Ex-Army officer Andrew Whiddett admits child webcam abuse
25 Apr 2019
A former British army officer has admitted arranging for children to be sexually abused in the Philippines while he watched online.
Andrew Whiddett, a retired lieutenant colonel appointed MBE for his service in Northern Ireland, admitted six child sex charges at Croydon Crown Court.
He paid thousands of pounds for the abuse, the National Crime Agency said.
A judge warned the 70-year-old, of Minerva Crescent, Portsmouth, he would be jailed when sentenced on 22 May.
In total the defendant made 49 payments totalling £8,584 between January 2015 and July 2017, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
The abuse happened after his army service and after he left employment as head of security at the British embassy in Baghdad.
He admitted attempting to cause or incite a nine-year-old girl and another aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity.
He also pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence in September 2016.
The NCA said he told a contact he wanted to sexually abuse a child when he visited the Philippines the following month.
Whiddett also admitted three further charges of making indecent photographs of a child when he appeared in court on Wednesday, the NCA said.
NCA officer Gary Fennelly said: “Andrew Whiddett was directly responsible for the soul-destroying abuse of children thousands of miles away from him.
“He thought he could get away with abusing Filipino children from the comfort of his own home.”
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‘Extravagant’ chaplain, 67, at £35,000-a-year private boarding school ‘plied pupil with oysters, Turkish cigarettes and fine wines then molested him as pair watched Morse on TV
- Gary Dobbie is accused of molesting one of his pupils between 1986 and 1991
- The pupil was being bullied and had turned to the chaplain for support
- But at parties and on one-on-one visits he would touch him, court was told
23 Apr 2019
The chaplain at a £35,000-a-year private boarding school is accused of plying a pupil with smoked oysters, Turkish cigarettes and fine wines and molesting him.
Gary Dobbie, 67, assaulted the young boy over a five-year period between 1986 and 1991 when he worked as a chaplain and teacher at the prestigious Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex, his trial heard.
He would invite the alleged victim to lavish dinner parties at his on-site lodgings but also had him over when it was just the two of them, when they would sit in the dark and watch Inspector Morse, Hove Crown Court was told.
It was during these visits the chaplain allegedly molested the boy.
His trial was told Dobbie was an ‘extravagant’ chaplain who liked to dress up in full ecclesiastical robes in church and burn incense in the school chapel.
Opening the case Abigail Husbands, prosecuting, said: ‘He was treated to food and alcohol while at Mr Dobbie’s and offered smoked oysters, Turkish cigarettes and good wine.’
During these visits the court heard Dobbie would molest the pupil, pushing his hands down the front of his shirt and rubbing his chest and back. He would also swing him onto his lap and grope him, she told the court.
Christ’s Hospital is one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, dating back to the 16th century when it was founded in London by King Edward VI, who signed a Royal Charter for it just 11 days before his death in 1553.
Famous alumni include poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sir Barnes Wallis – the inventor of the bouncing bomb.
Miss Husbands said the pupil in question had suffered a difficult time at the school and had been repeatedly bullied by his peers.
She said he turned to Dobbie for refuge and had become close to him.
But the jury was told the visits were ‘not all innocent’ and on ‘many, many times’ Dobbie had molested the boy at his home.
On one occasion the pupil went on a reading trip with him where Dobbie allegedly got drunk before violently manhandling him and pushing his hand down his shirt.
He was also assaulted on another school trip, the court was told.
The victim left Christ’s Hospital School after completing his A levels and went on to university.
The court heard he put the matter behind him and continued with his life but was contacted by police last year and was later interviewed by them in relation to the chaplain’s behaviour.
Dobbie was later arrested and charged with three counts of indecent assault relating to multiple offences between 1986 and 1991.
The case, which is expected to last more than a week, continues.
Did County Hall paedos abuse vulnerable children? The secret report Essex Council REALLY doesn’t want you to read…
24 Apr 2019
ESSEX Council paid an independent consultant to spend years investigating allegations that some of its employees had molested children – but now refuses to publish her report, claiming she didn’t find anything out.
The Yellow Advertiser has taken legal action in an ongoing battle with County Hall over the report, which was written in 1998 ’to provide senior managers with a view of issues relating to certain individuals’.
It contains ’many allegations’ of abuse and ’identifies people, organisations and places’.
The YA is fighting to force Essex Council to publish the report after learning that at least one witness gave evidence to its author about the ’cover-up’ of a 1980s Shoebury paedophile ring.
The YA has been investigating the ’Shoebury Sex Ring’ since 2015 and was this month nominated for four national awards by the Society of Editors for its work.
Police sources told the press when the ring was uncovered in 1989 that its members were thought to include civil servants.
But in an effort to get out of publishing the report, Essex Council has now rubbished its contents as ’speculative, conjectural, unproven and un-evidenced’, claiming its author was ’unable to reach any concrete conclusions or recommendations’.
The author was Helen Kenward, an independent consultant who had run similar investigations for other local authorities. The Essex document is therefore known as ‘The Kenward Report’. Mrs Kenward has failed to respond to previous approaches for comment from the YA.
Despite Kenward’s supposed failure to deliver on the 1998 report, the YA has seen evidence that County Hall continued to pay her to investigate internal child sex allegations for years afterwards.
A letter sent to one whistleblower by an Essex Council lawyer in early 2001 said Kenward was still interviewing witnesses and her work was expected to continue for ’the next few months’.
Last year, the YA published excerpts of evidence given to Kenward by a whistleblowing ex-social worker in 2000, some of which concerned the ‘Shoebury Sex Ring’.
The YA has filed legal papers with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) seeking a tribunal, after the Government-funded Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) backed Essex Council’s claim that covering up the report would help keep other children safe in future.
The council’s monitoring officer claimed releasing the 21-year-old report would dissuade Essex Council from commissioning investigations into future child sex complaints, in case somebody asked to see those down the line as well.
They wrote in formal advice to the council: “A report of this nature cannot easily be destroyed for many decades because records relating to allegations of this nature may have future relevance. The only safe option would be to not commission reports of this nature.”
Therefore, they said, by suppressing the child sex report, the council was actually ’promoting the wellbeing of children’.
The ICO’s report revealed the council’s safeguarding director, director of children’s services and executive director for children and families had all also been involved in suppressing the report.
The ICO sided with the council, writing: “The commissioner is convinced by the arguments that disclosure could deter the council’s senior management from commissioning similar reports in the future, thus impacting on its ability to offer an effective public service.”
Peter Saunders, founder of abuse charity NAPAC, said: “What it sounds like to me is, Essex Council is saying that if they are forced to be open and transparent on this occasion, they will ensure that there can be no openness and transparency in future. In my opinion, it sounds almost like they are blackmailing you.
“I’ve never heard of children’s lives being endangered because of appropriate openness and transparency. I’ve only heard of children being endangered by secrecy and cover-ups.
“What has Essex got to hide, that it feels it has to put this pressure on our media, which represents us, the people? It seems very dark and very sinister.”
Essex Council claimed last year it could have redacted and released the report, but that would have taken ’many hundreds of hours’, rendering the YA’s request ’vexatious’.
The YA later discovered the report was only 142 pages long – shorter than some documents the council has previously redacted and released without complaint under the Freedom of Information Act.
The YA complained to the ICO about the council’s extreme time estimate and said that in truth, it was entirely possible for County Hall to redact and release the report.
But when the ICO adjudicated over the case, it failed to even acknowledge the council’s bizarre claim. Thus, the YA has filed papers with the MOJ seeking a tribunal.
Essex Council also claimed last year that there was ’no public interest’ in releasing the report, which the YA is strongly disputing.
*To read some of the evidence given to Helen Kenward about Essex Council, click on the stories below.
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Necker Island, of course is RIGHT BESIDE paedo Epsteins island. which in turn is right beside Haiti.. Funny that eh?!
Smyth abuse-survivors dispute Welby claim
18 April 2019
SURVIVORS of abuse perpetrated by John Smyth have written to Lambeth Palace to correct the Archbishop of Canterbury’s assertion that Smyth was “not actually an Anglican” — a comment made during an interview on Channel 4 News last week.
In total, the letter lists 14 points of dispute about the Archbishop’s comments.
During the interview on Friday, which explored the Church of England’s response to Smyth’s abuse, Archbishop Welby said that Smyth “was not actually an Anglican. The church he went to in South Africa was not Anglican, and Iwerne was not part of the Church of England.”
Smyth was living in South Africa when a disclosure of abuse was made in Ely diocese in 2013, and died there last year. He was a former chairman of the Iwerne Trust, which ran holiday camps for boys at English public schools, and is now part of the Titus Trust. A six-month Channel 4 News investigation, broadcast two years ago, found that both the Iwerne Trust and Winchester College had learned of allegations of abuse by Mr Smyth in the 1980s, but failed to report them to the police (News, 10 February 2017).
One of the survivors who wrote to Lambeth Palace this week, Graham*, described the claim that Smyth was not an Anglican as “farcical”, given that he worshipped in the C of E.. The letter tells the Archbishop that Smyth had in fact been a licensed Reader in the diocese of Winchester.
A spokesperson for the diocese of Winchester said: “When the allegations first came to light we reviewed our records. There was nothing to suggest that John Smyth had had a formal role within the diocese and so no further investigation was undertaken.”
Graham also listed the many links between the Iwerne Trust and the C of E, pointing out that survivors in the United Kingdom and trustees of the Trust — some of whom were ordained — had attended Anglican churches.
In his interview, Archbishop Welby said: “The Church of England was never directly involved, but we take responsibility because there was a Church of England clergyman, though not on the payroll, who was in charge of the Iwerne Trust and there were Anglicans there . . .”
He also emphasised that the allegations did not pertain to the Iwerne Trust’s camps — the abuse had taken place at Smyth’s home.
But Archbishop Welby did not mention that the report commissioned by the Iwerne Trust and compiled in 1982, prompted by a suicide attempt by a survivor, was written by a C of E priest, the Revd Mark Ruston, when he was Vicar of Holy Sepulchre with All Saints, Cambridge. It described what it called the “beatings” of 22 young men.
“The scale and severity of the practice was horrific . . . eight received about 14,000 strokes: two of them having some 8000 strokes over three years.”
The contents of the report were disclosed to a number of Anglican clergy. Smyth went on to live in Zimbabwe, where he continued to run holiday camps — Zambezi Ministries — and South Africa.
“Had any one of these men spoken out about what they knew, upwards of 60 African children might not have been viciously beaten, and Smyth might have faced the justice he deserved,” the letter says.
Archbishop Welby told Channel 4 News that he had had “no idea” of Smyth’s abuse until 2013. “I heard a report about an allegation of abuse; it was made in Ely diocese, and the Bishop of Ely had contacted the statutory authorities . . . and I wrote to the Primate in South Africa.”
In fact, it was the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, who wrote to the Church in South Africa.
Asked about a promised review, Archbishop Welby told Channel 4 News that it could not take place until the Church had secured the participation of the other organisations involved: a reference to Scripture Union, Winchester College, and the Titus Trust.
“Unless you can get everyone in you are never going to get anywhere near the truth,” he said. “We’ve written to them; we’ve not had answers from all of them; and I would very much like them to reply promptly and quickly, and let’s get on with it and discover what we need to learn.”
Several survivors of Smyth’s abuse have launched a civil claim against the Titus Trust (News, 24 August 2018), and it is understood that the Titus Trust will consider a review only once these have been concluded (News, 1 March).
Graham suggested that it was “perverse that the decision as to which organisations should have the veto on a review has been taken before the review itself, when all of the facts are not yet known”.
He also disputed the Archbishop’s comment that there had been “very rapid contact” with the survivors, and that the bishop in charge of safeguarding and safeguarding officers had met them.
On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Lambeth Palace declined to clarify the Archbishop’s comments but said that he hoped to meet survivors “as soon as possible”.
The Iwerne Camps were endorsed by Lord Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury. Not Anglican !!! What a stupid thing to say
Iwerne Minster Summer Holidays 1983
Lord Coggan, formerly Archbishop of Canterbury,
Bishop of Norwich, Michael Alison MP,
Prof Sir Norman Anderson OBE,
Sir Frederick Catherwood,
Sir Maurice Dorman,
Admiral Sir Horace Law,
Judge Ruttle expressed their appreciation and warm support of previous holiday
ISN survivors tell of Savile link to LBI childrens homes and Cyril Smith visiting Gisburne House LBI home in Watford
Paedophile politicians – the ones that got away
Sympathetic support for lowering the age of consent, child porn, pederasty and even an established Westminster paedophile ring have been covered up in the corridors of power
WHILE the country obsesses about Brexit and the mainstream media feed off each other in their reportage, many stories are passing under the radar which would normally warrant some close attention.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is progressing slowly but revealing details not widely known, such as the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) being funded for three years in the 1970s by the Home Office. At the time, the PIE was campaigning to legalise sex with children under 16 and was supported by the National Council for Civil Liberties, then led by Blairite stalwarts Patricia Hewitt and Harriet Harman.
The inquiry was ordered by Theresa May when she was home secretary, started in 2014 and now focuses on Westminster and allegations against MPs. It had its origins in the revelations that emerged after Jimmy Savile’s death. Many of his victims were disabled or dying in specialist hospitals such as Stoke Mandeville, and Leeds General Infirmary. The subsequent report showed 214 criminal offences, including 34 rapes, recorded against Savile’s name across Britain between 1955 and 2009. Police said the Top Of The Pops presenter had sexually abused a teenager at a hospice, one of 14 medical sites he used to prey on his victims. He also committed 14 offences at schools across the country, some of them when children had written to him for his popular BBC series Jim’ll Fix It.
Some staff at the BBC have admitted they knew of his activities but declined to report him to the police as he was a big star drawing big audiences. He was a Tory supporter, friendly with Margaret Thatcher and duly rewarded with a knighthood in 1990, the same year Pope John Paul II awarded him a Papal Knighthood.
MPs have also been mired in the paedophilia scandal. The example of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith, another predatory paedophile, is a salient example. Like Savile, he targeted the most vulnerable children, usually in children’s homes and, like Savile, his paedophilia was well-known among senior Liberals, other members of Parliament and top public figures in his home town of Rochdale.
But when Liberal Party leader David Steel appointed him chief whip he had access to and leverage over Liberal and other MPs with secrets to hide. When Steel was questioned recently at the inquiry about Smith he admitted he knew about the paedophile issue but chose not to report anything to the police. He was not asked whether Smith threatened to expose other Liberal MPs or councillors in return for his silence. Recently the police admitted they had avoided three separate chances to prosecute Smith for the rape of minors, suggesting that civil servants and MI5 took control of the case and did nothing.
In June 2014 a senior Downing Street aide Patrick Rock was charged with allegations of downloading computerised child abuse imagery. His brief was to advise David Cameron on internet security for filtering online pornography.
Conservatives Edwina Currie, Gyles Brandreth and Rod Richards have previously made damning statements of how well-known in Westminster circles it was that MP Peter Morrison was a dangerous paedophile, and yet his career was unaffected as he rose to be deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. He was Thatcher’s parliamentary private secretary in 1990 and her campaign manager that same year despite this knowledge having been around for many years.
In 1991 Frank Beck, who ran care homes in Leicestershire, was found guilty of abusing more than 100 children in the 1970s and 1980s. During the trial, a 30-year-old man claimed he had been abused by Lord Greville Janner, who was still a Labour MP at the time. However, Lord Janner was not prosecuted and he insisted there was “not a shred of truth” in the claims.
One of Tony Blair’s former senior aides Phillip Lyon, who previously arranged his weekly prime minister’s question time, was arrested after police raided his Commons office. Lyon was found guilty of downloading child pornography and jailed for a year. Stephen Carnell, who was agent for Labour MP Chris Bryant during the 2010 general election campaign, was caught with more than 12,000 indecent images and 450 films. He was jailed for three years for collecting and distributing what the judge described as “appalling” images of child sexual abuse.
Cameron failed to make good on his promise to order a full-scale investigation into allegations of widespread paedophile activity within Parliament after a request by the Labour MP Tom Watson made in 2012. Hansard recorded that the police file relating to Peter Righton, who was convicted in 1992 of importing child pornography from Holland, needed to be re-examined.
Watson suggested that the evidence file used to convict Righton, if it still existed, contained clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring linked to the corridors of power. The central allegation was that a large body of material seized in the police raid on Righton’s home prior to his conviction had not been fully investigated.
Subsequent testimony by retired police officers at the inquiry claimed that police were stopped from their criminal investigations by Special Branch and MI5, and a file containing details of paedophile MPs handed to the Home Office has “disappeared.”
Mike Pulsford, pictured here in 2005, abused three boys and three girls while he was a Christian youth group leader
Michael Pulsford jailed for Christian camp child abuse
18 Apr 2019
A lawyer who represented defendants accused of sexual offences has himself been jailed for molesting children.
Michael Pulsford, 68, abused three boys and three girls while he was a Christian youth group leader between 1974 and 1989.
The victims, who were aged between 12 and 15, were abused in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Pulsford admitted 16 counts of indecent assault. He was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison.
Southampton Crown Court heard Pulsford groomed children while he was viewed as a “pillar of the community” during summer camps, at his home and in his office.
His victims described Pulsford, of Corsham in Wiltshire, as “an evil manipulator” who had taken their “childhood innocence” by “abusing his position of trust”.
One complainant came forward in 2011 but Pulsford denied the allegations and no further action was taken.
‘Appalled at cases’
But police reopened the investigation in 2017 when another victim reported Pulsford for indecent assault.
A man told the court that coverage of the Jimmy Savile scandal prompted him to recall his own experiences of Pulsford, who had qualified as a solicitor-advocate and represented clients in criminal proceedings.
“I remember googling Mike Pulsford and being appalled at the number of child abuse cases he had defended,” the man said.
He said he told police about being molested when asked if he had witnessed any abuse against another victim at a Christian camp in the 1970s.
Two more women came forward with allegations of indecent assault after media coverage of the case began, the court was told.
In mitigation, defence barrister Michael Phillips said the incidents of abuse were “extremely unpleasant, but not as unpleasant as they could have been”.
He added: “He has accepted the title of being a paedophile, which is a rarity in these kinds of cases… hopefully it shows there is remorse.”
Judge Peter Henry said the youth group Pulsford led had the aim of “instilling Christian values”, but he had only been “pretending” to have those values.
“Throughout this period you were in a position of considerable power, influence and trust,” the judge said.
“What you did in this period amounts to a gross abuse of this trust.”
RESPECTED solicitor who defended paedophiles in court has been jailed for more than eight years for sexual assaults on young girls and boys from a church youth group three decades ago.
‘Evil’ Mike Pulsford sexually assaulted three boys and three young girls, forcing them to kiss him, touching them inappropriately and even telling one victim it happened because the then 12-year-old boy was ‘pretty’.
As a solicitor, Pulsford spent decades representing a series of sex offenders in the Swindon courts, despite knowing he had abused children – starting when he was just 23 years old.
The 67-year-old, formerly of Corsham but who gave the courts an address in Streatham, south London, admitted 16 counts of indecent assault which happened between 1974 and 1989.
Pulsford, who had worked for Chippenham law firm Jeary and Lewis before his victims came forward, was a youth club leader and volunteer with the Corsham-based church group Urban Saints for around 30 years.
He was working as a clerk to the justices when he was admitted as a solicitor in 1980, becoming a deputy clerk to the North Wiltshire Magistrates a year later.
The solicitor was one of the first in the country to receive rights of power to be heard in a crown court, despite not actually being a barrister.
He has since defended clients including a number of convicted sex offenders and, at the time, Britain’s youngest drink driver.
The solicitor also represented aristocrat the Earl of Cardigan when he was cleared of assaulting a man in a row over family paintings which were being sold.
One victim bravely stood and faced his abuse, questioning whether Pulsford joined the Crusaders just to get to children and telling him that describing him as a man or even an animal ‘would be a travesty’.
Another told the court Pulsford, who sat emotionless as his victims faced him, would even read a specific chapter from the bible, titled Love to her while they were alone together.
The solicitor carried out the sick sexual assaults on youngsters while volunteering for church group the Crusaders, now known as the Urban Saints.
Judge Peter Henry told Pulsford he had pretended to live by Christian values he was teaching people, but the whole time he took advantage of his position to abuse young children.
The judge said: “You were a sexual predator. Whilst it might be said in the 1970s and 80s the public were less atuned to the serious impact of sexual abuse on children, you would be acutely aware as a solicitor.”
Prosecutor Simon Wilshere told Southampton Crown Court, Hants, Pulsford had been a senior group leader with the Crusaders, where he met all his victims.
The court heard Pulsford forced his victims to kiss him and even showed one youngster a horror film so he was scared enough to join the solicitor in his bed at his home in Gastard, Wiltshire, where he then sexually assaulted him.
The court heard the attacks happened at Crusaders camps on the Isle of Wight, as well as some at his home in Gastard.
Reading a statement to the court, one male victim, now in his 50s, said: “I wonder if he was only in the Crusaders to gain potentially unlimited access to children.
“My childhood innocence was taken away by this evil individual. I was manipulated by an evil individual. Describing him as a person or even an animal would be a travesty.”
The court also heard from one of his female victims, who he ‘groomed’ over a number of years, starting by driving her to a layby in his car where they would chat and ending after they had sex when she turned 16.
However, when she came forward to report him in 2011 Pulsford denied it and continued his work as a solicitor, finally admitting to the offences last October.
As Judge Henry jailed Pulsford for eight and eight months, he told him he will be banned from working with children for the rest of his life.
Mitigating, Michael Phillips told the court Pulsford had ‘accepted the title of paedophile’ but had now changed his ways.
The senior investigating officer for Hampshire Police, Detective Inspector Toby Elcock, gave his reaction to the sentence.
He said: “Michael Pulsford was trusted as a youth group leader to protect the children in his charge, but instead abused this trust over and over again by indecently assaulting them.
“This was a complex investigation carried out by the Operation Marmion team, and we are pleased that the victims have now finally found justice having suffered the effects of this terrible abuse for decades.
“The bravery and courage they have shown during the course of this investigation is remarkable.
“I want to appeal to anyone who has been affected by this type of abuse to come forward and talk to us, and be reassured that you don’t have to suffer in silence.”
23rd November 2018
Swindon solicitor and youth group leader Mike Pulsford admits indecent assault charges
A SOLICITOR who has spent decades defending alleged criminals at Swindon Crown Court is facing the prospect of jail after admitting a string of historic sex offences.
Mike Pulsford, who is also a leader at a Christian youth group, had admitted molesting three boys and a girl in the 1970s and 80s.
As a result the 67-year-old, who has resigned from the solicitors’ firm where he was a director, must register as a sex offender.
Pulsford pleaded guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault when he appeared before magistrates in Hampshire last month.
The case was adjourned when it came before a judge at Southampton Crown Court this week.
It is believed there could be a need to be a trial of issue as there may be a dispute over the age of one of the victims.
Pulsford, who gave the court an address in West Norwood, London, has lived in Corsham for many years where he volunteers for Urban Saints, formerly known as Crusaders.
He has also regularly gone on extended volunteering trips to India, where he has helped in the building of schools.
The first offences took place between July 1973 and July 1975 on the Isle of Wight where he twice indecently touched a boy under the age of 16.
In the five years to the end of 1978, in Hampshire, he indecently assaulted another underage lad.
He abused a third boy in the village of Gastard, Wiltshire, between February 1978 and February 1980.
The remaining eight counts relate to the repeated abuse of a girl in Wiltshire between April 1980 and April 1985.
He has accepted he kissed the girl, who was under 16, as well as touching her inappropriately and also getting her to touch him.
Pulsford was working as a clerk to the justices when he was admitted as a Solicitor in 1980, becoming a Deputy Clerk to the North Wiltshire Magistrates a year later.
He went into private practice in 1985 and in 1994 was one of only 31 Solicitors nationwide to be granted Higher Rights of Audience, meaning he could appear in the crown court.
Since then he has been a regular fixture in both magistrates courts across the county as well as Swindon Crown Court.
