home Office worker revealed that Jim Callaghan’s Labour government and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative administration, which took over in 1979, may have provided funding for PIE.

The whistleblower said senior civil servant Clifford Hindley, who was head of the Home Office’s voluntary services unit, signed off a three year grant for £35,000 in 1980.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2571632/Home-Office-gave-Paedophile-Information-Exchange-70-000-Group-allegedly-given-taxpayers-money-1977-1980.html

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Children’s homes were ‘supply line’ for paedophiles, says ex-minister

Lord Warner says an inquiry he conducted in 1992 showed how children’s homes were targeted by powerful people
West Mercia police has seven boxes of evidence including letters between Righton and other alleged paedophiles.
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Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno:

Gisburne House was in Watford @Observer_Owl used by Islington council to send children out of borough – several abusers amongst staff

Importantly @guyadams reported Gisburne House cater Michael Taylor revealed as PIE member in his 2000 trial & conviction


Ex Anglican Franciscan Michael Taylor, PIE member, abuser of boys at  GisburneHouse,

#Islington & #Bersham Hall, #Clwyd

So this is where it comes full circle back to Peter Righton – also an Anglican Franciscan for a while – & the @c_of_e monastic movement(s)

so favoured by Bishop Peter Ball he simply had to set up his own entire movement, just like Father Trevor Huddlestone’s alma mater the college & community of the Resurrection, Mirfield

Peter Righton’s time in retreat as an Anglican Franciscan is also central to the involvement of the Southbank Trio & Albany Trust

Hubert Brasier, Theresa May’s father joined the priests at the Community of the Resurrection Seminary School in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. In years to come the Community of the Resurrection would become known for the systematic sexual abuse of children at the seminary by the Italian Verona brothers, who were rampant sex offenders in the 1960’s and 1970’s. 


The horrors of Gisburne House

https://lizdavies.net/2017/07/28/the-horrors-of-gisburne-house/

July 2000

A social worker who abused two boys at an Islington Council children’s home in the 1970s was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment earlier this week.

Michael Taylor pleaded guilty at London’s Snaresbrook crown court to seven counts of indecent assault at Gisburne House.

When he left Gisburne House he became deputy superintendent of Bersham Hall children’s home in North Wales where he repeatedly assaulted two 11-year-old boys in his care.

Taylor was arrested after the people he abused, now adults, went to the police. He was previously convicted of two indecent assaults in 1980. His name will be added to the sex offenders’ register.

https://theukdatabase.com/2012/03/20/michael-taylor-islingtonbersham-hallgisburne-house/

 


Pedophiles arrested
‘more powerful than the Mafia
by Mark Burdman
On Feb. 2 , in London’ s Old Bailey court, four men were convicted for running a ring of pedophiles-adults who sex­ usually use children-which had recruited at least 150 young boys , some as young as nine, for repeated sodomic abuse.
It is the biggest ring of pedophiles yet uncovered in Britain.
British newspapers Feb. 3 said it had been run as a “Mafia­
like conspiracy. ” One man arrested was too frightened to
testify, declaring that the ring was “more powerful than the
Mafia. “
According to experts on child abuse in Britain, this case is only the beginning. Interviewed on British television Feb. 3 , Dianne Core, head of the Childwatch organization, stated that “people in high places” were involved in pedophiliac activities , and that the whole matter would “explode” during the coming months.
The London Daily Telegraph’s crime  correspondent reported Feb. 3 : “Despite the convictions , po­lice believe there is still a flourishing pedophile network in Britain, with a sophistication said to resemble the Mafia. “

The most prominent figure in the ring, Colin Peters , was trained at Oxford, and was formerly a senior adviser in the British Foreign Office. Following his Foreign Office work, he prosecuted cases for the British Customs and Excise.

Investigators working on the case had interrogated at least one senior member of the House of Lords , one vicar in West London, and officials in Whitehall , “but the police did not have sufficient evidence or manpower to pursue their suspi­cions ,” the Telegraph reported.
Alan Delaney, the official head of the ring, is a cleaning company director. Delaney would procure young boys for pedophiles , by putting job advertisements in the press .
The ring would also procure boys who were members of a junior soccer team.
Many of the youngsters had been at special boarding schools for educationally below-normal children.
Others were runaways , who were caught up by members of the Delaney-Peters ring, who would roam” the streets of Lon­don scouting for boys .
According to the Feb. 3 Telegraph account, the young boys were “passed around its members for sexual degradation and, when the attraction faded, abandoned to a life of pros­titution, drugs , and petty crime . . . . The boys were tempted off the unfamiliar London streets with promises of food, accommodation, money, and a sympathetic ear. Some were plied with drugs, including cocaine, and sexually assaulted while under their influence.”
When he was brought before presiding Judge Pownall for sentencing Feb. 3, Colin Peters was told: “On your own admission, you found boys to satisfy your lust. You were prepared to encourage them to drugs or to lace their drinks­ and you have made matters worse by trying to get witnesses not to attend court. You did that to save your own skin. That was disgraceful. You of all people should have known that. “
‘A permanent conspiracy’ British deputy police superintendent John Lewis , who oversaw the investigations , is calling on Scotland Yard to create a special squad to deal with pedophile rings. Lewis declared Feb. 2 that “these people are as organized and so­phisticated as any other  criminals, and are involved in a permanent conspiracy which is renewed daily as they hunt for new boys. They need to be targeted like bank robbers. It
is important that we should not feel complacent. Positive policing should be continued.”
British police investigators were reportedly angered by the light sentence meted out to Peters , Delaney, and their two  collaborators. The four received, in total, only 34 years of sentences. Peters received only 8 years, for combined charges of conspiracy to commit buggery (sodomy), buggery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Delaney was jailed for 1 1 years , on conspiracy to commit buggery, indecent assault, taking indecent photographs , indecency with a child, and attempted buggery. One of the four was given only 6 years.
A senior British police officer told the Daily Express Feb.
4: “It should have been more. The damage these people have
done to young lives is very severe.”
In an editorial entitled, “Is This Justice?” the Express Feb. 4 called the sentences “woefully inadequate . . . weighed against the enormity of
their crimes and the emotional and physical damage they did
to their victims , some of whom were only nine years old. “
Moncini and the Satanist track
The London case has refocused attention on another recent case, in Trieste, Italy, involving one Alessandro Mon­cini, a businessman nabbed by law enforcement in the United States and convicted in 1988 for importing child pornography (although he received a paltry one-year sentence and was released “on good behavior” after serving less than three
months in jail).
Investigators in Trieste working on the Mon­cini case have recently been to the United States, attempting to accumulate more information on what they believe to be a “most exclusive ring of international pedophiles.”

Informed sources in Britain believe that the Delaney­ Peters ring and the Moncini-linked networks are connected,

and that both are part of an international pedophile conspir­acy.

U. S. law enforcement officials have in their possession tapes of Moncini attempting to procure a young girl, for Satanic-ritual abuse purposes.

Experts on ritual abuse stress that pedophile rings , as horrifying as they are in and of them­ selves , are actually fronts for, or extensions of, hard-core Satanist cults , for whom the pedophiles provide young boys.

In Britain, however, the Home Office has repeatedly
indicated its opposition to allowing the matter of satanism to
be pursued by police and in the courts.

Should this attitude continue, it will be impossible to crack the command-struc­ture controlling powerful pedophile rings.

Investigative leads

Experts in pedophilia and Satanism report to EIR, that
that the dossiers on previously publicized cases of European­
based pedophile rings have never been fully closed, and may
now be reopened. These involve pedophile rings that were
either cracked or exposed in the 1 986-87 period. Three of
them are worth noting:
On June 1 8, 1987, the head of the Belgian national
office of UNICEF was arrested for involvement in a large­
scale child pornography and pedophilia ring. Ring leader
Jozef Verbeeck had used his influential position in UNICEF
to procure children, often from broken homes, some as young
as eight months old, for some 400 wealthy clients across
Europe. The basement of UNICEF in Brussels was used to
store pornographic pictures of children.
• In spring-summer 1987, Dutch authorities uncovered
one of the worst cases of collective child sex abuse in record­
ed history. In a small town called Oode Pekala, during the
Easter holidays , a gang of pedophiles , dressed as clowns,
lured more than 70 children into taking part in pornographic
movies.
On Aug. 3, 1986, the Sunday Times of London “In­sight Team” exposed the activities of a secretive organization called the Spartacus Club, based near Amsterdam in Holland, which sent pedophile literature to 25 ,000 subscribers in Great Britain, and which specialized in procuring boys from the Philippines for pedophile activity. Headed by one John Stam­ford, the club was part of Spartacus International, which published homosexual literature and the Paedo Alert News, “a magazine about boy love. “


James Fraser Darling member of the Spartacus Club 33 years FOR THE SCOT WHO PREYED ON THAI KIDS – serves only 2

Sentenced to 33 years for paedophile offences in Thailand. Released on appeal and deported. Served a grand total of 2 years inside.

James Fraser Darling – who preyed on boys as young as eight – gives one-to-one lessons to the children of wealthy families.

Darling, 56, who lived in Morningside, Edinburgh, before going to the Far East, is working in a private language school in Zhuhai in south China.

We discovered the pervert – the son of an Oxford don – posing as a respectable teacher in the same week as pop paedophile Gary Glitter jetted back into Britain.

But while Glitter, 64, was placed on the UK sex offenders’ register, Darling is subject to no monitoring or restrictions.

At his school in Zhuhai, Darling, who is paid pounds 450 a month, refused to speak to the Sunday Mail.

School principal Li Lulin said she knew nothing about Darling’s crimes – but would not sack him.

She said: “Give him a break. His performance here has been good. I won’t tell parents.

“It’s not up to the Chinese government to punish him for his past. His contract finishes in September. I’ll let him go peacefully.”

A Foreign Office spokswoman said: “It is a matter for the Chinese authorities if they admit him to the country. We wouldn’t necessarily know if Mr Darling was there.”

At the Chinese Embassy in London, a spokeswoman refused to say whether any action would be taken to remove Darling.

 CHILD SEX SHAME OF SCOTS TOFF: He molested Thai lads, court told

Fraser-Darling and other Westerners allegedly molested the boys at the picnics and in Fraser- Darling’s cottage near the poor village of Rawai.

The boys showed investigators photos of themselves naked with the man they knew as “Uncle James”.

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More nude pictures were found at Fraser-Darling’s home, along with a Spartacus magazine article on “boy love” written by a J.Darling. Fraser-Darling denies being the author.

Fraser-Darling, who went to posh Repton school, was arrested in November 1995 after a colleague at the university reported him.

He was about to leave Thai-land for Cambodia when police swooped.

The pervert was taken from prison to court in his brown jail uniform early yesterday. His ankles were chained.

Fraser-Darling admitted he was a paedophile.

But he denied the charges, claiming he was a scapegoat in Thailand’s “witch- hunt” against child sex perverts.

Fraser-Darling’s father is Scots academic Sir Frank Fraser-Darling, an expert on Scottish birds and Hebridean wildlife.

He also has a brother in the Diplomatic Corps.

Someone was pulling strings to get him out of Thailand.

A PAEDOPHILE has arrived in Scotland to claim a family inheritance – still lying about his sleazy past.

Toff James Fraser Darling, 51, is in the Highlands to get what is left of his family’s cash after being freed from a Bangkok jail.

But while the former teacher claims he won an appeal against all convictions, the truth is that the Thais kicked him out after only reducing his jail sentence.

Fraser Darling was left a small fortune while languishing behind bars and used some of the money to win his freedom.

Now the pervert, who preyed on young boys in the seedy resort of Phuket, is staying at an pounds 18-a-night guest house in Forres near his former family home while he plans his future.

Local residents are unaware that he is a convicted paedophile.

 LIES OF DEPRAVED TOFF

Fraser Darling’s father, Sir Frank, died in 1979 at the age of 73 after his retirement as chief officer of the Imperial Bureau of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh-born Christina was his third wife and met him when she was taking care of his children after his second wife’s death.

Since Fraser Darling’s arrest he has been too ashamed to contact his brother Richard, 52, a senior Foreign Office intelligence officer, and his sister Francesca, 46, who lives in the USA.

He says he has spent his time in Scotland trying to register for work after a lifetime working abroad in Thailand, Iran, Sri Lanka and El Salvador.

Frank Fraser Darling lived on the island of Tanera Mor.

Tanera Mor is  notable as the location for Frank Fraser Darling’s book Island Years.

Accused Scot was ‘like an uncle’ to Thai boys

THE paedophile son of a Scottish knight was jailed for 33 years in Thailand yesterday for preying on young boys.

Teacher James Fraser Darling, 47, whose father, a leading academic – was an authority on Scottish wildlife, was chained by the ankles as he was led away to the cells wearing regulation brown prison shirt and shorts.

The appalling sex acts he was convicted of were carried out on boys from a sea gypsy community at a Thai beach resort.

He was sentenced to five years each on nine counts of separating children from their parents.

Darling is the son of Sir Frank Fraser Darling, an Oxford don and expert on Scottish bird-life and Hebridean wildlife, who became chief officer of the Imperial Bureau of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh. He died in 1979.

Darling’s mother, Lady Christina Darling of Forres, Moray, died while he was on trial.

His brother Richard, a senior intelligence officer specialising in the war against drugs, works for the Foreign Office in Britain and did not attend the court.

Richard Ogilby Leslie Fraser Darling Counsellor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Pervert Darling, a London University arts graduate, travelled the world teaching in Brazil and Sri Lanka before arriving in Thailand four years ago.

A book published by the Spartacus organisation – a European group linked to paedophilia – was found in his house, and a chapter inside, written by J Darling, described Roman orgies with young boys.

However, Darling denied that he was the author of the work.

The court’s decision was welcomed by FACE, the coalition against Child Exploitation, which has been monitoring suspected paedophiles in Thailand.

Almost everybody on Phuket knew James Fraser Darling.
 How disgusting can you get 2 years then deported back too our country!! Bloody loose around innocent children! Thank you for sharing this



CHARLES’S SEX FILES

Prince Charles has been given access to secret files on the sex lives of the world’s most powerful men and wome – to make sure he is fully informed when he finally becomes king.

The Sun 10-14-12, p9

Prince Charles has been given access to secret files on the sex lives of the world’s most powerful men and women, to make sure he is fully informed when he finally becomes king.

The Crown Jewels of classified intelligence, normally seen only by the queen and senior ministers, are understood to contain details of Princess Diana’s death and the IRA assassination of Lord Mountbatten. he will also see files on UK security threats.

a senior whitehall source said “ he can see everything but not the files on him and Camilla as he is not allowed to see the dossier where he is the subject”

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The inference must be that maj has this information – or how could she be the reigning mollusc?

Which means she would have had all the info from Dickens Dossiers- the dossiers to Maggie Thatcher – Blunt – Prime – Hayman- – all the MP’s so far named – and those as yet unnamed-

and – of course

Jimmy Savile

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“I’ve got eight names of big people, really important names, public figures. And I am going to expose them in Parliament.” (read more)

Although he had previously named senior diplomat Sir Peter Hayman as a paedophile, he never made good on his promise to expose the eight public figures. Just over two months after making the threat, Geoffrey Dickens’s name and address was found in a ‘hit list’ in a notebook belonging to Arthur Hutchinson, who was wanted for three brutal murders and was already on ‘a serious sex charge’.

During his trial, on 11 September 1984, Hutchinson accused Mike Barron, then a reporter with the Sunday Mirror, of committing the murders.

He even pointed to him in court, saying “That’s your killer there”. He explained his prints had been on the champagne bottle because he had picked it up to use as a weapon to defend himself against Mr Barron. Hutchinson claimed that the media had had a vendetta against him, and that:

“Every week for the last 10 months, that man there has been going to my mother’s house threatening her. I was frightened for her and wanted to get the truth out. There’s your killer.”- Arthur Hutchinson

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The Guardian, 3rd November 1983

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Triple Hartlepool killer Arthur Hutchinson will die in jail after arguing his treatment was inhuman and degrading

 Now that all chance of release is gone, perhaps he will reveal why he had Geoffrey Dickens details in his notebook?


 

Charles Napier and half -brother John Whittingdale MP
Charles Napier’s arrest took place at the £500,000 home of the MP’s mother.

