The Dark Web Devil: Cambridge University graduate blackmailed people – including children – into performing degrading acts he uploaded online
Dr Matthew Falder, 28, described by police as “truly evil”, targeted more than 50 victims while studying at prestigious Clare College
16 OCT 2017
A Cambridge University graduate forced men, women and children to carry out degrading acts on the dark web after blackmailing them.
Dr Matthew Falder, 28, described by police as “truly evil”, targeted more than 50 victims while studying at prestigious Clare College.
The party-loving former public schoolboy used selling website Gumtree to approach members of the public posing as a female artist.
Falder pretended he wanted to sketch nude paintings of his victims and convinced them to send him naked snaps.
The geophysicist secretly “harvested” their social media accounts and researched their family details and home addresses.
Falder, who had a long-term girlfriend, then threatened to make the photos public unless they agreed to his increasingly sick demands.
Using the ‘Dark Web’ to cover his tracks, Falder forced the victims – the youngest of whom was just 13 – to carry out degrading acts.
One woman was ordered to film herself licking the floor of a dirty toilet and send him the video.
Another victim was forced to scrawl offensive words on her body before sending the snaps to Falder.
Some of his targets were so traumatised they self-harmed or attempted suicide and are still receiving counselling.
He also secretly filmed unsuspecting victims as they showered at several locations in the UK.
The seismic researcher posted the videos and photos on forums on the Dark Web.
He also posted images of babies and children being tortured on the sites, which are invisible to regular internet users.
Falder encouraged one man to rape a four-year-old boy and post footage of the shocking attack online.
Detectives said the rape took place and is currently being prosecuted by an overseas police force.
Falder posed as an artist named ‘Liz’ on Gumtree and offered a 15-year-old girl £250 to send topless photographs of herself.
After she sent the snaps he demanded more and threatened to post them on Facebook and send them to her family and teachers if she refused.
He told another schoolgirl that he would post naked photos of her to every house on her parents’ street unless she agreed to his demands.
Falder boasted on Dark Web forums about blackmailing schoolgirls and asked them for advice on what degrading actions to demand.
Falder, who called himself ‘evilmind’ and ‘666devil’ online, was snared after a landmark two-year National Crime Agency investigation.
They were aided by experts at GCHQ – the Government’s communications spy centre in Cheltenham, Gloucs.
He was arrested while working as a postdoctoral researcher at Birmingham University in June.
The academic pleaded guilty to 137 separate charges dating back to 2010 when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.
The offences included blackmail, causing the sexual exploitation of a child, voyeurism and encouraging the rape of a child.
He also admitted possessing a “paedophile manual” and possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
The pervert denied 51 similar offences and these were ordered to lie on file by prosecutors.
Falder, who faces a maximum term of life behind bars, will be sentenced at the same court in December.
It is the first prosecution in the UK targeting sites dedicated to the discussion and sharing of “dark” material.
Matt Sutton, the senior investigating officer, branded Falder a “truly evil” offender and “prolific online predator”.
He said: “In 30 years of law enforcement I have never come across such horrifying offending. His sole aim was to cause pain and distress.
“There are more than 50 victims in this case and I commend them for their bravery in helping us convict a truly evil offender.
“Over several years believed he could evade law enforcement to sexually and sadistically exploit vulnerable victims.”
Falder, originally from Knutsford, Cheshire, graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences in 2010.
In a blog that has since been deleted, he wrote: “Do what you enjoy – not what you think you ‘should’ do.”
Ruona Iguyovwe, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said Falder “enjoyed humiliating his victims”.
She added: “The impact of his offending, which carried on over several years, has been significant.”
Falder’s dad Stephen said: “This has turned our lives upside down. It came as a complete shock and the family is totally devastated.”
Cambridge University said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the “awful crimes”.
A spokesman added: “ Our thoughts are with the victims and with their families, who have no doubt been deeply affected.”
Birmingham University described the crimes as “abhorrent” and said they were in “no way” connected with the university.
Constable Simon Bailey – wants a reduction in penalties for child abuse offenders
Simon Bailey has a Cambridge University Masters Degree in Criminology and Police Management.
#Cambridge Uni receives suspended sentence for possessing almost 2,000 indecent images of children:
Cambridge professor in court over indecent images of children
Simon Jarvis is bailed after entering no pleas to 12 allegations of possessing and distributing indecent images of children
A Cambridge University academic has appeared in court charged with possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Prof Simon Jarvis, 53, a poetry specialist based at the English faculty, entered no pleas to the 12 allegations in a brief appearance at Cambridge magistrates court on Friday.