In an online biography, now removed, he says he has been involved in several high profile cases.
He represented Lord Cardigan, who was cleared following a number of trials, five years ago.
The biography also says he has been a local youth club leader for the past 30 years and on the Regional Committee of the Urban Saints.
The organisation is a non-denominational group for young people aged 8-16 which meets on Sunday afternoons at Corsham Community Centre.
They also have a large manor house on the Isle of Wight which is used for holidays for members from all over the country
He has been released on bail to appear back before a judge in Southampton the week before Christmas.
Woman claims billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted her when she was 26 and then molested her 15-year-old sister
- In a lawsuit Maria Farmer alleges that her sister, 15 at the time, was sexually abused by Epstein, along with his British socialite friend Ghislane Maxwell
- She then claims that she was also sexually abused by the pair in the summer of 1996, while working at one of the billionaire’s friend’s mansions in Ohio
- Farmer, an ex-art student, started working for Epstein in 1995 to help curate art for his Manhattan mansion as well as logging who entered and exited the home
- During her time in the position, she noticed numerous young girls in school outfits going upstairs for what she was allegedly told was ‘modeling auditions’
- Her allegations come in a suit filed by one of Epstein’s other victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, accusing his attorney of being complicit in the abuse
- Giuffre says Alan Dershowitz was aware of the abuse and even participated in sexual encounters with young girls at various properties of Epstein’s
- Dershowitz has refuted the claims for a number of years and called Giuffre a ‘fake Metoo victim’ in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday
Another alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein has filed a lawsuit claiming that the billionaire pedophile sexually assaulted her and her 15-year-old sister back in 1996.
Filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday, Maria Farmer, a former art student, says Epstein hired her in 1995 to help curate pieces to furnish his Upper East Side New York apartment, as well as making a note of who entered and left the property.
During her time under his employment, Farmer – 26 at the time – says she witnessed a ‘number of school age-girls’ dressed in their uniforms arriving at the mansion and going upstairs. According to court documents, Farmer was told the girls were coming to the home to audition for ‘modelling’ work.
Now 49, Farmer then claims it was around the same time that Epstein and his friend, Ghislane Maxwell, a British socialite, took a particular interest in her 15-year-old sister.
She alleges that the pair flew the teenager with them to a ranch in New Mexico in 1996, where they forced her to strip naked on a massage table and then sexually molested her.
Just days before, Farmer says Epstein had taken both her and her unnamed sister to see a movie in New York where he allegedly started rubbing the minor between her legs.
Farmer also says that she herself abused by Epstein and Maxwell around the same time, while working at one of the financier’s associate’s mansion in Ohio during the summer.
She says the pair escorted her to a bedroom in the 30-room property where they both proceeded to sexual assault her.
Farmer said the fled to room and and attempted to call the local Sheriff’s office, but received no response. When she tried to leave the property, she says security staff at the estate refused to let her leave.
‘I was held against my will for 12 hours until I was ultimately allowed to leave with my father,’ she says in the affidavit.
Upon her release, she immediately reported both of the assaults to the New York Police Department, before reiterating the allegations to the FBI later that year.
‘To my knowledge, I was the first person to report Maxwell and Epstein to the FBI,’ Farmer writes in the affidavit. ‘It took a significant amount of bravery for me to make that call because I knew how incredibly powerful and influential both Epstein and Maxwell were, particularly in the art community.’
The 49-year-old says she has finally come forward in the hope of that Epstein and Maxwell will be punished for the acts of abuse.
‘I have struggled throughout my entire life as a direct result of Epstein and Maxwell’s actions against me and my hope is that they will be held accountable for their crimes,’ she said in the affidavit.
‘While I am still afraid, I am coming forward because I think it is so important to do so.’
Farmer’s allegations come as one of 15 exhibits attached to a defamation complaint filed by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, against the billionaire’s attorney, Alan Dershowitz.
In her lawsuit, Giuffre claims that Dershowitz, 80, was aware of Epstein and Maxwell’s reported sex trafficking operation involving under-age girls, helped to orchestrate it, and was even complicit in participating in sordid sexual acts.
A teenage runaway, Giuffre was working at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in 2000 when she was recruited to be a ‘masseuse’ for Epstein in Palm Beach. It was from that point that she said she became embroiled in a life of sexual abuse and depravity.
Just 16 at the time, Giuffre says she was actually recruited to be a sex slave for Epstein for two-years, where she was ‘regularly abused’ by him and forced to engage in sexual acts with Dershowitz and other wealthy associates of Epstein.
Dershowitz has continuously refuted Giuffre’s account of his involvement, insisting he has never met the complainant and claims to have documents to prove that her allegations are false.
When his client was arrested for sex trafficking in 2006 on charges relating to Giuffre’s complaints, Dershowitz called her, and other children who Epstein was said to have abused, ‘liars and prostitutes’.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday, Dershowitz branded Giuffre a ‘fake Metoo victim’ and insisted the lawsuit is the ‘opportunity I’ve been looking for’.
‘I now have subpoena power and the ability to prove that this woman has committed perjury and has made up the whole story about me.’
He went on to call the complainant an ‘inveterate liar’, with a ‘long, long history of lying’.
‘She has claimed to have sex with virtually everyone under the sun from the former majority leader of the United States Senate, to the former Prime Minister of Israel, to the former ambassador to the United Nations, to the inventor of artificial intelligence, to Leslie Wexner, the owner of Victoria’s Secret.
‘And she’s going to have to testify to that in court. And the end result is she going to go to perjury because I am asking the FBI to come to the trial and to listen to my testimony and to listen to hers.’
The affidavit attached to the lawsuit by Farmer is said to have been used to bolster Giuffre’s claims that Dershowitz has both maliciously and intentionally spread false information for Epstein, in order to deter her and other accusers from speaking out.
Despite his protests of innocence, Giuffre believe Dershowitz is ‘hiding behind a curtain of lies’.
‘No sensible person looks forward to litigation, and I know that standing up for myself and others will cause Mr. Dershowitz and Mr. Epstein to redouble their efforts to destroy me and my reputation,’ Giuffre said in a statement to the Miami Herald.
‘But I can no longer sit by and not respond. As my complaint shows, my abusers have sought to conceal their guilt behind a curtain of lies. My complaint calls for the accounting to which I, and their other victims, are entitled,’ she continued.
Dershowitz, however, is saying he is relishing the chance to prove Giuffre is lying. He has previously publicly declared a willingness to take her case to trial in order for settle the matter once and for all.
‘Virtually everything in the complaint is false, and I will be able to disprove all of this in a court of law. I have told the truth throughout and I’ll be able to prove it. … I never met her, I never heard of her,’ he told the outlet in response.
In an unspecified television interview, he is also said to have offered to waiver the statute of limitations so Giuffre could sue him for sex abuse, as detailed in the lawsuit.
However, once Giuffre’s legal team requested him to do so, Dershowitz is said to have refused – ‘and continues to refuse’ even now, the documents claim.
Epstein (pictured left with Donald Trump in 1997), a former Wall Street Financier, was convicted in 2008 of soliciting an underage girl for sex. He served 13-months in jail and was required to register as a sex offender. Virginia Giuffre had been working at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort when she was recruited to be a ‘masseuse’ for Epstein
Dershowitz (pictured right with Epstein) has repeatedly said he never saw young girls in the homes of his client and didn’t engage in any sexual acts himself. However, eye witness testimony submitted in Tuesday’s affidavit claims otherwise
Giuffre’s lawsuit doesn’t offer any evidence that she ever had sex with Dershowitz or provide concrete dates on which the alleged abuse is said to have occurred.
However, the victim claims the acts took place in several locations on a number of occasions, including in Epstein’s East 71st Street home.
The affidavit also offers a number of examples of statements issued by Dershowitz protesting his innocence, which the plaintiff claims to have proof to discredit.
In one such statement, Dershowitz previously said he had never seen any underage girls in Epstein’s residence during any of his visits to his client’s homes in Palm Beach, New Mexico or New York.
However, Farmer’s excerpt alleges that she regularly saw young girls entering and leaving the home during her time under Epstein’s employment.
‘On a number of occasions I witnessed Dershowitz at the NY mansion going upstairs at the same time there were young girls under the age of 18 who were present upstairs in the house,’ Farmer asserts in the affidavit.
But the defendant says such a claim cannot be true because he says he didn’t meet Epstein until August 1996.
‘I was never upstairs in Jeffrey Epstein’s apartment, never ever,’ Dershowitz rebutted to the Miami Herald. ‘I would not have felt comfortable going upstairs because I didn’t know [Epstein] very well then.’
In her allegations, Farmer didn’t offer a timeline of dates for when she reportedly saw Dershowitz in the presence of young girls at the home.
But her claims are backed-up by the former house manager of Epstein’s Palm Beach residence, Alfredo Rodriguez, who also once told investigators that he observed Dershowitz in the company of young girls and other woman at the waterfront mansion.
Rodriguez later died in prison, having been prosecuted for the FBI for obstructing justice when he tried to sell Epstein’s ‘little black book’, detailing all associates of the billionaire, along with a long list of female masseuses.
In an additional affidavit submitted as part of the lawsuit, Sarah Ransome says she also had sex with Dershowitz, after being ‘lent out’ to him by Epstein.
She says she was 22 when she was first introduced to the billionaire, having sex with his attorney on a number of occasions, including a three-way encounter with Dershowitz and Nadia Marcinkova, another young adult working for Epstein, in New York.
‘I recall specific, key details of his person and the sex acts and can describe them in the event it becomes necessary to do so,’ Ransome claims in the affidavit.
Dershowitz has repeatedly denounced the claims of Giuffre and Ransome, and on March 2, 2019 declared: ‘I hereby accuse my false accusers of committing the felony of perjury and challenge them to sue me for defamation.’
Speaking to DailyMail.com, he said: ‘And I’m repeating the defamation right now. She claims I defamed her by calling her a perjurer, I am now telling you that I’m calling her a perjurer.
‘And the first thing I will say in court is that I am saying right here, right now, that she’s a perjurer.’
Dershowitz dismissed suggestions the suit had anything to do with the Me Too Movement because he insists he has never met Roberts.
‘In every other Me Too case the people knew each other, they had a relationship, they worked together,’ he added.
‘In this case I never met this woman. She made up the whole story from beginning to end.
‘She hurts the Me Too movement terribly because when it’s proved she lied for money the real victims will be people who have really been abused. She is a fake victim.’
Epstein, a former Wall Street Financier, was convicted in 2008 for soliciting two girls as young as 14 for underage sex. He served just 13-months in jail and was required to register as a sex offender as part of a non-prosecution deal struck with the state.
The now 66-year-old was accused of abusing more than 40 teenage girls as part of the lawsuit.
In February, a federal judge ruled that the sentence, secured in a plea deal, had been illegally brokered by former US Attorney Alexander Acosta and other prosecutors, in violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
The deal is now being reviewed by the Justice Department in addition to Acosta’s handling of the case.
‘Jeffrey Epstein is a child rapist and there’s not a single mom or dad in America who shouldn’t be horrified by the fact that he received a pathetically soft sentence,’ U.S. Senator Ben Sasse said after the investigation commenced.
‘The victims of Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring deserve this investigation – and so do the American people and members of law enforcement who work to put these kinds of monsters behind bars.’
Epstein was spotted for the first time in nearly three years in February, as he left his luxe Manhattan townhouse, shortly after the investigation was launched.
After several years of abuse, Giuffre eventually escaped Epstein’s grasp in September 2002, after she was allegedly sent by the billionaire to Thailand where she was instructed to being a ‘young girl’ back to the US for him, according to court documents.
Fearing for her life and unwilling to subject another girl to the abuse that she endured, Giuffre fled to from Thailand to Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children.
We Found Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Secret Charity
Through a shadowy private foundation, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has continued to shell out cash to celebrities, elite universities—and an all-girls school.
Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein may have stopped trumpeting his million-dollar donations to charities in light of accusations he molested dozens of underage girls. But he continues to quietly distribute his wealth—including to the nonprofits of Deepak Chopra, Elton John and a doctor linked to President Trump—through a shadowy private foundation called “Gratitude America, Ltd.,” The Daily Beast has learned.
Gratitude America, Ltd. was launched in 2012 to back “organizations around the world that seek to celebrate the United States of America and the American Ideals,” the group stated in its application for tax-exempt status. Those ideals, the nonprofit added, include “liberty, equality, democracy, individualism, unity, and diversity.” At the time, Epstein was three years out of jail, but disturbing allegations from his alleged victims, including one who claimed Epstein kept her as a “sex slave” for his famous friends, continued to hound him.
Epstein apparently needed some favorable news to change the narrative and embarked on a public relations crusade that depicted him as a renowned “science philanthropist,” rather than a convicted sex offender.
Not to be confused with GratitudeAmerica, Inc., a Florida nonprofit for veterans, Epstein’s latest private foundation doesn’t appear to have a website or online presence. The only traces of the group lie in tax returns, a fundraising site for multiple sclerosis, and a book of abstracts from a 2017 academic conference in California.
In 2016 and 2017, Gratitude America Ltd. funded an all-girls school in Manhattan, a youth tennis program, cancer charities, Harvard’s famous theater troupe, posh New York arts societies at Lincoln Center and the Met, and a nonprofit linked to the wife of a former Harvard president who flew on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express” by the press.
Indeed, a review of tax returns reveals Epstein’s foundation donated at least $1.84 million to host of causes, including $15,000 to the Hewitt School, the elite private girls school on the Upper East Side; $30,000 to the O’Gorman Garden, a Harlem preschool; and $25,000 to the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.
Gratitude America’s biggest donations included a $375,000 payout to the International Peace Institute Inc., a New York think tank staffed by former United Nations officials and run by Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen, and $225,000 to the Melanoma Research Alliance—both of which Epstein boasted of supporting financially in years past.
As The Daily Beast previously reported, Epstein once cultivated a web presence that portrayed a multi-hyphenate superhero: an “armistice activist” with the peace institute; one of the largest funders of scientists around the world” who helped to curb ivory poaching; and an “education activist” who delivered the Virgin Islands its first Head Start program.
Yet the 66-year-old financier’s philanthropy has failed to repair his reputation.
In the early Aughts, Epstein was known to rub elbows with the likes of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Woody Allen and Kevin Spacey. His enigmatic rise from Dalton physics teacher to “international moneyman of mystery” who palled around with Prince Andrew and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was chronicled by the tabloids and New York magazine and Vanity Fair, which in 2003 reported, “Epstein is known about town as a man who loves women—lots of them, mostly young.”
“He’s reckless, and he’s gotten more so,” one former business associate told Vanity Fair of Epstein, who owns mansions in Palm Beach, Florida and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, along with a ranch in New Mexico. “Money does that to you. He’s breaking the oath he made to himself—that he would never do anything that would expose him in the media.”
Trump, too, once alluded to Epstein’s penchant for younger women. “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump told New York in 2002. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
Four years later, Epstein was arrested after this “social life” became the subject of a 13-month investigation by Palm Beach detectives.
Gratitude America donated $375,000 to the International Peace Institute Inc., a New York think tank run by Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen.
Police say Epstein was sexually abusing girls as young as 13, many of them from poor families and broken homes. And, according to lawsuits filed by victims, Epstein loaned them out to his famous friends. Epstein also allegedly paid girls to recruit other teen victims, telling one recruiter, “The younger, the better.” (The money manager denied trafficking girls to his friends, saying in one court filing that he and his pals were “the subject of the most outlandish and offensive attacks, allegations, and plain inventions.”)
Authorities had enough evidence to send Epstein to prison for life. But under a suspiciously sweet plea deal inked with former U.S. Attorney and current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Epstein served only 13 months of an 18-month sentence inside a private wing of the county stockade, mostly on “work release” for 16 hours a day, six days a week.
Epstein pleaded guilty to two state charges: solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution. Now the Department of Justice is investigating that secret plea agreement, which a federal judge ruled violated the law, and whether Acosta and other prosecutors “committed professional misconduct.”
In the #MeToo era, calls for justice for Epstein’s alleged victims are growing louder. The Miami Herald and Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz (allegations all three men vehemently deny), are fighting to unseal court records in a defamation lawsuit Giuffre filed against Epstein’s friend, Ghislaine Maxwell. Lawyers for Epstein’s alleged victims say records will show Epstein and Maxwell trafficked girls for the benefit of their high-flying friends. Maxwell, who has denied Giuffre’s claims, settled the case on the eve of trial in 2017.
Last week, the New York Post revealed that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office had “graphic and detailed evidence” of Epstein’s assault of minor girls before it argued for leniency during a 2011 sex-offender registration hearing. At the time, a judge balked at the DA’s request to register Epstein as a “low risk” offender, saying, “I have to tell you, I’m a little overwhelmed because I have never seen the prosecutor’s office do anything like this.”
Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, which includes the university’s historic theater troupe, noted Epstein among its top donors in 2018, under the category “The Guardians of the Sphinx.”
The constant trickle of bad press has resulted in some charities and political candidates keeping their distance from the perverted hedge-funder.
In 2006, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he’d distribute Epstein’s $50,000 campaign donation to charities throughout the state, while New York’s gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer and attorney general hopeful Mark Green returned donations of $50,000 and $10,000, respectively, from the billionaire.
In 2015, nonprofits including Florida’s Ballet Palm Beach told Reuters they’d no longer accept Epstein’s money following Giuffre’s headline-grabbing allegations. “The further I can keep myself from anything like that the better,” the ballet’s founder said.
When Epstein tried donating to House Democrats last October, they quickly returned a $10,000 offering from the political pariah. One spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told The Daily Beast, “Without second thought, the DCCC immediately refunded this unsolicited donation.”
Still, others have quietly welcomed Epstein’s cash. His former charity, the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, donated $25,000 to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charity, according to C.O.U.Q.’s 2006 tax return. The group is listed among past and present donors on the Clinton Foundation’s website.
Harvard also kept a $6.5-million check from Epstein to fund the university’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, the Harvard Crimson reported in 2006.
In March of this year, The Daily Beast revealed Epstein had funded the nonprofit of a Russian model who advocates for women entrepreneurs.
And Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, which includes the university’s historic theater troupe, noted Epstein among its top donors in 2018, under the category “The Guardians of the Sphinx.”
In the year leading up to Gratitude America’s creation, Epstein’s connections with his prominent friends were under scrutiny. One of his alleged victims, Virginia Roberts, came forward to the Daily Mail in February 2011, to say she was only 15 when Epstein recruited her “to be a prostitute for him and his friends,” including Prince Andrew.
The same month, Epstein downplayed his Florida conviction, telling the New York Post, “I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender’. It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.” These comments followed a New York judge’s ruling that Epstein must register as a Level 3 sex offender, which meant he’s at “high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists.”
The shocking allegations didn’t stop Epstein, however, from issuing a flurry of press releases heralding his support of the sciences. In January 2012, “The Jeffrey Epstein Foundation” announced its sponsorship of a conference organized by MIT’s Marvin Minsky, under the headline, “Top Scientists Meet to Discuss Greatest Threats to the Earth.”
In March 2012, another announcement declared, “Science Philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein, Convenes a Conference of Nobel Laureates to Define Gravity.” It was followed days later with a different bulletin: “Jeffrey Epstein, Science Philanthropist, Organizes a Global Doomsday Conference.”
Epstein’s former charity, the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, donated $25,000 to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charity, according to C.O.U.Q.’s 2006 tax return. The group is listed among past and present donors on the Clinton Foundation’s website.
One month later, Gratitude America Ltd. was formed in the Virgin Islands “to support the expression of gratitude for the ideals of America,” according to a tax-exempt application filed with the Internal Revenue Service. (Epstein has specified the Virgin Islands, where he owns a private isle, as his permanent address in annual sex-offender registrations.)
“Fundraising, if any, will take place via personal solicitation by the Members of the Board,” the group’s IRS application stated. “The initial contribution to the organization will be from the primary donor, Mr. Epstein.”
The group said it would “carry out its purpose through the direct funding of celebrations and other planned events, including symposiums, lectures, and galas, both within the United States and abroad planned by third parties and other non-profit organizations and governmental entities,” via “private donations from individuals.”
The disgraced financier’s group, however, didn’t list any revenues until 2015 or any contributions to charities until the 2016 and 2017 tax years.
Gratitude America Ltd. donated $150,000 each in 2017 to MIT and the Kuhn Foundation, run by writer Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who hosts a TV program called “Closer to Truth.” (One biography on the Chopra Foundation’s site says Kuhn is “an international corporate strategist, investment banker and expert on China” and has “a doctorate in brain research.”)
Rather than listing Gratitude America Ltd. as a donor in its own 990 tax form in 2017, Kuhn recorded a $150,000 donation from the “Jeffrey Epstein Foundation” in care of “Richard Kahn KBRK Associates 57,” which appears to be a misspelling of Kahn’s business, HBRK. Kahn, who served on Epstein’s previous nonprofit ventures, is the president of Gratitude America, according to tax returns. He runs a corporation called HBRK Associates, Inc., New York state corporation filings show.
Epstein also funded a nonprofit that produces a TV show hosted by the wife of Larry Summers, a Harvard economist and Treasury secretary under former President Clinton.
In 2016, Gratitude America Ltd. shelled out $110,000 to Verse Video Education. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit produces the PBS show Poetry in America, whose creator and host is Harvard professor Elisa New. Verse’s 2016 tax return named New as the group’s president but doesn’t include specific donors for its $1.38 million in total contributions.
New is married to Summers, Harvard University’s former president, who hobnobbed with Epstein in elite international relations groups and, like Bill Clinton, flew on Epstein’s private jet. Vanity Fair’s 2003 feature mentions Epstein proudly displaying Summers’ letter of commitment to “the Epstein Program for Mathematical Biology and Evolutionary Dynamics” at Harvard. Epstein “says he was reluctant to have his name attached to the program, but Summers persuaded him,” the article said.
Summers came up again during an October 2015 deposition of Alan Dershowitz, who faced a now-settled defamation suit from two attorneys for Epstein’s victims. Dershowitz testified that Epstein’s former assistant, Sarah Kellen, worked “at the Harvard office” where Epstein held meetings with university brass including Summers.
Asked about the women in Epstein’s entourage, Dershowitz said they served coffee or took notes during academic meetings. “And these people were seen not only by me. They were seen by Larry Summers, they were seen by [genetics professor George] Church, they were seen by Marvin Minsky, they were seen by some of the most eminent academics and scholars in the world. There was no hint or suggestion of anything sexual or improper in the presence of these people.”
Epstein’s largesse has likewise extended to Harvard’s storied theater troupe. The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, one of Epstein’s past beneficiaries, received $50,000 from Gratitude America Ltd. in 2016. The Institute includes the Hasty Pudding Club, the country’s oldest social club, and Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the U.S., and the Harvard Krokodiloes a capella group.
On The Hasty Pudding Institute’s website, Epstein’s name tops a roster of 2018 donors called “the Guardians of the Sphinx” for their donations of $50,000 or more, while Kahn’s business, HBRK Associates, is listed under a “sponsors” page for a $50,000-plus donation.
The Bruce and Marsha Moskowitz Foundation received $100,000 in 2016 and $50,000 in 2017 from Gratitude America Ltd. Bruce Moskowitz, a Palm Beach doctor, was revealed as one of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago cronies secretly influencing policies within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Meanwhile, Gratitude America Ltd. has also supported one of President Trump’s allies for two straight years, a review of tax returns shows.
The Bruce and Marsha Moskowitz Foundation received $100,000 in 2016 and $50,000 in 2017, Gratitude America Ltd.’s filings state. Bruce Moskowitz, a Palm Beach doctor, was revealed by ProPublica as one of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago cronies secretly influencing policies within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
But in its own 990 tax returns, Moskowitz’s nonprofit says it received money from Jeffrey Epstein, not Gratitude America.
Moskowitz—whose name was found in Epstein’s “little black book” alongside other doctors, under the category “medical”—listed two donations worth $50,000 in 2016 and 2017 from “Jeffrey Epstein/HBRK Assoc., Inc.”