John Whittingdale MP is a fan of “torture porn”

 At the time of his arrest, Napier, a retired languages teacher, playwright and theatre director, was living in Sherborne with their mother in her home just  1/2 mile from royalty/freemason/establishment-linked Sherborne Schools
In 2012 he gave a lecture on William Shakespeare at the town’s literary festival and was to have a play in winter

Amateur Players of Sherborne: Mr Napier has acted in, directed, or designed the set for the last six productions for the players prior to his arrest

Sherborne School for Girls, the leading public school gives free places to children helped by Kids Company and was attended by founder Camila Batmanghelidjh in the 1970s.
Kids Company boss Camila Batmanghelidjh admits she cheated to get into a the top school Sherborne School for Girls when her mother took an exam for her

Sherborne was a major financial donor to Kids Company – investigated by Parliament, the Charity Commission and the police, before the charity collapsed insolvent in August amid allegations of sex abuse on its premises.
Kids Company’s number one cheerleader in the Cabinet, Oliver Letwin, is a governor and former trustee of Sherborne School for Girls.
Oliver Letwin, the MP for West Dorset, visited the Little Gryphons Nursery School
Margaret Thatcher Arrives to support Oliver Letwin with “noted pederast” Peter Morrison

William Hague appointed Letwin as a member of his Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in September 2000.

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Mustard heir, Mr Colman, and his wife Susan, a former spiritual director of the defunct charity Kids Company  funded pervert John Smyth QC for nearly 30 years

 

Mr Colman was an Eton contemporary of the Most Rev Justin Welby, while his father, Sir Michael, oversaw the Church’s investment portfolio between 1993 and 1999, holding the post of First Church Estates Commissioner. He was subsequently awarded the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Cross of St Augustine.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/10/colmans-mustard-heir-admits-charity-funded-child-abuse-barrister/

A catastrophic charity collapse. Two inquires that hit the buffers. As a musical lampoons the fiasco… Will Kids Company Camila and her BBC stooge EVER face the music?

  • Stage production depicts the hugely publisised fall of Kids Company charity
  • Comes two years after the controversial charity met its demise amid allegations
  • Inquiries are ongoing but there is not indication of when they might conclude
  • Camila Batmanghelidjh’s autobiography, due out this year, is similarly delayed

Alan Yentob, BBC creative director, throws up his arms in despair. His rich baritone trembles with bathos as he sings: ‘Michael Gove even said it was an inspirational charity!’

The audience titters. The line does not have the lyricism of a Rodgers and Hammerstein, but it is genuinely funny.

And true. The real Mr Yentob — rather than the actor playing him in this stage production — really did say, rather than sing, it.

Just like the BBC bigwig himself, who became embroiled in the scandal surrounding the collapse of the Kids Company charity of which he was chairman, there is something more than a little unconventional about this new musical being previewed in London last week.

First, there is the title: ‘The Public Administration And Constitutional Affairs Select Committee Takes Oral Evidence On Whitehall’s Relationship With Kids Company.’

Then there are the lyrics, taken verbatim from the Hansard transcript of the testimony given by two witnesses who appeared before that committee of MPs on October 15, 2015.

One was Mr Yentob. The other was enigmatic charity supremo Camila Batmanghelidjh, once known as ‘the angel of Camberwell’.

The pair had been summoned to the Commons to explain how Kids Company, the charity of which Ms Batmanghelidjh was founder and CEO, had gone bust amid allegations of financial irregularity and sexual abuse, having received almost £50 million of public money.

That was almost two years ago. And while the musical is opening this week, the public still awaits a definitive official explanation of the charity’s controversial modus operandi and dramatic demise.

The select committee had no powers to act on its own damning findings of an ‘extraordinary catalogue of failures’. Two statutory bodies that do have such powers — the Charity Commission and the Insolvency Service — were supposed to deliver their own reports on Kids Company last autumn. They did not.

Both bodies say inquiries are ‘ongoing’ but there is no indication as to when they might end. Ms Batmanghelidjh’s autobiography, due out late last year, is similarly delayed.

And so the extraordinary saga rumbles on.

The woman at the centre of it all, 54-year-old Camila, keeps, in contrast to her life before the scandal, a low profile these days.

On a rare outing last summer, she was photographed as she went to lunch with representatives of a foreign government ‘which is having to deal with a lot of young refugees’ at the Michelin-starred Pied a Terre restaurant.

Ms Batmanghelidjh says she is continuing to help many Kids Company children, with the financial backing of donors who stayed loyal.

Kids Company rented a £4,000-a-month Grade II-listed art-deco mansion in North London, in which a member of the finance department and one of Ms Batmanghelidjh’s PAs lived

While the Metropolitan Police found insufficient evidence to press any criminal charge, anecdotal evidence of institutional anarchy and excesses at Kids Company still has the power to shock.

Brown envelopes stuffed with cash were handed to troubled children as a matter of course. Twelve-year-old clients were given £150 trainers; others were flown first class to America. Some £50,000 alone was allegedly spent on taxis at the charity’s Christmas party.

Kids Company received £46 million from the UK taxpayer over 13 years, including £3 million days before it shut. Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson is pictured with Camila Batmanghelidjh London Evening Standard's '1000: London's Most Influential People' in 2014

Kids Company received £46 million from the UK taxpayer over 13 years, including £3 million days before it shut. Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson is pictured with Camila Batmanghelidjh London Evening Standard’s ‘1000: London’s Most Influential People’ in 2014

Flamboyant, Iranian-born Camila could charm the birds from the trees. Then prime minister David Cameron was said to be ‘mesmerised’ by her, while his wife Samantha was a backer, along with Prince Charles and a host of other A-list celebrities and City financiers.

Kids Company received £46 million from the UK taxpayer over 13 years, including £3 million days before it shut. Rock band Coldplay ploughed in a further £8 million from royalties.

Ms Batmanghelidjh claimed her charity had 36,000 young ‘clients’.

No doubt there was and remains a very real need for children from splintered families to be supported in Britain’s troubled inner cities.

But something within the organisation was not right. It needed only a small push for the already teetering edifice to collapse. That pressure came from an unlikely quarter.

Pensioner Joan Woolard was the catalyst to Kids Company’s spectacular downfall and remains one of Ms Batmanghelidjh’s fiercest critics.

Having heard the charity boss speak on Radio 4, Mrs Woolard was inspired to sell her home and donate the proceeds — more than £200,000 — to the Kids Company.

Doubts began when she asked how the money had been spent.

The answers were unsatisfactory. Her experience of spending some time at Kids Company offices alarmed her further — and she asked for her money back.

Hers was the first public voice of dissent against this fashionable and feted good cause. Ms Batmanghelidjh denied any wrongdoing.

But the money remained in Ms Batmanghelidjh’s hands. Kids Company needed it desperately.

Encouraged by Mrs Woolard’s public stand, whistle-blowers from inside the organisation began to come forward.

The unsubstantiated allegations of sexual abuse were the final straw.

In August 2015, the charity shut down, laying off scores of staff and abandoning thousands of children.

Some of the evidence subsequently given to the Commons select committee presented a shocking litany of financial chaos, rampant nepotism and very dubious methodology.

The committee concluded: ‘There appears to have been a catastrophic confluence of factors that have conspired to allow this charity to operate as it did, for as long as it did.’

Their report said the ‘approach of successive governments and ministers towards Kids Company has proved to be an improper way to conduct government business or handle public money’.

Alan Yentob had failed to restrain his ‘unaccountable and dominant’ CEO. His employer, the BBC, was also ‘accused of poor leadership for failing to take action against him when he tried to make suggestions about the BBC’s reporting of Kids Company’.

One of the committee’s witnesses, a high-ranking worker who was granted anonymity, gave a particularly damning insight into what Kids Company had become.

She said: ‘The charity was run by the CEO as her personal fiefdom, with no regard whatsoever for the financial implications. It was simply unsustainable to continue to take in anyone who asked for assistance and, in certain specific areas, ridiculous amounts of money were spent wantonly and inappropriately.’

Ms Batmanghelidjh had favourites among the youngsters she helped. ‘One group of young adults — many of them in their late 20s — were known throughout the organisation as “Camila’s kids” and inordinate amounts of money and resources were lavished on them; creating envy and resentment among others.’

But staff were also treated lavishly, the witness stated, and nepotism was rife. ‘Sasha and Jamie Handover (the children of former WH Smith boss Richard Handover, a trustee) were both employed at KC,’ the witness said.

‘The so-called “Operations Manager” — a sweet but totally inefficient woman who kept odd hours — turned out to be the mother of one of the IT chaps.

‘Magbule Mulla — who worked in the finance department — is the sister-in-law of Jeton (Tony) Cavolli, who was Camila’s driver.’

(While her Linked In page still describes her as ‘Assistant Accountant Kids Company’, Mrs Mulla was described by Ms Batmanghelidjh in one interview as ‘the woman who sews for me’.)

Ms Batmanghelidjh would eventually admit that her charity had paid for both of Mr Cavolli’s children to be put through private schools; one of them a boarding establishment where the chairman of governors was one Richard Handover (a trustee).

Mr Cavolli had been described by Ms Batmanghelidjh as a ‘therapist tasked with dealing with difficult young men and only had a car in order to go to their aid late at night’. But in the time she worked there, the witness only ‘heard him referred to as “Tony the Driver”.’

Some of the evidence subsequently given to the Commons select committee presented a shocking litany of financial chaos. Squatters are pictured at the former offices of Kids Company in Kenbury Street, Camberwell

Some of the evidence subsequently given to the Commons select committee presented a shocking litany of financial chaos. Squatters are pictured at the former offices of Kids Company in Kenbury Street, Camberwell

 But staff were also treated lavishly, the witness stated, and nepotism was rife. A toy is pictured tied to a gate at he former offices of Kids Company

It was ‘Tony the Driver’ who was pictured holding the car door open for Ms Batmanghelidjh prior to that lunch at Pied a Terre restaurant last summer.

He was not her chauffeur, she later explained. He was working as an Uber driver and had given her a lift as a ‘favour’.

A university academic whose role as an Ofsted inspector in South London alerted her to Kids Company more than 15 years ago had watched its progress with alarm.

‘The whole history of Kids Company is one of a failure of due diligence by local government, donor charities, the Tory Party, Prince Charles. They all failed. It is astounding,’ she told me.

Hers is only one of many critical voices. But there is an approaching counterblast. Approaching, but repeatedly delayed. Ms Batmanghelidjh’s autobiography was due to be published last autumn. Her ghost-writer is Tim Rayment.

In early 2015 he was sent by his newspaper to investigate Ms Batmanghelidjh. Now he is firmly in her camp.

One view is that Rayment fell under her spell; like so many financiers, pop stars, politicians and royals before him, he was ‘hypnotised’, one colleague said.

‘I want to give voice to someone who has been silenced,’ Mr Rayment told me last year, rather generously of someone who had the ear of royalty and prime ministers.

‘Have I been naïve? Have I been mesmerised?’ he asks. ‘The time to make that judgment is on publication.’

The fall-out has indeed been complex and messy for those involved. Last December, Mr Yentob stepped down as Creative Director of the BBC as a direct result of his involvement in the Kids Company collapse

Last night, a spokesman for Ms Batmanghelidjh’s publisher, Biteback, said she expected the book to appear in August. She explained: ‘We had initially hoped to do a very fast turnaround on this title, and therefore gave it a very ambitious publication date.

‘But it has turned out to be far more complex, both legally and in terms of the science involved, than we had first anticipated.’

The fall-out has indeed been complex and messy for those involved. Last December, Mr Yentob stepped down as Creative Director of the BBC as a direct result of his involvement in the Kids Company collapse.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the Insolvency Service had written to lawyers acting for Kids Company’s former board members to warn them it was minded to ban them from holding directorships.They included Ms Batmanghelidjh, Mr Yentob and Mr Handover. Which brings us back to the musical.

Flamboyant, Iranian-born Camila could charm the birds from the trees. Then prime minister David Cameron was said to be ‘mesmerised’ by her

Flamboyant, Iranian-born Camila could charm the birds from the trees. Then prime minister David Cameron was said to be ‘mesmerised’ by her

‘Mr Yentob’ bewails the sudden denial of the public purse gold seam. He had mined it for years thanks to his contacts with David Cameron and the latter’s desire to give his Big Society slogan some substance and street cred.

Last night, a Charities Commission spokeswoman said: ‘When an inquiry is under way, we do not provide updates on when it is likely to conclude.

‘This is a high-profile case and when a report is available it will be posted online with full findings.’

An Insolvency Service spokesman said: ‘Our investigation into Kids Company remains ongoing. Each case has its own complexities and differences depending on the number of directors involved. There is no timescale for us to reach any conclusions. As such, it would not be appropriate for us to comment further at present.’

Miles Goslett, the journalist who first raised questions about Kids Company, in February 2015, is sceptical about the delay.

‘Both inquiries were set up the best part of two years ago and I was told privately last year they’d be published by Christmas 2016 at the latest,’ he said this week.

‘Even if these bodies are short on manpower, I’d have no difficulty believing that someone in Whitehall has taken the decision it would be politically sensible to keep them from public view for a while yet.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4659936/Will-Kids-Company-Camila-BBC-stooge-face-music.html


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Another name that appears is that of a known paedophile, the late senior diplomat Sir Peter Hayman

The Napier and Hayman families had a long record of imperial service at the highest levelMany members of the family were senior Freemasons:

Sir Peter’s grandfather Canon Henry Hayman was Provincial Grand Master of Nottinghamshire and a Past Grand Chaplain of England; while Charles Napier’s ancestors included a Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

Charles Napier’s parents were cousins: his maternal grandfather Brigadier Arthur Napier had top level intelligence connections as military adviser to the Ministry of Supply.

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At the time of his paedophile offences, Napier’s  cousin Rosemary Blomefield was married to Sir Peter Hayman, a senior MI6 officer who was later himself exposed as a paedophile though never prosecuted.

Napier was jailed for 13 years in 2014 for hundreds of sex attacks on schoolboys.

Peter Righton was a founder of PIE, Napier its one-time treasurer. Righton, incredibly, was also one of Britain’s leading child protection specialists when Virginia Bottomley was Health Secretary

The file also contains a John Napier, who had been convicted for running a “child brothel” in London in the early 1970s.

“The police had the lists from the late 1980s…The files sat in a drawer, metaphorically speaking, until 2012, when Operation Fairbank decided to go back and have a look.

Jimmy Savile and Keith Harding on BBC’s Jim’ll Fix It

Keith Harding invited to show to mend a 13-year-old girl’s music box, which her brother says was a “set-up” by the production team.

MUSIC box collector and clock maker Keith Harding, whose staff restored antiques for royalty, played a vital role in Britain’s biggest child sex ring. He is also on the list.

He was a “schedule 1” offender – meaning his convictions remained on his police file for life.

But he was later given the Freedom of the City of London and became a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, meeting business and political figures at the height of his career.

The clockmaker and music box expert ran a museum regularly visited by children, despite social services being aware 20 years ago of his convictions for child abuse.

He had been convicted of indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in 1958 when he was a teacher. 

Harding was influential among high-profile paedophiles


 

 

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

I stumbled across this tweet referring to John Whittingdale having used the alias John Napier ‘in those days’.

His name appeared ‘namely’ right next to that of his half-brother Charles Napier who affectionately referred to Whippo in correspondence as ‘Little Johnny’, a man who he would entrust stuff to for safekeeping. Charles, a prolific abuser, was a very close friend of Peter Righton.


HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva

Another John Napier to add to the mix… this one’s a doctor, living at Dolphin Square in 1976…


 


Paedophile Mason Keith Harding ran lodge set up for GCHQ

ONE OF Britain’s most influential paedophiles was the head of a Masonic lodge founded and frequented by GCHQ spies.

A PIE list seized in 1984 records Harding, as member 329

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/579523/Paedophile-Mason-lodge-GCHQ

The pervert met regularly with MPs Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith at his world-renowned workshop. 
John Whittingdale was pps to Leon Brittan

One of Harding‘s staff, who worked for him between 1980 and 1987, said: “Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith were both regular visitors to the shop.Usually they would come in via the side door, other times they would ring the bell at the front entrance and come in.
“They’d straight away ask for Keith who would be coming down the stairs. “Then they would then either go up to his office for a private meeting or they’d go out for several hours.”
Keith Harding  was very upper class and mixed in those sorts of circles.
Jeremy Thorpe, Cyril Smith, David Steel
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Jeremy Thorpe and Cyril Smith would also drop by
along with key members of the vile Paedophile Information Exchange
including  Tom O’ Carroll and Steven Adrian Smith:

 Steven Adrian Smith (who worked at the Home Office and kept PIE files stored there) boasted that he ran the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) from behind his desk at the Home Office
 

Keith Harding’s shop: The former worker added: The shop had many high profile customers, including the Royals.”