Jarvis spoke only to confirm his name, age and address, to say he understood the proceedings and that he did not wish to give an indication of plea.
He was bailed to appear at Cambridge crown court on 24 March and was told not to have any unsupervised contact with under-18s. Jarvis, who lives in Cambridge, was arrested last September.
A Cambridge University spokeswoman said: “The individual has been suspended pending an internal investigation, however, it would not be appropriate to comment further while legal proceedings are active.”
Jarvis, of Romsey Terrace, Cambridge, was arrested by National Crime Agency officers in September last year.
A young English poet, fostered by an ancient and glorious university, starts writing startling, experimental verses, which find their first audience among a talented, radicalized coterie of other young writers. He’s got amazing chops, especially when it comes to his metrics. He travels. He writes. He is appreciated, especially in the left-leaning quarters of the literary world. He moves to America, grows increasingly religious and perhaps less radical. He turns toward more traditional forms, shows a great aptness for rhyme, and embraces the Anglican Church.
The poet is, of course, W.H. Auden. Unless you add “…but moves back” after “He moves to America.” In that case, we’re no longer talking about Auden, we’re talking about Simon Jarvis.
Simon Jarvis, Gorley Putt Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Cambridge University, wrote to the AHRC chief executive, Rick Rylance, saying that the appearance of the phrase “big society” in the AHRC strategy document represented a “dangerous breach of the Haldane Principle”.
In the letter, which has been passed to the Guardian, Jarvis who has acted as an AHRC peer reviewer, also called for Rylance’s resignation.
“This slogan still sits there, bold as brass, in the middle of this document. Why … either you are impotent to resist this disgraceful piece of corruption, or you are actively complicit in it. Either case suggests that you are an inappropriate person to hold the post which you currently occupy,” he wrote.
Prof Simon Jarvis, Faculty of English
I’m the Gorley Putt Professor of Poetry and Poetics. (This is a personal, not an established, chair. The Gorley Putt Lectureship to which I was appointed in 1998 was in English Literary History; professors appointed ad hominem are hereabouts, correctly, then invited to say for themselves just what they profess.) I got my Ph.D. here in 1993. I’ve also taught at Newcastle, Cornell and Johns Hopkins.
This conference brings together social and political scientists, feminist scholars, sexologists, psychiatrists, historians of science, as well as mental health practitioners and sexual rights activists to critically explore the sexual classifications produced by the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published in May 2013. The DSM is the standard reference for the classification of mental disorders, and its first major revision since 1994 is consequently an important global event. The conference will explore which categories of ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’, ‘healthy’ and ‘pathological’ sexualities and identities the new manual produces, and critically scrutinise their consequences for diagnostic practices as well as their wider social and political implications. The conference will take place on 4 and 5 July 2013 at the interdisciplinary Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge. It is financially supported by CRASSH, the Wellcome Trust, the Sexual Divisions Study Group of the British Sociological Association, the French Institute, Northumbria University, the Laboratoire de Sociologie of the University of Lausanne, and The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES).
Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, the British Sociological Association Sexual Divisions Study Group, The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) and Northumbria University.
An academic conference at the University of Cambridge last July was told that paedophilic interest is “natural and normal for males”, and that “at least a sizeable minority of normal males would like to have sex with children… Normal males are aroused by children.”
Other topics discussed at the conference included “Liberating the Paedophile: A Discursive Analysis” and “Danger and Difference: the Stakes of Hebephilia” – hebephilia being sexual attraction to children in early puberty.
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.
Post #1103 mentions 1968 Albany Trust Ken Plummer!
#Uni of Essex
‘Paedophilia is natural and normal for males’
How some university academics make the case for paedophiles at summer conferences
05 Jul 2014
“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.
^ In 2013, a conference on sexuality was held by the University of Cambridge. One speaker, Professor Philip Tromovitch of Doshisha University in Japan, claimed in his presentation on “The Prevalence of Paedophilia” that “paedophilic interest is normal and natural in human males”.
Also at the conference was a man not often invited to respectable events, at least not since his high-profile convictions and subsequent imprisonment for the possession of child abuse images. Tom O’Carroll, who gained notoriety in the 1970s as chair of PIE, is a campaigner for the rights of paedophiles.
The statement that paedophilia is “natural and normal” was made not three decades ago but last July (2013).
It was made not in private but as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at the invitation of the organisers, to many of the key experts in the field at a conference held by the University of Cambridge.