It’s unclear why Gratitude America Ltd. registered a $100,000 donation in its tax filings for 2017, while Moskowitz recorded a donation for half that amount.
The Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America, which Epstein has repeatedly funded since at least 2012, received a total of $20,000 in 2016 and 2017.
Epstein also donated $10,000 in 2016 to the Women Global Cancer Initiative Inc., a nonprofit run by Next modeling agency founder Faith Kates. And he gave $10,000 to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and $5,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
In 2017, Epstein gave $75,000 to the Cancer Research Wellness Institute, a California nonprofit created by a grandson of alternative-cancer treatment doctor Max Gerson, and $25,000 to Nautilus Think, a New York nonprofit that publishes a science magazine. Epstein additionally contributed $50,000 to the University of Arizona Foundation, and the Tucson research university listed Gratitude America Ltd. as a sponsor of its 2017 Science of Consciousness conference inside a book of abstracts.
Epstein’s charity donated $15,000 in 2017 to “Friends of Elton John,” which appears to be the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a charity Epstein announced funding years before.
He donated more money in 2017, with $15,000 going to “Friends of Elton John,” which appears to be the the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a charity Epstein announced funding for years before.
Gratitude America listed a donation of $50,000 to the Chopra Foundation; $60,000 to a group labeled as “Association Mind Education” in Rome, Italy; and $50,000 to the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of New York.
Epstein appears to have provided all of the funding for the International Police & Fire Chaplains Association in 2017 with a $50,000 donation. The group, based in Taylor, Michigan, reported gross receipts of $50,000 or less in 2017, and for the last several years, IRS records show.
The billionaire has supported a slew of New York nonprofits dedicated to the arts, too.
He gave $25,000 to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and $50,000 to MET Orchestra Musicians in 2017. He also donated $10,000 to a Brooklyn-based group, the Independent Filmmaker Project (Gratitude America appears to have miscalled them “Independent Feature Project” in its tax return but used IFP’s same address).
Gratitude America said it donated $50,000 to the New York Concert Artists Association in 2016, but the Association denied receiving any funds from Epstein or his foundation.
This year, Gratitude America Ltd. apparently donated to prominent litigator Stephen Susman’s fundraising page for Bike MS, a cycling event that raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Epstein’s donation of $10,000 was the highest contribution on the website, next to another $10,000 from Susman’s wife, Ellen. (In 2017, Gratitude America noted a $5,000 donation to “Walk MS” in New Jersey that appears to be unrelated to Susman’s payout.)
Epstein and Susman were acquainted as early as 2010, when Epstein was on probation for his Florida sex crimes. Epstein traveled to New York several times to meet Susman, who, according to a letter in Epstein’s probation file, said their meetings were to discuss “potential claims against D.B. Zwirn,” a hedge fund that collapsed in 2008 and reportedly cost Epstein millions, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Epstein apparently donated $10,000 to prominent litigator Stephen Susman’s fundraising page for Bike MS. Epstein and Susman were acquainted as early as 2010, when Epstein was on probation for his Florida sex crimes.
The Daily Beast left messages for all the schools and charities that Epstein’s group listed as beneficiaries. Some representatives said they didn’t know who operated Gratitude America Ltd. Others said they never received any such donations.
In an email, Howard Straus, president of the Cancer Research Wellness Institute, said his group has “NEVER received a donation of that magnitude from ANYONE.”
“I would know,” Straus continued. “We are perennially short of funds, and would love to be the recipient of such largesse, but not from sexual predators.”
Jennifer Park of New York Concert Artists said her group never received a donation from Gratitude America. “I am sorry but you have completely wrong information,” she said in an email, adding that her nonprofit was perhaps confused with another group.
After reviewing Gratitude America’s tax return, Park again stated her group shouldn’t be listed among the foundation’s recipients. “This is false, and whoever put our organization name must be responsible for any consequences,” Park added. “We have never received any donation from what you describe.”
Lisa Thomas, director of publicity for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said Gratitude America’s $25,000 donation “was an anonymous gift for our 44th Chaplin Award Gala,” which honored actor Robert De Niro in May 2017.
“Mr. Epstein did not attend the event and has not been a patron of ours before or since,” Thomas said in an email.
Epstein’s $50,000 donation to the University of Arizona’s Center for Consciousness Studies in 2017 “was a one-time anonymous gift,” said Chris Sigurdson, the university’s vice president for communications.
John Steele, the publisher of Nautilus Think, told The Daily Beast he met Epstein in 2017 but he couldn’t recall under what circumstances. Steele said Epstein, who’s supported many scientific causes, liked his magazine.
“He made a one-time donation and that was the extent of it,” Steele said.
The Same Players
Gratitude America, Ltd. is run by a trio of Epstein operatives who were also involved in his previous nonprofits. Indeed, they were the only officers of the following now-shuttered groups: the C.O.U.Q. Foundation; J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation; and Epstein Interests.
Darren K. Indyke—a longtime Epstein lawyer—is vice president of Gratitude America, per the 2017 tax return. In the years prior, he was treasurer.
Indyke was active in all three of Epstein’s former foundations, as a trustee of Epstein Interests and vice president of both the C.O.U.Q. Foundation (also known as the Florida Science Foundation) and J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation (which went by Enhanced Education).
It was Indyke whom New York authorities contacted in March 2015 for information on why one of Epstein’s charities, the Virgin Islands-based Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, should be exempt from state law, Reuters reported. Months later, Indyke was present for the deposition of Dershowitz, and is currently representing Lana Pozhidaeva, the model whose nonprofit Epstein bankrolled in 2017, in a trademark application for her company.
Erika Kellerhals, a Virgin Islands tax attorney, is Gratitude America’s secretary and treasurer. She was also secretary, treasurer and trustee of the J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation, according to a 2015 registration statement filed with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.
Kellerhals declined to comment when reached by The Daily Beast. Indyke and Kahn, reached by phone before hanging up, did not return further messages.
Epstein was president of Gratitude America, Ltd. from 2012 until 2015, when one of his associates, Richard D. Kahn, assumed the role. That year, Gratitude America, Ltd. recorded revenues for the first time, with a single $10 million donation from a mysterious company called BV70 LLC, according to a review of tax returns.
Once a licensed CPA and former treasurer of the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, Kahn wasn’t mentioned as a Gratitude America officer until 2015. The 2015 registration statement for Gratitude America lists Richard Kahn as president and Jeffrey Epstein as director.
In the document, the group said it wouldn’t solicit donations in Florida, New York and the Virgin Islands as initially planned.
The C.O.U.Q Foundation filed tax returns in New York as early as 1999 and disbanded in 2012, according to records filed with the state Charities Bureau.
Epstein Interests was active from 1992 to 2012, tax returns reveal, while the J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation appears to have been largely inactive. The latter was incorporated in 2000, but The Daily Beast could only find a tax return for 2002, despite the group filing a registration statement in New York for 2015.
Some of Epstein’s groups appeared to shuffle money to each other. In 2008, Epstein Interests noted a $100,000 grant to the C.O.U.Q. Foundation. During the 2009 tax year, C.O.U.Q. listed Epstein’s charity, “Enhanced Education,” as a contributor of $200,000.
Aside from participating in Epstein’s charities, the trio of nonprofit operatives also made donations to political candidates backed by Epstein, according to a review of state and federal election records.
On July 23, 2018, Epstein, Indyke and Kahn each donated $2,700—the federal limit for individual donations—to the primary campaign of Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Kellerhals and partners at her law firm have been frequent donors to Plaskett, records show.)
In an itemized receipt of one donation, Kahn listed his occupation as “attorney” and the name of his employer as “self.” But according to New York’s Office of Court Administration, the 46-year-old Kahn was never registered as a lawyer in the state.
The trio of Epstein, Indyke and Kahn also donated to Plaskett on Aug. 4, 2016, each for a total of $5,400 toward her general and primary campaigns. On July 25, 2016, Kellerhals sent Plaskett $2,200 for the primaries and $1,350 for the general election.
On July 3, 2014, both Kahn and Indyke donated $2,600 to Plaskett’s primary campaign, while Kellerhals donated a total of $1,000 in July 2013 and January 2014.
Meanwhile, Indyke, listing his occupation as “attorney,” donated $5,200 to New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Gary King’s campaign on June 17, 2014. Six days later, Kahn’s business, HBRK Associates Inc., gave King $5,200.
In the weeks that followed, businesses connected to Epstein’s St. Thomas, Virgin Islands address donated more than $35,000 to King’s campaign.
JEGE, LLC, which appears to own Epstein’s private jet, donated $5,200 in September 2014, while “JEGE, Inc” donated $5,000 in July 2014. Companies called “FT RealEstate,” “Laurel, Inc.,” and “Nautilus, Inc.” each contributed $5,000, and “Maple, Inc.” and “Neptune LLC” gave $5,200 apiece.
King told the Santa Fe New Mexican he would return the money, saying, “My campaign has had an ongoing rule that I would not accept any contributions directly from Mr. Epstein and upon further review, we have learned that he has an interest in the companies in question.”
Epstein had also donated to King’s 2006 run for attorney general. At the time, King said he would return a $15,000 donation from Epstein “to avoid any appearance of impropriety,” the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
“I don’t think I’ve ever met him personally. He knows other members of my family better,” said King, whose father, former Gov. Bruce King, sold Epstein his 10,000-acre Zorro Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico.
Bruce King and former Gov. Bill Richardson were listed side by side in Epstein’s little black book, which was snatched by Epstein’s former house manager, Alfredo Rodriguez, who worked for the financier in 2004 and 2005.
The address book, obtained by Gawker in 2015, contained the names of suspected Epstein victims, as well as boldfaced names including Courtney Love, David Blaine, Alec Baldwin and Donald, Ivana and Ivanka Trump.
Records show that in 2007, a year after Richardson returned Epstein’s money for his gubernatorial run, Kahn and his wife each donated $2,300 to Richardson’s presidential campaign. Indyke and his wife each donated $2,300 days later.
Daniel Janner with father Lord Greville Janner
Lord Janner inquiry: Senior police ‘influenced decisions’
Apr 16 2019
Senior police officers may have influenced decisions about inquiries going ahead into child abuse allegations against a politician, a watchdog has said.
Leicestershire Police inquiries into Lord Janner are being reviewed by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
The IOPC also said documents may have been “inappropriately modified” and allegations not even recorded.
The late Lord Janner and his family have always maintained his innocence.
Leicestershire Police said it could not comment at this time.
The IOPC is examining inquiries from 1991, 2001 and 2006 and said it was considering the conduct and actions of 13 individuals, though none are serving officers.
It has sent an update to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
IICSA has received complaints from more than 30 people alleging the former Labour MP abused victims between the 1950s and 1980s.
While emphasising its investigation was ongoing, the IOPC outlined “matters of concern” including:
- In the early 1990s, before a formal investigation into Lord Janner commenced, police records indicate “a number of references to a relationship, including a sexual relationship, between Lord Janner and a child”, but there is no evidence the claims were looked into
- Once an investigation did begin, lines of inquiry “appear from the evidence not to have been carried out” and “there is an indication that senior officers may have influenced decisions regarding the inquiries being carried out”
- In 2001-2002 “allegations made by former children’s home residents appear from the evidence available not to have been investigated or recorded” and “documented results of investigative actions regarding Lord Janner appear to contain information that could be interpreted as misleading and/or inaccurate”
The update said a new referral was made to the IOPC in February, which “based on the evidence reviewed” indicated “police documents may have been inappropriately modified”.
The IOPC said all those under investigation had been issued with notices regarding potential criminal offences and potential gross misconduct.
It said hoped to produce a final report by the end of June.
IICSA said it had paused its work regarding Lord Janner to avoid any duplication.
Lord Janner, who was born in Cardiff, was an MP in Leicester for nearly 30 years.
He died shortly after a judge had ruled he was not fit to stand trial for alleged child sex offences.
His son Daniel Janner QC said: “This private document should never have been published.
“It is yet another astonishing example of this discredited inquiry’s mishandling of information.”
He described the IICSA inquiry into his father as a “macabre proxy prosecution of a dead innocent man who cannot answer back from the grave”.
If Daniel Janner wants to talk about “sly or underhand” behaviour perhaps he would like to dwell on this for a moment.
Paedophile boss of Cardiff children’s home abused boy then threatened to ‘make him disappear’
Patrick Grant was investigated but cleared over abuse allegations in the 1970s and continued to run children’s homes
12 APR 2019
A paedophile who ran a Cardiff children’s home repeatedly crept into a teenage boy’s bedroom and abused him before threatening to “make him disappear”.
Patrick Grant’s terrified victim often fled the Walker House Children’s Home in Llanishen in the late 1980s, a court heard, and told police who found him that he was being molested – but they “did nothing”.
Grant was accused of child abuse in the late 1970s but after being cleared of the charges he faces was allowed to return to the profession – enabling him to abuse three more youngsters.
He has now been convicted, along with his special constable accomplice, of abusing young boys.
Grant, 69, of Partridge Road, Roath, was the superintendent at Walker House Children’s Home and would sneak into a young boy’s room at night and molest him under the bedclothes, Inner London Crown Court heard.
His victim, who was in the home having been abandoned by his mother, went on to abuse glue and petrol before turning to cannabis and heroin.
The man, now in his 40s, spent more than two decades homeless on the streets and once made an attempt on his own life, the court heard.
In a victim impact statement he said he often fled from the Cardiff home. “Each time I ran away from the home I was picked up by the police and told them what was happening but they did nothing,” he said.
“Patrick Grant always said to me he would make me disappear – words that have always haunted me.”
Grant was jailed for eight years.
Grant’s co-defendant Bernard Philip Collins, 73, of Worcester Road, Sutton, a former special constable, was convicted of similar offences and will be sentenced on April 23.
Grant and Collins were exposed by an investigation into Lambeth social services employees in the 1970s.
“Each of these three victims have been severely traumatised by what happened to them,” added the judge.
“This was undoubtedly a gross abuse of trust and use of threats – telling a child you would make them disappear and that nobody would believe them.
“Each suffered severe psychological harm that they will carry for the rest of their lives.”
Regarding his acquittal in the 1970s the judge told Grant: “It could be said there was a shot passed across your bows but you continued to offend.”
The court heard the 11-year-old victim at the Shirley Oaks home in South Norwood was often subjected to bare-bottomed corporal punishment beatings carried out by Collins, who also molested him in his own living quarters.
“Once you slapped him in the face and pushed his head under the water. You told [him] no-one would believe him and there was no one for him to complain to.”
These people were all jailed last month:
The boy at Fircroft Children’s Home in Surbiton, also 11, was similarly abused at bath-time by Grant, who told them he would have to inspect they had properly washed between their legs.
The duo’s stint at South Vale ended after six months when they were arrested in July 1978, with Collins going on the run until 1980 when he was convicted of abuse.
Patricia Strobino, from the CPS, said: “This has been a long and difficult trial for all those involved – particularly the victims who had been accused of making the abuse up all this time. They showed immense resolve and courage by coming to court to give evidence and standing up to their abusers.
“These crimes have had a long-term negative impact on the lives of the victims. They were let down by those in authority and by those they should have been able to trust. I hope this outcome offers a degree of closure, enabling them each to begin the process of rebuilding their lives.
“Grant and Collins committed the ultimate abuse of position. They were supposed to provide care for some of the most vulnerable children, including those with special needs and others who had no family support. Instead of keeping them safe in these children’s homes, Grant and Collins together, and individually, systematically targeted and groomed children causing them significant harm.
“This case is a culmination of years of intensive police and prosecution work and I am pleased that justice has finally been served for the victims.”
Manhattan prosecutor ‘IGNORED graphic, verified evidence of Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophile activity’ when arguing for leniency during the billionaire’s 2011 sex offender registry hearing
- An appellate brief from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has revealed details about Jeffery Epstein’s 2011 sex offender in hearing
- It claims that then-Deputy Chief of Sex Crimes Jennifer Gaffney, was given a state assessment which deemed him to be highly dangerous
- The assessment indicated that Epstein should be labeled as level three offender, the most restrictive category meant for the most dangerous individuals
- Gaffney argued for him to be classified as level one offender, the least restrictive
- Epstein ultimately received a level three designation after Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz deviated from Gaffney’s recommendation
- At least 40 women have alleged that they were abused by Epstein, who is friends with President Trump and has donated millions to the Clintons
Apr 12 2019
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office was allegedly aware of graphic and detailed evidence against Florida financier and accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein when a prosecutor argued for leniency during his 2011 sex offender registry hearing.
A newly-unsealed brief obtained by The New York Post on Thursday revealed that prior to that hearing, then-deputy chief of Sex Crimes, Jennifer Gaffney, was provided with a confidential state assessment which deemed Epstein to be highly dangerous and likely to continue preying on young girls.
Even though the assessment indicated that Epstein should be labeled as a level three offender, the most restrictive category meant for the most dangerous individuals, Gaffney argued for him to be classified as a level one offender, the least restrictive.
The DA’s office reportedly admitted as much eight months after the hearing in its own appellate brief, which The Post sued to unseal.
A newly-unsealed brief obtained by The New York Post on Thursday revealed that prior to that hearing, then-deputy chief of Sex Crimes, Jennifer Gaffney (above), was provided with a confidential state assessment which deemed Epstein to be highly dangerous and likely to continue preying on young girls. She went against the state’s recommendations and argued that Epstein should be considered a level one offender, the least restrictive categorization, instead of level three, the most restrictive
The assessment was made by the New York state Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders, which evaluated the corroborated accounts from dozens of young girls between 14 and 17 years old who’d engaged in sexual contact with Epstein at his Palm Beach compound between 2005 and 2006.
Authorities say the victims were recruited and paid up to $1,000 to give the billionaire erotic massages that included sexual contact, intercourse and rape.
Epstein ended up pleading guilty to abusing just one of the girls in Palm Beach, and was required to register as a sex offender in New York because he has a home in Manhattan.
The brief obtained by The Post alleges that New York prosecutors knew that Epstein had a score of 130 on his risk assessment, which is ‘solidly above the 110 qualifying number for level three’.
Epstein ultimately received a level three designation after Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz deviated from Gaffney’s recommendation.
‘Our prosecutor made a mistake,’ Danny Frost, spokesman for Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr, told The Post in December after it was revealed that Epstein had reached a non-prosecution deal in 2008 with then-Miami US Attorney Alexander Acosta’s office to secretly end a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls that could have landed him behind bars for life.
Questions about Epstein’s deal started to surface after a series of lawsuits were filed by two of his alleged victims.
The women, identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, claim in court papers that they were unaware of the secret deal being made between the defense team and prosecutors back in 2007 that guaranteed federal charges would not be brought against Epstein, 63, which could have resulted in a lengthy prison sentence for the millionaire.
They filed their lawsuit a few months after Epstein received his lenient sentence in 2008, with their lawyers saying the US Attorney’s Office violated the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act by not speaking with Epstein’s victims about the details of his plea agreement.
The two victims who filed the suit were 13 and 14 at the time of the abuse.
This filing contained more than 140 exhibits including emails between Epstein’s defense team, the US Attorney’s office and former State Attorney Barry Krischer, which lawyers believe clearly show that victims were being left in the dark.
Bradley Edwards and Paul Cassell, who filed on behalf of the women, previously stated that they hoped US District Judge Kenneth Marra would not force the case to go to trial but rather given what they believe is overwhelming evidence rule in the favor of the two victims.
‘There is good reason to believe that if the prosecutors had exposed their dealings to scrutiny by Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 and other victims, they would not have reached such a sweetheart plea deal,’ the motion reads.
‘Despite the fact that this case has been in litigation for more than seven years, spanning several hundred pleadings, the government does not write even a single sentence explaining why it entered into an NPA (non-prosecution agreement) with a sex offender who had committed hundreds of federal sex offenses against young girls.’
The motion also says that the deal Epstein received is ‘one of the most extraordinarily lenient plea arrangements in American history’.
Epstein settled both of these suits back in December before the victims would be able to testify in court.
Police in Palm Beach turned over the information they had gathered on Epstein’s victims to federal authorities in November 2006 after investigating the case for roughly a year following an initial call in March 2005 from a woman who claimed her daughter, 14, had been paid $300 to give Epstein a massage in just her underwear.
Local authorities also filed a probable cause affidavit in May 2006 saying they believed there was enough evidence to charge Epstein with four counts of unlawful sex with minors and one count of molestation.
In the end, these charges were taken to a grand jury despite the recommendation of police, who came back with just one charge against Epstein – felony solicitation of prostitution.
On June 30, 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to a single state charge of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution, and ultimately served just 13 months of his 18-month sentence.
That time was served not in a prison, but rather the Palm Beach Stockade, which is a local detention center.
Epstein was also allowed to leave six days a week to go work out of his West Palm Beach office during his time behind bars.
After his release he did have to register as a sex offender.
DA knew Jeffrey Epstein was a dangerous pedophile when arguing for leniency
April 11, 2019
The Manhattan DA’s office had graphic and detailed evidence of pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s depravity when a prosecutor inexplicably argued for leniency during his 2011 sex offender registry hearing, The Post has learned.
In advance of the hearing, then-deputy chief of Sex Crimes, Jennifer Gaffney, had been given a confidential state assessment that deemed Epstein to be highly dangerous and likely to keep preying on young girls, the DA’s office admitted in its own appellate brief eight months after the hearing.
The brief has been sealed since 2011, but The Post obtained it Thursday after suing to get it unsealed.
It describes a state assessment’s findings that Epstein should be monitored in New York as a level three offender — reserved for the most dangerous.
In making its assessment, the NY state Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders evaluated the sworn, corroborated accounts of numerous young girls who had been lured into Epstein’s Palm Beach, Fla., compound in 2005 and 2006.
Girls aged 14 to 17 years old were recruited and paid $200 to $1,000 to give Epstein erotic massages that included sexual contact, intercourse and rape, Palm Beach cops found.
Epstein pleaded guilty in Palm Beach to abusing just one of these young victims, and was required to register as a sex offender in New York since he had an Upper East Side home.
Manhattan prosecutors were aware the state board had assigned Epstein a risk assessment of 130, a number that is “solidly above the 110 qualifying number for level three,” with “absolutely no basis for downward departure,” the brief notes.
Nevertheless, Gaffney argued that he should be labeled a level one offender, the least restrictive, which would keep him off the online database.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz sided with the board and against Gaffney in designating Epstein a level three offender. Epstein appealed, and the DA’s change-of-heart brief agreeing that Epstein deserved the highest level of monitoring was filed in opposition to that appeal.
The appellate division ultimately upheld that Epstein be monitored as a level three offender, and he remains on the registry.
“Our prosecutor made a mistake,” Danny Frost, spokesman for DA Cyrus Vance Jr., told The Post in December, when news broke that Epstein’s sweetheart Palm Beach deal had buried evidence he had allegedly abused some 80 girls and young women.
Reached late Thursday, Frost declined to say who above Gaffney might have approved her decision to go easy on Epstein. Vance’s office has insisted that he was unaware of the sex-offender registry hearing at the time.
Gaffney could not immediately be reached for comment.
Once again, what
@InquiryCSA did NOT publish is more telling than what it DID publish in its recent ‘stealth dump’, particularly with respect to the Melanie Klein and Green Lanes childrens’ homes ….
They failed namely to disclose the copy of the diary kept at the time of abuse by a girl who was placed at the homes. The diary that Operation Winterkey’s detectives copied. The one that featured at Lewisham police station during their interviews around the matter.
So what’s in the diary? Everything from names, party venues in London and Sussex, who they had sex with and what type of sex they were forced to have. Did Winterkeys give that evidence to
@InquiryCSA? If not, why not? And if they did pass it onto IICSA, why has Jay not put it up?
INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
On the final day of the three weeks of hearings of the Westminster strand of the inquiry, a number of documents were quietly uploaded to the iiCSA site. No mention had been made about them previously, and no announcement was made about their inclusion.
Interestingly, they were far more revealing that then documents that had been referred to in hearings and raised questions as to who and why at iiCSA had decided not to openly discuss the contents during the public hearings.