Keith Harding he was asked to build a special clock in honour of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.

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The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers : memorial slab in the floor of Westminster Abbey, London, was unveiled by HRH The Prince Philip
 
The stone memorial slab in the floor of Westminster Abbey, London, was unveiled by HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh in 2006 at a special celebration of the life and achievements of John Harrison, arranged by The Clockmakers’ Company.
 

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There are 307 names on the list seen by The IoS, including four women.

There are several members living abroad, and one of them currently appears to be a children’s entertainer.

Some of the PIE members also feature on a list amassed by the US Customs child pornography and protection unit which collected a list of British customers of American suppliers of child abuse images.

The US list was also supplied to UK law enforcement agencies but little if anything was done about it.

One of those on both lists is former school teacher Terence Waters. In 1994, he was jailed for 10 years for possessing indecent images of children and sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy.

Leading anti-child sex abuse campaigners said that they were astonished at the police inaction over the PIE membership list.

“We know that those who look at sexual images of children often go on to become ‘contact’ offenders, so had more action been taken as a result of the police having the lists, many children would not have been abused, as is clear from the case of Adamson. There still seems to be a mindset that says we should all just move on and leave the past in the past, yet people have a lifetime of trauma to deal with and the police should have recognised that in their handling of these cases.”

Read more http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/paedophile-register-of-controversial-group-ignored-by-police-


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 ^ How did he get that? (Full police PIE list)

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spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/blackmail-after-man-applied-to-join-paedophile-organization-4-2-77/

Jo Richardson MP, the National Council for Civil Liberties and the Labour Campaign for Gay Rights are among the several individuals and organisations that have protested to the Lord Chancellor, on PIE’s behalf, over a judge’s comments at a recent Old Bailey trial.

They are demanding that the judge be disciplined, and are supporting the Exchange in its claim that the remarks may well have been a “serious breach of legal ethics.

When sentencing Andre Stephen Thorne (21) to 3 years for theft and the attempted blackmail of a PIE applicant, the judge, Mr Justice King-Hamilton, said that PIE had “access to potential dynamite,” and added: “On the face of it, some sort of an offence is being committed by the person or persons running this organisation (THE SUN, Feb. 4th).. I wonder if the membership forms are collected from members of the public for the purposes of blackmail (SOUTH LONDON PRESS)?

PIE’s reaction was fast and furious. Secretary, Tom O’Carroll drafted an immediate letter to THE GUARDIAN; and on March the 17th, Deputy Leader, Warren Middleton despatched a press release announcing that the group would lodge the “strongest possible protest” with the Lord Chancellor and the Home Secretary.

Soon after, PIE’s Chairperson, Keith Hose, contacted the NCCL, finally requesting Jo Richardson (Labour, Barking) to table a question in the Commons. She declined, but has since filed an official complaint with Elwyn Jones.

The first of the protests, from the NCCL (29/3/’77), described the comments as “extremely unfortunate” and accused the judge of “misusing his position to make comments which were unwarranted and without any apparent foundation.”

Prompted by the reply which, said a Council official, was “totally unsatisfactory,” the NCCL then approached Lord Beaumont of Whitley asking him to raise the matter in the Lords. But he, too, declined.

Now, the Council is seeking the advice of Lord Hailsham, himself a former Lord Chancellor, and will act in accordance with his reply.”

bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/1976-80/

Truthseeker‏@thewakeupcall09

Members of the NCCL Executive Committee, Known Professions and Associated Organizations, 1974-1981.

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MISC

bobchewy‏ @bobchewy

Guess What I found at NCCL archives

U DCL/688/9 File. Heterosexual women and ‘Under-age’ boys 1 file 1977-78

U DCL/688/10 File. Adult males and under-age girls 1 file 1977-1978

U DCL/688/11 File. Heterosexual sex under age PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) Trial 1980 -1981


Truthseeker1‏@thewakeupcall09

PIE members Thomas Victor O’Carroll aka Carl Tom (ex-chairman) & Reginald Burnham

Sherborne School, PIE etc

Entrance to Sherborne School, Dorset, UK.

Sherborne School, Dorset

Sherborne Schoolis a British independent boys’ school, (for ages 13-18 yrs) located in the town of Sherborne in north-west Dorset, England.

It has close partnerships with the nearby girls’ school Sherborne Girls

Sherborne School has educated prominent figures for hundreds of years since it was founded by Edward VI in 1550.

Sherborne School Alumni – Stanley Johnson, Alan Turing

Sir David Spedding: Former Head of Secret Intelligence Service


Stanley Johnson (center) with friends

Other Establishment connections with Sherborne School:

Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones – The father of Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones (married to Prince Edward) was a geography master at Sherborne School, Sherborne

Tory MP’s half-brother who was known as ‘Rapier Napier’ by his pupils and helped run Paedophile Information Exchange is jailed for 13 years for HUNDREDS of sex assaults on young boys in the 60s and 70s

assaulting 21 victims aged as young as eight

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Keith Braithwaite said: ‘Napier is an arrogant, controlling and manipulative individual who has shown no remorse for the serious sexual offences he committed against young and vulnerable victims.

He has offended throughout most of his adult life; exploiting opportunities to continue his criminality against children through his employment and standing within society.

Mr Napier said:

“I agreed to take part in the literary festival months before I knew where the talk would be held. Then it never crossed my mind that it would be problem.

“I am devastated that I cannot be involved with the APS and with A Winter’s Tale anymore. I think I might not ever be able to take part in something like this again.

“It is sad that something like this has happened

I hope at least that I will be able to remain in Sherborne

where I live with my 92-year-old mother.”

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Paedophile-director-shock-resignation/story-17328992-detail/story.html#ixzz3tAiHYUDF

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2885152/Tory-MP-s-half-brother-known-Napier-Rapier-pupils-jailed-13-years-HUNDREDS-sex-assaults.html

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Sherborne School in the news:

  • Chris Davis, 53, was dismissed from £34,000-a-year Sherborne School
  • His personal assistant Micaila Vivier was then fired after ‘leaking emails’
  • She claimed Mr Davis was sacked after disagreement with governors
  • Ms Vivier said headmaster wanted pupil to move to a different school  

 A statement posted to the school’s website insisted: ‘There is absolutely no element whatsoever of untoward activity on the part of the outgoing Headmaster, or any other member of the staff, that has led to or contributed to this decision.’

….I think it was odd that he was dismissed after only three days of term and it would be helpful if the governors had told us more about the reason behind his sudden departure. It would put an end to what will doubtless be endless speculation.”

Speaking to The Times, Mr Davis’s wife Innes, 52, declined to comment on the reasoning behind the departure.

Mr Davis previously taught at Eton, where he himself was educated. He joined after a career in the City, and was the head of Warre House, of which David Cameron was a member in the 1980s.


Sherborne School Inspirational Speaker Programme

 Speakers have included David Aaronovitch,

David Aaronovitch, a columnist on The Times well known for dismissing claims about paedophile VIPs as “conspiracy theory”, …an article by Aaronovitch in The Observer in 2003 … attempted to diminish the seriousness of “child porn”.
David Aaronovitch’s column “Let’s See Some Evidence. Then We Can Panic” published in the Times on July 10th. As a general rule of thumb, anyone who refers to public inquiries and investigative journalism into organised child sexual abuse rings as “paedogeddon” is already starting from a position of disbelieving the statements of victims of child sexual abuse.

Royalty/Establishment Links to Sherborne School

Freemasons: Last year’s Provincial Grand Lodge meeting was held at Sherborne School

Last year’s Provincial Grand Lodge meeting was held at Sherborne School on Thursday 30th October. Prior to the meeting, the 2014 Dorset Masonic Magazine was delivered by post to all Brethren subscribing to a Lodge in the Province of Dorset and this contained a removable agenda for the Provincial meeting.

Lord Montgomery at Sherborne 1959

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re: Hamilton’s Biography of Lord Montgomery:
“Hamilton himself referred to Monty’s (Lord Montgomery) “romantic friendships with young boys” in the original book, specifically the 12-year-old Swiss lad Lucien Trueb “who engaged Monty’s affectionate attention”.
The question Hamilton is really posing now is not whether Field Marshal Lord Montgomery of Alamein was gay, but whether he was a repressed paedophile.”
Lord Bramall was awarded the Military Cross by Field Marshal Montgomery in 1945.

Mountbatten at Sherborne School 1964 Commemoration

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 http://oldshirburnian.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/A-History-of-Sherborne-School-resized.pdf

Truthseeker1‏ @thewakeupcall09

Lord Louis Mountbatten former chauffeur Norman Nield exposed him

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, there have been such newspaper headlines as, “‘Uncle Dickie’ the Sex Pervert” (N.Z. Truth, Sept.  8, 1987), since Mountbatten’s former chauffeur, Norman Nield, started revealing details of the late Lord Mountbatten’s alleged sexual exploitation of boys.

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Edward Prince of Wales and his cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten “relax” in a canvas swimming pool on board H. M. S. Renown during their 1920 Empire Tour.

Lord Louis was a great grandson of Queen Victoria and the uncle of Prince Philip (consort of Queen Elizabeth II). Mountbatten was also a promiscuous bisexual who was famously rumored to have had an affair with Edward VIII (who was Prince of Wales at the time) when he accompanied him on his Empire tours (see photo above).

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The Queen. Like any human being, she is subject to the influence of those around her. While he lived, Lord Mountbatten was a persuasive counsellor, and he formulated the plan for Prince Charles’s unusually rigorous education.

http://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/26/magazine/an-informal-look-at-the-royal-family.html?pagewanted=all


Letwin insisted on giving £3 million of public money to Kids Company in July, against the advice of Whitehall mandarins.

The BBC has commissioned a documentary about the charity, scheduled to be shown next year. Insiders have expressed surprise about this, given that £330,000-a-year BBC executive Alan Yentob was Kids Company chairman of trustees between 2003 and 2015.


Kids Company

The leaked email shows how Yentob, currently the BBC’s £330,000-a-year creative director, mounted a concerted operation to lobby the Labour Government to cancel the bill. The bill was waived the following year. The message, sent using a BBC email address to nine Kids Company colleagues – including Ms Batmanghelidjh – revealed he had contacted Dawn Primarolo, then the Paymaster General in the Treasury, and Paul Boateng, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, about the tax bill.
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Mr Yentob said he had been advised by Ms Primarolo’s aides to put the charity’s case to her in a letter, so she could refer the matter to the Inland Revenue – which Mr Yentob said he would be doing ‘with a little bit of help from my friends’.
Both Ms Primarolo and Mr Boateng worked at the time for the then-Chancellor Gordon Brown.
 Mr Yentob also says in the message: ‘Paul Boateng and I have managed to miss each other on the telephone but his office has been extremely co-operative and concerned and a phone call is being set up for tomorrow morning.’

A few months later, £589,957 was written off using taxpayers’ money, with an additional £100,000 debt met by an unidentified donor.

The charity’s unpaid bill was first revealed by The Mail on Sunday last week, which led to this newspaper obtaining the Yentob email.

The charity has received about £4 million from the Government every year for the last decade.

Ms Batmanghelidjh claims the Government has targeted her because she has a list of Establishment figures allegedly involved in historical child sex abuse.

Mr Boateng said last night: ‘I do not recall the details. I would not be prepared to comment without consulting Treasury papers. I was responsible for spending, not tax.’


Wealthy Cabinet minister Oliver Letwin takes in lodgers at his London home
Oliver Letwin, David Cameron’s close ally, takes in lodgers at the south London home which has hit the headlines in the past.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Letwin#cite_note-24


Celebrities and the royals were bewitched by Camila's charms (she is pictured with Prince Charles)

Swathes of London would ‘descend into savagery’. There would be riots in the streets, and widespread looting. Angry mobs would carry out ‘arson attacks’ on government buildings.

This apocalyptic scenario formed the basis of an extraordinary document sent to the Government from the email account of Kids Company chief Camila Batmanghelidjh.

As a sort of ransom note to ministers, signed by her charity’s chairman Alan Yentob, its message was simple: hand over a £3 million emergency grant to my charity or London will burn.

To a degree, it had its desired effect because that money was promptly given.

Yet those millions weren’t enough. Kids Company hit the wall. Around £1.2 million of the £3 million was lost. And now three major inquiries are investigating the collapsed charity, which over the past decade has got through more than £30 million in public funds.

Born in Tehran on New Year’s Day 1963, Camila Batmanghelidjh is one of four children of Fereydoon Batman-Ghelidj, a property developer and doctor who belonged to one of pre-revolutionary Iran’s wealthiest and most influential families.

Her uncle, Hooshang, was the Iranian ambassador to Turkey. Grandfather Mehdi was a wealthy property developer, too. And a great uncle, Nader, was an army general and loyal henchman of the country’s ruling Shah.

In interviews, her mother, Lucile, has been described as ‘a Belgian aristocrat’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3214710/Why-does-Kids-Company-Camila-tell-tall-stories-life-troubling-investigation-reveals-colourful-acount-past-doesn-t-quite-add-up.html

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Camila Batmanghelidjh talks to NCCL/Liberty’s Patron Helena Kennedy

 https://www.hayfestival.com/p-2431-camila-batmanghelidjh-talks-to-helena-kennedy.aspx?skinid=16


From Liberty/NCCL’s website

International Women’s Day

The Women of the World WOW festival, which begins today and runs over the weekend, includes an impressive list of speakers from the spheres of politics, popular culture and activism. Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts, Eve Ensler, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Erin Pizzey and Helena Kennedy are just some of the women who will be appearing at the festival – and of course our own director, Shami Chakrabarti, will be at a number of the events over the four days. The festival will cover issues as diverse as domestic violence, sustainable business, Mary Whitehouse and Margaret Thatcher.

https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/news/blog/international-womens-day


PIE Keith Harding antique piece in the Garrick Club

Harding, fig. … (front base) Prov: Btby R. B. from Keith Harding Antiques, Hornsey Road, London Source: One of seven figures based on engravings in John Tallis’s Shakespeare Gallery (1852-53); also an engraving by T. Sherratt, after H.

Garrick Club Members

In 2011, the Garrick Club newsletter compiled a list of 100 notable deceased members (since updated), yielding:

Michael Havers, Baron Haversthe brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss

Sir Michael Havers was appointed as Attorney General by Margaret Thatcher in 1979, and was made Baron Havers in 1987. He intervened three times between 1981 and 1983 to stop the investigation and exposure of Establishment paedophiles, and to prevent the publication of stories which showed that Establishment figures were members of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

 

Sir Douglas Bader beside Janner

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Bader interested in Leics PHAB group– 1 founder was albany trust’s youth worker Ric Rogers

given Hon Presidency of PHAB in 1974 & it’s spun off as separate charity from NAYC

wondering if jimmy Martin a member-under ex HBOS chairman lord Dennis Stevenson savile

There are various articles about Janner taking up the cause of that young boy with thalidomide

In the picture with, them, cutting the cake are (left-to-right): Eric Parker, Reg Varney, Bill Cotton Jr, Jimmy Savile, Nigel Broackes, Sir Douglas Bader, Lord George Brown, and Denis Compton.

Sir David Napley – Janner’s solicitor

Isnt it weird that Sir David Napley was both solicitor to Sir Peter Hayman and a certain prominent ex-mp, (Proctor) fond of spanking

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1987, May – Harvey Proctor resigns as MP for Billericay shortly after his trial and after being fined pounds 1,450 for acts of gross indecency;

he was involved in homosexual spanking sessions with young male prostitutes.

His lawyer is Sir David Napley:
influential solicitor, who represents also Commander Trestrial who is also on the Elm Guest House list.

Liz Davies comment

Keith Harding’s shop closed just a year before I was working in Islington in my social work office in the same road.

Another centre of PIE was also just a street away.

Some of the children who were being sexually exploited in that area may have known about this shop but I had no idea about it at the time.

They will now be in their 40s. Some of the social work staff must have known about the shop as Harding made a point of having a high profile locally. The Islington child abuse story reached a peak in 1992 and again in 2003 but it isn’t over as yet.

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Dr Liz Davies, who originally blew the whistle on the borough’s paedophile ring, says

I firmly believe there was a link between Savile and Islington children’s homes.”

Savile, Haut de la Garenne

Postcards From Jersey To Islington

The astonishing thing regarding the exchange “holidays” for care home children that took place between the child abuse hot spots of Islington care homes and Haut de la Garenne in Jersey is the distinct lack of evidence.

The exchange trips took place and yet there appears to be no official record. That lack of bureaucratic paperwork  in itself raises extremely disturbing questions, regardless of whether child abuse took place, as former residents claim.