(One) attendee and enthusiastic participant from the floor, was Tom O’Carroll, a multiple child sex offender, long-time campaigner for the legalisation of sex with children and former head of the Paedophile Information Exchange. “Wonderful!” he wrote on his blog afterwards. “It was a rare few days when I could feel relatively popular!”
Tom O’Carroll – former chairman of PIE Paedophile Information Exchange
O’Carroll was jailed in 2006 for distributing indecent images of children
His conviction in 2006 came after cops infiltrated two paedophile rights groups and found 50,000 images of young boys being abused.
Paedophilia in Cambridge Academia:
Donald West is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and a former Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge
Donald West will have exerted a considerable influence, not only on Criminology students at the University of Cambridge, but also on students from other universities who were exposed to his work.
Criminology graduates often go on to careers in the police service, the probation service, and the social work profession, and some go on to work with cases involving child abuse. West’s published work in the field of criminology reveals some deeply disturbing views on child sexual abuse, especially considering his position of authority and influence.
Donald West wrote that child sexual abuse was sometimes “beneficial”, referred to child abusers as “lovers”, and referred to a child being abused by an adult as a “relationship”.
“Admittedly, pedophiliac relationships do sometimes seem beneficial. A child may learn much from a consistent and caring adult lover and come to cherish him as a friend long after the period of erotic attachment has passed. ”
He advises against “over-reacting” by contacting the police in cases of child sexual abuse, and warns that the effects of an investigation are “certainly worse than the effects, if any, of the sexual activity itself”.
In fact, West is against the criminal prosecution of child sexual abuse no matter how young the victim, as long as the abuse is “consensual”
The Times, July 7, 1973 – Abolish age of consent (Criminologist Donald J West)
Tom Carroll – past & present
Donald West helped Tom O’Carroll, the former chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange, with his book, Paedophilia: The Radical Case, which set out to normalise child sexual abuse.
O’Carroll gave West his “heartfelt thanks” in the introduction.
An academic in Europe had infiltrated Ipce, an international paedophile organisation, and I was being sent their online correspondence each day.
It was apparent that many members were academics, driven by a desire to persuade the rest of society that sex with children was acceptable and to influence legislators all over the world to lower the age of consent.
Intriguingly, there was a clear link to Glasgow University and a suggested link to Cambridge University.
Prof John Spencer, a law fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge
THE BBC caused outrage last night after it allowed a leading academic, Cambridge Prof John Spencer, to demand the age of consent be lowered to 13.
But critics last night condemned his views and warned they could play into the hands of paedophiles.
Law Professor John Spencer aired his views on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Iconoclasts’ series.
Britain’s age of consent was confirmed as 16 in the 2003 Sexual Offences Act.
Professor John Spencer
‘Drop the consent age’ fury The Sun 23-09-09
Another panelist on the controversial show was Peter Tatchell.
Peter Tatchell (left) has reiterated his calls to lower the age of consent
The call comes just months after ex-Selwyn, Cambridge student, Jonathan Jenkins, was tried for possessing child pornography. He was arrested from college accommodation in October 2007.
Prof Spencer’s controversial views have aroused vocal opposition.
This backlash is not just targeted at the Professor, the BBC has found itself in hot water for inviting Professor Spencer to speak on the Radio 4 show.
David Davies grumbled, “I’m astounded that the BBC is giving airtime to someone with such views.”
Supporters of the current law say it protects youngsters from exploitation.
A BBC Spokesman bit back, claiming “The programme does not advocate the issue, but is a platform for an individual viewpoint and a starting point for serious debate.
Background on Prof Spencer:
– Prof Spencer, Honorary consultant to the NSPCC
Law reform activities
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, campaigning with the NSPCC and other bodies
for changes in the law relating to children’s evidence
He has served on many University Boards and Committees, including as Chairman of the University’s Board of Scrutiny
53 works in 168 publications in 2 languages and 2,874 library holdings
Spencer awarded Queen’s Counsel honoris causa, given as a special token of respect
April 18, 2003
The Queen approved the appointment of Prof John Spencer and Prof John Bell as Queen’s Counsel honoris causa, given as a special token of respect. They are two of just three selected from around the country for public recognition of services to legal education.
A prosecuting barrister in the Jessica Wells and Holly Chapman case is among four legal experts from Cambridge to achieve top honours given to lawyers.
Also appointed QC was Karim Khalil, who is 1st junior counsel for the Crown Prosecution Service in the murder trial of the two schoolgirls from Soham.