A number of these documents were very revealing and I have decided to transcribe as many as I can in case it helps people’s research.
(The following is part one of two statements made by GB.)
CJ Act 1967, s.9; MC Act 1980, ss.5A(3)(a) and 5B; Criminal Procedure Rules 2005, Rule 27.1
Statement of: GB
This statement (consisting of 3 pages each signed by me) is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and I make it knowing that, if it is tendered in evidence, I shall be liable to prosecution if I have wilfully stated anything in it which I know to be false, or I do not believe to be true.
Signed: GB Date: 20/12/2016
My name is GB and I live at an address known to police. On Tuesday 5th July 2016 and Tuesday 20th December 2016 DC DRUMMOND and TDC HAYES attended my home address to speak to me in relation to allegations surrounding Green Lane Children’s Home and Melanie Klein House both of which were children’s homes on Greenwich Borough which I have no recollection of having dealing with those children’s homes whilst working in the CID at Eltham between DPA 1985 and DPA 1988. DC DRUMMOND explained that she was from Professional Standards Department within Operation Winterkey which is the investigation into allegations of historic child abuse involving institutions and prominent people. I have been asked whether I am hapy to have the meeting recorded which I am happy to agree to.
My employment history whilst in the Metropolitan Police is as follows: I joined in 1978 and was based at Chelsea where I spent four years. I then transferred to Kensington on the Crime Squad and then moved back to Chelsea on the Burglary Squad until 1984. From 1982 I was based at Brixton Main CID office until 1985 and then in 1985 until 1988 I was based at Eltham CID. From 1988 I transferred to Rotherhithe CID office until 1991 and then in 1991 I went to 3 Area HQ where I was Child Protection Unit at Shooters Hill. I did five years at CPT and in 1996 I moved to the Paedophile Unit based at NSY where I stayed until 1999 and from May 1999 I was specially employed within the Integrity Testing Unit until DPA 2000.
As I have already mentioned I was part of the CID department at Eltham in 1988 and part of my general duties would have been to deal with any prisoners who would have been booked in at Greenwich police station. As a DC I would have been allocated major crimes such as burglaries, assaults, robbery. From memory, the CID team I worked with in 1988 would have been DC John WOOD, DC Bobby THATCHER who is now deceased, DC Tim MYNALL, DC Colin DELL, DS Alistair MACKENZIE and DI Graham whose surname I cannot remember. The CID office was very small and I remember that Eltham Division had about 20 uniformed officers who worked on the ground floor. I do not remember any squads using Eltham Police Station as a base for larger investigations at that time, as it would have been too small to accomodate any outside squads. They would generally have used either Orpington or Bexley Heath as they had more space. The second and third floors were the command for 4 Area HQ.
I have no recollection of having any dealings with Green Lane Childrens Home or Melanie Klein House when I was part of CID at Eltham in 1988. I remember that any allegations which were made involving Social Services and children being abused would be dealt with directly by a DI and it would not be allocated to a DC to investigation nor would we have been expected to assist with Child Protection investigations on our own. I do remember an occasion in around 1988 where by a Councillor by the name of Chris FAY made a complaint. I seem to remember that he lived on the DPA in DPA. If I recall rightly he was involved as a Senior Social Worker and complained about police arresting Social Workers during the investigation of Kimberly Carlile. This investigation was about the murder of a child in care but she was not a resident of either Green Lane Childrens Home or Melanie Klein House. Apart from this occasion that is the only Child Protection investigation I recall being involved with at Eltham. One of the Social Workers I arrested in connection with the Kimberley Carlile murder was related to Chris FAY in some way and I remember that they lived on the same estate. I cannot remember the name of this social worker.
I have been shown a copy of a letter exhibited as CF/104. From my observations of this letter I can see, what I believe to be, a number of discrepencies within the text. I notice that the crest logo at the top is too far over to the right and would normally have been more centred. The phone number for Eltham Police Station is written as ’01-835 8380/8289′ however in 1988 I believe that the phone number would have been changed to 0208. I think the phone number for the CID office at Eltham was something such as 02088536014 and each CID office in each police station the last four digits always denoted the CID office. The last four digits of the phone number would have always been the same. Each station would have had their own prefix.
Within the text of the letter it states ‘The officer appointed to investigate this matter is DC GB”. I was the only DC GB based at Eltham Police station in April 1988 although I do know that there was another officer with the surname GB who was a dog handler at that time. If the letter had related to an investigation involving child abuse at GLCH or MKH I would not have been allocated the investigation as it would have been dealt directly by a DI in accordance with General Orders. I remember that any major crime would not have been reported by the station officer as they would have called for a CID officer to speak to the person at the station face to face at the time of reporting or attend an address or venue to speak to them. I can see that the crime reference number is shown as DPA. The ‘C’ represents a major crime such as robbery, serious assaults and other major crime but I do know that the crime reference number would have been shown as DPA during that time. RD would represent Eltham police station and DPA would represent the year of the crime report. The bottom paragraph of the letter offers Victim Support Scheme however I am sure that there was no Victim Support Scheme in place in 1988 and I find it strange that this letter would mention it. If a victim or witness was attending court they would have had a Case Officer to support them at court. The signature at the bottom of the letter shows that it was signed by ‘PC746R Crime Desk Officer‘ however in 1988 we did not have a crime desk so I find it strange that it mentions Crime Desk Officer. In my opinion, and from my memory, I believe that this letter is a fake. I am sure in 1988 letters were not sent out to people reporting crimes and I am sure that we, as Detectives, had to type and send our own letters out. In my opinion I believe that the letter I have been shown has been generated from a computer but in 1988 we did not have computers and letters were types on typewriters.
I have been asked if I know the name Chris FAY. I seem to remember the name possibly involved in child abuse but not from the time I was a DC in Eltham but from when I was working in the Child Protection Unit in 1995. I seem to remember his name being mentioned during Social Services Case conferences although I do not remember having any dealings with Chris FAY personally. He may have been a Social Worker but I cannot remember. I seem to remember him being arrested for something to do with child abuse. I think this was sometime during my role on the Child Protection Team sometime between 1991 and 1996. I remember Chris FAY‘s name came up during the time I was engaged in Operation Hatton which was around the Paedophile Information Exchange. I think Mr Fay was connected by his telephone number which came up during intelligence gathered around persons connected to PIE.
Generally any investigations involving child protection matters were normally dealt with by the DI and we may have helped out with enquiries.
I have been asked by DC DRUMMOND whether I ever remember working with DI/DCI Richard THOMPSON. I do not remember ever working with DI/DCI Richard THOMPSON whilst I worked on CID at Eltham Police station in 1988. I do remember that there was a DCI Richard THOMPSON based at Greenwich but I never really had any interaction with him. I think DCI THOMPSON may have been the person who made the decision to arrest the social workers.
INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
OPERATION WINTER KEY / OPERATION MILESHOGUE / OPERATION HATTON
On the final day of the three weeks of hearings of the Westminster strand of the inquiry, a number of documents were quietly uploaded to the iiCSA site. No mention had been made about them previously, and no announcement was made about their inclusion. It was independent journalist Mark Watts who alerted people to the fact these documents had appeared. Interestingly, they were far more revealing than documents that had been referred to in hearings and raised questions as to who and why at iiCSA had decided not to openly discuss the contents during the public hearings.
A number of these documents were very revealing and I have decided to transcribe as many as I can in case it helps people’s research.
(The following is part two of two statements made by GB. You can find part one here.) Interestingly it refers to the Paedophile Information Exchange being infiltrated by an undercover police officer in 1997, and so PIE was still very much active at that time.
The contents of this statement will be referred to in a future blog post concerning a matter I have coincidentally been working on for some time. Please note: TRIGGER WARNING – some of the contents of this statement are very candid and some may find it upsetting.
OPERATION WINTER KEY
DPA – GB
- Time/date/location – 20/12/2016 – this is a follow up interview from 05/07/2016
- Persons Present – DC DRUMMOND/TDC HAYES
- Explanation of OPERATION WINTER KEY – Investigation of non-recent allegations of child abuse involving prominent persons. Roles of Professional Standards and IPCC. Request for statement to be taken from yourself. IICSA Enquiry.
- Reason for record the interview is that you had a central position in the enquiry. The SIO, DETECTIVE INSPECTOR DAN SETTER, has deemed that by recording the information discussed today it will ensure that an accurate account is referred to in making your statement.
- Reason for taking the statement is record any information that you may have of knowledge you have of an investigation surrounding GREEN LANE CHILDREN’S HOME and MELANIE KLEIN HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOME in Greenwich.
- An allegation was made in 1988 by an ex councillor, of children from the homes taken to parties where prominent people was present and that no meaningful police investigation was conducted on this allegation.
- We are obtaining a statement from you today in order to assist the investigation with any information that you may have. This is in agreement with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
- Email from DI SETTER (15/12/2016) in which he explains that he has spoken to GB and reassured him that he does not breach the Official Secrets Act 1989 by speaking to us. As he is no longer a Crown Servant, he qualifies as ‘any other person’. We are Crown Servants, so he is specifically protected. Section 7(3) states:
7(3) For the purposes of this Act a disclosure made by any other person is made with lawful authority if, and only if, it is made –
(a) to a Crown servant for the purposes of his functions as such; or
(b) in accordance with an official authorisation.
- Explain what Op Mileshogue was? What year did it start? Clarify whether it started at Eltham CPT then moved to Paedophile Unit? When did he start there? How many people worked on Mileshogue? Where based? Who was the SIO for Mileshogue?
OP MILESHOGUE (MH)
- A – (00:00:00) MH was shown as an intelligence gathering operation originally it revolved around a guy called [NAME REDACTED] I can’t recall his surname but that should be in the MH files. He had been a rent boy himself, living in Greenwich at that time. He had a series of young boys. One was WM-A118 another was WM-A119 and another 5 or 6. Those boys I interviewed on tape several times. They claimed another had been abused by other people, were taken to parties and things by [NAME REDACTED] himself, he was like a modern day Fagan. He also had them doing robberies and burglaries but he was also an informant for the police, inform on them and then turn up as their appropriate adult. These were kids all from local Children’s Home. He would befriend them and take them out. There were several named people involved, one was a former Head Teacher who lived in Surrey they were taken to, to abuse. He ran gay/child photography, he was a photographer and Head Teacher. He had been mentioned in Johnny Go Home films years ago and exposed by a newspaper. He was involved in that, he was a named suspect. Several other people were involved. One, a guy who lived in Orpington with another fella. During the investigation we found out he worked for the government in some role. What we do know is he was at a conference for arms sales. We followed him around.
- Q – He was living with someone who was involved in the Government. Do you know anymore?
- A – No, he was something to do with Government arms sales. Can’t remember his name or partner’s name. The pair of them were named people by the children as abusers. The problem was, the kids would never say anything about their own abuse, only ever talk about others abuse. There was never any direct evidence.
- Q – You said the children came from a children’s home, which one?
- A – Green Lanes, it was called Green Lanes and it was in different locations. It was called Green Lanes Children Home. One was in Deptford.
- Q – In Deptford?
- A – Yeah Deptford way – can’t remember where.
- Q – Were you based in Rotherhithe?
- A – Rotherhithe is something different. Same children involved in another thing from Rotherhithe involving an MP. Same Children’s Home. These children – WM-A118 and WM-A119 – never spoke about this man, it was the other kids from within their group. They lived in Southwark and frequented his surgery.
- Q – Whose surgery?
- A – Forgotten his name. He was the DPA
- Q – Is it to do with the recording found in the safe?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Was it WM-F7?
- A – Yes WM-F7
- Q – When did MH start?
- A – I was a CPT in Shooters Hill and took it with me to the Paedophile Unit, so about 1996, to work on. (09:14) Going back to [NAME REDACTED] he would take kids round to various addresses. There was a core group of about 5 people’s homes – 5 suspects that were named. There were others, the boys were taken to what they call the Dolphin Place – we thought that was Dolphin Square. They used to talk about a ‘big dolphin’ there. Also that they were taken out on a boat, a little gin palace. They were abused there. They knew of a network of other children who were abused. We were told that one of [NAME REDACTED] boys had been beaten up in Trafalgar Square – had serious brain injuries. From what the boys say, this lad was going to inform police, tell them everything. [NAME REDACTED] got hold of him, beat him up. He was left brain dead.
- Q – We did cover this last time. How many people were on MH?
- A – Just one – me. It was difficult to get help, get anything started and in the end Surrey took over the one aspect which related to the guy who was a former Head Master. They put him under surveillance. They did come into London to have a look at other people’s habits, but it was really just me.
- Q – Where were you based?
- A – At NSY. There was a guy who used to help me with interviews, we used to help each other. His name was Andy Murray, DC, Professor. He had a degree in Child Protection.
- Q – Who was your SIO for MH period?
- A – Me.
- Q – Who was your line manager?
- A – DI Bob McCloughlin. He would sign the paperwork. Everything had to be perfect, you would submit it and the bosses would change it so by the time it went through it was totally different. It had to be signed by the DI.
- Q – There should be a GR file for MH?
- A – Yes, around that time we were just going computerised for crimint, it was just within SO1 and covered the Flying Squad and things like that, things at the yard. I got help from the intelligence analysis, they didn’t have much to do as the thing was just starting up. They put all of MH on crimint, it was the first thing to go on so it was recorded on crimint. They did a lot of work on telephone communication.
- Q – Was WM-F172 involved in MH?
- A – No it was totally separate. It was from when I was at Rotherhithe.
- Q – Can you remember the names of the analysts?
- A – Jo. No memory of the other one – both female civilian staff. Their names will be in the file for loading it on. (Can’t work out word sounds like Basket) was the first job that went on the system.
- Q – So MH was 1996? (15:02)
- A – Yes it went to Surrey, they got what I could never get – they got telephone intercept for the main suspects. The core group of 5 would talk to each other virtually every other day. We put the intercept on and from that day for the two months they were on, I think, the guy that lived with the man who worked for the Government in Orpington never phoned anyone during that whole period. He didn’t receive phone calls from anyone during that period, all of a sudden he didn’t exist.
- Q – This was MH?
- A – Yeah. It went over to Surrey.
- Q – What Surrey Operation name did it have?
- A – Don’t know it went on Holmes.
- Q – Surrey Holmes?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Did it go in its entirety of MH to Surrey, or just parts?
- A – Just dealt with the one person on their ground, a person of interest to them. For years there had been lots of rumours.
- Q – The name of the person?
- A – Can’t remember. He was Surrey person of interest. Surrey took that part of the MH investigation.
- Q – MH how many suspects?
- A – Can’t remember. They will be on the docket.
- Q – MH – You took that from CPT into Paedophile Unit. There were a couple of boys WM-A118 and WM-A119 and possibly 5 or 6 other boys giving you information?
- A – 5 suspects, there were other boys on the periphery that I couldn’t get to talk to. They were in the wind – one minute here, one gone. There were a few other names, but I never got to talk to the other kids.
- Q – Green Lanes was a collection of Children’s Homes?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Located in different areas?
- A – Yes, the main dealings were with Deptford, the main children. It was called Deptford but was Greenwich, on Greenwich’s ground but that part was called Deptford, down near the Cutty Sark. Those boys were out of the Children’s Home, in care.
- Q – One boy was going to the police?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Name suspects?
- A – Yes.
- Q – The name of that boy?
- A – No, but its in the MH file.
- Q – Before he could give any information he was attacked in Trafalgar Square (20:29) and left brain damaged and all in MH file?
- A – Yes.
- Q – What info was he going to give?
- A – Around people [NAME REDACTED] was taking them to see. More Dolphin Square, it was to do with Dolphin Square.
- Q – Any other details of the boy?
- A – No.
- Q – Where was he living at the time?
- A – I went t see him in a secure [unit] in North London somewhere. His name is definitely in the file and Intel file.
- Q – Any other information or information in the file?
- A – He was a young DPA lad at the time, about 14. He started young. He was about 10 when he started to be abused. He had moments of clarity talking about being abused, talked about [NAME REDACTED] taking him places, talked about a dolphin, the dolphin place and going on a boat. I never got the whole conversation. I interviewed him and took a day to get to know him so he would speak to me. Then a couple of days trying to interview him. I tried it on tape but he was not having that. If he saw cameras he would freak.
- Q – In front of Social Workers as appropriate adults?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Who was the social worker?
- A – Don’t know but it was in the secure unit. He had difficulties. One minute you were talking to him, the next he was masturbating in the corner. It was totally sexualised behaviour. He would try and rape other boys in the secure unit.
- Q – This is the same boy who was brain damaged?
- A – Yes. I only ever saw him in the secure unit. I didn’t speak to him before he was attacked. He was in the secure unit for his mental health after being beaten up. WM-A118 and WM-A119 told me about their friend who was going to tell and this was what happened to him and this why WM-118 and WM-119 were afraid to talk about anything to do with the guy who was running it. (24:20)
- Q – Did the boy (in secure unit) give you any other information?
- A – Nothing that would give me anything to go on or for any prosecution, purely intel, where he had been, some new names and some already mentioned by WM-A118 and WM-A119. He was part of that group and from the Children’s Home.
- Q – What nationality?
- A – WM-A119 was DPA, WM-A118 I can’t remember but he was an DPA lad. These kids were refugees, kids from the Children’s Home.
- Q – WM-A119 and WM-A118 gave you info about Dolphin Square?
- A – Yes.
- Q – What did they say?
- A – There was someone in the Navy that they had met there. Supposed to be a politician involved that they had met, but no name. Things were told by [NAME REDACTED]. Half the time they when they were taken to these places they were drunk out of their brains. They would top them up with more alcohol and they would be abused. (27:20) There was no one specific person from the meetings or on the boat they named. They said a politician, someone in the Navy.
- Q – Any politicians names given?
- A – No, no names of prominent people. Any prominent people I would have remembered, noted it. There were nicknames and bits and pieces. It will all be in the intelligence files. I meticulously recorded everything. The interviews with the boys were videoed so it will all be there.
- Q – How did you identify the venue as Dolphin Square?
- A – Didn’t particularly, they said there were dolphins and it was near Westminster Bridge. They used to call it ‘the place with dolphins.’
- Q – Ever take them for a drive round to identify the place?
- A – No, they mentioned dolphins and Westminster Bridge. I went to see a guy (can’t recall name, he uses four different names), he was running the boys. He had been a rent boy and got the lads to work for him. He also mentioned Dolphin Square – he had been there as a child himself, been abused. He had worked on a programme with Channel 4 to expose people. I saw him in prison. [NAME REDACTED] the Fagan type.
- Q – The two boys WM-A118 and WM-A119 mentioned dolphins?
- A – Not specifically Dolphin Square, just dolphins. Dolphins on a building.
- Q – They described it to you?
- A – Made the jump from dolphins to Dolphin Square. There was a person in the office called GRAHAM PASSINGHAM (now deceased) in the Paedophile Unit. He always chased anything to do with politicians, Houses of Parliament, any other problems. He would never tell you what he knew. If he heard something, he would say ‘I know something about that but I can’t tell you.’ He was the longest serving person on the West End. He came from the dirty book squad. He spoke to TOM WATSON MP a lot, I think they were friends. He was a DC in name. He worked on Child Porn as there was no Paedophile Unit. He had his own files locked away in a bottom drawer, he was into everything. He spoke to the guy they based a lot of allegations on. The job the Met has just done that turned to poo said he was abused, lived in West London. The credible evidence bit. GRAHAM interviewed him years ago. He would talk about it but Graham was one of those who would not share things with you. He left the Paedophile Unit and went to work for a security services as a vetting agent. Died about ten years ago. (33:40) Graham would say there was a mass conspiracy of child abuse. Often if you delved into some of it, if you did get anything out of him, it was crap. There was no substance to it. He was just a vacuum of tiny bits of information – he would suck it up and write it down in his little books. He was convinced there was this enormous conspiracy in Parliament and Government.
- Q – Who else in the office knew about Dolphin Square?
- A – Everyone I suppose. We had briefings. Every now and again we get an operation. It was there that GP would tell me that he had interviewed before and there was a load of prominent people living in Dolphin Square that was all part of his enquiry. When I mentioned that the boys mentioned dolphins, it moved onto Dolphin Square.
- Q – Who was in the office?
- A – Same people who had been there for 15/20 years – the core group of them. Transferred over from the dirty book squad.
- Q – Names?
- A – No (thinks about it) BRIAN FRANCE####. I took over HATTON from him when he retired from the Paedophile Unit on top of (Not sure of name of Op). It was an office of about 10. ANDY RYDON after me, ANDY MURRAY – we were the late additions. We had dealings with child abuse, they had dealt with Child Pornography. I went there to get the Met to have a response to child abuse. (Discussion on lack of ability of Met to deal with child abuse). They idn’t want to know about a mass operation with loads of kids to interview. They didn’t know how to deal with it.
- Q – Did you put requests in for more resources help to assist you? Who did you send that to?
- A – Yes to Commander C1.
- Q – It went to Comdr. C1?
- A – Yes.
- Q – It was bounced back as in refused?
- A – Yes, we thought a good hit on these people would have been telephone intercepts because we could see they were talking to each other every two or three days. I put in a request for the intercepts and it goes on a first come, first served basis, no priorities. We weren’t regarded as a priority so that’s why I went to Surrey and Surrey decided it was a priority.
- Q – Going back to WM-119 and WM-118 they’ve given you a description of a building with dolphins?
- A – Yes.
- Q – But they didn’t mention Dolphin Square?
- A – No it was [NAME REDACTED] the word (can’t understand word) he named DOLPHIN SQUARE.
- Q – There was no drive around to identify the building?
- A – No.
- Q – And these were videoed interviews?
- A – Yes.
- Q – There should be a record of them somewhere?
- A – Yes.
- Q – You mentioned when you interviewed them they would only give information about other boys and not themselves, evidentially they were useless?
- A – Yes, I couldn’t take it further. It was just intelligence. I hoped at some stage to find the other boys.
- Q – Did they name other names of boys as well?
- A – Yes, it would be in the docket.
- Q – From the home?
- A – From the home again trying to get hold of them they were in the wind if they thought a policeman was looking for them they were gone.
- Q – What age range were they for WM-A119 what age was he?
- A – I think they started around, WM-A118 I think was about 8, with him aged 8 through to about 14. He was just 13 or 14 when I was interviewing him.
- Q – You knew him when he was about 8?
- A – No, the abuse started when he was about 8. When I was interviewing him he was about 13 or 14.
- Q – And this is WM-A118 and WM-119 they were explaining to you about being taken to a building with dolphins?
- A – Yes
- Q – Gin palace?
- A – Yes.
- Q – A boat was mentioned as well?
- A – The boat is a Gin Palace.
- Q – What did they say I have not heard that before?
- A – Gin Palace is a boat, certain type of boat. They described it. They used to go off shore. People they met on the boat, it was basically an orgy on the boat. The boat would sail outside of British territorial waters because there were people on there that wouldn’t do it in the UK/didn’t want to be seen in the UK, so the boat used to round and float off and they used to go on the boat.
- Q – Did they ever disclose where it was moored?
- A – No too young, no concept of distance or time.
- Q – Who was taking them there?
- A – [NAME REDACTED] or any of the 5 main core people. [NAME REDACTED] would take them to them and they would take them on, the kids would stop with him for the weekend and do whatever he told them. That person would take them somewhere else and swapsies of boys when they got there. Basically the way the paedophiles were working meet up, meet up in a hotel in a room or something like that, each would bring their own boy, swap boys and be there for the weekend or the night. (44:51)
- Q – Were the boys ever medically examined?
- A – Yes.
- Q – By a police medical examiner?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Was it ever proved?
- A – Yes, according to them they never have been. WM-A118 Dr described him as having the bottom of a 60/16 (can’t make out if 60 or 16) gay man who has been at it for most of his life, at the point where he was going to have to use a tampon just to keep his bum closed.
- Q – Gin Palace, a boat?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Name of boat or expression used?