How can young children be transported from one local authority across the English Channel to another without any record of the trips existing ?

Either the exchange trips did not take place (yet we know they did) or someone has been extremely careless or negligent with the paperwork.

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In 1987, Harding moved to Gloucestershire where social services were aware nearly 20 years ago of his criminal convictions.

Gloucestershire County Council declined to comment on the fact that he continued to run a music box museum in Northleach, which was regularly visited by children, until his death aged 82 in June.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30051756

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Lord Justice Fulford was revealed to have been a founder of a ‘defence committee’ for the Paedophile Information Exchange while it was openly calling for the age of consent to be cut to just four.

He discussed holding courtroom protests at meetings with PIE chairman Tom O’Carroll – who was jailed for two years in 1981 for conspiracy to corrupt public morals – and wrote articles claiming O’Carroll’s trial was an ‘act of oppression’ because the child sex campaigners only wanted to ‘make friends’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2581913/Now-Chief-Coroner-exposed-paedophile-apologist-wanted-age-consent-14.html

 

2014

Lord Justice Fulford, named as an adviser to the Queen

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/judge-sorry-after-pie-support-claim-30076221.html

Press release

Investigatory Powers Commissioner appointed: Lord Justice Fulford

The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Lord Justice Fulford as the first Investigatory Powers Commissioner.

Judge Adrian Fulford – Can we trust him?

Judge Fulford

Judge Fulford presided over Roger Laing 2015 Oct 2 Court of Appeal  [7] No aspersions are being made about whether the right decision was made in this particular case of child abuse.

However the appeal brought to mind that Judge Fulford was accused in 2014 by the Mail of backing the Paedophile Information Exchange PIE and being in groups that supported it. High Court judge and the child sex ring: Adviser to Queen was founder of paedophile support group to keep offenders out of jail [8]

He has apologised for some of his links but says he has no memories of others, states the Guardian,  Judge apologises for involvement with NCCL group linked to PIE [9]

The Mail on Sunday states “But he said he had “no memory” of being a founder member of the Conspiracy Against Public Morals, which the Mail continues was set up to defend PIE leaders facing criminal charges.”

An official investigation by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office took place by Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore. It concluded on 18 June 2014, that the allegations against Fulford were “without substance” and he “was not and had never been a supporter of PIE or its aims”. Following his exoneration, Fulford resumed sitting as a judge on the full range of appeals [10]

Unfortunately the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office have not been transparent about the investigation.

They issued a dismissive press statement [11a] and below, stating that Fulford was exonerated after after two “lengthy” interviews with “searching questions” put to him by fellow Justice, Justice Lord Kerr, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to which Adrian Fulford reponded!

 

How much easier if their names were given as well..

Just for information the Lord Chief Justice was Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, who is John Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd [18] and without the titles just plain John Thomas. The Lord Chancellor was just plain Chris Grayling  [19]. Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore turns out to be Brian Kerr, Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore or just plain Brian Kerr [20]

The Ministry of Justice has refused to publish a copy of the report on grounds of confidentiality and personal information [11b]. They even took the statement down from their website after a year as revealed by this FOI request [11]

Whilst the Mail group is often gossip from the gutter, the MOJ statement, undated and unsigned is breathtaking in its arrogance. It does not even address the issue of group that Adrian Fulford is supposed to have founded – “Conspiracy against Public Morals” which supported PIE.

It is not denied that Fulford (Adrian) was there at the third meeting on 11 Sept 1979 nor even that he founded the group. In October 1979 the Mail says Fulford wrote a full-page article in gay rights magazine Broadsheet, in which he was described as ‘the founder’ of the PIE support group.

Among those also attending the 11 Sept meeting were Sandy Marks and Tim Brown.

Sandy Marks and Tim Brown were both members of the radical Fallen Angels collective who according to Charlotte Russell, the pre-eminent researcher in this field, “the Fallen Angels took it upon themselves to call the Gay Movement to account, their final three sentences underlined concluding their case” [16]

  • “The question is whether gay complicity in the oppression of children and pedophiles is to persist”
  • “The ILGA must acknowledge adult-child relations as crucial to the development of a coherent sexual politics.”
  • “We demand the right to form alternative relations with kids – on their terms, and to affirm the erotic in those relations.”

Tim Brown wrote “Show me an adult who is not a paedophile…Sex with children is wonderful… Children are wonderful they should not be subjected to any kind of guilt trip or legal shit about their bodies and their sexuality. It is theirs and nobody else’s.” Tim Brown, London N19 [16]

Sandy Marks chaired the Islington social services committee during the children’s homes scandal of the 1990s, attended a conference with a radical pro-paedophile activist group called Fallen Angels in 1980.

Her other paedophilic  links are explored in this article Islington kids’ homes scandal: Shame of ex-mayor Sandy Marks’ pro-paedophile past [17]

These articles by Ms Russell confirm the agenda of the Fallen Angels and much else

  • CONSPIRACY AGAINST PUBLIC MORALS: PAEDOPHILIA & PUBLIC MORALS (OCTOBER 1980) [13] 
  •  IGA Conference April 1980: The Fallen Angels take PIE’s fight to Barcelona  [14]
  • Little Angels? A letter to Socialist Challenge from Fallen Angel Tim Brown (October 1979) [15]
  • Fallen Angels: Paedophilia – Summary Submission to the ILGA Conference, Barcelona 1980 [16]
  • Islington kids’ homes scandal: Shame of ex-mayor Sandy Marks’ pro-paedophile past [17] 

“.. Islington had become a focal point for the politicisation of paedophilia,” said Ms Russell.

Although Adrian Fulford is reported as saying that Tom O’Carrolls presence ‘left me feeling extremely uncomfortable’, he does not mention that the Fallen Angels made him feel at all queasy.

Sandy Marks has said various things about the time, one of which is she cannot remember events of this time due to illness. Islington Council have said they are shocked and that there will be an investigation by a “top lawyer”. It is not clear who the “top” lawyer is, or how “top” they will be, whether the investigation has begun or when the Report will be published.

It is essential that Adrian Fulford must give evidence to this inquiry. He clearly would have first hand evidence, from the inside, of what happened at the time. Perhaps he could be “top witness”.

Clearly if someone of his position does not give evidence, then the Islington investigation cannot be remotely to be said to be a thorough investigation. It would be negligent not to.

It would also be very interesting as to what Sandy Marks might have to say about Adrian Fulford..

As long as the MOJ is secretive and dismissive, and justice is not seen to be done then there naturally will be suspicions. The public obviously do not know the detail of what was considered, but would be right to demand further information. Is it right that Judges investigate themselves and then publish the report? These Judges could even be friends.

Ministry of Justice and Child Protection Policy

Also worrying is that the Ministry of Justice does not have any child protection policy  [11c]

  1. Can you email me the Child Protection Policy of the Ministry of Justice?”

The MoJ adheres to the requirements of the Children’s Acts 1989 and 2004. To establish whether the information was held I conducted a thorough search, and made enquires within Judicial Office as well as Civil and Family Justice Policy areas.  It may help if I clarify that the information being requested is not held by MoJ because there is no legal or business requirement for MoJ to do so.  There is no MoJ wide Child Protection Policy each business area would consider the need for a specific policy given the context of the work which that area carries out.  The work of the MoJ is vast and diverse and as such one policy would not necessarily encompass the entirety of its business sufficiently and different areas of the MoJ have policies designed to address their unique needs.

Judges and Blackmail

If a Judge was a paedophile supporter it would be quite within the bounds of possibility, in fact the very MO of the “security” services that the judge was blackmailed by the deep state, the secret services. He could be put into positions of power to do the bidding of those very services. Indeed the secret services are often accused of running the child abuse networks for this very purpose.

Lord Justice Fulford, is now a Lord Justice of Appeal and as of 1 January 2016, is the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales. He was also appointed as the Investigatory Powers Commissioner for a 3-year term on 3 March 2017 [10]

Fulford’s job is to “authorise and oversee the use of snooping powers by public authorities” [12].

Some people may still be worried that he is “authorising and overseeing” authorities who could have control over him by blackmail.

Some may be worried that as Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, Sir Adrian Fulford has not been publicly exonerated of being free of any sinister influence over him in the public positions he holds.

Is it right that a Judicial Report about the links to paedophile and child abusing groups, of a man who is Investigatory Powers Commissioner and the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, is kept secret?

Shame on the murky Judicial Conduct Investigations Office and MOJ.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office  – a body that is supposed to investigate complaints into the judiciary.

  • Is that not extra reason for justice to be seen to be done?
  • Is that not extra reason to be transparent?
  • Is it the same old story that power breeds arrogance?
  • Is it the illusion of justice that is being propagandised to the people?
  • Are the judiciary being blackmailed by the deep state?
  • How do we know that the following is not the true scenario?

Brian had a couple of chats with his friend Adrian, perhaps at the urinals down at the club. Adrian replied. Brian told John and Chris who were in the bar, that there was nothing to it.  Squeaky clean old boy, squeaky clean. It was all dressed up as legit, titles added, committee names, hyperbole, as per, so on and so forth. Jobs a good un.

John, Chris, Brian and Adrian all know Andy. Its in the interest of national security, after all.

Apparently so is raping children….

If its not, then the Report of the Inquiry into Sir Adrian Fulford must be published.

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/judge-adrian-fulford-can-we-trust-him/



Keith Harding was given the Freedom of the City of London and made a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. 

He moved to Gloucester in 1987 after PIE disbanded, setting up Keith Harding’s World of Mechanical Music, a museum in Northleach, near Cheltenham.

He was exposed as a member of PIE last November when footage emerged of him appearing alongside Jimmy Savile on a Christmas special of Jim’ll Fix It. 

It later transpired that he had been convicted of indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in 1958 when he was a teacher. 

He apparently confessed to a friend he had the list of names kept in a safe.

One of his staff, who worked for him between 1980 and 1987, said: “Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith were both regular visitors to the shop. Usually they would come in via the side door, other times they would ring the bell at the front entrance and come in. “They’d straight away ask for Keith who would be coming down the stairs.“Then they would then either go up to his office for a private meeting or they’d go out for several hours.” The former worker added: “The shop had many high profile customers, including the Royals, because we were one of the few antique dealers in the world that specialised in restoring clocks, music boxes and automatons. “It’s only now, with what I know about Brittan and Smith, and of course Keith, that has made me wonder what they were doing. Jeremy Thorpe too was an occasional visitor.” link

Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall is known for his eccentricity and is a collector of antique clocks

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/414945/FIVE-new-allegations-against-Stuart-Hall-including-a-rape-of-12-year-old

The former worker added: “The shop had many high profile customers, including the Royals, because we were one of the few antique dealers in the world that specialised in restoring clocks, music boxes and automatons. 

Convicted paedophile Stuart Hall would most likely have known Keith Harding??

Queen, Stuart Hall, OBE

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The Impostor


The Chairman of PIE told the Daily Mirror: “There would be no penalty for a paedophile having sex with a child under three years old. But he would probably be prevented from it by a system of injunctions which we would like to see brought in.”

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Readers’ responses to Gay News editorial ‘The PIE Affair’ in Gay News No 127 [22 Sept – 5 October 1977]

‘Over-Dramatised Report’ from Graham Wilkinson, Hove, Essex [CHE’s organiser of the Nottingham Conference which caused controversy over Dr Brongersma delivering a speech and a workshop scheduled to discuss Paedophilia]

‘Smug, Self-Righteous’ from Charles Napier, Treasurer of PIE

‘False Sentiment’ from Patrick Wilson, Kent is concerned about PIE’s exploitative lack of regard for the inequality of infancy in adult-child sexual “relationships”

‘Back Stabbing’ from Keith Hose, ex-Chairman on behalf of PIE

‘Straight Paper’ from Terry Waller, N4

‘In Perspective’ from Ian Harvey, W2

‘Lack of Sympathy’ from Tony Deane, N4

‘Nothing Sacrosanct’ from Micky Burbidge, N19 [co-drafter of PIE’s submission to the Criminal Law Reform Committee alongside Keith Hose, Chairman]

‘Slippery Slope’ from Julian Carter, Dorset – a lone voice “Whatever next for CHE – necrophilia perhaps?”

‘Personal Courage’ from Keith Spence, SW4

link

IslingtonSurvivorsNetwork‏ @theIslingtonSN

40YearsAgo:Two masterminds of , Peter Righton & Micky Burbidge, convene the Joint Council for Gay Teenagers (JCGT) upstairs at Grapevine, 296 Holloway Road. Righton & Burbidge want to create an umbrella organisation to gain dominion over grassroots gay youth groups


Dr Richard Barker‏@swrb1

Peter Righton has since died. His partner, Richard Alston, who lived with him at Thornham Magna, has since been convicted and imprisoned for sexual offences against children.

This Year 35 years ago in 1983 Islington BC gave a grant of £3,233 to the Islington Suffolk Project which a decade later in 1993 gave haven to Peter Righton after his conviction

Why did Peter Righton hide out in Thornham Magna @ Islington Suffolk Project?

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

If Lord Henniker was such a philanthropist why was he taking money off  islingtonBC for Islington Suffolk Project? Also as @ian_pace noted Richard Alston thanks Islington resident & PIE lobbyist Micky Burbidge in the foreword of Sir Colin Davis bio

Colin Davis - For The Record

via Troy

Front Cover

Why was the Family Welfare Association promoting PIE in 1981?

link


Secret service infiltrated paedophile group to ‘blackmail establishment’

2014

BRITISH security services infiltrated and funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange in a covert operation to identify and possibly blackmail establishment figures, a Home Office whistleblower alleges.

The former civil servant has told detectives investigating the activities of paedophiles in national politics that the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch was orchestrating the child-sex lobbying group in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

It emerged late last year that PIE was twice gave amounts of £35,000 in Home Office funding between 1977 and 1980, the £70,000 total equivalent to over £400,000 in today’s money.

Until now, speculation about the grant has centred on Clifford Hindley, the late Home Office manager who approved the payments. However, the whistleblower told the Sunday Express he thought higher and more sinister powers were at play.

He has given a formal statement to that effect to detectives from Operation Fernbridge, which is looking into allegations of historic sex abuse at the Elm Guest House in south-west London.

PIE, now considered one of the most notorious groups of the era, had gained respectability in political circles. Its members are said to have included establishment figures, and disgraced Liberal MP Cyril Smith was a friend of founder member Peter Righton.

In 1981, Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens used Parliamentary privilege to name Sir Peter Hayman, the deputy director of MI6, as a member of PIE and an active paedophile. In 1983 Mr Dickens gave the Home Office a dossier of what he claimed was evidence of a paedophile network of “big, big names, people in positions of power, influence and responsibility”. The Home Office says the dossier no longer exists.

Whistleblower Mr X, whose identity we have agreed to protect, became a very senior figure in local government before retiring a few years ago. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was a full-time consultant in the Home Office’s Voluntary Services Unit run by Clifford Hindley.

In 1979 Mr X was asked to examine a funding renewal application for PIE, but he became concerned because the organisation’s goal of seeking to abolish the age of consent “conflicted” with the child protection policies of the Department of Health and Social Security and asked for a meeting with Mr Hindley, his immediate boss.

Mr X recalled: “I raised my concerns, but he told me that I was to drop them. Hindley gave three reasons for this. He said PIE was an organisation with cachet and that its work in this field was respected.

“He said this was a renewal of an existing grant and that under normal Home Office practice a consultant such as myself would not be involved in the decision-making process.

“And he said PIE was being funded at the request of Special Branch which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles. This led me not to pursue my objections. At that time, questioning anything to do with Special Branch, especially within the Home Office, was a ‘no-no’.

“I was under the clear belief that I was being instructed to back off and that his reference to Special Branch was expected to make me to do so.

“Hindley didn’t give me an explicit explanation of what Special Branch would do with information it gleaned from funding PIE, but I formed the belief that it was part of an undercover operation or activity. I was aware a lot of people in the civil service or political arena had an interest in obtaining information like that which could be used as a sort of blackmail.”

He said he asked for a file the Home Office kept on PIE, but his request was refused. However, he was certain then Tory Home Office Minister Tim Raison, who died in 2011, must have signed the 1980 funding application.

Mr X has given a formal written statement to the inquiry set up last year into former Home Office links with PIE but has refused to meet the inquiry in person because he fears “repercussions” under the Official Secrets Act.