Selwyn College, Cambridge
Roger Mosey, the BBC’s first Editorial Director, now Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Mosey has been Head of BBC Television News.
Roger Mosey was near the very top of the BBC during the Savile crisis – a member of Entwistle’s inner circle. … (did he know) about Savile’s unsavoury past before the crisis hit, to which Roger replies: “I think the question is ‘Did anyone know that Jimmy Savile was a criminal paedophile?’ No
Which was never true,” he insists. “The idea that the BBC would’ve covered up a criminal paedophile was absurd – we never would have done that!
As a schoolboy, Mosey volunteered at Pennine Radio, and after university he joined up with Pennine Radio again
Savile friend Paul Burnett worked at both Denby’s Pennine Radio and 270 Offshore from where Harvey Proctor broadcast
Prolific paedophile John Briggs MBE worked at Pennine Radio in the 70’s
Pennine Radio seems to have been a mecca for paedos and shady characters.
Utterly amazing how so many paedophiles could be working for Richard Denby’s Pennine Radio, just one small station!
Harvey Proctor’s friend and solicitor – Jonathan Denby – his cousin, Barbara Hewson, was also educated at Cambridge University)
Alma mater, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Most recently… 6 May 2016
Cambridge-educated deputy head Peter Allott, of St. Benedict’s Catholic private school jailed for horrific stash of porn images featuring children as young as two
Head Deputy of St Benedict’s where Lord Patten is Patron...
He was identified after intelligence was received that an individual had been using video conferencing facilities to share indecent images of children with other paedophiles around the UK.
After a stint studying in Cambridge, Allott returned to St Benedict’s and was at the time of his arrest studying for a doctorate.
Peter Allott left for a year in 2011 to work as a research associate for a project on the Prime Minister’s “Big Society” initiative and Catholic social teaching at Cambridge University.
Judge Peter Hillen when sentencing Peter Allot said:
I use the phrase of a paedophile ring, that’s precisely what that was.
… engaged in public service and political service.
Someone who has engaged in charity work.
Someone who was a high flyer
Allott’s published work on Cambridge website:
Cambridge University paedophile Jonathan Jenkins freed over fears prison would ruin studies
Sentencing Jenkins, Judge Hawkesworth
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth – Cambridge graduate
06 Apr 2009
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth has freed a Cambridge University student found with pornographic images of children on his computer, claiming sending him to prison would be a ‘cruel and pointless’ exercise.
Former Selwyn College student, Jonathan Jenkins was caught with 293 indecent images on his computer
Jenkins, a who now studies in Bath, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possession at Cambridge Crown Court.
Five of the images Jenkins downloaded, which were of girls aged nine to 15, were classed as level five pornography – the most serious classification on the Copine Scale used to assess the severity of such images.
Hammond’s Judge Gareth Hawkesworth (right) honoured in 2013
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth installed as honorary recorder of Cambridge in ceremony at the Guildhall in 2013.
It is hoped Judge Hawkesworth will build closer links between the judiciary and the city and will be eligible to take part in civic processions and events.
He has been on the Legal Aid Committee and was appointed to the Parole Board in 2001 for three years.
In June 2012, Hawkesworth gave a non-custodial sentence for the rape of a 4-year-old girl;
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth – was also the judge chosen for the Dr Myles Bradbury CSA case
Dec 1, 2014
More than 16,000 indecent images of children found on disc at his home
‘Spy pen’ used by Cambridge paedophile Myles Bradbury to film child cancer sufferers
The judge said Bradbury’s sentence would be reduced because of his early guilty pleas, although “some might observe” that the weight of evidence meant he had little option but to admit the offences
Bradbury carried out his offences while working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge between 2009 and 2013.
There were 18 victims of sexual abuse and he was also found with 16,000 indecent images of children.
Dr Myles Bradbury: Why was paedophile doctor not stopped?
Bradbury known to authorities SIXTEEN months before arrest for abusing child cancer patients in Cambridge
Police chiefs across England and Wales have been asked if they failed to act on allegations against 2,300 suspected paedophiles.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has ordered chief constables to review how they handled material received from the National Crime Agency in November 2013 concerning alleged child abusers in their area.
The nationwide review follows two high-profile cases where police were accused of failing to act on intelligence arising out of Project Spade, an international sting that caught more than 2,300 people purchasing explicit footage of naked teenage boys over the internet.
In a separate Project Spade case, it emerged that Myles Bradbury was brought to the attention of police before he admitted a string of offences on child patients in his care.