- A – Expression used by them. They called it a Gin Palace, a floating Gin Palace the boat. They would say to the boys “we are going on the Gin Palace.” We searched names in case it was called the Gin Palace, anything like that, went through insurance records trying to find a boat with that name/description, but the Marine people never identified a boat in particular. There was someone – came from GP – who used Dolphin Square, had a boat which could be described as a Gin Palace but I never got the name or anything like that.
- Q – Were they ever driven round to see if they could locate it?
- A – They had no concept of anything like that. When they went out to Surrey, they would say they were in the car for four or five hours but it was only an hour from where they lived. No concept. North London to them was up North – too young, no concept of time or distance.
- Q – [NAME REDACTED] where did he live?
- A – Deptford part of Greenwich. Had a girlfriend there. Two of them used to house the kids. If any of the kids were ever arrested, him or his girlfriend would turn up as appropriate adults.
- Q – WM-A119 and WM-A118 were from a Children’s Home. The other boys abused, were they from Children’s Home?
- A – Yes, or local lads.
- Q – Back then, how did they manage to leave the Children’s Home for the weekend?
- A – Just a bunk – no one chased them. Kids were wandering around London, used to run away from home. People would meet them at the station, take them off, just used to find somewhere.
- Q – Were they reported missing?
- A – None of the supervision we have now. If a kid goes missing they inform the local police. Didn’t happen then.
- Q – CH wouldn’t inform the police?
- A – No, they wouldn’t tell anyone. If they were missing for a certain amount of time – 2 weeks or something like that – they might let the missing person unit at the Yard know (49:01) or Charity for Missing Persons. The interaction with Police was virtually nothing. I was trying to get a link with Missing Person, Children’s Charity put together, there was nothing.
- Q – Does that apply to the appropriate adult, as to why this [NAME REDACTED] was the appropriate adult, not someone from the Home?
- A – Yes, the kids would say I’m living at the CH. They were arrested a lot, they were the scourge of Greenwich. Like 120 burglaries the pair got off with, that [NAME REDACTED] had sent them to do. He then informed on them, had them arrested and acted as appropriate adult. Talk them into TICs, they would talk about the other burglaries they had done. [NAME REDACTED] would tell them they would get a better deal that way, so the kids would spill their guts. They were both up on about 120 burglaries going to court. The burglaries, the guy sending them there is the police informant so it ended up going before a judge and the whole lot was quashed. WM-A118 and WM-A119 were terrors – scourge of that area. Robbing, stealing everything – whatever they were told. About 20 boys were involved in ripping Greenwich apart.
- Q – All the boys?
- A – Yes.
- Q – A male lived at Greenwhich down the road from the police station, who was it?
- A – (Pause)
- Q – Wasn’t [NAME REDACTED] was it?
- A – No, [NAME REDACTED] lived close to Greenwich within a mile of the nick (discussion on location of Police Station). The boys were committing burglaries in Deptford as well. (Short discussion on the police areas and police stations). All these kids were run by him and he was the police informant. Ridiculous.
- Q – How long were you dealing with MH?
- A – 3 years, all the time, not a 100%. It sat in the background. If I got some time, I dealt with it. We were dealing with the Scout Association and 5 other enquiries, which took up our time. I went back to it when I could. Surrey had it about the same time, and they were still working on it when I left the Paedophile Unit.
- Q – So from you dealing with it, Surrey became involved?
- A – Yes – one aspect, one person.
- Q – Shall I deal with that as a separate entity? What was the state of play when you left?
- A – The state of play, basically the poo hit the fan. (54:16) Surrey were investigating this one person, it was the Crime Squad that did it. The DI was running it but can’t remember his name. The Squad that were doing the surveillance and observations, one of their members was getting married, so for that weekend they were not going to work on it. It was only because I was passing by that I changed the tape. The guy in Surrey’s house was on a permanent video feed from a house in a back garden opposite. I was passing by going to relatives nearby and went in and changed the tape. So the tape went from Friday to Saturday (24 hour tape), so I changed it on Saturday or Sunday – could have been Sunday – anyway, I changed the tape and the guy from Orpington and his partner turned up at the house with a boy aged about 9 or 10 and went into the house. The kid was in there for about half an hour or so and came out. There was no one doing a live active surveillance that weekend so all of a sudden you have this child going into the house brought from the other end of our ground. That was it, they decided all the 5 core suspects would have their houses raided on the same morning, look for stuff and low and behold there wasn’t much there. The guy in Surrey, there was stuff there that I knew was there anyway as he had taken pictures of kids, they were in lots of gay magazines because he was working for them. He used to have false passport details, fake names to say he had seen them, they were over age. I knew who these kids were, I could prove their ages so they charged him and dealt with him on that aspect of those pictures.
- Q – Whilst you were on MH, Surrey became involved with one aspect, on suspect? They deal with that suspect under a different Operation name?
- A – Yes.
- Q – The Operation name you can’t remember?
- A – No, it was a Holmes based Operation.
- Q – It’s not a pattern?
- A – No.
- Q – The name of the suspect?
- A – Can’t remember.
- Q – What year did Surrey do this?
- A – 1998/99 (check dates) believe it went over Christmas.
- Q – 88/89?
- A – Yes, end of 88 into 89 when poo hit the fan when the kid went in and they did the raids. I left shortly after that.
- Q – They had taken one suspect and are dealing on a separate Operation where the suspect was based (58:30). What area?
- A – Woking.
- Q – Name of suspect?
- A – No.
- Q – Remember anything else about that person?
- A – He was the guy who had been mentioned in the Johnny Go Home series, fomer Head Teacher of a school. He was a bit vilified in the press but I don’t think he actually had a conviction.
- Q – Teacher?
- A – Yes.
- Q – When was he in the press?
- A – 1970, Johnny Go Home was a TV series about kids coming down from up north, being met at the station by men who would say they would look after them, get them, they were abused, rent boy scene in the ’70s.
- Q – Surrey – how did they follow up their investigation?
- A – They charged him with possessing photographs, taking photographs. I could not identify the child who was brought to the house. I could never work out how he turns up at their home with the kid during the period. We are listening to his phone and he never talks to any of the others, but on the day it just so happens no one is looking at him or anything like that, he just happens to choose that day to turn up with a child. It just doesn’t ring right. What are the chances of that?
- Q – What kind of resources were they using, Surrey?
- A – A full Surveillance Team.
- Q – Surrey’s resources?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Not the Mets?
- A – No, Surrey’s Crime Squad and Surveillance Team fully on it. The Assistant Commissioner of Surrey, ADRIAN LEPPARD, went on to be Commissioner of the City of London, he authorised everything. He was appalled the Met were not doing anything re: MH. He didn’t have the resources to go into the Met. We would occasionally stray over to see and identify the others to see what they were up to.
- Q – Can you name the Surrey Officers?
- A – JOHN BETSON ran the Surrey Crime Squad. He was the DS in charge of the Surrey Crimes Squad.
- COMFORT BREAK (13:20-13:25)
- A – Surrey pushed the boat out, microphone in the house in the living area. It didn’t pick up anything when the child went there, anything that happened didn’t happen in that room.
- Q – (Discussion on how he felt not having any resources.)
- A – Nobody in charge of child abuse. I wanted to use Social Workers and arranged for NSPCC to work with us and to cover until the social workers could step in. At a conference this was discussed and the ACPO lead said no, it would be too expensive. This was on radio. He said there was only a few cases.
- Q – Did you put suggestions forward to Senior Officers?
- A – Yes, lots (01:05:54). Discussion about training for interviewing and reporting system involving social workers and request to use London wide. Refused by Assistant Commissioner as Met going to crimint so don’t use that system. Could not get anyone interested. It went up on a docket through 4 Area DCI, but they didn’t want to know.
- Q – What happened with MH?
- A – We did the raids after the kid was seen going into the house. They raided all the houses. I think one house, one of the suspects had child pornography the rest of them had nothing. The guy in Surrey was charged because we could prove some of the stuff he had although he claimed they were adults through passports etc, we could prove they were only 13 or 14. These pictures and some of the pictures he used are still out there now in gay magazines. You buy a magazine called Smooth, smooth boys – people would often say its because they are shaved – it’s not, they are kids. These magazines are still sold with pictures of kids in, they are still there. The Met’s attitude was we can’t go removing them because we will be seen to be demonising the homosexual community. We can’t do it so it was a case of, yeah, we know the magazines are there, they have photos of kids in them but people might think they are shaved so we are not going round to try and remove them, we are not going to put anything out to other police stations. You could go round most gay guys’ houses and found this picture in there, you could have arrested them for child pornography quite legitimately because it was a legitimate magazine. This guy was photographing them and putting them in there. Their answer was this is too much just to let it go. MH was about homosexual stuff they were petrified of it. If you had a little girl you could prove it was a little girl, they would do something about it. Frightened to death of being see as homophobic. If they had put it out there most decent people would have gotten rid of it.
- Q – How was MH closed? What state was it in when you left?
- A – I was told they were going to carry on as they had been raided, that was it. I think they used me leaving to shut down HATTON. They had wanted to shut HATTON down for a long time. No one was running it. Just before I joined the Paedophile Unit every 2 weeks they would have a meeting with the likes of REBEKAH BROOKS like that. On the back of my chair was the name ‘REBEKAH‘ in Tippex, where she used to sit and hold court. Lots of press came in there. They were so frustrated they could not get anywhere so they shared the stuff what was going on to the press instead of them actually dealing with it.
- Q – They were having meetings with journalists?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Senior officers?
- A – Yes, and the team. They used to come in every couple of weeks, they would bring a bottle in and sit there. It was only because at the time I got there the Yard went dry – they got rid of the tank downstairs, turned it into a gym. Before that, the journalists were in there on a regular basis.
- Q – They would share information?
- A – They did a lot of good work but it’s not the way it should have been dealt with. There was information shared, there was stuff we would get back, but the Paedophile Unit, it leaked like a sieve. There was one time – I won’t name names – (There was then a discussion about he and his colleagues finding out about who was leaking information to the press using three nicknames and mention of an enquiry concerning the DPA.) (01:14:52)
- Q – This [NAME REDACTED] where you said he sold a story to Channel 4?
- A – He apparently went to Channel 4 and sold them a story, and they spent 6 weeks undercover filming and following him around. It was to do with named people. They withdrew the plug and I went to see Channel 4, found the producer, who told me about being involved in it. It was just like they were petrified that I turned up, I thought I was going there to chat to a producer to tell me what he knew about [NAME REDACTED].
- Q – No senior officers with you?
- A – No, I asked them to come with me, but it was a case of ‘no you won’t need us’.
- Q – They indicated footage had been destroyed?
- A – Yes, they wouldn’t give me any information on suspects, or anything like that. (01:16:10)
- Q – Do you know what it was about?
- A – Supposedly about [NAME REDACTED] was taking them to an identified (or unidentified) people that were abusing WM-A118 and WM-A119.
- Q – This is MH, under MH?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Remember any of the names of the people at the meeting?
- A – No, but there would be a list on the docket. I listed everyone who was there.
- Q – There was no senior officers, it was yourself and people you describe as lawyers.
- A – Yes, we went round the room and it’s as if everyone had their own lawyer. The Director was there, the Senior Manager of Channel 4 was there – he had a lawyer. The camera team was there – they had a lawyer. I said: “Can you tell me what you did?” They said they made a programme but destroyed all the films. Can’t comment, no comment.
- Q – Was it a pre-arranged meeting?
- A – Yes, it took me ages to get the meeting as I kept ringing them up saying I really wanted to come and talk to them about this.
- Q – This [NAME REDACTED] had indicated to you while you had a prison visit with him that he had been helping out Channel 4?
- A – Yes.
- Q – And he had given information to them?
- A – Yes.
- Q – What senior Officers did you ask to go with you?
- A – If you go to see the press (can’t hear answer but something like authority or report), you had to get authority from no lesser rank that DCI. It would have been in the MH docket that I asked to go and then asked for authority. No one came with me.
- Q – Did you ask Bob McCloughlin?
- A – Yes, Bob was the DI.
- Q – Do you remember who your DCI was?
- A – JIM REYNOLDS.
- Q – So nothing came out of the meeting?
- A – No. Confirmed they had a programme, they know [NAME REDACTED], they filmed over a period of 8 weeks, that the footage had been destroyed, they didn’t say why it had been destroyed.
- Q – What year?
- A – It was around when I started there, it would be in the docket – around 97, 97 or 98.
- Q – I want to move onto WM-F172 was that an operational name?
- A – No that was LINDA HOLDEN and myself picked that up from looking into corruption and fraud. A load of houses basically had been bought by criminals, C11 criminals, they were the top criminals in the country – the ARRIFS, people like that. They bought Docklands property. They put locals up, gave them money. It was a way of laundering money. WM-F172 ran these places for them. You would have a high court judge in his beautiful house and next door he would have about 30 refugees, they were just piling people into them.
- Q – At what point have you been investigating WM-F172? Where were you at that time?
- A – I was at Rotherhithe.
- Q – What year?
- A – 1990 – I was on CID.
- Q – Was it your investigation?
- A – No, it was LINDA HOLDEN’S. We got together on this.
- Q – Where did WM-F172 live?
- A – She lived in a flat in DPA – a big six-bedroomed house.
- Q – How did this come to light – there was some kind of corruption or fraud?
- A – I can’t remember exactly how it came about. We ended up looking at her as the prime suspect. I came at it from the fraud aspect. There were many people living in this house. Linda came at it from another way. Discussion on how he found out the villains turned up on the day, threw people out of the queue, put their own in to get the properties and how WM-F172 was linked to the properties.
- Q – There was a search of her business property?
- A – She ran a cafe in DPA. It was a meeting place for villains.
- Q – What was the name of the cafe?
- A – I think the DPA.
- Q – Done a search of her business premises, cafe?
- A – Her office was upstairs where she ran the stuff for the housing. We came across a safe that she wasn’t going to open and didn’t have the key. We were going to call a locksmith when she opened it, and we found the tape recording. We thought it might be more evidence of what we were looking for. We got back and listened to the tape WM-F7. WM-F7 has a distinctive voice. Realised it was his voice on it and he was engaged in having sex with someone – another male. We knew he had an association with WM-F172, as there had been bits in the press attending functions with her on his arm.
- Q – Describe the voice you believed was WM-F7.
- A – I don’t know how to describe his voice – it’s distinctive and it was him, as far as I was concerned it was him.
- Q – Had you seen him on TV?
- A – Yes, he was the local MP for DPA. I had seen him a few time around, I had spoken to him a few times, on TV he is regularly on. He has a twang to his voice. If you heard it you would know it was him.
- Q – What did you hear on the recording?
- A – It was obvious he was having sex with someone basically. Grunts, groans, his voice, encouragement and bits and pieces, and it went on for a while.
- Q – Did you hear what the other person was saying – what the voice sounded like?
- A – I can’t really recall. It sounded a youngish male basically, or you could gather from it.
- Q – How young are we talking?
- A – Impossible to say. (01:29:03)
- Q – Young male, as in teenager or above, or are we talking child?
- A – It was a teenager, child that sort of age. It was a young person. He was in his 40s. This was a significantly younger probably child or young adult, grunts and groans and talking during sex. It wasn’t exactly a conversation. It sounded like they didn’t know that they were being recorded.
- Q – What was the record done on – what type?
- A – Can’t remember if it was an ordinary cassette or micro cassette. I think it was just an ordinary cassette.
- Q – It was just audio.
- A – Just audio.
- Q – Anything written on the cassette, you can remember?
- A – I can’t remember.
- Q – From that recording, this teenager or child – can you remember what they were saying?
- A – No.
- Q – What made you believe it was a young person or child?
- A – The voice was higher – just the whole tenure of it being encouraged to participate as though he was talking to someone young. Couldn’t say if it was a child – could have been a young person. It was definitely someone on the younger side.
- Q – Were there sounds of distress?
- A – No, it was consensual. Our main concern was that he was often protecting her when people were complaining to him about WM-F172. People had gone to his surgery to complain that the villains had got there, but he said no I’m sure not. He was on her arm at places, and it wasn’t until about 10 years later that he came out being gay. Before that the people of DPA would not have voted for him.
- Q – Listened to the recording – was Linda there as well?
- A – Yes. I think the DI as well. We were going to keep it quiet. We couldn’t say if it was a child, was an MP being blackmailed, was he being blackmailed by WM-F172 therefore by most of the villains in South East London?
- Q – When you say you were going to keep it quiet, was there a conversation around that?
- A – Yeah, the DI was going to take it to SB, I think. We didn’t want to make it worse. It needed appropriate people to deal with it. We couldn’t deal with it as the local CID. It was going to be taken up elsewhere as far as we were aware.
- Q – Who was the DI at the time?
- A – MICKY SUETT
- Q – There was a conversation about this going to SB as the local CID couldn’t deal with it?
- A – Yes, the three of us didn’t say anything to anyone else. Then the tape went missing.
- Q – How long after it was booked in did you go back to find it?
- A – It wasn’t me who went to find it, it was Linda, and it wasn’t there. We weren’t sure who had taken it – had SB come along and taken it? It was not booked out, it wasn’t where is should be.
- Q – Was this fed back to the DI?
- A – Yes.
- Q – Do you know what happened from there?
- A – I think he may have done a copy so I don’t think he was that worried. We all talked about doing a copy each and keeping hold of it. If you left it in your drawer though and someone picked it up, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. (01:36:32)
- Q – Did you know that for certain or was it just a comment saying he would make a copy?
- A – I just felt confident he had made a copy. We talked about making copies ourselves.
- Q – Did you make a copy?
- A – Don’t recall making a copy, no. Abut this time I ended up at the Bailey for about two weeks. I wasn’t much in the office.
- Q – Who would have had access to the property office?
- A – It would have gone to the property store at SOUTHWARK once it had left us because she was a prisoner, it would have been booked in at Southwark.
- Q – It was moved from Rotherhithe?
- A – Yeah, after the arrest was made she went to Southwark as there was no facilities at Rotherhithe. We would have taken the stuff back to the office in Rotherhithe to listen to and book it in and leave it in the property store.
- Q – Would there have been signing out and signing in?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – Was it a 105 the…
- A – Yeah.
- Q – So the book 105 would be signed out and signed in?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – So there was an audit trail?
- A – Yeah, some of the paperwork was kept in the office so we could go through it as you would forget the names. The tape wasn’t something we were going to do anything with so it went back.
- Q – At the time you found this tape, was it a case of you all being worried that an MP was being blackmailed by WM-F172 and other villains, or did you look at it as a child abuse aspect?
- A – Couldn’t say for a 100% that it was a child, it was just things that came later, children in, children I was investigate later from the Children’s Home spending the night at his constituency surgery, seen coming out in the morning.
- Q – So it was later on in your career when you discover all that and that’s when you thought?
- A – Yeah, it was later on. Just as I left Rotherhithe to go to CPT, I remember having a conversation with the CH SUPT there, ALAN EVERSHED. I don’t know how we got on the subject, but it was about WM-F7. He may have been briefed by MICK SUETT about children coming out of his constituency surgery in the early hours of the morning.
- Q – That information was fed to you so you didn’t witness it yourself?
- A – I did later. There were children there that were related to [NAME REDACTED] that group of kids were the ones coming out of his constituency surgery. Those kids like WM-A118 and WM-A119 never said anything about WM-F7. ALAN EVERSHED telling me about the kids coming out of the surgery and we were doing some observations around there about a child we knew who was a prolific burglar we caught him coming out of his constituency surgery.
- Q – What time in the morning are we talking about – half six?
- Q – What was his surgery?
- A – Like a shot front, just like a shop. Kids had been staying there. The one kid I saw, can’t remember his name, was from Rotherhithe. Same sort of thing he was into burglaries, stealing. He was about 15 or 16 and had stopped all of a sudden. He was coming out of there one morning. I don’t think we were doing a surveillance, just driving past. It was towards the end, when I was leaving there. EVERSHED said he had received information that kids were spending the night at the surgery.
- Q – Was it a set up like an office, this surgery? What was it like?
- A – It was like a shop front/come office. The kid came out of it. We might have been doing something on the WM-F172 job in the area.
- Q – Were these children’s home kids?
- A – Yeah, I think he was a children’s home kid.
- Q – Do you know which one?
- A – I can’t remember. It was only later that the links going through the children’s home when I got into it with the CPT. Moves on to the bit when I got upset. The reason I was upset was because I was very close to Linda and I told her about the meeting. I never actually told her they had photographs, she went off alarming when I said [IRRELEVANT]. She went off on one and I never spoke to her from that day to this.
- Q – What happened again at your meeting?
- A – I was meeting a friend of mine in a pub on the way home from Rotherhithe. I got to the pub and outside was what was obviously a police car. I thought it was my mate taking the piss. Got inside and there was someone there who introduced himself as a Supt from the Regional Crime Squad. I thought he might be with my mate, but he wasn’t. We started chatting. He starting blowing smoke up my bum about things I had done, knew a lot about me. He said we should stop the investigation into WM-F172 for everyone’s interests.
- Q – Do you know who he was?
- A – No, I took the car reg at the time and ran it through. Not locally but someone up north, but never identified. Can’t even remember his name, I had it all written down. I didn’t know who he was but he was purporting to be from the job. That’s how he knew I was going to be in the pub because I had phoned my mate once from Rotherhithe and once from Southwark confirming the meeting, so unless it was someone in those offices listening to me, no one else would have known I was going there. He was waiting for me, so we had this conversation. It was a case of me saying, no I don’t think we will stop the investigation. Making life difficult if LINDA [IRRELEVANT] making life difficult for me. That was it, and off he trotted.
- Q – This was Linda’s investigation around WM-F172?
- A – Yes, I meet with Linda the next day and told her what happened. She went off on one and I never actually got to tell her they claimed they [IRRELEVANT].
- Q – Of what?
- A – [IRRELEVANT] We never spoke from that day to this. Shortly after I went to the Paedophile Unit, not the CPT.
- Q – After you told her about that meeting she never spoke to you?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – This male introduced himself as a Supt RCS? (Regional Crime Squad)
- A – Yes, claimed to be from the South East Regional, which made sense with the job car outside that he got into when he left.
- Q – What did he look like?
- A – About 5’10”, slim face, small moustache, quite skinny.
- Q – Was he on his own?
- A – Strangely, when he got into the car, someone else got into the car I hadn’t seen before. The two of them got into the car to leave. I was looking outside the window.
- Q – Was that another male?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – Was he driving this other person who spoke to you in the pub?
- A – No.
- Q – Did he say why he wanted this stopped?
- A – No. There’s two theories. One is about WM-F7 or about WM-F172. I think she may have been an informant. Certainly my life turned to shit afterwards.
- Q – After that meeting?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – Was that investigation still going on, was Linda still dealing?
- A – Yeah, we got to the stage I think we were charging her that week or the following week. This was days before she was charged. Things were said at the trial that came second hand to me. The CPS put a bar on me from attending court.
- Q – Why was that?
- A – Because I was under investigation. Strangely, someone had made a complaint against me. I had received the 163A which meant that the complaint was over. The complaint started again, I was reinvestigated for it. It was to do with the (Fur trader, not clear). I went on a central discipline board.
- Q – So the CPS barred you from attending the WM-F172 trial?
- A – I was barred from attending court in general, all things, I was not allowed to give evidence in any trial (discussion about CPS action for police officer under investigation and giving evidence). I was on gardening leave, although I was acting DI in the office as he was off sick and I was the only one who had passed the exam.
- Q – With regard to WM-F172, when she was arrested was she brought in at that point when you did the search?
- A – Yeah. Searched her home address when she was arrested at her home and her business premises later in the day, I think. Took ages to search her home, took her back to the nick and then took her to her business premises. All the villains from South East London were banging on her door and standing around for the rest of the day.
- Q – Was she ever asked about that recording?
- A – I don’t think we ever did. We were going to pass it over, leave it like we had never seen it or listened to it, we just dropped the subject, left it. I don’t know if it is to do with WM-F7 or general (can’t make out 01:54:27).
- Q – What happened with WM-F172 trial?