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U DCL/858/4 File. Paedophile Information Exchange Aug 1977 – Feb 1978
View U DCL/858/3 File. Paedophile Information Exchange 1978 – 1987
View U DCL/688/11 File. Heterosexual sex under age: PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) Trial 1980 – 1981

http://www.hullhistorycentre.org.uk/dserve/dserve.exe

File. Heterosexual sex under age: PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) Trial

Reference No:
U DCL/688/11
Dates:
1980 – 1981
Format:
Archive Item
Extent:
1 file
Access Conditions:
Access will be granted to any accredited reader
Repository:
Hull University Archives
Collection:
Archives of Liberty (formerly The National Council for Civil Liberties) (1934 – )
http://catalogue.hullhistorycentre.org.uk/catalogue/U-DCL-688-11

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Grants ‘help child sex group’

 16 Dec 1977  The Guardian

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Two trusts which receive grants from Government funds are supporting the Paedophile Information Exchange – the group which wants to legalise sex between adults and children -an MP claimed in the Commons yesterday

Sir Bernard Braine (C, SE Essex) said he had evidence that both the Albany Trust and the Princedale Trust gave encouragement and publicity to PIE.

Home Office Minister of State, Mr Brynmor John, told Sir Bernard that the Voluntary Services Unit had paid £43,625 to the Albany Trust and £86,000 to the Princedale Trust since 1974.

A final grant of over 3,000 was still due to Albany and the Education Department was giving it £5,717 in 1976/77.

Later, Mr John told Mr Alan Clark (C, Sutton) that he was still examining information on child pornography. On the legal side there were difficulties…He was having discussions with Mr Cyril Townsend (C, Bexleyheath), who has a Private Members Bill on the subject.

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9279184/pie_grant_1/

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Trust Deeds
Antony Grey: The Trust’s involvement with this group occurred after its then chairman, Harold Haywood, OBE; and I attended a workshop on Sexual Minorities organised by MIND (the National Association for Mental Health) some two years ago (1975)…
Mr Haywood suggested to me that the Trust …should convene a meeting of psychiatrists, social workers, probation officers, and other interested in the problem, and also ask some paedophiles to come along and put their points of view.

The Guardian

 
Harold Haywood alterations on paedophile document

tiggr talk‏ @tiggrtalk

Harold Haywood at yet another P.I.E meeting?!

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Haywood Albany Trust Runaway problem vice trial playland Sept 27 1975

The Guardian
(London, Greater London, England)
27 Sep 1975, Sat  • Page 10

PRINCE CHARLES HAYWOOD HOMELESS 25 OCT 1985


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The Guardian
(London, Greater London, England)
24 Jan 1978, Tue  • Page 10

HOW THE ALBANY TRUST KEEPS THE SEXUAL DEBATE ALIVE


HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva 

Both the Albany Trust and the Princedale Trust gave money to PIE:

Advert for Peter Katin’s piano recital in aid of Albany Trust, with a speech by Clement Freud

Date: 19/09/1968
Source: New Christian
Headline: Advert for Peter Katin’s piano recital in aid of Albany Trust, with a speech by Clement Freud
Notes:

In 1968 (paedophile) Clement Freud gave a speech at a function to raise money for the Albany Trust:


 

 Ruan Bone & Jimmy Savile BBC Broadcasting House – Studio Six

15 Mar 2017

 Albany Trust – Ruan Bone / David Porter

ago

Lunch was published by CHE from 1970 to 1974 and run by Ruan Bone.

 Ruan Bone interview with Jimmy Savile

 

Alan Francis OBE – Head of Security at Mecca Leisure

 

Alan Francis Metropolitan Police

  the off the square masonica on the table, very drole

PHAB Princess Jean Galitzine, Savile & Paul Daniels

 



The site of the former Elm Guest House in Barnes

Westminster paedophile ring allegations: Scotland Yard detectives trace ‘victim’

Alleged victim of paedophile sex abuse interviewed in United States at request of Scotland Yard

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^ If the 2 persons referred to here are Eric Kasir and Leon Brittan, why is The Telegraph allowing Brittan’s name to be whitewashed?

My question was whether Leon Brittan was implicated by the US victim mentioned in your Telegrah article.

Yes.


Germany’s secret paedophilia experiment

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West Germany’s Paedophile Group were DSAP – any archive of theirs would include a lot of PIE correspondence – and mention of Fallen Angels

PIE Newsletters always extolling virtues of paedophiles working with most difficult or deprived children always the most vulnerable

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Charles Napier (left) argued that paedophiles were a social benefit to society because they would look after children for low pay in bad conditions

John Whittingdale, half-brother of convicted PIE secretary Napier was SPAD to Brittan who was close friend of (PIE member) Keith Harding. Coincidence?

The Guardian
(London, Greater London, England)
28 Aug 1996, Wed  • Page 27


In Lambeth paedophile Michael John Carroll was supported in their fostering efforts – maybe west Germany’s “experiment” not so rare?

DSAP & a French group were only 2 foreign p’phile groups to pledge support to PIE in 1980 at 2nd international gay association Barcelona

With passports handed in PIE five defendants awaiting trial on bail couldn’t attend IGA so it was up to N19’s Fallen Angel Collective to

Represent British paedophiles though they later fell out bcse FAC thought o Carrolls book was not radical enough

One of the Fallen Angels lived with Barry prothero the NCCL gay rights officer after Nettie Pollard PIE member

In some socialist circles in N19 there would be no revolution without children’s liberation & their right to have sex with adults


Westminster paedophiles: Bulic Forsythe, when PIE went gay and the death of scepticism

Operation Cayacos: investigating allegations of a paedophile ring linked to dead convicted paedophile Peter Righton – a founding member of the Paedophile Information Exchange. PIE suggested that, as homosexuals had become “gays”, paedophiles should be called “kind persons”.  It wasn’t rape, they argued. It was just sexual freedom. PIE members  – which numbers around 450 at it speak – were keen to be seen as an oppressed group, like homosexuals.

PIE got a good write up in Community Care, the social workers’ trade paper. A four-page article in 1977 mused “Should we pity the paedophiles?”

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Paedophilia in Academia: Dr Ken Plummer, University of Essex

The German Green Party recently apologised for their part in promoting paedophilia. Read more The Green’s co-leader, Jurgen Trittin, was accused of signing off a 1981 pamphlet calling for the decriminalisation of sexual acts between adults and children “that occur without the use of threat or force”. People who promote paedophilia may not be paedophiles themselves, but they provide paedophiles with the intellectual justification to perpetrate crimes against children.

In the UK it is a crime to incite racial hatred – why doesn’t a similar law apply for inciting sexual crimes against children?

Dr. Ken Plummer has been associated with the University of Essex since 1975, and was once Head of the Sociology Department. In his biography he states that his main interests “have always been in the development of a humanistic method and theory to help towards a better social world where there will be less socially produced suffering”. University of Essex website

It could be said that he has done the opposite – he has helped create more suffering by promoting paedophilia and providing ‘academic’ opinions which support the views of those who sexually abuse children. In fact he openly admits his intentions:

By applying sociology to the field of paedophilia we may partially relativise it, humanise it, normalise it, and politicise it. (1)

Ken Plummer attempted to redefine the language surrounding child sexual abuse. In his world, child victims are ‘partners’, sexual abuse is ‘consensual’, a  child being sexually abused by an adult is ‘a relationship’, and long term effects of sexual abuse are mostly ‘a myth’.

…there is the stereotype that the child is “innocent”, “uninvolved” and “non-participating”: this can be so (notably in rape cases) but this is usually not the case with paedophilia. (2)

A sixth stereotype suggests that the consequences to the child of paedophilia are devastating. They can be, but frequently they are not. This is a complex issue and three crucial distinctions must be made here; the first requires distinguishing between experiences that are consensual (paedophilia) and those that are not (child rape)… (3)

His language is very similar in tone to that of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), an organisation that campaigned for the age of consent to be reduced to 4 years old, effectively legalising paedophilia. This might not be a coincidence, as it has been said that Ken Plummer was member no. 236 of PIE, and regularly corresponded with other members of PIE, including Peter Righton.

Righton was a highly respected child care expert who had helped create a network of paedophile academics and intellectuals that preyed on children in schools and children’s homes across the UK. BBC Inside Story: The Secret Life of a Paedophile

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Plummer and Righton both contributed to a book called Perspectives on Paedophilia. The book was a supposedly objective look at paedophilia, and was designed to be used on social work training courses. If Plummer was a member of PIE at the time, or was supportive of their views, he should have declared this interest and therefore his lack of objectivity.

He refers to paedophiles sexual abusing children under 6 years old as ‘a relationship’, and uses inverted commas around the word ‘victim’:

But again, studies suggest that relationships with children under 6 are rare – and that relationships with early adolescents are the most common. (4)

A second group of assumptions highlights the nature of childhood and “child victims”. (5)

Plummer concedes the shortcomings of research of the subject of paedophilia, but is still happy to cite outdated studies if they can be used to support the sexual abuse of children.

While there is little scientific research in this field – and what exists usually depends upon biased psychiatric and prison samples… (6)

He uses this inadequate ‘research’ to undermine the fact that sexual abuse causes devastating harm to the child, and instead lays the blame for any harm with parents, the police, and the courts:

A further image concerns the impact of paedophilia on the child: in the short run, the child is traumatized; and in the long run, seriously damaged. Perhaps surprisingly, the evidence does not support this. In the short run, studies suggest that children’s problems often flow from the reactions of parents who respond to the event with such horror that it elevates the significance of the experience in the child’s eye. The significance can be compounded by police and court action. In the long run, the “victims” are generally shown to lead “normal” lives. In Gagnon’s sample of 333 “victims”, only 5 percent had damaged adult lives – but even “damage” could have had diverse origins. (7)

Plummer goes on to deny that paedophiles are usually interested in sex with children, that it is forced upon the child, and that it is exploitative. Note his use of ‘quotes’ from members of the public in a blatant attempt to demonstrate how uneducated and vulgar the opponents of paedophilia are.

Three further ‘myths’ focus upon the kinds of relationship between paedophile and child. It is usually seen as a coital relationship (interestingly, the press convert “paedophilia” (literally “love of children”) into “child-sex”, so people could remark: “They’re after fucking little kids, ain’t they”); as a forced relationship (“It’s an open door to rape”; “If you’ve got a little child 4 years old and you think one of these bastards is gonna rape the child, and it’s gonna be legal…”); and as an exploitative one. (8)

Despite his admission about the shortcomings of research on paedophilia, Plummer cites an obscure 1964 study by Mohr to challenge the idea that paedophiles use force and to lay blame on the child for inviting the abuse:

Indeed, in some cases the child can be seen as “inviting” the relationship, and – according to Mohr – “most children could have avoided the experience if they wanted to”. The Kinsey study also noted: “In our total of 18,000 interviews, no man or woman reported being victimised by a child.” (9) See also Kinsey’s Paedophiles

Plummer also frequently cites Mohr in ‘Constructing a Sociological Baseline’ to peddle the lie that victims of child abuse are ‘willing partners’:

A third stereotype suggests that the sex act is forced on the child and is uncontrolled. It is not. Again Mohr (1968)…observes that paedophilia occurs in part with the cooperation of the child either out of sexual curiosity or out of emotional need. It is comparatively rare that the sex act is forced upon the child. (10)

Plummer refers to “many case histories” which he claims prove that “children have been greatly assisted in their development” by being sexually abused by an adult (11), and denies that the abused child is exploited by the adult:

It is difficult, then, within a paedophile relationship to be very clear about the balance of power. Certainly if one just studies existing relationships, the power balance can be very ambiguous – for maybe as Tom O’Carroll suggests “Power in a consensual relationship resides with the party that needs the relationship less”, and very often that is the child. Sometimes, then, it is possible for the child to “exploit” the adult – financially and emotionally. (12)

Please note that Tom O’Carroll was Chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange and in 2006 was convicted for distributing a collection of 50,000 images of child abuse. He was arrested after undercover police infiltrated a group known as the International Paedophile Child Emancipation Group and its subsidiary, Gentlemen with an Interesting Name.“According to police O’Carroll saw the groups as a base for an “international secret society” of “academic” child abusers…Children, mainly boys and some as young as six, had been filmed and photographed being raped and tortured.” BBC News

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In University contracts there is usually a clause about ‘not bringing the University into any disrepute’.

The University also has a duty of care to the students.

It is time that the University of Essex’s Vice Chancellor and Governors addressed these issues with Dr Plummer who should surely, like the German Green Party, be asked to apologise for the pro-paedophile views he expressed so forcefully in the above writings.

The essays quoted above are dated and it’s possible that Dr Plummer may have altered his views since then, as there is much more academic material available now, as well as many first hand accounts from survivors which explain the hugely damaging long term effects of child sexual abuse.

Questions for the Vice Chancellor of University of Essex

– Do you understand that Dr Plummer’s views as expressed in the above texts could be said to bring the University into disrepute?

– If thse same views have been presented to students at your University through Dr Plummer’s teaching and writing, do you consider that this has demonstrated a breach of the University’s duty of care towards its students?

– Will you facilitate Dr Plummer in making a formal apology to victims and survivors of child sexual crime for the views he expressed in his writings as cited above?

– Will you provide a statement that Dr Plummer’s teaching, writing and research does not in any way currently promote pro-paedophile perspectives?

– I will publish the Vice Chancellor’s response on this website.

Questions for Dr Ken Plummer

– Do you still hold the same views on paedophilia that are expressed in your essays Paedophilia: Constructing a Sociological Baseline and Images of Paedophilia?

– If you do still hold these views, does your teaching reflect these views?

– If your views have changed, have you written anything which clarifies your position? I’ll happily publish it on this blog.

– If you do still hold these views, what do you say to child victims and survivors who may have been abused by those students influenced by your teachings? I’ll happily publish an apology on this website to the victims, survivors and students.

References

(1) p.244, Paedophilia: Constructing a Sociological Baseline by Kenneth Plummer, from Adult Sexual Interest in Children, edited by Mark Cook and Kevin Howells, University Press, 1981

(2) p.226, Paedophilia: Constructing a Sociological Baseline by Kenneth Plummer, from Adult Sexual Interest in Children, edited by Mark Cook and Kevin Howells, University Press, 1981

(3) p.226, Paedophilia: Constructing a Sociological Baseline by Kenneth Plummer, from Adult Sexual Interest in Children, edited by Mark Cook and Kevin Howells, University Press, 1981

(4) p.539, Images of Paedophilia by Ken Plummer, from Love and Attraction: An International Conference, edited by Mark Cook and Glenn Wilson, Pergamon Press, 1979

(5) p.538, Images of Paedophilia by Ken Plummer, from Love and Attraction: An International Conference, edited by Mark Cook and Glenn Wilson, Pergamon Press, 1979

(6) p.537, Images of Paedophilia by Ken Plummer, from Love and Attraction: An International Conference, edited by Mark Cook and Glenn Wilson, Pergamon Press, 1979

(7) p.539, Images of Paedophilia by Ken Plummer, from Love and Attraction: An International Conference, edited by Mark Cook and Glenn Wilson, Pergamon Press, 1979

(8) p.539, Images of Paedophilia by Ken Plummer, from Love and Attraction: An International Conference, edited by Mark Cook and Glenn Wilson, Pergamon Press, 1979

(9) p.539, Images of Paedophilia by Ken Plummer, from Love and Attraction: An International Conference, edited by Mark Cook and Glenn Wilson, Pergamon Press, 1979

(10) p.225, Paedophilia: Constructing a Sociological Baseline by Kenneth Plummer, from Adult Sexual Interest in Children, edited by Mark Cook and Kevin Howells, University Press, 1981

(11) p.539, Images of Paedophilia by Ken Plummer, from Love and Attraction: An International Conference, edited by Mark Cook and Glenn Wilson, Pergamon Press, 1979

(12) p.243, Paedophilia: Constructing a Sociological Baseline by Kenneth Plummer, from Adult Sexual Interest in Children, edited by Mark Cook and Kevin Howells, University Press, 1981

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 Amiable Warriors

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Amiable Warriors: Endorsements for Volume One

From Ken Plummer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Essex

Amiable Warriors is a magnificent achievement. Peter Scott-Presland has given us a wonderful gift that future generations can cherish. In this richly documented, meticulously crafted and beautifully written study we are shown the earliest days of struggles to bring about a more human world. I look forward to more volumes to come. …

From Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner

If you want to understand how we won LGBTI law reform in the UK, read this history of the pioneering Campaign for Homosexual Equality – and remember with pride the CHE campaigners who trailblazed the equal rights we now enjoy.