Myles Bradbury: Paedophile doctor who abused children with cancer becomes police adviser
12 Feb 2015
The development comes as the mother of one of a “substantial number” of new victims reveals fears a NHS inquiry into the paediatrician could be a whitewash
Paedophiles in Cambridge Police Forces
Former police worker downloaded 110,000 indecent images of children
A former police worker could face jail for possessing more than 110,000 indecent images of children.
Nicholas White admitted 20 counts of possessing indecent images and two of possessing extreme images at Cambridge Crown Court today.
He worked as a communications officer employed by Cambridgeshire Police and was deployed to a unit overseen by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo).
Acpo is an independent body which brings together the expertise of chief police officers across the country
White had been employed since June 2008 and resigned after his arrest in February last year.
The charges cover more than 110,000 images including photographs and videos of eight-year-olds
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said: ‘This report should not be taken as any indication of the likely sentence.
‘I keep all options, including custody, open.’
He was released on bail
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: ‘All applications for employment with the constabulary are subject to rigorous checks and vetting, including the examination of criminal records and employment history.
‘Any allegations against employees are fully investigated and disciplinary action and, if necessary, criminal proceedings, will be instigated if appropriate.’
CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE: Internet porn allegations
17 September 2002
Cambridgeshire police were told that two of their officers were suspects in a child porn investigation a month before the men were assigned to the Soham murder inquiry.
West Midlands Police will now broaden their investigation into Cambridgeshire’s handling of the case to establish exactly when they knew that two of their officers appeared on the list of suspects in an internet pornography ring.
Detective Constable Brian Stevens acted as a family liason officer to the family of Jessica Chapman, and PC Anthony Goodridge was an exhibits officer on the inquiry.
Cambridgeshire Police’s corporate communications head Matt Tapp.
Matt TAPP : Bizarre PR Stunts In Search For The Missing Soham Girls
Why did Cambridgeshire Council promote known paedophile Keith Laverack giving him access to children’s files?
In Cambridgeshire, Keith Laverack worked with numerous colleagues, four of whom are now also suspected of abusing children. Dennis Grain worked in Doncaster for the same group of private schools as Terence Hoskins who went on to become headteacher of St Aiden’s Community Home in Widnes, where he liked to thrash naked boys with a cane, which he then pushed into their backsides, while his housemaster, Colin Dick, indecently assaulted those who caught his eye. Dennis Grain had previously attacked boys in Danesford childrens’ home in Congleton, opening the door to three others, John Clarke, Joseph Smith and Brian Hudson, who set about the boys with relish. Dennis Grain, in the meantime, went off to work at Eton, where he became a housemaster. The web is almost endless.
While he was Principal of St Vincent’s, Alan Langshaw recruited a care worker named Edward Stanton, who joined in Langshaw’s orgy. Stanton appears to have got the job through the good offices of Roy Shuttleworth, who was continuing to abuse the boys at Greystone and who is believed to have known Stanton from their time in Birmingham when they took the same course in residential child care.
That course in Birmingham, in turn, is believed to have been lectured by Peter Righton, a notorious paedophile who attempted to legitimise his obsession in a series of academic studies. Righton, for his part, belonged to the Paedophile Information Exchange, along with Jack Bennett who joined in the abuse at Greystone. Righton had earlier worked in the same childrens’ home in Maidstone, Kent as Peter Howarth, who went on to become a legendary abuser in the homes of North Wales where he shared his indulgence with Steve Norris, formerly of Greystone
Peter Righton lectured not only in Birmingham but in numerous other colleges. Before he was finally taken to court and convicted, he became a highly regarded consultant in child care and, eventually, the Director of Education at the prestigious National Institute of Social Work in London, a position from which he was able to have some influence on Government policy.
With similar cynicism, Keith Laverack, who opened the catalogue of abuse at Greystone Heath, went on to run the Guardian Ad Litem panel for Cambridgeshire County Council, with the job of representing the interests of children in court cases. This job not only introduced him to the most vulnerable children in the area but also gave him access to files on abused children all over the country.
36. Keith Laverack – Master Greystone Heath Approved School for Boys. Got 18 years for abusing children at Kneesworth House School Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire in 1997. Greystone Heath School, Warrington, Cheshire, Midfield Observation and Assessment Centre, Oakington, Cambridgeshire and Kneesworth House School, Royston, Herts. The infamous Keith Laverack worked in all these establishments between 1965 and 1988.. He ran the Guardian Ad Litem panel and represented children and their best interests in Court cases. This allowed access to case files of vulnerable children nationwide.