- A – I didn’t go but I heard from someone else that she was found guilty on some counts and someone went in to see the judge. That’s what I heard, but of course I wasn’t there.
- Q – Did you ever mention to anyone else, senior officers, about this person threatening you in in the pub to drop the investigation?
- A – No.
- Q – Why?
- A – I didn’t trust anyone, wasn’t going to do it. I wasn’t going to stop, not in my nature.
- Q – Anymore you can tell us abut the WM-F7 WM-F172 element?
- A – No, I can’t be sure but it was always in the back of my mind these were the same group of kids, but ther. But never did any of the lads I dealt with ever mention him, it’s just the tape recording suspect, whether it was a child or not being know and talked about regularly about the kids coming out of his address. He could have been a nice man putting them for the night, nothing a 100%.
- Q – OP HATTON (01:58:26) Can you give me a brief overview?
- A – OP HATTON evolved from the Met’s monitoring of the Paedophile Information Exchange where I got involved. BRIAN FRANC#### was running Operation Hatton. He had a card index system, he tried to get it put on Holmes but got a knock back. It was an old card system, cross referenced a lot of it historic, way back. The main players in it, we got to dealing with it. One guy lived in DPA and they used to meet every 4 weeks, the PIE at his house on a Sunday afternoon. Before my time they managed to get an undercover officer into those meetings but they actually thought he was a member of the security services, they allowed him in and weren’t bothered who he was. They would discuss things like how they were trying to change people’s perceptions They would meet with the likes of [NAME REDACTED] and people like that to see how they’d run campaign to, for their side of it to get homosexuality normalised, they were trying to mirror that to do the same in bringing down the age of consent. I remember one particular a teacher, female, aged about 30 was done for having sex with a 14-year old boy in her school. They were trying to bring that to the forefront of the press trying to make it sound ridiculous. They would send people to talke to the Paedophile Unit at the Yard pretending they had information so that they would get to know us. Basically they were trying to see if they could discredit any of us, the police through the press. The one guy who lived in the house in DPA we kept getting this funny phone number appear, when we were doing the cross checking number. He was actually a computer scientist, he was directing a satellite from home, he was said to run the dark web for paedophiles.
- Q – OP HATTON was Paedophile Information Exhange and you picked up that operation when you were on the paedophile unit?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – When?
- A – When BRIAN retired, I picked up all of it, late ’97. What I would do, any phone calls that came in, again that was put on the crimint system, the new stuff was put on. I tried to get the old stuff put on but it didn’t meet the criteria for going on crimint for the A1, A, because it wasn’t done like that. Just the current but a lot of that we couldn’t put on because it was coming from the undercover.
- Q – Would there be a file on HATTON?
- A – Yes.
- Q – So there would be a GR docket?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – Under the name of HATTON?
- A – OP HATTON, yeah. What we were trying to do was get this persons password so we could get onto the dark web (discussuion about how they tried to get the password by using fixed keyboard).
- Q – You were running Hatton as well as MH at the same time on your own?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – Did you ever ask for any assistance?
- A – (Discussion about workload). The rest of the guys were all busy with the child pornography.
- Q – What was the aim of OP HATTON?
- A – It was an intelligence operation to monitor the activities of PIE and moved on to try and get access to the dark web, where they were all communicating. (Discussion about intel that would be fed through to senior officers, eg: PIE trying to get undercover to go abroad, Asia, and drive a boat and arrange for children to be brought in. 02:07:33)
- Q – Asking for resources?
- A – To follow it through but it wasn’t getting done basically.
- Q – Did you document that, put a report through?
- A – It would go round as a report on HATTON but you weren’t allowed to write in the margins where you say there is a new document. It would go round with a 728 on it, asking for something. If they didn’t like it, it would come back with the 728 ripped in half and a note saying, no, it wouldn’t be added to the docket.
- Q – Did you put a report up asking for resources?
- A – Yes, there were plenty of times. One there was nobody to do it, you couldn’t get anything, you couldn’t get a sausage.
- Q – Who was your line manager at the time? Did you specifically put any report thrugh for assistance for HATTON for resources?
- A – Only time I looked for recourses on HATTON I know from talking to BRIAN FRANCE#### he was pulling his hair our, it was making him ill, he was putting stuff in and asking for resources. They were freely chatting with the undercover about what they were doing. He got really deep in amongst them. As far as the job was concerned, just leave it and concentrate on trying to get into the dark web. (Discussion on dealing with Military as he was liaison trying to get access to dark web).
- Q – OP HATTON information on PIE and you picked it up while working on MH. Did your request anything from your senior officers to assist in your investigations?
- A – I put in a request, previous time before I arrived undercover being asked to drive a boat to Phillipines get children on the boat. It happened again whilst I was running it – they made the same request. We put in a docket to allow the undercover to follow it through – it was a straight ‘no’.
- Q – Why do you think that was?
- A – Money, time, resources. I don’t know what else SO1 was dealing with at the time.
- Q – Was the undercover from your unit?
- A – No. There were onlyt wo undercovers at that time rated for dealing with paedophile jobs. One was in our office [NAME REDACTED] and the other I can’t remember his name, his number DPA. There would be weekends when he went in and there was just him and me. I’d brief him before he went in and debrief him afterwards. I’d be in the house opposite. Because it was overtime, I wasn’t allowed to do it on overtime, I would have to swap my days to do it on a Sunday if I wanted to cover it. They put the meetings on Sunday afternoon because they said no police officer is going to be there. There would just be the two of us.
- Q – Do you think there were missed opportunities by not having the resources to cover it?
- A – Yeah. Plenty of opportunities that could have come out, more could have been made, different people would turn up at different meetings. Half the time we didn’t identify the half of them. I was concerned with the undercovers, I could go chasing people up the road (discussion about safety isues or lack of them fo the UC). The resources, time, money, effort just wasn’t there.
- Q – Was the Paedophile Unit well established by the time you got there?
- A – Yes, but as I said to yu before, it was called the Paedophile Unit but it was the guys from the Dirty Book Squad. They had all been trained to interview children in the early days but not on had interviewed a child. There was so much work coming through, NCIS was giving us work from the Canadians the computer network thing*, people paying for viewing child pornography by credit card and a list came to us. 10,000 names for people in the UK and all of these needed to be turned over. (*I think this is referring to OP ORE)
- Q – What training was given to yu or people on the Paedophile Unit?
- A – None. I bourhg tht etraining there with me. I moaned to the DI that the guys there had no idea how to work with the social services. (Discussion abut lack of skills to deal with child abuse allegation).
- Q – How mahy people on the Paedophile Unit whilst you were working on HATTON?
- A – DCI, DI, I think 3 DSs, 12?
- Q – Can you name them?
- A – No, and 12 DCs.
- Q – Can you remember any names?
- A – BRIAN FRANCE####, DAVE RYDEN (DC), BRIAN was an old school DS from the CID, my line manager. DI was BOB MCCLOUGHLIN, DCI was JIM REYNOLDS, GRAHAM PASSINGHAM (DC) I have mentioned.
- Q – There would be what you describe as a large file on HATTON?
- A – Yeah it was about 6 inches thick.
- Q – That was based on inteilligence gathering?
- A – No, the intelligence gathering was in the cars and the system, the docket was for getting the operation set up in the first place, the original parts of the PIE, the obviously marked secret because of the UC work and the putting in the bug for for the computer stuff, it was all in there and just bounced backwards and forwards. (Discussion on how bad this was. 02:20:11)
- Q – Recap on HATTON. It was you took it on whilst working on MH on Paedophile Unit took with you from CPT late 1997, BRIAN FRANCEWARE ran it originally, it evolved from the Met’s monitoring of PIE, on the cards system?
- A – Separate from the office system, the office had it’s own card system, HATTON had it’s own card system, BRIAN wanted it done that way because he originally wanted it on Holmes but because the card system in the office covered everything from the ’60s. It wasn’t a proper collation system as such. When we went onto crimint they decided they were not going to backdate or go through the old files, nothing was transferred onto crimint. It sat there as a stand alone system and we were told to move onto crimint nothing would be backdated. I think HATTON was updated but only new information. If there was anything of any prominence, was often never marked, it was consult and often you just asked GRAHAM PASSINGHAM. The keeper of secrets.
- Q – You put in a 728 asking for resources to assist with Hatton and you weren’t given any further resources to assist you with undercover operations with HATTON. You think there missed opportunities because of that?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – No training was given, you brought in some training yourself?
- A – Yeah.
- Q – DCI JIM REYONLDS, DI BOB MCCLOUGHLIN, DS BRIAN FRANCE####, ANDY RYDON and GRAHAM PASSINGHAM were some of the officers you worked with?
- A – It wasn’t the case that the guys there didn’t care, they wanted to do stuff but they just couldn’t get the oomph from above to deal with it. When I tried to get MH off the ground, it took a year for the docket to be accepted. I wrote the report and it was about a year later. It bounced back and forward. It took nearly a year for authority just to go and interview. It was so slow.
- Q – Finish off now. Time is now 14:50. (2:24:42)
Ex-Medomsley Detention prison officers jailed after physically abusing boys
More than 1,500 men claimed they had been subjected to abusive treatment while housed at Medomsley Detention Centre in the 1970s and 1980s
4 APR 2019
hree prison officers who subjected vulnerable teenagers to daily abuse at a detention centre in 1970s and 1980s have been jailed after a judge said their behaviour breached the public’s trust.
Durham Police carried out a huge investigation involving 1,800 witnesses into what happened at Medomsley Detention Centre near Consett, from its opening in the 1960s to its closure in 1988.
A total of 1,676 men came forward to claim they had been subjected to abusive treatment while housed at the centre, which was renowned for applying the “short, sharp shock” form of justice.
A team of 70 detectives launched Operation Seabrook in August 2013, and 32 former warders were interviewed, with seven facing court in a series of three trials at Teesside Crown Court, the last of which ended last month.
In March 1985, the Home Secretary Leon Brittan visited Medomsley and praised the positive impact the new regime was having.
IICSA chose not to cover abuse at Medomsley
Was there a Monday Club meeting at Elm Guest House in 1981?
This raises a few questions: What was the ultra-right wing of the Tory party doing meeting at a London child brothel? And who is fibbing: Proctor who said he never went to EGH? Or Ashley Bramall friend Tremlett who took him there? And how did Tremlett’s name get on the list?
George Tremlett provided officers with a witness statement…he recalled taking Harvey Proctor there for a ‘Monday Club’ meeting in 1981.
Ashley Bramall was on the GLC at the same time as EGH patron George Tremlett and Brook-Partridge. Tremlett worked for the People and wrote for numerous music magazines, incl. NME.
CROYDON FEATURES HIGHLY COS SIDNEY COOKE CONTACTS THERE
Yes, HP was questioned about him and a “car journey”
And back to Tremlett… here he is meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury in his role with the National Association of Voluntary Hostels...
David Hubert Boothby Chesshyre
Honours system under scrutiny after sex abuser kept title for years
Hubert Chesshyre was recognised for services to the Queen after holding multiple senior positions in the royal household.
Hubert Chesshyre, a lay clerk of Southwark Cathedral from 1971 until 2003, was also a member of the British Royal Household. Chesshyre was responsible for the granting of arms both to the cathedral itself and to the Bishops suffragan of Kingston, of Woolwich, and of Croydon.
King’s School, Canterbury, Cambridge and Oxford, taught French in England and English in France, wine merchant, in the early 60s, as a member of the Honorable Artillery fired the salute at Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral in 1965
Lees-Milne was friends with many of the prominent British intellectual and social figures of his day, including Nancy Mitford, Harold Nicolson, about whom he wrote a two-volume biography, Deborah Mitford
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, which Chesshyre co-authored with Peter Begent and Lisa Jefferson, enjoyed the distinction of a foreword by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (p. 2) and of being ‘Dedicated with permission to|Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II|Thirtieth Sovereign of the Order‘ (p. 4)
Chesshyre was a choral clerk of Trinity College, Cambridge during his time as an undergraduate at the college. From 1979 until 1993 Chesshyre was a member of The Bach Choir, of which he is now an Associate Member. Chesshyre now sings for the London Docklands Singers, which he joined in 2002. He has been, since 1980, a member of the Madrigal Society, the oldest musical society in Europe (see Madrigal). He became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 1994 and a Liveryman of the Company in 1995.
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Chesshyre – Green Staff Officer at the investiture of Prince Charles
In 1998 the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society appointed Chesshyre to deliver its annual Mountbatten Memorial Lecture (Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma was President of the Cambridge University Society of Genealogists and Patron of CUHAGS
David Hubert Boothby Chesshyre
Honours system under scrutiny after sex abuser kept title for years
Hubert Chesshyre, who had many senior roles in the royal household, abused a teenage chorister in the 1990s.
30 Mar 2019
Lawyers have called for an overhaul of the honours forfeiture system after it emerged that a sex abuser retained an honour bestowed for services to the Queen some three years after a court recognised him as a paedophile.
The system is too slow to acknowledge an offender’s offences, say lawyers specialising in abuse claims, and, in the case of those who have died, cannot strip them of their honours, leaving victims feeling that they have been cheated of justice.
Hubert Chesshyre, 78, an expert on heraldry and genealogy, held a number of senior positions within the royal household, rising to become secretary of the most noble order of the garter, the highest order in British chivalry. Among the many honours bestowed upon him over more than 40 years were the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilee Medals, and the commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) – the latter for distinguished personal service to the monarch. A fellow or member of several illustrious organisations and charities, he was a heraldic consultant to the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Lord Sugar and Sir Terry Pratchett.
But it recently emerged during the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) that in 2015 Chesshyre was found to have sexually abused a teenage chorister during the 1990s, a fact that has remained buried from public record. This is because Chesshyre’s case did not result in a criminal conviction. Rather, the inquiry heard “he was found to have committed the acts in question” in a trial of the facts.
These are held when the accused is deemed unfit to plead. The court recognised that Chesshyre had suffered a stroke. It was also said that he had dementia. As a result, despite being found to have committed the abuse, he was given an absolute discharge.
The fact that Chesshyre’s name was misspelled throughout the trial, despite repeated police efforts to have it corrected, has made it difficult to identify him in legal databases.
His victim told the Observer that he believed there may have been others. “I know of other boys from the choir where their parents became concerned and stopped Mr Chesshyre from having anything more to do with them.”
Chesshyre’s case is similar to that of Lord Janner, who was also accused of sexual abuse. Suffering from dementia, Janner was due to undergo a similar trial of the facts but this was dropped after his death in 2015.
In October 2015, Chesshyre’s victim wrote to Sir Alan Reid, secretary of the Royal Victorian Order, calling for forfeiture of Chesshyre’s honour. Reid replied that this would be wrong because Chesshyre had been given an absolute discharge, and no conviction registered. Reid’s position was mirrored by that of several organisations. The Heraldry Society said that it had no plans to remove his fellowship, in an email seen by the Observer.
In another email to the victim, the Society of Antiquaries of London said it would not put the question of his removal to the fellows of the society. The Bach Choir said it was “not incumbent” on it to take any further action as Chesshyre, an associate member, had no involvement with it any more. The Corporation of London emailed the victim to tell him it did not have the power to remove Chesshyre’s status as a Freeman of the City of London. The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies continues to list Hubert Chesshyre CVO as a vice-president.
It was only after the victim contacted his MP, who took it up with the prime minister, that the honour was eventually forefeited. But the victim only learned of this action in October 2018, five months after it happened and three years after Chesshyre’s trial. He was dismayed to learn via a Cabinet Office email that the forefeiture would not be published in the London Gazette, a standard procedure.
The case has led to calls for the honours forfeiture system to be reformed, an issue recently discussed at the IICSA. “A significant overhaul is necessary to ensure that any person who has been found to have committed acts of abuse on children has any and all honorific titles automatically removed, whether or not they are still alive,” said Andrew Lord, abuse solicitor at the law firm Leigh Day. “Survivors of abuse deserve to be safe in the knowledge that when crimes committed against them are proven, any benefits or prestige conveyed to the holder of an honorary title are swiftly removed in a clear and transparent process.”
As of Saturday night, Chesshyre’s Wikipedia page made no mention of his trial. When approached by the Observer, the various societies of which he is a member confirmed that they would not be dissociating themselves from him. The victim said: “As far as most people are concerned, he’s still Hubert Chesshyre CVO.”
Partial list of clients for whom Chesshyre acted as ‘agent’ at the College of Arms.
Order of the Garter ceremony
Education and early career
Chesshyre was educated at The King‘s School, Canterbury (The Grange 1954–59), and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA French and German and MA). After graduating from Cambridge Chesshyre spent about four years working as a schoolmaster and vintner, including working for Moët et Chandon and John Harvey & Sons. He went to study at Christ Church, Oxford (1966/7) and was awarded a Diploma in Education (1967). Chesshyre also spent some time in Nîmes in 1967, where he met a M. Chassin du Guerny.
Former Ampleforth College monk charged with 23 historic child sex offences
North Yorkshire Police have charged a former monk from Ampleforth with 23 non-recent child sex offences. Peter Turner, 79, from Redcar, who was previously known as Father Gregory Carroll, is due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on April 8, 2019.
26 March 2019
MI6 officer found with child abuse images had charges dropped
26 Mar 2019
An MI6 officer was discovered to have child sexual abuse images on his work computer but the charges against him were eventually dropped, the intelligence service has told an inquiry.
The illegal material was found in 2006 and the official was dismissed, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) heard on Tuesday. The case was referred to the police who investigated. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) brought charges but it never came to trial.
Evidence about the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), or MI6 as it is more commonly known, was given by an anonymous officer who testified at the inquiry via video link. Before 2015, he confirmed, the service had no specific policies relating to preventing or reporting suspected child abuse.
The officer, who is responsible for overseeing MI6’s compliance with the law, told the inquiry that pornographic material involving children was found by SIS staff in 2006. “When this material was discovered, it was [examined] and we conducted an internal investigation to find out which employee had been responsible,” he told the inquiry.
The images were passed to the police and an MI6 officer was identified. “The individual was then dismissed and he [faced] two charges of possessing indecent images of children on his workplace computer,” the officer told the inquiry. “Ultimately the prosecutor decided not to offer evidence against the defendant following an abuse of process application.”
The SIS subsequently wrote to the CPS to express its “disappointment” that the prosecution had been abandoned.
The inquiry was also told about an incident when a “contact” was found to have a cache of child sexual abuse images on his computer. In 2009, the man admitted to downloading them. The SIS passed the material to the police’s child exploitation and online protection command (CEOP) but detectives decided there was insufficient evidence to take action.
The anonymous officer also said a search through SIS files on behalf of the inquiry unearthed a note attached to an obituary of the former intelligence officer and diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, who died in 1992. Hayman was subsequently exposed as a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange organisation.
The inquiry heard the note, written by an MI6 officer, read: “An unpleasant and pompous man who used to like playing Father Christmas in Ottawa [where Hayman was high commissioner in 1974] so that he could dandle children on his knee.”
The MI6 officer said the service had found no evidence in its files of the existence of any “paedophile ring” or any suggestion that the government had attempted to conceal information about the existence of such a group.
Earlier this month, an MI5 lawyer gave evidence in a similar manner to the inquiry, revealing that the service told the cabinet secretary in the 1980s about rumours of a minister’s “penchant for small boys” but did not pass this on to police or launch an investigation into the claims.
Conservative activist Mary Whitehouse said in 1976: “The support given by this organisation (Albany Trust) to paedophile groups means we are all subsidising and supporting indirectly a cause that seeks to normalose sexual activity between adult males and little girls.”
Jeremy Clarke tells the
#westminsterhearing the Albany Trust tried to bring the Paedophile Information Exchange and Paedophile Action for Liberation into a professional network.
In short, PIE and PAL generated clientele for AT.
Commander Trestrail had been frequenting the guest house. Mr Osbourne said that their objctive had been to seize the guest book, and effectively protect Trestrail from potential negative media attention. There were two boys acting in a sexually precocious manner who had been wearing nappies and a man wearing an executuiner’s mask.
Albany Trust trustee, Jeremy Clarke tells the
#westmisnterhearing that the period of active involvement between the Albany Trust and the Paedophile Information Exchange was from late 1975 – early 1977.
Keith Hose, chair of PIE held a meeting with the Albany Trust to discuss supportive groups for “paedophiliacs” in January 1976. This meeting was arranged followed a conference on sexual minorities.
File on Peter Hayman
Police file on Peter Hayman to DPP: “The sheer filth spread far and wide by him… its content with regard to the sexual and physical abuse of children” made him “one of the worst offenders” for sending such material through the post…
PIE signed its cheques with its full name, according to the Observer on September 4, 1983, so the Midland cannot claim innocence. They knew very well who they were dealing with. PIE spokesman, Steven Adrian said: ‘They have had our account log enough to know what we are about.’
Jimmy Savile helped the Midland Bank to fix it for twelve of our best known charities with the launch of its care card. ..including NSPCC, Save the Children, and The Spastics Society
The GuardianLondon, Greater London, England
…the bribe money … Denby pocketed while doing business with Iranians during corrupt Thatcher years.
That ca. £130k bribe went namely first to Midland Bank and then on to a numbered account at the Pays Bas in Geneva.
From there, monies were transferred to the account of a company called Euro Shipping Ltd. Denby also had access to these funds.
The Midland Bank also owned Thomas Cook, a company Jimmy Savile was also very closely associated with. Indeed, he was a paid consultant. But Savile wasn’t the only entity connected to Thomas Cook:
The Wanless investigation discovered a gap of 3 years between 1977 and 1980 in HO grants to WRVS, the precise period in which Tim Hulbert maintains grants were being paid to WRVS (PIE). So who was at the helm of WRVS and the Midland bank at the time?
Well, Baroness Pike was heading the WRVS, the harmless sounding Women’s Royal Voluntary Service. She joined in 1974 and stayed until she left to head the BBC in 1981.
When forced by public opinion to close their account, PIE had been a Midland bank customer for 8 years.
The Midland Bank also owned Thomas Cook, a company Jimmy Savile was also very closely associated with. Indeed, he was a paid consultant. But Savile wasn’t the only entity connected to Thomas Cook:
Well, Baroness Pike was heading the WRVS, the harmless sounding Women’s Royal Voluntary Service. She joined in 1974 and stayed until she left to head the BBC in 1981.
Chairman 1975-80 Sir William Armstrong – Ted Heath’s most senior mandarin
Revealed: The day Britain’s top civil servant rolled naked on the floor ranting about the end of the world
New job: Sir William Armstrong after he joined the Midland Bank in 1975
Britain’s top civil servant ‘cracked up’ and lay naked on a floor at 10 Downing Street talking incoherently in the final days of Ted Heath’s Conservative Government.
Later, the top mandarin became a life peer as Baron Armstrong of Sanderstead and was chairman of the Midland Bank from 1975 until 1980, when he died.
Downing Street papers released three years ago revealed that Armstrong knew a secret that could have toppled Harold Wilson in 1970.
Heath, attended PIE meetings.
His mandarin Armstrong was CEO of Midland Bank 75-80.
PIE banked with Midland for 8 years (75-83).
Charles Napier was PIE treasurer.
Armstrong was PPS to RA Butler.
RAB’s daughter Lil was Albany trustee and son Adam was Thatcher PPS.
Angus Ogilvy and Jimmy Savile link to Harold Haywood
In 1975, Sir Harold Haywood became chairman of Albany Trust; soon after he met with four or five PIE members at the MIND Sexual Minorities workshop. Having stated that there was a moral imperative for the Trust to assist pedophiles, he enlisted the aid of Trust director Anthony Grey; he became secretary for Albany Trust in 1962 and director from 1971-77.
One of the Booklet’s stated aims was to argue for the positive social benefits paedophiles brought to society:
“In the belief that knowledge dispels prejudice, this booklet sets out to answer the commonest questions and suppositions about paedophilia, and to argue that those involved represent no special threat to society, but on the contrary are often a force for social good.”