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Ken Plummer

1966-1970: coming out as gay, starting a PhD on gay life in London at the LSE, starting teaching at a soon-to-be Poly (Middlesex), and becoming a sociologist and a member of the National Deviancy Conference. I was not directly involved in the student politics of 1968, but was involved in gay reformism (at the Albany Trust) and then in 1970 with the LSE based Gay Liberation Front.

https://kenplummer.com/resources-2/presentations/1968-subterranean-worlds/

Post #1103 mentions 1968 Albany Trust Ken Plummer! of Essex

“Paedophiles are told they are the seducers and rapists of children; they know their experiences are often loving and tender ones. They are told that children are pure and innocent, devoid of sexuality; they know both from their own experiences of childhood and from the children they meet that this is not the case.”

As recently as 2012, Prof Plummer published on his personal blog a chapter he wrote in another book, Male Intergenerational Intimacy, in 1991. “As homosexuality has become slightly less open to sustained moral panic, the new pariah of ‘child molester’ has become the latest folk devil,” he wrote. “Many adult paedophiles say that boys actively seek out sex partners … ‘childhood’ itself is not a biological given but an historically produced social object.”

Prof Plummer confirmed to The Sunday Telegraph that he had been a member of PIE in order to “facilitate” his research.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/10948796/Paedophilia-is-natural-and-normal-for-males.html


 

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Peter Tatchell with Father Seed

 

 

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Peter Tatchell was a leading member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) but never knew or met any GLF members that where paedophiles like John David Stamford ?

More on Tatchell at bottom of post.

Is this the current CHE membership leaflet with photo of Nettie Pollard & Peter Tatchell from 2011?

“Pollard gave a constant stream of support to paedophiles and promoted their views.”

Photo below: Nettie Pollard (EC Member) with Peter Tatchell at the 2011 Annual Conference:

Nettie Pollard was member number 70 of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

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Nettie Pollard was NCCL’s Gay & Lesbian Officer, and chaired the NCCL’s gay rights committee, which included Paedophile Information Exchange leader Tom O’Carroll. She was responsible for inviting PIE to affiliate with NCCL in 1975.

Nettie Pollard was member number 70 of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

paedophile-information-exchangePollard played a leading role in the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, who voted to support PIE at their 1975 conference, and defended PIE’s “right to speak and organise freely” at their 1983 conference.

In 1993 she wrote an essay called ‘The Small Matter of Children’, which begins by talking of “children’s rights” but then gives the game away by quoting speeches given to American paedophile group NAMBLA, and a book called Betrayal of Youth, which was edited by PIE member Warren Middleton aka John Parratt. It also peddles the lie that child rape can be ‘consensual’, talks of ‘mutual sexual pleasure’ and…

PIE’s first journal Understanding Paedophilia, the predecessor of Magpie.

Nettie Pollard: NCCL official and PIE member

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Nettie Pollard was NCCL’s Gay & Lesbian Officer, and chaired the NCCL’s gay rights committee, which included Paedophile Information Exchange leader Tom O’Carroll. She was responsible for inviting PIE to affiliate with NCCL in 1975.

Nettie Pollard was member number 70 of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

paedophile-information-exchangePollard played a leading role in the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, who voted to support PIE at their 1975 conference, and defended PIE’s “right to speak and organise freely” at their 1983 conference.

In 1993 she wrote an essay called ‘The Small Matter of Children’, which begins by talking of “children’s rights” but then gives the game away by quoting speeches given to American paedophile group NAMBLA, and a book called Betrayal of Youth, which was edited by PIE member Warren Middleton aka John Parratt. It also peddles the lie that child rape can be ‘consensual’, talks of ‘mutual sexual pleasure’ and…

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Margaret Hodge: Anti-paedophile campaigner?

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An Islington Gazette cutting from November 1983 shows that former Islington Council leader Margaret Hodge signed a petition to ban the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), an organisation that wanted to lower the age of consent to 4 years old.

IG041183Mrs Hodge’s anti-paedophile stance must have been the cause of constant arguments, since her husband, Henry Hodge, and her close friends Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey, were all senior officials of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), which was affiliated to the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Although Margaret Hodge was well aware of PIE’s activities, she says she was unaware that paedophiles wanted to work with children. During her time as leader (1982-1992), every one of Islington’s children’s homes was infiltrated by paedophiles.

She recently tried to explain her total failure to protect children in care from paedophile rings, prostitution, and trafficking by saying “All that happened when we didn’t really…

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NCCL Documentary Evidence 2 – Sexual Offences – Evidence to the Criminal Law Revision Committee 1976

Below is the text of all sections of Sexual Offences: Evidence to the Criminal Law Revision Committee. NCCL Report no. 13 (February 1976, revised edition March 1976) which are relevant to issues concerning PIE, to whom they had become affiliated by this time. Some of this has been quoted in various newspaper articles, but the complete text should make clear the extent to which NCCL’s recommendations were being influenced by PIE-style thinking (though some of it is perfectly reasonable). I will provide proper commentary, together with other NCCL-related information, at a later date.

Differences between the February and March 1976 versions of the report, both of which I have looked at, are tiny and cosmetic.

Introduction to the second edition

The publication of NCCL’s evidence on the law relating to sexual offences has caused considerable controversy. Unfortunately, the publicity given to the proposals to lower the ages of consent did not generally make clear the distinction which we made between an area of private morality, where the individual may make his or her own choice, and the area where the criminal law should intervene. Some commentators preferred to assert the innocence of ‘childhood’, ignoring the fact that a number of people below the age of 16 do choose to have sexual intercourse. Others defended the existing law on heterosexual activity on the ground that the law is a defence of the girl who wishes to say ‘no’. There is no evidence to suggest that the existing law does protect girls who wish to avoid intercourse: NCCL’s case is that such protection, if it does exist, should not be given at the expense of making criminal sexual activity between partners who consent.

Timely illustration of how objectionable the use of the criminal law is in this area was given this month when Justice Melford Stevenson criticised the police for charging an 18-year-old man with unlawful sexual intercourse with his 15-year-old girlfriend – whose consent, according to the judge, was not in doubt. The law is, of course, very rarely enforced, and it is not clear whether those who uphold its existence wish to see such prosecutions brought more frequently.

There has been considerable criticism of NCCL’s proposals on the ages of consent some based on a misunderstanding of our reasoning. But the proposals have also attracted support from those who share our conviction that the criminal law should not interfere with private, consenting sexual activity, and from a number of young people, and those working with them, who welcome the recognition that they are capable of making their own choice. This report has already stimulated public discussion about major issues of law and morality, and we welcome continuing debate on the proposals which we have made.

March 1976

Introduction

One of the most empty opinions frequently given about our society is that it is a ‘permissive society’. The term is rarely defined. It is true that certain barriers to sexual activity have been lowered, but the high threshold of guilt that affects many people often distorts relationships and behaviour and makes quite legitimate sexual freedoms beyond the reach of many people. The law still operates harshly to discourage certain sexual activities, even where no harm to others is identifiable. It would be equally true to say, as Anthony Grey of the Sexual Law Reform Society recently did, that ours is a repressive society. It is quite usual for advocates of any sexual freedom to be regarded as if they were calling for sexual licence. The test of any freedom – and there is no reason to exclude sexuality from this rule – is its effect on the legitimate freedoms of others.

Although in the past it was accepted that ecclesiastical laws and, subsequently, civil laws could properly enforce a moral code, in more recent times the feeling has been growing that Acts of Parliament should not, and cannot, control the moral side of our lives. It was put forcibly in a perspicacious sentence of the Wolfenden Report (1957) : ‘Unless a deliberate attempt is to be made by society, acting through the agency of the law, to equate the sphere of crime with that of sin, there must remain a realm of private morality and immorality which is, in brief and crude terms, not the law’s business.

The NCCL believes that the main function of the law on sexual behaviour should be protection; the only reason for making a sexual activity illegal is because it may result in other people being harmed. This rules out all laws concerned solely with morality. It also rules out paternalistic laws which attempt to stop an individual from harming himself; it is quite difficult in reality, to harm oneself by having too much sex.

There are, in NCCL’s opinion, two areas where a protective law may properly restrict sexual behaviour:

i) Where one or more parties to a sexual act have not consented;
ii) Where sexual behaviour results in demonstrable suffering or offence to other people.

Age of Consent

True consent has not been obtained unless all the participants have freely entered into the activity. The law must prevent individuals from forcing their attentions upon others by using violence, threats, fraud, blackmail or other improper pressures, such as taking unfair advantage of those under one’s authority or those who are handicapped in some way. Most people would agree that the law must intervene in such circumstances. The problem of consent becomes controversial when one has to decide at what age a child is responsible for his/her actions and is therefore capable of giving consent.

Many people hold strong opinions about the age of consent, but there is very little real evidence that can be used to support any one particular age. It is possible to use very similar arguments to support the age of 12, 13, 14, or 15. The choice of any particular age is quite arbitrary; this may seem inevitable to lawmakers, but one should not forget that this appears ridiculous to young people who are told sexual intercourse is illegal one day and legal the following day.

Some doctors support the present age of consent in the belief that the cervix is more liable to damage by sexual intercourse at 14 than at 16 but this is disputed by other medical experts and the evidence either way is far from convincing. The main arguments in favour of a high age of consent are psychological and emotional. It is said that adolescents may be physically capable of exercising their sexuality, but they are not mentally prepared for this experience. People who put forward this argument are really thinking about emotional commitments more than physical acts, but there is no law that can, or should, control romantic attachments.

It is also said that adolescents cannot have a very realistic idea of the possible consequences of their sexual activities and that giving expression to their desires could lead to a pregnancy with unfortunate consequences for the offspring, as well as for the adolescents, their parents and the community. Against this it can be argued that there are now fairly efficient ways of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy, if adolescents can be persuaded to make use of them. But many of these young people, who need contraceptives and advice about sexual matters, may be reluctant to ask for help when they know that they are breaking the law by engaging in sexual activities below the age of consent. Counsellors, doctors and others who wish to help adolescents are also put in an awkward position because in theory, at least, they are aiding and abetting an offence. Furthermore, the law making heterosexual sexual intercourse illegal under 16 is often broken and rarely enforced. (This argument, about prevention of pregnancy, does not of course apply to sexual activity between persons of the same sex.)

The law also takes no account of the fact that the age of puberty is much lower now than when it was decided to make 16 the age of consent. There is no real biological justification for any particular age. Less than a hundred years ago, the age of consent was 13. It was changed in 1885 following a scandal concerning child prostitution. Most girls have reached puberty by the age of 12 and most boys intend to have early sexual experience, whatever the law may be. Contemporary psychological research has shown that children have sexual feelings and desires from a very early age. As the age of puberty covers a wide range, any age of consent will be too high for some and too low for others. In any case, it is not sensible to choose one age when suddenly boys and girls are permitted to engage in heterosexual activities without fear of legal sanction. The ability of teenagers to make suitable judgements and control their impulses depends upon upbringing and education, not upon the law of the land.

The severity of the present laws affects relationships that cross the age of consent even when they are, in the ordinary sense, mutual. In the public mind, the legal term ‘assault’ that is applied in these cases probably suggests brief, violent encounters. In fact, the law, as well as prohibiting such undesirable sexual acts, may bring to a crushing end caring and mutual relationships of long standing, and some where the partners are close in age. Although in these cases, the ‘harm’ that the law is meant to discourage evades scientific discovery. The harm that flows from the law’s operation is all too evident.

Although it is both logical, and consistent with modern knowledge about child development, to suggest that the age of consent should be abolished, we fear that, given the present state of public attitudes on this topic, it will not be politically possible to abolish the age of consent. Accordingly, we propose a series of ages of consent, which would have the effect of reducing the harmful effects of the present laws.

i) A person aged 14 or over should be legally capable of giving consent.
ii) A person aged under 10 should be presumed legally incapable of giving consent.
iii) Where both partners are aged 10 or over, but under 14, a consenting sexual act should not be an offence.
iv) Where one partner is aged 10 or over, but under 14, the law should presume that consent was not present, unless it is demonstrated that it was genuinely given and the child understood the nature of the act.
v) As the age of consent is arbitrary, we propose an overlap of two years on either side of 14, so that, where the participants are aged 12 or over, but under 16, a consenting sexual act will not be an offence.
vi) The exception provided in S 6 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 should be retained, with the amendment that a person be not guilty of unlawful sexual acts with a child under 14 if he is under the age of 21 (not 24, as at present), has not previously been charged with alike offence, and reasonably believes the other person to be aged 14 or over.

We are particularly concerned that the present review of the law should not introduce new restrictions where none exist at present. The ages of consent would therefore continue to apply only to girls participating in heterosexual acts, and to boys participating in homosexual acts.

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Homosexuality

In the second paragraph of this memorandum, the blunt words of the Wolfenden Committee were quoted to support the proposition that people’s private morality is not the business of the law. That statement was made in that part of the Wolfenden Report which was specifically concerned with homosexuality. There is no logical or sensible reason why homosexuality should be treated differently by the law from heterosexuality. But the law discriminates against homosexuals – and mainly male homosexuals – in the following ways:

i) Homosexual acts between consenting adults in private, which became lawful in England and Wales after the Sexual Offences Act 1967, are still illegal in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
ii) Homosexual acts are still illegal in the Armed Forces and aboard UK Merchant ships.
iii) The age of consent for female heterosexuals is 16, but for male homosexuals is 21.
iv) The penalty for indecent assault on a male is a maximum of ten years, but the maximum for indecent assault on a female is two years.
v) It is illegal for a man aged over 21, to have sexual relationships with a man under 21, even in the reasonable belief that the younger man was over 21 and when the two men were close in age.
vi) The definition of privacy is more restrictive for homosexual acts.
vii) It remains an offence for a third party to procure a homosexual act, even though such an act is now quite legal. (This especially includes the publication of contact advertisements).
viii) It is an offence for a man persistently to solicit another man for an immoral purpose, but not for a man persistently to solicit a woman.
ix) Local bye-laws are used against homosexuals in a way that they are never used against heterosexuals.

These anomalies cannot be justified. Most of them were compromises made to facilitate the passing of the 1967 Act. It might have seemed to be good tactics at the time, but there is no logical reason for discrimination between these two forms of sexual behaviour.

At the very least, the same laws on sexual behaviour should apply throughout the United Kingdom. There should be no special prohibitions applying to the Armed Forces or the Merchant Navy. The definition of privacy should mean that a sexual act should not take place where it might be observed by others who might object. The age of consent should be the same for homosexuals and heterosexuals. The law on soliciting should be implemented without reference to the sex of the people concerned. No enactment of bye-law should prohibit conduct between persons of the same sex if it does not also prohibit similar conduct between people of the opposite sex. Penalties for sexual offences should be set at the same level for equivalent offences, whether they apply to male homosexual, or heterosexual offences.

Homosexual and Heterosexual Offences

It is not necessary to discriminate between homosexual and heterosexual behaviour in any of the laws regulating prostitution, brothel keeping, pornography, advertising for sexual partners, or in the application of any of the vague all-purpose common laws like conspiracy to corrupt public morals or breach of the peace.

We propose that the offences of buggery (S 12 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956) and assault with intent to commit buggery (S 16) be abolished. As the law [end p. 10] stands, a man and woman who have anal intercourse are both liable to a maximum term of life imprisonment, but the Sexual Offence Act 1967 allows a man over 21 to be lawfully penetrated and to penetrate another man over 21.

Importuning

Section 32 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 re-enacts an older law which was originally intended to catch prostitutes’ touts or bullies, but has been used almost exclusively against male homosexuals. Indeed a recent judgment in the Divisional Court (Cooke v Edmondson, 1966) held that S 32 cannot be used against a man who solicits a woman. The law which prohibits homosexual conduct has been reformed, but this law on importuning is still the cause of much injustice.

Although the use of the word ‘persistently’ in the original wording of the Act suggests that the intention as to protect members of the public from interference or annoyance, the interpretation by the courts means that in practice the world of a plain-clothes policeman is usually accepted by the magistrate. In such a situation, it is not necessary to stress the possibility of exaggeration or perjury.

So fearful is the homosexual of the social repercussions that he can often be persuaded to plead guilty to lesser charges under a local bye-law on the promise from police of no publicity. A policeman is neither authorised to give such a promise, nor is he able to prevent publication of the proceedings in the press. It is not sufficient to argue that the penalties are comparatively light, for the ignominy that follows a conviction for importuning for homosexual purposes can still have a shattering effect on a man’s relationship with his family and friends, and on his circumstances at work.