Community Care, 13th March 1997
Establishment CSA man Alex Carlisle prosecuting
She was being blamed, as director of social services, by Brent council and punished for her role in the horrific murder of young Jasmine Beckford.
PIE’s Peter Righton was well known to Howarth and she trained Esther Rantzen’s sister Priscilla when they both worked in the paedophile infested London Borough of Lambeth. (small world)
More on Peter Tatchell and colleagues
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.
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”.
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 known paedophiles 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.
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.
Warren Middleton, the editor of a paedophile book to which Peter Tatchell contributed an article in the 1980s was jailed for child sex offences
Middleton was the editor of Betrayal of Youth, a notorious paedophile campaigning manual to which Peter Tatchell contributed a chapter on ‘Questioning Ages of Majority and Ages of Consent’.
Peter Tatchell wrote an obituary for Ian Campbell Dunn, who was the co-founder of the PIE.
The obituary fails to mention his long career as a paedophile activist.
On June 26, 1997, Mr Tatchell wrotea startling letter to the Guardian newspaper.
In it, he said:
‘While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful.
Contrast the treatment given this Cambridge student with that of paedophile Hammond who is welcomed back to the school.
A PhD student at Cambridge University has been suspended until the end of 2014 for his role in a protest against the higher education minister, David Willetts.In a ruling condemned as a travesty by fellow students, the English literature student was suspended for seven terms after reading out a poem that disrupted a speech by the minister.
The student, named by a student newspaper as Owen Holland, read out a poem that included the lines: “You are a man who believes in the market and in the power of competition to drive up quality. But look to the world around you: your gods have failed.”
…the penalty does seem disproportionate.
Individuals who sit on the university’s Court of Discipline.
Selwyn professor John Spencer
Member of the COURT OF DISCIPLINE
[Panel …Prof. John Rason Spencer, 2012]
Letters in support of Cambridge-educated convicted establishment paedophile Peter Ball
One from Richard Morgan MA. Educ. Sherborne College, Caius College Cambridge
The final letter is from the former Warden of Radley College Richard Morgan, who informs Detective Inspector Murdoch that he has ‘entrusted young men‘ to Peter Ball when he Morgan, was Head of Cheltenham College and Warden of Radley, ‘at no time has there been any whisper of scandal. As soon as I heard of the accusations, I dismissed them in my mind as impossible‘
Ian Beer CBE – wrote letter in support of convicted Queen’s College, Cambridge paedophile Rev Ball – played rugby for Cambridge University
A Cambridge judge’s (Hawkesworth) order to prevent the naming of a rapist, despite opposition from the News, has been overturned at the Royal Courts of Justice.
The Court of Appeal overturned an order earlier this year by Judge Gareth Hawkesworth at Cambridge Crown Court which banned the paper from identifying a convicted rapist who had been jailed
The News argued against his initial, incorrect attempts to use anonymity law to prevent the man being named and was successful. But the judge changed which law he would use to prevent the naming, despite opposition from the News.
Chief constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, Terry Grange*
Terry Grange, the former chief constable of Dyfed-Powys*, and lead officer for he Association of Chief Police Officers Acpo “claimed that men as old as 30 who have sex with underage girls should not necessarily be classed as paedophiles.
In May 2008 an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry found he misused a work computer and a corporate credit card while having an affair.
From left to right, Fullerton, Howard, Gummer, Clarke, Brittan, Christopher Mason and Norman Lamont
Cambridge University Conservative Association
The list of former chairmen of CUCA makes for very interesting reading.
They include the following:
John Selwyn Gummer
Some of these names have been linked to very unpleasant allegations dating back years.”
CUCA alumni had considerable influence on British politics in the 1980s and 1990s, with the rise to prominence of the ‘Cambridge Mafia’ including cabinet ministers Michael Howard, Kenneth Clarke, John Gummer and Norman Lamont, who had dominated CUCA and the Cambridge Union in the early 1960s.
Janner: the author of Waterhouse Report was his president from Cambridge Union
Greville Janner/ Ronald Waterhouse 1950 Cambridge Union Society
Greville Janner and Michael Howard; patrons of the Cambridge University Jewish Society
Oliver Letwin –of BBC & Kids Company csa scandal – member of the Cambridge University Liberal Club.
The Cambridge Connection – A surprising number of ‘names’ had either gone to Cambridge or had later become Barristers
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