In December 1976 accusations of supporting or funding paedophiles either directly or indirectly were denied by the Albany Trust in a recorded letter by Haywood to Whitehouse
In 1973, Haywood was given an OBE for “services to youth,” and in 1974, NAYC organized with Albany Trust to set up a two-day training conference on youth sexuality for people who train youth workers. Haywood’s involvement with NAYC is listed as having ended in 1974, but even after his departure,
“[Jimmy] Savile stopping by was still a frequent occurrence and he maintained close links with both NAYC and PHAB [Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied] beyond Haywood’s tenure. During 1974 and 1975 Savile was holding annual fundraising events ‘Tea-rific’ for NAYC and while writing his autobiography (published in 1974) referred to himself as Vice-President to Angus Ogilvy’s President. In 1974 Savile had also become Honorary President of PHAB when it became an independent charity [Savile did charity runs for them]. During Haywood’s time in 1970 PHAB had launched a TV fundraising appeal with Cliff Richard fronting the advert. Cliff along with Savile, Rolf Harris and Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart were to become four major entertainers appearing publicly for PHAB fundraising.”[ref]
Princess Alexandra – Patron of Duncroft
Keith Hose – Albany Trust and PIE
He said he was with Princess Alexandra, a patron of the school
Made claims during police interview, the transcription of which was edited
Rab Butler’s son Adam was PPS to Thatcher
Thatcher, whom he first served as PPS in opposition (1975-79) immediately after her election as Tory leader, rated him more highly as a team player, promoting him to the privy council in 1984 and rewarding him with a knighthood in 1986.
Margaret Thatcher made him minister of state for industry under Sir Keith Joseph, switching him to Northern Ireland in 1981
Sir Adam was appointed to the Whips’ office as one of Mrs Thatcher’s two parliamentary private secretaries after she won the leadership election in 1975.
Justin Welby’s family connections with the English establishment – His mother, Jane Portal, a former secretary to Winston Churchill who became Baroness Williams of Elvel, links the future archbishop to
Jane Portal, Justin Welby’s mother, was the deputy Prime Minister Rab Butler’s favourite niece.
PIE signed its cheques with its full name, according to the Observer on September 4, 1983, so the Midland cannot claim innocence. They knew very well who they were dealing with. PIE spokesman, Steven Adrian said: ‘They have had our account log enough to know what we are about.’
Another Midland Bank director while PIE held accounts there was Angus Ogilvy, Savile’s close friend and charity colleague, who resigned in 1976. Ogilvy was part of the Prince’s Trust and, like Jimbo, was very close to Prince Charles.
Angus Ogilvy and Jimmy Savile link to Harold Haywood
In 1975, Sir Harold Haywood became chairman of Albany Trust; soon after he met with four or five PIE members at the MIND Sexual Minorities workshop. Having stated that there was a moral imperative for the Trust to assist pedophiles, he enlisted the aid of Trust director Anthony Grey; he became secretary for Albany Trust in 1962 and director from 1971-77.
One of the Booklet’s stated aims was to argue for the positive social benefits paedophiles brought to society:
“In the belief that knowledge dispels prejudice, this booklet sets out to answer the commonest questions and suppositions about paedophilia, and to argue that those involved represent no special threat to society, but on the contrary are often a force for social good.”
In December 1976 accusations of supporting or funding paedophiles either directly or indirectly were denied by the Albany Trust in a recorded letter by Haywood to Whitehouse
In 1973, Haywood was given an OBE for “services to youth,” and in 1974, NAYC organized with Albany Trust to set up a two-day training conference on youth sexuality for people who train youth workers. Haywood’s involvement with NAYC is listed as having ended in 1974, but even after his departure,
“[Jimmy] Savile stopping by was still a frequent occurrence and he maintained close links with both NAYC and PHAB [Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied] beyond Haywood’s tenure. During 1974 and 1975 Savile was holding annual fundraising events ‘Tea-rific’ for NAYC and while writing his autobiography (published in 1974) referred to himself as Vice-President to Angus Ogilvy’s President. In 1974 Savile had also become Honorary President of PHAB when it became an independent charity [Savile did charity runs for them]. During Haywood’s time in 1970 PHAB had launched a TV fundraising appeal with Cliff Richard fronting the advert. Cliff along with Savile, Rolf Harris and Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart were to become four major entertainers appearing publicly for PHAB fundraising.”[ref]
Yet another chairman (1991-94) was Sir Peter Ingram Walters, also with Lloyds and Blue Circle. It is worth remembering that Hewson cousin Jonathan Denby was tailing a Mr. Whitworth on the night of his crime. Denby and Whitworth had previously done a huge deal with Blue Circle.
Home Office ‘secretly channelled £30,000 to a group campaigning to legalise paedophilia in the late 1970s’, former civil servant tells Westminster child abuse inquiry
- Tim Hulbert worked for the Voluntary Services Unit (VSU) during the 1970s
- He said £30,000 had been secretly channelled in grant money to campaigners
- Money was sent to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), he said
- The group campaigned for the age of consent to be lowered to four
The Home Office secretly channelled £30,000 in grant money to a controversial organisation campaigning to legalise paedophilia in the late 1970s, a former civil servant has claimed.
Tim Hulbert, who worked for the Voluntary Services Unit (VSU) during the 1970s and 1980s, told the Westminster strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse that he had seen the payment recorded on a spreadsheet.
He said the payment to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) had been marked on official documents as a grant made to the Women’s Royal Voluntary Services (WRVS).
Mr Hulbert said he had been made aware of the grant via a senior colleague called Alan Davies who was new to the VSU – the body responsible for deciding which UK voluntary organisations should receive government funding.
He said in a statement: ‘[Alan Davies] and I got on well and used to talk informally about things we were working on.
‘I believe, though I cannot be sure, that it was during one of these informal chats over coffee that I discovered the unit was funding PIE – about which I knew little except that it was an organisation campaigning for the lowering of the age of consent to four.’
The statement added that he was aware that PIE also had a magazine called Magpie, and that he had seen a copy of the magazine in the VSU’s London offices.
He said the payment to PIE had been listed in the ‘grant renewals’ section of the spreadsheet and marked ‘WRVS (P.I.E)’.
‘This seems improbable but if the intention was to conceal the grant, then to use a cover organisation like WRVS whose grant was one of the largest might have been an option.’
Mr Hubert was approached by police about his claims after he contacted the BBC following the 2013 screening of the film ‘Secret Life of a Paedophile’ about social worker Peter Righton – one of the founding members of PIE.
Earlier on Monday, the inquiry heard evidence from civil servant Mike Box who had assisted a 2014 review of allegations historic child sexual abuse within Westminster.
He said that no trace of any payment to PIE had been found in government documents from the era, and that the review had been unable to track down Alan Davies.
A contemporary of Mr Hulbert at the VSU also had no recollection of grant payments made to PIE, Mr Box said.
The Westminster strand of the far-reaching inquiry into historical sexual abuse in British institutions is scheduled to last three weeks and is due to conclude on March 29.
In 2016, a man alleged that Cliff Richard abused him in 1982 and blamed the attack for turning him into a sexual predator. He also alleged abuse by others including Leon Brittan, and handed cops a Midland Bank cheque book with a list of his abusers. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1296089/serial-rapist-is-one-of-the-men-who-claims-to-have-been-abused-by-sir-cliff-richard/ …
And then there was Stephan Kock, a spook, arms dealer and head of hit squad Group 13, who boasted of his close ties with Thatcher. In June 1984, Kock was taken on by the Midland Bank as a part-time Consultant/Advisor to the Bank’s Defence Equipment Finance Department (DEFD).
New report reveals ‘horrifying scale’ of child sex abuse, naming nearly 400 accused Catholic clergy in Illinois
20 Mar 2019
“We have chosen to reveal this information because the Catholic bishops and the religious orders, who are in charge and have this information and hold it secret, have chosen to conceal it,” said attorney Jeff Anderson.
Redaction – Hayman a 1981 note from Sir Robert Armstrong to Margaret Thatcher.
This file had an annotation made on it by an SIS officer which read “An unpleasant and pompous man, used to like playing Father Christmas in Ottowa so that he would dandle children on his knee.”
Paedophile, PIE member, Sir Peter Hayman was trustee of The International Students Trust along with Henniker-Major (who harboured PIE member Peter Righton) , Lord Denning, Earl Grosvenor and Sir Adrian Cadbury
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TRUST Founded in 1962 by the Duke of Grafton, D.J. Grennan, H.A. Shaw, obe, A.D.C. Peterson, obe, G.F. Lewis, E.J.B. Nelson, H.D.H. Wills, Mary Trevelyan, cbe, and M.J. Gilliat, Kcvo, mbe, to acquire, construct and maintain premises in London with a view to assisting students (including postgraduate students and persons engaged in research) to obtain and benefit from education or to pursue research at the University of London and other institutions of further education, by affording them hostel accommodation and facilities for rest, recreation, study, lectures and meetings. Activities: Operates nationally and internationally in the fields of edu- cation, and social welfare and studies through self-conducted programmes, conferences and courses. Finance: Net assets £1,408,867 (April 1973); annual revenue £310,535, expenditure £337,006 (Sept. 1972). Trustees: The Lord Adeane, gcb, gcvo, pc; Sir Robert Birley, kcmg; D.h Bosanquet; Sir Adrian Cadbury; Viscount Cranborne; the Rt. Hon. Lord Denning, PC; Lady Garner; Lt.-Col. Sir Martin Gilliat, KCVO, mbe; the Duke of Grafton; Earl Grosvenor; J.D. Hambro; Sir Peter Hayman, KCMG, c\'0. mbe; the Hon. Sir John Henniker-Major, kcmg, cvo. mc; S.G. Holliman, MC, N.K. Kinkead-Weekes; Sir Douglas Logan, dphil, ma, bcl; Sir Roy Marshall, cbe, ma, PHD, lld; Philip Mason, obe; Maj.-Gen. Sir John Nelson, KCVO, CB. Dso, obe, mc; Leo Seymour; John R. Slater; A.D. Tennant; Mary Trevelyim, cbe; A.F. Tuke; Major E.J.A. Vaughan; H.D.H. Wills, CBE; the Hon. V.P.H. Wills; Mrs. F.M.G. Willson. Officers: Dir. H.A. Shaw, obe; Warden J.C.M. Paton. Address: 229 Great Portland Street, London WIN 5HD. https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.147421/2015.147421.The-International-Foundation-Directory_djvu.txt in 1972 David Steel at the International Students House
Leonora Anson, Countess of Lichfield,
born as Leonora Mary Grosvenor, a daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster
Lincoln Seligman (pictured) has defended his late godfather and called for an end to the ‘vindictive’ investigation
Lincoln Seligman’s wife
Patricia Seligman has a degree in History of Art from London University. As a freelance editor she worked on a number of magazines, including The World of Interiors. She is married to the artist Lincoln Seligman.
MRS PATRICIA VICTORIA SELIGMAN
Director at Wheelyboat – charity for disabled
1981, March 18th – Peter Hayman recently resigns from post as a governor of International Students House, an organization for overseas students, and as director of a company named Delta Overseas, after the previous week’s trial involving Tom O Carroll mentioning an unamed ex diplomat (Hayman) being investigated for sending pornographic material in the mail.
March 24 2019,
I will take to my grave, the memory of what Peter Hayman and three other men did to an eight year boy in 1975.
DPP Sir Thomas Hetherington decided in 1978 against prosecuting paedophile “Sir” Peter Hayman, top diplomat and MI6 officer, for obscenity charge after solicitor David Napley said that his client “may commit suicide” if case continue
Paedophile Sir Peter Hayman and wife Rosemary Eardley Blomefield (cousin of convicted establishment paedophile Charles Napier – half brother of John Whittingdale MP)
Detective who sent file on Peter Hayman in 1978 to DPP, Bryan Collins, says that he has “no knowledge of Peter Hayman having suicidal tendencies,” despite ex-prosecutor’s claim. “But I would describe him as a worried man.”
“It seems no harm has been done to anyone.” Staggering comment in DPP’s file on 1978 case of senior diplomat and spy “Sir” Peter Hayman. Jeremy Naunton, formerly of DPP office: note “is at risk of being read out of context.”
Jeremy Naunton, the lawyer in the DPP’s office who wrote the advice note in effect recommending that Hayman should not be prosecuted…
Small world, innit? Jeremy Naunton was prosecutor in Harvey Proctor case.
£35 commission each time a rent boy was supplied to Harvey Proctor in the early 80s. Let’s say 3 a week over 3 years so 35x3x3x52. That’s £16,380 and doesn’t even include payment for the rent boys! How on earth could Harvey Proctor retain Sir David Napley?
The same way he funded his shop and his St Vermin’s performance maybe?
Thatcher stopped Peter Hayman being named as paedophile-link civil servant
The file, compiled between October 1980 and March 1981, is made up of memos and background notes put together for Thatcher, then prime minister, and is littered with her handwritten notes, underlinings and crossings out.
The existence of the file was revealed by Sky News last month. On Friday the Cabinet Office announced it had reviewed the decision to keep the file secret beyond the standard 30-year deadline and was releasing it to the National Archives in Kew. A preview of the file was issued to the media.
Peter Hayman, Morris and Wardell
Prosecutors behind Jeffrey Epstein plea deal selected a 16-year-old victim over dozens of younger girls so that the accused child rapist would not have to register as a sex offender in 31 of 50 states
- Jeffrey Epstein entered a guilty plea to soliciting prostitution from a teenager who was 16, which is the age of consent in 31 states
- As a result, Epstein did not have to register as a sex offender in New Mexico, where he owns a ranch, and is a low-level offender in the US Virgin Islands
- This was discovered by The Washington Post after it pressed the court, with many believing the 14-year-old who reported Epstein was the victim in the deal
- Just last month, a judge ruled prosecutors violated the rights of Epstein’s alleged victims when they neglected to tell them no federal charges would be pursued
- Forty women had alleged that they were abused by millionaire money manager
- Epstein, who is friends with President Trump and has donated millions to the Clintons, served 13 months at a low-security facility on work release
- He was prosecuted by Alex Acosta, who is currently the Secretary of Labor and had been mentioned a possible pick to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General
20 Mar 2019
The plea deal that Jeffrey Epstein agreed to back in 2008 saved the accused child rapist from having to register as a sex offender in 31 of 50 states.
The Washington Post reports that the victim who Epstein admitted to soliciting for prostitution was not the 14-year-old girl who first reported the millionaire money manager, but rather another girl, 16, whose age was left blank on court documents.
That victim’s age means that Epstein did not have to register as a sex offender in states like New Mexico, where he owns a 7,600-acre property called Zorro Ranch, and allows him to be classified as a low risk offender in the US Virgin Islands, which is currently his primary residence.
This revelation comes one month after a federal judge ruled that then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta violated the rights of Epstein’s alleged victims when they neglected to notify them that they were no longer pursuing federal charges.
That was another part of the deal, which in addition to allowing Epstein to have work release and live in a low-security facility also agreed to drop a federal probe into the millionaire moneyman.
Now Acosta – who is currently the Secretary of Labor and had been mentioned as a possible candidate for attorney general – and others are again coming under fire for allegedly catering to the man who donated millions to the Clintons and hosted President Trump at his Manhattan townhouse while keeping his victims in the dark.
‘They were cutting a plea deal. It wasn’t a prosecution,’ said attorney Spencer Kuvin, who represented the 14-year-old girl who alerted police.
‘They had a grab bag of 40 girls to choose from.’
He then revealed that he and his client be
lieved they had been the victim referenced in the plea deal.
‘It’s unbelievably upsetting,’ said Kuvin.
‘The rug has been swiped out from under the one girl who was brave enough to come forward and break this thing.’
Mystery parties seek secrecy in Jeffrey Epstein-related suit
The two said they could face embarrassment if the court makes public records from the suit, which accused a longtime Epstein friend of engaging in sex trafficking.
20 Mar 2019
Two mystery litigants citing privacy concerns are making a last-ditch bid to keep secret some details in a lawsuit stemming from wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein’s history of paying underage girls for sex.
Just prior to a court-imposed deadline Tuesday, two anonymous individuals surfaced to object to the unsealing of a key lower-court ruling in the case, as well as various submissions by the parties.
Both people filed their complaints in the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which is overseeing the case. The two people said they could face unwarranted speculation and embarrassment if the court makes public records from the suit, in which Virginia Giuffre, an alleged Epstein victim, accused longtime Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell of engaging in sex trafficking by facilitating his sexual encounters with teenage girls. Maxwell has denied the charges.
“Wholesale unsealing of the Summary Judgment Materials will almost certainly disclose unadjudicated allegations against third persons — allegations that may be the product of false statements or, perhaps, simply mistake, confusion, or failing memories of events alleged to have occurred over a decade and half ago,” former federal prosecutor Nick Lewin wrote in an amicus brief filed Tuesday.
Lewin’s brief doesn’t provide any details about his client — identified in the brief by the pseudonym “John Doe” — beyond saying he “potentially” is mentioned in the underlying court filings and opinion. Lewin, who’s based in Manhattan, declined to comment.
“If the identities of non-parties are not adequately protected, the release of the Summary Judgment Materials in this case would likely cause severe and irreparable harm to a wide variety of non-parties, including those implicated in the conduct and those potentially victimized by it,” the brief says.
The other anonymous brief came from Washington-based attorney Kerrie Campbell, who handles gender equality cases and is affiliated with the Time’s Up movement to combat sexual harassment. Campbell requested that the brief submitted on behalf of a “J. Doe” be put under seal, but said in legal papers that the client is “objecting to public disclosure of specific content pertaining to Doe to protect compelling personal privacy interests.”
Campbell did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Giuffre and Maxwell settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed sum in 2017 after U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet turned down Maxwell’s bid to head off a trial. In the lead-up to that ruling, Sweet accepted almost all filings in the case under seal, without specific orders justifying the secrecy.
Three different parties asked Sweet to unseal records in the case: Harvard law professor and former Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz — a prominent Trump defender — filmmaker and far-right social media personality Mike Cernovich and the Miami Herald.
Dershowitz said he wanted several records released to disprove and discredit allegations two women have made that they had sex with Dershowitz at Epstein’s direction. Dershowitz has categorically denied the allegations.
Cernovich said the far-ranging secrecy in the case undermined efforts to expose sexual trafficking by American elites.
The Miami Herald sought to open all records in the suit as part of a series on Epstein it was preparing and ultimately published last year.
Sweet turned down all the requests, prompting an appeals to the 2nd Circuit. A three-judge panel there heard arguments on the issue earlier this month and indicated last week that it plans to soon release Sweet’s opinion and related filings. The judges asked any parties in the appeals with specific objections to notify the court by Tuesday.
Maxwell indicated in papers filed by her lawyers Tuesday that she continues to oppose any unsealing. Her attorneys said that if the appeals court believes some unsealing is required, the matter should be returned to Sweet for action, since he is most familiar with the case.
Giuffre is supporting immediate unsealing of some materials in the case and a broader unsealing of all records, but said in a filing Tuesday that some personal information should be held back like names of minors, social security numbers, dates of birth and phone numbers.
“The truth is that Ms. Maxwell and Mr. Epstein sexually trafficked [Giuffre] to their well-connected friends, both in this country and elsewhere,” Giuffre attorneys Paul Cassell and Sigrid McCawley wrote. Unfortunately, critical documents and transcripts proving the truth of Ms. Giuffre’s allegations remain sealed in the vault of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. It is time for the truth to come out.”
Last month, a federal judge in Florida ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law a decade ago by failing to consult with and misleading victims of Epstein before making a deal that waived any federal charges in exchange for him pleading guilty to two state felony prostitution charges. He ultimately served 13 months of a 19-month sentence, much of it working from his office during the day.
The ruling has been a major headache for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who was U.S. Attorney in Miami at the time and approved the plea deal. A Justice Department ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into the episode. Acosta has denied any wrongdoing and has said the deal was a reasonable move by his office in light of the available evidence and other considerations.
Crewe claim they did not arrange for boys to stay with Barry Bennell
19 Mar 2019
• Crewe bring in lawyers used by Catholic church in abuse case
• Club say victims’ long silence means case should be thrown out
Peer tells child abuse inquiry she ‘must have’ passed on rumours about Chester Tory MP Peter Morrison
18 Mar 2019
A FORMER MI5 chief has said it was “shocking” that rumours in the 1980s about a Tory MP’s alleged “penchant for small boys” were not passed on to police.
Baroness Manningham-Buller told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) it was not her decision at the time as to whether that should happen.
She said she “must have” passed information on rumours about the late Chester MP Sir Peter Morrison but could not remember specifically having done so.
Baroness Manningham-Buller admitted it was “ironic” MI5’s inquiries into the then-deputy chairman of the Conservative Party appeared to come to an abrupt end within weeks of her writing one of two memos stating she had been told by Sir Peter the rumours were untrue and then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was supporting him.
The life peer, who at the time of the probe in 1986 worked for MI5’s secretariat, said she had trusted those in positions of greater authority to deal with any investigation into the rumours.
She told the inquiry, sitting in London: “I reported what I heard, it was all hearsay, it was all second hand and I trusted those above me to deal with it appropriately.”
Baroness Manningham-Buller said although she had no “independent recollection” of specific rumours she had heard and passed on, it was likely she was the MI5 staff member referred to in a January 1986 letter mentioning that a friend had said Sir Peter had been caught soliciting in a public lavatory and had been lucky not to be charged.
She said: “I think I must have been”, adding: “I would have regarded it as my duty to do so.”
The inquiry heard she wrote two internal security service memos, one dated November 11, stating Sir Peter “vehemently denied” there was any truth in a story that he had an “interest in small boys” and one on November 13, which said he was hoping the press would publish a story so he could “sue and nail the lies”.
A letter later that month from then-MI5 director-general Antony Duff to then-Cabinet Secretary Sir Robert Armstrong subsequently suggested there was “little point in carrying this (investigation) further”.
Lead counsel to the inquiry Brian Altman QC asked Baroness Manningham-Buller whether she agreed the investigation appeared to have ended “ironically because of the information that you had passed to your supervisors”.
She replied: “It is ironic”.
The inquiry heard on Monday from an anonymous MI5 witness who said it was a matter of “deep regret” none of the allegations had been passed to police.
Baroness Manningham-Buller, who was appointed director-general of MI5 in 2002 and served for five years, said it was “shocking” a reference to Sir Peter having a “penchant for small boys” was not highlighted.
She said: “If the – as one wished had been the case – reference to children was given prominence, it would’ve been to pass it to the police and make sure that they had that information. That should’ve been what had happened.”
She added: “That wasn’t my decision”.
Baroness Manningham-Buller said while she had been friends with Sir Peter for much of the 1980s, the friendship was “withering” by the end of the decade for a number of reasons including that she suspected he had been giving people the impression she was his girlfriend, “which was inaccurate”.
The inquiry continues.
France demands Vatican lift envoy’s immunity over abuse
16 March 2019
‘The UN wrongly accorded to the Catholic Church a portentous status that is denied to all other religions and NGO’s.
The Holy See has used its statehood to operate a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world.’
Sir David Steel is just surrounded by paedo eh?!
Sir Clement Freud was visitor to Aikwood Tower.. Whoodathunkit?!
Dear David Steel, could you please explain how you can bring a man into disrepute who corresponded clandestinely with like-minded men about their joint interest in the extreme sexual torture and murder of children?
Lib Dems SUSPEND peer David Steel over child sex scandal after he admitted knowing about the crimes of paedophile MP Cyril Smith
- The former Liberal leader said that sexual predator Cyril Smith confessed to him
- Lord Steel didn’t report the allegations and took no action after the confession
- He said he would act in the same way again despite the fact Smith went on to abuse other victims
14 Mar 2019
In astonishing evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), Lord Steel said he would act in the same way again, even though Smith went on to abuse other victims. The 80-year-old peer’s remarks triggered a furious backlash and demands for the Lib Dems to suspend him.
The party announced yesterday it had launched a probe into Lord Steel over his comments, and deputy leader Jo Swinson tweeted: ‘Clearly this is incredibly serious and he should be suspended while this takes place.’