As the law stands, it is not even necessary to show that someone has been annoyed or offended. The courts convict on police evidence alone, sometimes after doubtful means of entrapment have been used, such as an agent provocateur who incites a person to commit an offence. Someone who shows that s/he is available for sex by being in a certain place or by giving another person an enquiring look cannot be said to be acting in an offensive manner.

Soliciting only becomes annoying if it is directed towards the same person persistently and pressingly. The police should be required to produce the evidence of the person who has been persistently importuned. Consequently the law on soliciting should be amended to require that a person cannot be convicted of this offence unless it is proved that at least one member of the public (i.e. not a policeman) was offended by his or her conduct. It should also be a defence to show that the member of the public encouraged the soliciting.

As homosexual relations between consenting adults are no longer illegal, the existence of the offence of importuning or soliciting for an immoral purpose means that a person may be charged, convicted and punished for attempting acts which are not in themselves unlawful. All soliciting, from begging to high pressure salesmanship, can reach a stage when it becomes offensive, but it is doubtful if the public really requires extra protection when the soliciting is for sexual purposes.

Incest

For hundreds of years the crime of incest has given rise to such intense feelings of revulsion that public discussion on the subject has often been uninformed and irrational. The incest taboo is world wide and has a close connection with religious cults and magic. Recent researches (Maisch, 1973) cast some doubt on these historical and anthropological beliefs. The present day case against incest is firstly, that genetic damage may result in the offspring and secondly, that an incestuous union is disruptive to the cohesion of the family.

The first objection is strongly held, but recent studies on human reproduction do not give much support to this theory, and it is in direct contradiction to the practices of successful animal breeders. In any case, the advent of reliable contraceptives and safer abortion weakens this argument. As for the second objection, the evidence (Gebhard, 1965) suggests that families in which incest occurs between parent and child are often disturbed before it starts. To this extent, incest is not the cause but is one symptom of a disrupted family.

Although some of those charged with this crime are mentally or emotionally inadequate, this is not always the case, especially when the incestuous union is between brother and sister. In our view, no benefit accrues to anyone by making incest a crime when committed between mutually consenting persons over the age of consent. When force of threats are used, or when one of the partners is under the age of consent, the law on assault should come into operation.

We would therefore propose that the crime of incest be abolished. It may be argued, with some justification, that in cases of parent-child incest, undue pressure to consent could be placed on the child who is economically and emotionally dependent on the older party. This is just the sort of situation where bringing in the law could do immense harm to the child, the father and the rest of the family. A young person is far more likely to confide in a teacher, social worker or member of the family if this would not result in bringing down the full force of the law, with the possible outcome of the break up of the family with the father being sent to prison, the child having to appear in court and perhaps being put into care. There are many cases where the victim does not appear to suffer from any obvious psychological disturbance until after the case has come to court. It is often the publicity in the local press and the reaction of neighbours that is most damaging to the whole family.

Paedophilia

The strong emotions that surround the subject of paedophilia make it particularly difficult for justice to be done in such cases. Feelings of revulsion are often shown by parents, police, witnesses, magistrates and judges, and even by the lawyer briefed to defend the accused. In such circumstances, a wish for retribution can easily take precedence over a concern for the child’s welfare. Where the child was a willing partner in the sexual activity the strength of prejudice surrounding the case and the visible psychological effect on the defendant (who may have been a friend of the child) will be highly disturbing. Where the act involved force or was otherwise without consent, the need is to assist the child overcome the trauma, which may only be reinforced by legal proceedings.

Although clearly in the case of a genuine assault on a child, action has to be taken to protect other children from the offender, there is a growing feeling that the present legal system causes unnecessary suffering for the child victim of a sexual assault. In their report for the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency, Gibbens and Prince make the point that isolated events are unlikely to have any profound effect on a child who would probably soon forget about their experience if it were not for the significance given to it by parental concern and legal proceedings. They point out that several children appear to be undisturbed at the time they are required to give evidence in court, but later have a breakdown and become increasingly unsettled. It is important to realise that in some cases the child will have felt coerced into giving evidence damaging to someone s/he was fond of, and will at the same time have had his/her feelings of sexual guilt raised to a high pitch.

The lay person is often unaware that an ‘indecent assault’ in law can be committed without violence or physical harm being done to the child. A man can be convicted of an indecent assault without there being any physical contact with the child’s genitals; thus, putting a hand on a child’s thighs can be an indecent assault. Virkkunen (1975) studied a group of 64 paedophiles and reported : ‘Aggressive behaviour was not as a rule a characteristic of these offenders: on the other hand they seemed to be in a pronounced manner gentle, fond of children and benevolent.’

Parents, police and lawyers find it hard to believe that the child may actively seek the sexual relationship. Bender and Blau (1937) report : ‘This study seems to indicate that these children undoubtedly do not deserve completely the cloak of innocence with which they have been endowed by moralists, social reformers and legislators . . . frequently we considered the possibility that the child might have been the actual seducer, rather than the one innocently seduced.’ Other researchers (Gibbens, Virkkunen) agree that the children often take the initiative; some of them have sexual experiences with several adults.

Childhood sexual experiences, willingly engaged in, with an adult result in no identifiable damage. The Criminal Law revision Committee should be prepared to accept the evidence form follow-up research on child ‘victims’ which show that there is little subsequent effect after a child has been ‘molested’. Several researchers (Gagnon, 1965; Gibbens and Prince, 1963; Tolsma, 1957; Doshay, 1943) have shown that it is possible to exaggerate the damage done to the child. Bender and Grugett (1952) write: ‘Modern psychiatric follow-up studies of a sizeable series of individuals who as children had known these types of sexual experiences have not disclosed any directly adverse effect of the early incidents upon later social adjustments’. A large number of people (one researcher estimated it to be about one third of all children) have one or more pre-pubertal sexual experiences with an adult. So at least some of the readers of this report should ask themselves whether their early sexual activities with an adult have resulted in any unfortunate after-effects.

As many male paedophiles are attracted to boys, there is a fear that the boy who has sexual relations with an adult man will grow up to be a homosexual, but again there is no evidence for this. Rainer (1960) writes : ‘Homosexual seduction in itself was not found to determine homosexual behaviour, nor deter heterosexual behaviour’. Coon (1957) writes : ‘To assume categorically that these relationships are going to be traumatic for the boy is prejudgment of a type which certainly has no place in dynamic psychiatry’. The Speijer Report, recently produced by the Dutch Council of Health for the Ministers of Justice and of Social Affairs, concluded that homosexual experiences might benefit boys who later would live heterosexual lives, in the same way that young male homosexuals could only benefit form sexual experiments with both girls and women.

There is little doubt that a law court can be an alarming place for a child. During a trial on indictment the number of people present in court may be thirty or more, not including ordinary members of the public. A child is apt to be overwhelmed by the formality of the court. Although many of them will have seen court scenes on television, recognition of a familiar scene will be offset by the fear that their words may be twisted by a clever lawyer. The circumlocutions of lawyers can be confusing for a child, even when the lawyer is not directly challenging the child’s evidence. If the child has been a willing partner in the offence, s/he will know that retribution can be avoided by claiming to be an innocent victim – which is what parents and others will want and expect to hear. Furthermore, the child will be required to repeat the story to parents, police (sometimes more than once) and then in court, with the risk that the child’s memory may become faulty and that details may be elaborated.

It is important that courts dealing with paedophilia should arrange to have the child’s evidence given in court at second hand, unless this is unfair to the defendant. If the statement from the child is not disputed, it can be treated as evidence. Where the defence wants to cross-examine the child, a magistrate can see the child with one representative form either side, but following less formal procedures than in a courtroom.

This suggested change in the law is merely a palliative. The real need is a change in the attitude which assumes that all case of paedophilia result in lasting damage. The present legal penalties are too high and reinforce the misinformation and prejudice. The duty of the court should be to inquire into all the relevant circumstances with the intention, not of meting out severe punishment, but of determining the best solution in the interests of both child and paedophile.

[Texts referred to in the above]

Lauretta Bender and Abraham Blau, ‘The reaction of Children to Sexual Relations with Adults’, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 7, 500-518, 1937.
Lauretta Bender and Alvin Eldridge Grugett, ‘A Follow-up report on Children who had Atypical Sexual Experience’, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 22, 825-37, 1952.
Earl A. Coon, ‘Homosexuality in the News’, Arch. Crim. Psychodynam., 2. 843-65, 1957.
L.J. Doshay, The Boy Sex Offender and his Later Career. Grune and Stratton, 1943
John Gagnon, ‘Female Child Victims of Sex Offences’, Social Problems, 13, 176-92, 1965.
T.C.N. Gibbens and Joyce Prince, Child Victims of Sex offences, ISTD, 1963.
J.D. Rainer, A. Mesnikoff, L.C. Kolb and A. Carr, ‘Homosexuality and Heterosexuality in Identical Twins’, Psychosomatic Medicine, 22, 251-9, 1960.
F.J. Tolsma, De Betekenis van der Verleiding in Homofeile Ontwikkelingen, Amsterdam Psychiatrical Juridical Society, 1957.
Matti Virkkunen, ‘Victim-precipitated Paedophilia Offences’, British Journal of Criminology, 15, April 1975.


PIE – Documentary Evidence 7 – Steven Adrian Smith’s History of the Movement

Various people looking into the Paedophile Information Exchange have mentioned the volume Warren Middleton (ed), The Betrayal of Youth: Radical Perspectives on Childhood Sexuality, Intergenerational Sex, and the Social Oppression of Children and Young People (London: CL Publications, 1986). This book contained a wide range of articles mostly from a pro-paedophilia point of view either by PIE members or sympathisers; the fact that Peter Tatchell contributed a chapter has been the subject of various controversy (to which I will return in a later post). The following constitute the contents of the volume (see here for a selection of pages including more details on contributors):

Part One: Five Controversial Areas
Clive Coliman, ‘Incest’
Richard Green, ‘Child Pornography and Erotica’
Warren Middleton, ‘Child Prostitution’
Liz Holton and Kathy Challis, ‘Gender Differences’
Eric Presland, ‘Power and Consent’

Part Two: Miscellaneous Chapters
Tuppy Owens and Tom O’Carroll, ‘Love and Let Love’
Michael Ingram, ‘Children and Sex: A Child Counsellor’s View’
Beatrice Faust, ‘The Pedophiles’
Peter Tatchell, ‘Questioning Ages of Majority and Ages of Consent’
Roger Moody, ‘Ends and Means: How to Make Pedophilia Acceptable…?’
John Lindsay, ‘Socialism, Class, and Children’s Rights’

Part Three: Protection or Oppression?
Warren Middleton, ‘Childhood Sexuality and Pedophilia: Some Questions Answered’

Part Four: How Youth See the Issues
Jeff Vernon, ‘The Oppression of the Young: An Inside Perspective’

Appendices
Appendix 1: Steven A. Smith, ‘PIE, from 1980 Until its Demise in 1985’
Appendix 2: Timothy d’Arch Smith, ‘The Uranians’

The first of these two appendices is informative as an insider’s history of PIE. As with all writings by PIE members themselves, this should be read sceptically, aware of how much might have been omitted or distorted in the interests of the author or other members. My earlier post on PIE and the Home Office clarifies how Smith (also known as Steven Freeman) essentially ran the organisation from the Home Office itself. He fled the country for the Netherlands soon after writing this article, as detailed below, and was eventually jailed in 1991, and then more recently was given an indeterminate sentence in 2011 after being convicted of producing drawings of children being raped (‘Ex-paedophile group leader Freeman jailed over child rape drawings’, BBC News, July 15th, 2011). Nonetheless, there is clearly lots of important information to dissect in this chapter which I reproduce complete, without comment, below.

Appendix 1
Steven A. Smith, ‘PIE: From 1980 until its Demise in 1985’, pp. 215-245

The name of PIE has cropped up several times in this collection. Since the group had, in its time, been so thoroughly misunderstood and misrepresented, it was deemed only fair to allow Steve Smith, its last chairperson, an opportunity to redress the balance. Accordingly, he now takes up the story from where Tom O’Carroll left off. –ed.

Questions of Priority

It seemed to me, when I succeeded O’Carroll as chairperson in 1979, that the most sensible order of business for PIE was firstly to regulate its internal affairs (MAGPIE [1] was appearing very erratically – partly my own fault – and members were receiving nothing else of value from the group); secondly to begin an energetic recruitment drive to replenish our depleted executive committee; thirdly to formulate collectively a coherent body of policies on key issues; and fourthly to tackle our campaigning objectives as a group, rather than as one or two individuals speaking on behalf of the group. More than simply addressing an occasional CHE branch, student gaysoc or academic conference, what I wanted to see was PIE producing a manifesto on video for the widest possible circulation (as GYM had done), or trying for ‘community access’ slots on TV and local radio, or producing posters and broadsheets aimed at the public rather than potential members, or even working in concert with the NUSS (the now-defunct National Union of School Students) to redress the steady flow of anti-paedophile propaganda which the police were imparting to schools all over the UK.

PIE had always felt a sense of kinship (not often reciprocated) with the gay movement, and a firm commitment towards autonomous youth liberation (children’s rights), but I wanted to see develop a far closer interaction – on practical as well as philosophical levels – between PIE and the various paedophile groups in Europe and the States. I felt we should lend considerable effort to the formation of an international alliance along similar lines to the International Gay Association (this was before we discovered how bureaucratic the IGA was in practice). Lastly, with the abandonment of PIE’s Contact Page under the menace of further prosecutions, the EC felt very keenly that members still needed something from PIE in the way of social support; something beyond the ad hoc counselling which many committee members undertook on a one-to-one basis. If British law prevented paedophiles from writing directly to one another through a simple small ad service, then some alternative had to be found which would abrogate the profound isolation which had driven them to the desperate resort of joining PIE in the first place. We began to look afresh at the establishment of local groups, which PIE had attempted in earlier years without much success.

In the event, PIE failed to draw onto its committee the kind of radicalised, hard-working people that were needed, and not one of the above objectives was realised. Year by year, PIE had sunk deeper into a state of collective torpor, grimly determined to survive, if only in catatonic immobility. So, we failed to attract into PIE useful paedophiles who were commited [sic] both to political action and to the development of a mutual support framework – this was due in part to PIE’s consummately negative image in all quarters (the radical leader was quite as easily duped by the press stories about us as anyone else, judging from the strange impressions of PIE that had reached our ears), but due also to obstruction and non co-operation wherever we sought wider publicity for the group’s address. Many gay and alternative journals must share the blame for PIE’s then continued parlous, debilitated condition. I’m convinced there are still many thousands of paedophiles in the UK alone who are ignorant of PIE having ever existed, and I know for certain there are many others who saw the various ‘exposés’ and shock reports about us, but were thwarted in their efforts to find us.


Perspectives on Pearl Harbour

A former treasurer, on resigning from the EC, put it to me (though not quite in these terms) that PIE’s reputation across the board had become so desperately negative that the groups’ mere existence could only harm the paedophile cause, whatever we tried to do about it. We were a pariah among alternative movements, evil incarnate to society at large, and by continuing to exist so doggedly in the face of all opprobrium, PIE was doing for British paedophiles what AIDS was doing for the gay community. A harsh judgement, I feel. If AIDS had not existed the Moral Majority would’ve had to invent it. If PIE had not existed, it would have been necessary for the NEWS OF THE WORLD to invent us. And in one sense it’s true to say that the gutter press did invent PIE – or at least, the image of PIE which had been in general coinage since 1977; that of a secretive international ‘cult’, probably with underworld connections, certainly with influence in ‘high quarters’; a porn-producing syndicate of callous men intent upon nothing but their own sexual gratification. But if PIE’s early strategy had been different, how different would its public image have been?

Several times the idea of folding PIE and replacing it with a new paedophile grouping was mooted on committee, but we’d never have successfully jettisoned PIE’s reputation by the simple expedient of a name-change, and even a substantially different alignment would not for long have escaped the vitriolic attention PIE had enjoyed. This rose by any other name would have smelled no sweeter. There was nothing endemic in PIE itself which another broad-based group could have avoided and thus somehow bridged the ‘credibility gap’. NAMBLA in the US, for example, has placed its emphasis exclusively on gay paederasty (men attracted to teenage boys and youths), thus neatly sidestepping the two most controversial planks of PIE’s platform – heterosexual and pre-teen paedophile relationships. Notwithstanding this, NAMBLA has been attacked, boycotted and obstructed every bit as much as PIE had been by the media, women’s groups, sections of the gay scene, and has come in for just the same intimidation and harassment from the authorities. So much for tactical compromise. PIE’s trajectory into the public eye in 1977 can be compared to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, after which Admiral Yamamoto observed: “I fear that all we have done is to waken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve”. Doubtless, many paedophiles wish we’d let this particular giant sleep on, but neither they nor children can be liberated from his tyranny without at least waking him in the process.

The conflicting demands of our campaigning and befriending objectives from the start presented a fundamental dichotomy in PIE. What for years we viewed as one of PIE’s greatest strengths may in truth have been its greatest weakness, or at least its greatest liability; our acceptance into the group and onto its Executive Committee of paedophiles, whatever their attitudes, abilities or political persuasion (with the exception of the far Right, of course). By straining to be all things to all paedophiles I doubt that we fully satisfied any, and we certainly alienated a few. There is a very powerful argument which runs thus: that the accommodation of a passive, inert membership consumes so much of the energies of a small group’s activist core that the raison d’être of the group is lost in a sea of ‘club-shit’. In other words, committee devoted so much of its time and attention to the routine of organisation and providing reading material and other services for consumption by the Moloch that vital campaigning work was neglected. After six years hard labour on the PIE committee I can only say that this was absolutely true.

Probably the only way ahead for paedophilia in the UK will be the emergence of two distinct groupings – though working in concert – attending to these differing needs. I for one did not wish to see the majority of paedophiles abandoned while the few activists diverted their attentions elsewhere, as some would have had us do, but equally I recognised that our political momentum had been retarded by a plague of part-time paedophiles – those who wanted to know what was going on without getting involved any deeper; who wanted to see changes made but not to help bring them about. PIE’s committee did not comprise many true activists anyway – it never did – so it alone did not have the capacity to diverge, and the very few paedophile activists who could be identified outside the group showed no interest in helping the metamorphosis come about.

Perhaps PIE’s mistake was in tackling non-paedophile prejudice in the first place? Perhaps instead we should have operated under the most stringent security precautions as a kind of Masonic network through which paedophiles might have contacted one another in safety? I’ve heard this view from outsiders. I don’t think that locking oneself in the closet would have been a terribly progressive move; by its nature such a network would have benefited only a tiny minority of those ‘in the know’, and the outside world would have been vindicated in its suspicions about us if we had behaved so furtively and were so indifferent to public opinion and the political imperative of children’s liberation.

The most bizarre misconception about PIE was held by a guy who later joined the committee for a short while – Lee Edwards. He’d visualised PIE being as affluent and neatly-organised as the Mormon Church, with smoked glass offices in the City of London and a full-time secretariat. He was, let’s say, a shade disillusioned by the reality. PIE did actually have an office in Westminster only a smirk away from the desk of the Home Secretary, but more of that later. The group’s silence in recent years had done nothing to dispel the illusions of people – friend and foe – about us, but then Pie itself had been undergoing an identity crisis of sorts, uncertain about which direction it should be taking. But one thing is quite certain – if we were none of the things people expected us to be, we were certainly none of the things the press had claimed us to be in their haste to deceive the British public.


Loaves and Fishes

I found PIE in 1978 entirely by accident through a classified ad in TIME OUT magazine. Many others came to us through a regular listing in GAY NEWS. However, both sources of new blood had been closed off long before the trial. [3] Occasionally, we would discover a listing in some unexpected place, inevitably giving an old address, but in general PIE was unable to get a listing in any gay or alternative paper in the UK. After the trial we attempted to retrieve this situation by a general approach to dozens of such papers here or abroad, asking for either free listings or concessionary advertising rates. A special appeal was made to the membership for donations to fund this advertising drive. MANCUNIAN GAY was the only paper in the UK willing to help us. Abroad, our ad was accepted without qualm by THE BODY POLITIC (Toronto) and GAY COMMUNITY NEWS (Boston) – both excellent gay papers whose unequivocally supportive stance on paedophilia put the faint-hearted GAY NEWS to shame – also by REVOLT (Sweden), CSC NUSLETER (California) and several others. But where we needed members most of all, where members were potentially of most value to the group, here in the UK, the drive got us nowhere. TIME OUT kept our hopes up for several months with repeated promises of a listing, but finally backed out with the feeble excuse that, as PIE wasn’t strictly a gay group, it was inappropriate to include us in a gay listings column. The only option left to us – a rather desperate one – was to litter PIE’s address around the streets by means of a sticker campaign, and this is what we did.

The sticker featured the silhouette of a standing child embracing a seated adult encircled by our name and address. We decided on this low-key format, foregoing bold and provocative slogans, as the object was simply to attract new members, not to outrage every parent that saw them. Even so, we were politely requested by one (prospective) London MP to desist planting them in his constituency (they had been discovered rather close to schools, you know!). Well, the campaign brought us just a handful of new people – too few members had been planting the stickers on a regular basis for fear of being caught red-handed and beaten up; those that were planted were being far too eagerly torn down; and worst of all one committee member made the terrible gaffe of not renewing the postal address on the sticker, so that later mail was never redirected to us at all. Perhaps the act of planting stickers, like writing political graffiti, is little more than a satisfying gesture of defiance for the individual, but I think we made a mistake in not concentrating our efforts on a far smaller area – probably London itself – and perhaps, if there had been a next time, we should have gone for those bold, provocative slogans.

There were a number of projects in various stages of completion during this period – none of which had any significance to non-paedophiles. The PIE Press Service was revived, making available once more all PIE’s early material (UNDERSTANDING PAEDOPHILIA and CHILDHOOD RIGHTS, for example) together with items like Tom’s book PAEDOPHILA: THE RADICAL CASE, [4] which PIE subsidised to its members; the early US boylove magazine BETTER LIFE; and the celebrated BODY POLITIC article ‘Men Loving Boys Loving Men’ [5] (which has been subjected to not one, but two trials of its own). We owe thanks to Julian Meldrum of the Hall Carpenter Archives for supplying us with much early PIE material. So many important documents were lost whenever Scotland Yard descended on the homes of committee members that arrangements were made with the Brongersma and Bernard Foundations in Holland to deposit copies with them for safe keeping.

A reading list of paedophile fiction was added to the press service, complied by Lewis Grey, David Joy and Leo Adamson, and later a non-fiction list condensed by Tom O’Carroll from the copious bibliography of his book. Work was also begun on a film guide and on a survival guide for paedophiles in the UK.

A growing number of our members were captives in US prisons. Coping with the special needs of these people prompted us to set up a prisoner support scheme which, under Peter Bremner and later Tony Zalewski, found correspondents for these prisoners and sought sponsors to cover the expenses of their membership, mailing them recommended books and items from the press service. It hardly needs saying that our attempts to operate the scheme with inmates of British prisons were scotched by this country’s Draconian censorship restrictions. Mail from US prisoners often carried an apologetic stamp on the envelope which read: “Prisoners’ mail uncensored. Not responsible for contents.” I look forward to the day when British prisons need to be so apologetic – I had a long and fractious correspondence with the governor of Wormwood Scrubs over the confiscation of several letters of mine and other items sent to Tom O’Carroll. As with all things in the US, prison regulations vary wildly from state to state, so while some members were receiving regular visits from the boys for whose ‘protection’ they had been imprisoned, others were not even permitted to receive MAGPIE. NAMBLA was far better placed than we were to defend the interests of these people, and is now doing so. PIE was powerless to help prisoners in the UK without some referral arrangement with the social services, and the Home Office lifting restrictions on visits and correspondence.

Given the monstrous treatment of many paedophiles in prison, and the squalid, dehumanising conditions that prevail throughout the prison system, it is a marvel to me that people can emerge from this ordeal without a deep and burning animosity towards the society that abused them so. Imprisonment is the grossest indecency.

If there was one venture that I expected to be an unqualified success and firmly supported by the membership, it was the re-establishment of social meetings through local group organisers. This was the sort of freedom which other oppressed groups – blacks, gay men and women, and many more – took entirely for granted. Any attempt by PIE to arrange social venues (this applied equally to workshops, AGM’s, marches and demonstrations of any kind) carried with it the implicit danger of press harassment, police observation, and physical attack from fanatics of every species. Accordingly, such precautions had to be taken to insulate these meetings from the hostile gaze that the people who had most need of them – frightened, solitary people with zero political awareness – were the last to be invited to them. Where possible, committee members attempted to meet new people in order to establish their bona fides, but there was always a substantial part of the membership who could not be directly vouched for, and we knew there was an agent of the NEWS OF THE WORLD among them.

Having an EC member in Birmingham, the first step was to organise meetings in this area for members in the midlands. Several meetings took place, but then the host was arrested and sent to remand prison on an unconnected charge, and interest petered out. With my help, an Australian member attempted to generate support for a PIE branch in his country (we had more members in Australia than in Scotland and Wales together), but the majority of those approached preferred to keep the breadth of the globe between them and the kind of flak which PIE attracted. This was not too surprising when one learnt that an earlier bid to establish an independent Australian paedophile group – SYBOL – crashed when a conservative gay group threatened to hand the organisers’ names and addresses to the police. Plans for a Canadian branch of PIE went awry also, but happily NAMBLA was able to establish a chapter there soon after.

Our greatest concentration of members had always been in London and the home counties. All but a handful of PIE’s workers through the years had lived there. From August ’82 we booked a private room one night a week in a series of West end pubs, inviting along all members who were known to us. The average attendance was very disappointing: always the same few faces. Presumably, everyone feared that a press plant would be present, as had in fact happened once before in 1979: A known freelance operating for the NOTW, had turned up half drunk at one pub meeting and begun asking those present to procure boys for him. “I know there are kids around who’ll go with you for money,” he said, “but where are they? Why don’t we do something instead of just sitting here?” No such investigative journalist graced any of the more recent meetings. TIME OUT reporter, John Gill, came along once or twice, but he was there at our invitation, preparing a feature on the anxieties and expectations of paedophiles living in London (a feature subsequently suppressed by the magazine’s editors). Other guests present at those meetings included many GYM members and one or two representatives from CHE – one of them a woman who was entirely supportive. Discussions with these people were on the whole constructive and stimulating, and made the meetings worthwhile for us on the EC, but the objective of a social forum for members outside the committee was never realised.


Babel Wasn’t Built in a Day

In August 1980 PIE circulated an open letter among every known paedophile group in Europe, Scandinavia and North America, and also to prominent individuals such as Dr. Edward Brongersma, Dr. Frits Bernard, Drs. Theo Sandfort, and Valida Davila of CSC (Childhood Sensuality Circle). The letter outlined an ambitious, some would say grandiose, proposal for a new transnational paedophile federation through which member groups would collaborate on material projects and share resources at the same time as working towards a common philosophical platform. As I wrote in MAGPIE 15, “Much more than a simple mutual aid society, such a federation would be the consolidation of a coherent international paedophile and children’s liberation movement out of the present chaos of tiny national groups working largely oblivious of one another”. This initiative was very much a personal commitment of my own – my committee colleagues were not all so inspired by this euro-vision. I had learned through PIE that there were groups in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, yet we knew virtually nothing about these people and their organisations, what they were doing in their own countries, or how their political analyses differed from that of PIE. Any contact we had established had been of a token kind, genuine in spirit but superficial in practice, so it was safe to assume that these groups were in the same state of ignorance about us. It seemed important to me that a full and penetrating dialogue be established at least with the strongest of them.

Inevitably, there were language obstacles. We mustered a few members to translate from French, German and Dutch for us, but although our files were brimming with magazines from these groups we could hardly ask people to translate whole magazines, and in any case one could not always rely on forming an accurate view of a group’s thinking merely by reading its general literature. (There had been no language barrier for Tom O’Carroll when he represented PIE at an Oslo conference ‘Amnesty for Love and affection’ hosted by the Norwegian group, NAFP, in 1979. There had even been discussions there on forming a new, broad-based international group called ‘Amnesty for Child Sexuality’, but nothing had come of this.)

The Open letter included a proposal for an early ‘summit’ conference of interested groups to discuss the general concept of an IGA-type alliance, and areas of practical collaboration between us. The most enthusiastic responses we received came from people and groups who had least to gain from the proposed alliance: “I am in complete agreement with your plans,” wrote Valida Davila; “Some people are ruined by oppression and persecution, and others are fired to fight back. I see your committee has chosen the latter road.” “We think the idea of an international association for paedophiles excellent,” wrote REVOLT of Sweden; “If there is anything we can do to support, never hesitate to ask.” Pasteur J. Doucé of the Centre du Christ Libérateur, Paris, wrote: “If I can be of any help in the formation of an international paedophile fellowship please let me know.” An anarchist commune for young people in Nuremberg, the Indianner, said that although they had deep reservations about the German group, DSAP, they still wished to “join a basic form” with us.

The groups themselves were not prepared to take a lead. They wanted to see PIE set up the conference itself. What better demonstration of the poor grasp our friends had on the political realities for PIE? We were possibly the only group among them which was unable to hold a general meeting for its own members without grave risk of injury to those attending, and prosecution of the organisers. After the events of 1977 for PIE, did anyone seriously expect an international paedophile conference to be permitted in the UK? NAMBLA chose to “wait and see what leadership develops on these concepts”. The paedophile wing of the Dutch civil rights umbrella organisation, NVSH, felt that their priorities should be domestic, and that international co-ordination should be left to the auspices of the IGA itself. NAFP in Norway “sympathised” but wanted “more concrete ideas”. [6]

The first months of the following year saw the emergence in France of a new paedophile organisation – the Groupe de recherché pour une Enfance Différente – and four of us from PIE sped along to its inaugural congress in November. Also present on that occasion were David Thorstad representing NAMBLA, Frits Bernard representing DSAP, and a member of the Belgian Paedophile Studygroup [sic]. The atmosphere at that opening day was something I had not experienced before even at PIE’s 1978 AGM – an intensity, an electric urgency of expression that welled as much from the floor as from the platform. The strength of the GRED committee was plain to see, as one after another they all addressed the meeting with equal vigour and self-assurance, and everyone it that packed hall (including, to our delight, a handful of women paedophiles) was involved, not quietly receiving the transmitted wisdoms of the committee. With the promise of an imminent reduction in France’s homosexual ‘age of consent’ from eighteen to fifteen, the liberation of children was for these people far from a remote utopian objective.

I came away from that conference profoundly frustrated, both with the inadequacy of PIE and my own inadequate French. I went to listen, but came away having understood little that I’d heard. I went to contribute my views, but came away without having said a word. I went to take part, but was obliged merely to observe. It’s not entirely unreasonable, of course, that a French group meeting in France should conduct its meeting in French, but I had rather hoped that, at least in the workshop on international collaboration, some concession would be made to a humble Anglophone like myself. Unfortunately, GRED’s English was only a little better than my French. One might think such a lesson in futility would have made me reconsider the practicality of collaboration on the level suggested by the Open Letter but, on the contrary, I felt all the more keenly how much we had to gain from a close dialogue and mutual co-operation with people such as GRED. If we left them with a rather poor understanding of PIE and what we had to deal with over here, that was entirely our own fault, of course, but even among the extrovert committee of GRED, and in its journal, PETIT GREDIN, there was a hint of the same parochialism displayed by the NVSH paedophiles and others, confining their analysis of the problems and solutions within national boundaries. Perhaps PIE was unique in this respect – that more than half our membership lived abroad, scattered among twenty or so countries, and it was plain to us that the ignorance and intolerance of paedophilia knew no frontiers, as with the inhibitory myths of childhood. While the police and the agents of ‘moral’ conformity were concerting their efforts internationally against us, would we not even collaborate in our own defence, if for no better motive?

Another item under preparation for the PIE Press Service at that time was a comprehensive directory of paedophile/children’s liberation groups – the first such guide ever to be published in the English language, filling in a little detail to that cold, unwelcoming expanse of acronyms: SAP, DAP, DSAP, PAC, AKP and so on. Questionnaires were distributed hot on the heels of the Open Letter, and the information that came back immediately helped to dissipate our own ignorance a little. We discovered, inevitably, that some of the groups had already collapsed. In Germany, for example, the Deutsche Studie und Arbeitsgemeinschaft Pädofilie had disintegrated over an ideological clash between anarchists, conservative reformists, and revolutionary socialists – notably about the nature and extent of freedom it wished to seek for young people. Blackmail threats had come into play here too, as with SYBOL in Australia, but this time one paedophile against another, to the utter damnation of those that made them. NAFP in Norway also, sadly, dissolved. And for each group that vanished another would suddenly appear elsewhere on the map – Stiekum in Belgium, for instance.

At the GRED conference it was agreed that the groups represented there would all follow NAMBLA’s example in joining t