Last night the Scottish Liberal Democrats said: ‘Following the evidence concerning Cyril Smith given by Lord Steel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on 13th March 2019, the office bearers of the Scottish Liberal Democrats have met and agreed that an investigation is needed.
‘The party membership of Lord Steel has been suspended pending the outcome of that investigation. That work will now commence.
‘It is important that everyone in the party, and in wider society, understands the importance of vigilance and safeguarding to protect people from abuse, and that everyone has confidence in the seriousness with which we take it.
While he was Liberal leader, Lord Steel confronted Smith in 1979 after a Private Eye article revealed the MP’s abuse of children at a care home, the inquiry heard on Wednesday. The article accused 29-stone Smith, then the MP for Rochdale, of abusing teenage boys at the town’s Cambridge House Hostel, of which he was a trustee.
Lord Smith also told the inquiry that he did not raise the allegations to the honours scrutiny committee when he successfully nominated Smith for a knighthood in 1988.
Lawyers representing Smith’s victims questioned whether the peer’s actions paved the way for more abuse. They also expressed disbelief that the paedophile MP was allowed to escape justice.
Lord Steel’s remarks are all the more extraordinary after he last year appeared to dismiss revelations about Smith’s abuse as ‘scurrilous hearsay and tittle-tattle’. He told the inquiry he had ‘grave doubts’ about details of the paedophile MP’s activities published in a book by former Labour MP Simon Danczuk that was serialised in the Mail.
In April 2014, Lord Steel refused to answer questions about his failure to act on the allegations against Smith when the Mail tracked him down to the Azores, where he was enjoying a stop on a luxury cruise.
Richard Scorer, a lawyer representing seven of Smith’s victims in the inquiry, condemned Lord Steel’s ‘appalling dereliction of duty’.
‘The admission that Cyril Smith confessed to him in 1979 that he had abused boys – but that he took no action against Smith despite this – will cause victims great anger,’ he said. ‘We know that Cyril Smith used his power and status to abuse boys at Knowl View in the 1980s, so action by Steel in 1979 could have protected some of Smith’s later victims.’
Don’t forget: David Steel nominated not just ONE but TWO paedophiles for an honour – Cyril Smith AND Clement Freud. Who put Steel’s name forward?
Honours unit in Cabinet Office received anonymous letter about Jimmy Savile in 1998, after he had been knighted, to claim that investigative reporters were aware of “his homosexual rendezvous with rent boys” and that he had a “paedophiliac nature
He produces a transparent plastic folder. “Read it all,” he urges. “Go on. Have a little dwell on that. That folder encapsulates it all.”
The folder encloses the letter from the Prime Minister offering him a knighthood, the envelope it came in, some bumf about keeping it secret till the proper date and then – proudest of all – telegrams from Charles and Diana, from Prince Philip, a handwritten letter from Angus Ogilvy and a very sweet homemade card with a stuck-on snapshot of Princess Bea, from the Duchess of York.
Many businesses and organisations use him as a conduit to the Royal Family; he can pick up the telephone to most of them and has long worked with Prince Charles (“the most caring fellow I’ve ever met – oh, unbelievable”) on the problems of the disabled.
He is an habitué of Highgrove and Buckingham Palace, of No 10 and Chequers, where he often spends Christmas or New Year – though he carefully points out that he has been friendly with all the past four Prime Ministers because Stoke Mandeville is Chequers’ local hospital.
Honours Committee received anonymous allegations of child sexual abuse against Jimmy Savile in 1998 but did not pass them on to police, inquiry hears
- Lord Armstrong cited interviews with Savile where he boasted about sex
- He also highlighted that Savile’s ‘sexual promiscuity’ was a problem
- Senior civil servant Helen MacNamara gave evidence at the hearing today
- She said that such a letter would now immediately be passed to the police
- The inquiry saw letters between the then head of the Honours Committee and Margaret Thatcher’s secretary
The Honours Committee received anonymous allegations of child sex abuse against Jimmy Savile in 1998 but failed to pass them on to the police, an inquiry has heard.
The Westminster strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard that civil servants had been wary of Savile’s activities as far back as 1984.
The inquiry saw letters between then-head of the Honours Committee and Margaret Thatcher’s secretary resisting calls for Savile to be knighted despite pressure from the prime minister.
A senior civil servant giving evidence said that today such a letter would have been passed straight to the police.
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (left) had first attempted to knight Jimmy Savile (right) in 1987 (pictured above Mrs Thatcher presented Savile with a cheque)
A news clipping (pictured above) which shows the reservations from Robert Armstrong in 1983
This comes as ex-liberal leader Lord Steel admitted yesterday that he had known that Cyril Smith had abused children, but that it had never occurred to him to hold an inquiry into the MP.
During today’s inquiry Lord Robert Armstrong cited interviews with Savile published in the Sun the previous year where he boasted about having people beaten up, sleeping with hundreds of girls and giving recommendations to a suicidal man on how to take his own life.
Lord Armstrong said: ‘My committee did not feel that sufficient time has elapsed since Mr Savile’s unfortunate revelations in the popular press in April of this year.
‘He is much in the public eye and it is unlikely that the lurid details of his story will have been forgotten. I fear it would be best if Mr Savile were to wait a little longer.
Lord Armstrong then went on to refuse to include him in the birthday honours list, saying: ‘The lapse of time has served only to strengthen the doubts felt about a knighthood for Mr Savile.
‘Those of whom I have consulted now consider that a knighthood for Mr Savile would give rise to enough unfavourable comment to risk bringing the honours system into disrepute’
In response to Mrs Thatcher’s attempts to have Savile knighted in 1987, Lord Armstrong again highlighted the interviews in the Sun, adding that in the light of the Aids crisis, his ‘sexual promiscuity’ was a problem.
In 1998, the Honours Committee received an anonymous letter referring to ‘reports of a paedophilia nature’ could emerge about Savile and allegations about his involvement with rent boys.
It said: ‘While within limits and bounds homosexuality can be rationalized in a modern society, we must not lose sight that paedophilia goes beyond any boundaries which right-minded people of whatever political persuasions find abhorrent.’
Giving evidence, senior civil servant Helen MacNamara – who currently heads the Honours and Appointments Secretariat – said that such a letter would now immediately be passed to the police.
She highlighted that as Savile had been knighted in 1991, the letter would have prompted further inquiries about whether the case should be brought before the forfeiture committee.
Ms MacNamara said she did not know how the letter was dealt with at the time or if any concerns were raised with the authorities.
The inquiry previously saw documents between senior civil servants relating to MP Cyril Smith, who was investigated for child abuse, and former high commissioner to Canada Peter Hayman who was suspected of being involved in the Paedophile Information Exchange.
They recommended that the men be ‘given the benefit of the doubt’ or be ‘spoken to’ warning them about their future conduct.
As a result, Smith was knighted while Hayman was not stripped of his honour.
When asked if criticism of the honours system for protecting itself rather than considering victims was fair, Ms Macnamara replied: ‘That’s absolutely a fair criticism.’
She said that in the wake of various scandals a much more thorough process had been established before individuals are considered for honours, including background checks.
Ms MacNamara added that the Honours Committee was much more likely to err on the side of caution when making nominations.
She said the forfeiture committee now met more regularly to consider those who should be stripped of their honours.
‘It is important these cases are considered properly, not least because of the impact on the people,’ she said.
She added that at the moment, there are no plans to strip people of their awards posthumously, saying: ‘Honours are a living award. You are a member of the honour while you are alive, and once you are dead the honour dies with you.’
But Ms MacNamara said that depending on the recommendations of the inquiry, this could change in future.
The Westminster strand of the far-reaching inquiry is expected to last three weeks and is due to conclude on March 22.
Lib Dems open disciplinary probe into Lord Steel after Cyril Smith testimony
Operation Pallial – Former North Wales children’s home boss jailed for nine years for sexually abusing young boys
13 Mar 2109
The former Deputy Superintendent of a children’s home in North Wales has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of sexually abusing young boys in the 1970s.
Huw Meurig Jones, aged 69, from Old Colwyn, was convicted of ten offences, including buggery, indecent assault and gross indecency, following a National Crime Agency investigation.
The offences took place between 1975 and 1978, when Jones was the Deputy Superintendent at Little Acton Assessment Centre, Wrexham, and when he was a social worker in the Colwyn Bay area.
The victims, two males aged between 13 and 15 at the time of the offences, were preyed upon by Jones at the Assessment Centre and also at his home address.
Jones was convicted and sentenced yesterday, Tuesday 12 March following a four-day trial at Mold Crown Court.
Andy Sandham, Deputy Senior Investigating Officer from the NCA, said:
“Jones should have been responsible for taking care of young children. Instead he abused his position and caused lasting damage to these vulnerable boys.
“I would like to commend the bravery of the victims while giving evidence in court and during the years they have waited for justice. We will continue our work to bring justice to those who were wronged at such a young age all those years ago.”
Operation Pallial, the independent NCA investigation into allegations of past abuse in the care system in North Wales, began in November 2012 at the request of Mark Polin, who was the Chief Constable of North Wales Police.
Huw Jones is the 12th person to be convicted under Operation Pallial.
There are three further trials under operation Pallial scheduled to begin this year and in early 2020.
In the six years the operation has been running, 375 people have made contact with the NCA team.
Investigations into the evidence provided by 257 of them have concluded and details provided by 43 complainants are either with the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration of charges, or are part of active investigations.
In 73 instances, the complainant has either been unable, or has declined, to pursue their allegation.
The offences reported occurred between 1953 and 1995, with victims ranging from six to 19 years old at the time.
The investigation has identified 146 suspected offenders, the majority in respect of sexual offending against boys. Of these suspects, 23 have been arrested to date, 42 have been interviewed under caution following voluntary attendance, and 43 suspects are believed to have died.
So far, 21 suspects have been charged, of which matters have concluded against 19.
Longest serving Church of England bishop faces calls to resign after court hears he knew about paedophile priest
3 March 2019
The longest-serving bishop in the Church of England is facing calls to resign after it emerged he knew about a paedophile priest in his diocese and did nothing.
The Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Peter Forster, found out Rev Gordon Dickenson had become embroiled in a child abuse scandal decades earlier when the retired vicar wrote a letter about the affair in 2009.
Dickenson was convicted earlier this month of eight counts of sexual assault after pleading guilty to abusing a boy during the 1970s inside a church hall and even his vicarage.
But ten years ago, Dickenson had written to the Diocese of Chester which was conducting a review of past abuse cases admitting he been accused of the abuse during the 1970s and had promised the then Bishop of Chester he would “never do it again”.
Despite this admission, Bishop Forster failed to pass on the letter to the police or order an internal church inquiry.
Instead, Dickenson was given permission to continue acting as a retired priest for another five years, which allowed him to continue holding services in churches with the diocese’s blessing.
Andrew Graystone, a leading advocate for survivors of clerical abuse and a personal friend of Bishop Forster, has now demanded the bishop stand down.
In a letter to the bishop, he wrote: “It seems clear that Dickenson’s confession of guilt to the Diocese has been either wilfully or neglectfully ignored for at least ten years during which you have been bishop.
“I call upon you to resign with immediate effect.”
Chester Crown Court had earlier heard how Dickenson’s crimes had left his victim filled with shame and ultimately drove him into alcoholism. His ordeal only came to light when police stumbled across the case in 2017 while investigating a previous Bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, who had also been accused of abuse.
In a statement, the Diocese of Chester said it would conduct a review into its handling of the case and offered an “unreserved apology to the survivor”.
“Information brought to light to the Diocese in 2009, if acted upon then, may have led to the police bringing a prosecution against Gordon Dickenson much sooner. The Diocese apologises for not acting on this information in 2009.”
Bishop Forster said: “I welcome the opportunity to contribute to a review into the handling of the case by the Diocese in 2009, and will do so to the appropriate authority in due course
In 2003, Forster raised controversy when he was investigated by the police for an alleged “hate speech” after suggesting that homosexual people should seek psychiatric treatment. However, no charges were made, and the police were satisfied that no offence had been committed.
In 2012, amid controversy over the amount of expenses claimed by bishops for attending the House of Lords, it was revealed that Forster had claimed more than any other bishop in 2010/11. He had claimed £34,909 and had attended on 97 days.
MI5 files reveal Thatcher supported key ally over child sex abuse claims
March 12, 2019
MI5 files have revealed for the first time what many suspected. Margaret Thatcher was aware of alleged sexual offences by her Private Parliamentary Secretary Sir Peter Morrison yet chose to defend him.
Testimony as well as documents MI5 have handed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) suggest a rallying behind the Conservative minister despite concerns laid out about Morrison’s “interest in small boys”.
Peter Morrison, Tory MP for Chester was a junior minister, then Conservative party deputy chairman before becoming Private Parliamentary Secretary to Margaret Thatcher in 1990.
He was one of Thatcher’s most faithful allies, persuading her to stand for the party leadership in 1975. Morrison was knighted in 1991 and died in 1995.
The IICSA is probing how the Conservative Party and secret services dealt with allegations of child sex abuse made against Sir Peter Morrison. He was never charged with the allegations levelled against him.
The MI5 files suggest then PM Thatcher knew of the allegations against him.
In a memo from 1986, revealed to the inquiry yesterday, Eliza The memo also mentions his conversation with another member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, Sir Norman Tebbit – a conversation Tebbit referred to shockingly on the BBC’s Marr show years later. When asked if there was a “big political cover up” at the time, the former Chairman of the Conservative Party replied: “you didn’t talk about those things.”
Lord Tebbit has been asked by the inquiry what he knew about Sir Peter Morrison, after reports emerged that an investigating police officer visited Norman Tebbit to warn him about allegations involving boys.
Lord Tebbit’s statement to the investigations said that he thought the police officer was referring to boys of “Sixth Form age.”
A statement read out by Lord Tebbit said that he was aware of “several decades of allegations of Westminster child abuse and cover ups.”
Last week we also reported how the inquiry heard an extract from former Tory MP Edwina Currie’s diary for July 24 1990 (published in 2002).
Junior Health Minister Currie wrote in her diary about Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet reshuffle:
“One appointment in the recent reshuffle has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous: Peter Morrison has become the PM’s PPS. Now he’s what they call ‘a noted pederast’, with a liking for young boys; he admitted as much to Norman Tebbit when he became deputy chairman of the party, but added, ‘However, I’m very discreet’ – and he must be! She either knows and is taking a chance, or doesn’t; either way it is a really dumb move. Teresa Gorman told me this evening (in a taxi coming back from a drinks party at the BBC) that she inherited Morrison’s (woman) agent, who claimed to have been offered money to keep quiet about his activities. It scares me, as all the press know, and as we get closer to the election someone is going to make trouble, very close to her indeed.”
Asked to explain the entry by the inquiry, Currie said she was worried about the reputational damage consorting with underage boys by her Parliamentary Private Secretary would cause to Thatcher.
She added that she could not explain whether and how Morrison was protected from prosecution, and that it would have been wrong.
Manningham-Buller, who later became director general of MI5, wrote that she met Morrison and regarding the allegations against him, she reported that “the prime minister was aware of it and was supporting Peter.”
The police never questioned Morrison about the allegations against him.
But neither did the Conservative Party.
Former MI5 chief Baroness Manningham-Buller wrote in another memo that Morrison was suspected by the press of being a “prominent Tory [who] was under investigation by the police because of his interest in small boys”.
Sir Antony Duff, who headed MI5 in 1986 passed this information on to Lord Armstrong – then Sir Robert Armstrong, Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet Secretary.
The inquiry heard how Sir Antony Duff advised that the risk of political embarrassment was greater than the security risk to the country, and so no action was taken.
-Despite the potential of risk to any children
In 1987, MI5 advised Morrison to “be on his guard . . . against behaviour which, however innocent, could be misrepresented” and he was warned that “as a public figure he needed to choose his friends with care”.
Lord Armstrong was called to answer questions at today’s IICSA hearing. He told the inquiry that Margaret Thatcher did not think it necessary to have her key ally quizzed over the serious claims against him.
He said if Peter Morrison had been a government minister in a “sensitive” department such as defence or the foreign office, it would have been a “serious matter to think about”.
But the protection of the children concerned clearly were not a factor in the government’s decision.
Inquiry counsel Brian Altman QC asked Lord Armstrong: “to the suggestion that this was all just a cover-up of Peter Morrison, and his activities by the political establishment in particular, what would you say?”
Lord Armstrong replied: “I was certainly not aware of any cover-up, and Peter Morrison had emphatically denied the truth of any of this stuff, and had said that he would sue if any publication was made.”
“But that was to accept Peter Morrison’s word, and take it on trust, wasn’t it?” asked Brian Altman.
Lord Armstrong replied: “That appears to be what the Conservative party did.”
“If looking at matters another way Lord Armstrong,” continued the Inquiry counsel, “the allegations were true, not merely that he had a penchant for small boys, but that he was putting into practice his sexual preferences, there were children who were at risk. Do you agree?”
“If that were so it would be true,” replied the Tory peer.
Extraordinary evidence at
#IICSA today – Lord Steel admits that Cyril Smith confessed to him in 1979 that abuse allegations against him were true – but Steel still did nothing about it, & made no effort to investigate whether Smith posed any continuing risk to children.
Means that Lord Steel was quite happy rewarding a sexual predator with high honours- the knighthood. It’s reprehensible.
The document the Cabinet Office tried to hide showing David Steel put Cyril Smith forward for knighthood
Lord Steel: I was ‘perfectly happy’ to recommend Cyril Smith for a knighthood
Lord Steel, former Liberal President, says he did not have ‘slightest inkling’ Cyril Smith abused boys while he was an MP and defends knighthood recommendation
29 Apr 2014
Fancy a hair-do? Why not try Stephen August, barber to David Steel, Michael Heseltine and Julian Fellowes. But who is Stephen August? Well, he’s the long-time lover of the convicted paedophile Colin Peters.
Boris Johnson says spending on child sex abuse investigation ‘spaffed up a wall’
The Tory MP described historic child sexual abuse offences as “mullarkey”
Boris Johnson has said police spending on child sexual abuse investigations was “spaffed up a wall”.
Labour demanded an apology, saying his remarks were an “insult to every survivor of child sex abuse.
The former Foreign Secretary said the money spent investigating historic cases of child abuse would be better spent elsewhere.
His comments came just hours after Cardinal George Pell was jailed for six years in Australia for abusing two 13-year-old choir boys in the 1990s.
Johnson told LBC: “Keeping numbers high on the streets is certainly important. But it depends where you spend the money and where you deploy the officers.
“And one comment I would make is I think an awful lot of money and an awful lot of police time now goes into these historic offences and all this mullarkey.
“You know, £60 million I saw was being spaffed up a wall on some investigation into historic child abuse.”
Tom Watson must apologise for an ‘absolutely hysterical’ campaign against Leon Brittan, says Boris Johnson
The London mayor accused Labour’s deputy leader of making sex abuse allegations against the former Home Secretary “without a shred of evidence”
14 Oct 2015
Child abuse inquiry asks if former Tory Chester MP Sir Peter Morrison was protected by the elite
There are claims of an establishment cover-up surrounding late MP’s sexual conduct with young males
12 Mar 2019
An investigation into child sexual abuse has been examining whether there was an establishment cover-up surrounding the sexual conduct of former Conservative Chester MP Sir Peter Morrison.
Rumours have persisted for years about the late MP’s ‘penchant for small boys’.
An Old Etonian and barrister by background, he was prime minister Margaret Thatcher ’s trusted parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.
The Westminster strand of the wide-ranging Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) heard suggestions he may have been protected as his activities had come to the attention of police, MI5, the press and both Tory and Labour politicians.
There was a claim the prime minister’s office intervened to prevent a front page newspaper article about the Crewe incident and that Labour agreed to keep quiet on the understanding Morrison would not fight the 1992 election.
Much hinges on an alleged ‘back street’ meeting between Morrison’s agent Frances Mowatt and Labour parliamentary candidate, the late David Robinson , in the centre of Nicholas Street Mews, Chester, when the Conservative and Labour party offices were at opposite ends.
Mrs Mowatt, who was Morrison’s agent between 1975-88, told the inquiry she had no memory of the meeting nor any recollection of rumours about her former boss.
But the inquiry heard mention of a July 1987 letter by ‘Mr Walker’ from the secret service to cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong which was paraphrased by IICSA lead counsel Andrew O’Connor: “Mr Walker recorded a conversation he had with Mr Peter Morrison and you see Peter Morrison himself mentioning the stories about his alleged homosexual behaviour which surfaced in his Chester constituency during the general election.”
The barrister put it to her: “Are you still sure you didn’t hear those rumours, Mrs Mowatt?”
“I didn’t,” she responded.
The barrister continued: “The paragraph goes on. ‘Unfortunately his election agent, in a well meaning but clumsy attempt to spare Morrison’s embarrassment had spoken, without Morrison’s authority or knowledge, to the Labour candidate’.
“‘’She did so in a back street of all places’. Morrison feared that if his agent’s approach reached the wrong ears it could be misrepresented as an attempted cover-up.”
The barrister asked Mrs Mowatt: “Are you sure it wasn’t you who spoke to Mr Robinson?” “I’m certain,” she replied.
Former Chester Labour MP Christine Russell, who gave evidence, said she recalled the meeting because she was Mr Robinson’s agent at the time.
“David Robinson came back and told not only myself but other people who were in the office at the time, ‘Well, Peter Morrison’s not going to stand down but Frances says that Peter is not a well man and he probably won’t be standing in the next election’. I think that was either during the ’87 election or soon afterwards because he was definitely the candidate.”
“She was trying to protect him, cover up if you like, all the gossip and the rumour-mongering and the allegations that were everywhere,“ said Ms Russell, who claimed all the local newspapers were aware of the speculation and that Private Eye had published stories.
She remembered telling regional party officials about the rumours but denied allegations made by Grahame Nicholls, who ran Chester Trades Council, about a deal being struck with the Labour Party.
The barrister put it to her: “He gave his account which was of a meeting in which you told the meeting that an agreement had been reached that the political parties and the press would cover up these allegations against Mr Morrison in exchange for Mr Morrison standing down at the next election. What do you say to that?”
She replied: “No truth whatsoever.”
An impassioned witness was Jane Lee, previously known by her married name of Leach, a former secretary of Gresford and Rossett Labour branch, who remembered a Labour-supporting journalist turning up at the pub following the monthly branch meeting to relay the news Morrison had been caught at Crewe Railway Station.
“She said with relish ‘Get the paper tomorrow morning,’ she said ‘It’s all set, it’s type set’. What?! What?! What?! She said Peter Morrison has been found in the toilet at Crewe station with, I can’t remember if she said boy or boys – I’m still confused about that – and it will all be in the paper tomorrow morning,” said Ms Lee, who still feels guilty that her instant reaction was to think ‘Great, we’re going to win in Chester’.
But it didn’t appear which the journalist later explained.
“She said the chief constable of Cheshire got a phone call from the prime minister’s office – Margaret Thatcher’s name wasn’t mentioned – but it was from the prime minister’s office and had been persuaded to not press charges but to give an official warning and well, we said ‘Why didn’t that go in the paper?’ and she said , and I don’t know if it’s true or not, but she said you can’t report warnings,” said Ms Lee, who clarified by warning she probably meant ‘official caution’.
She continued: “And that in return Morrison wouldn’t stand at the next general election was the deal.”
But the issue played on her mind and she mentioned it to Labour colleague and fellow branch member Ian Lucas, now Labour MP for Wrexham, and recalled saying: ‘Ian, we need to do something about this. It’s not right’.
She added: “I didn’t get chance to suggest anything because immediately Ian said ‘I have done, Jane, I’ve rung somebody higher up and they’ve told us ‘We just don’t do that’ and these were the words he used ‘For every one they’ve got, we’ve got one’.
“It was so shattering because at that moment I knew my party was in the same position,” added Ms Lee, who accepted a deal could have been struck by Labour to stay silent rather than make the matter public. “If what Ian said to me was true that for every one they’ve got, we’ve got one, then it would have been mutually assured destruction.”
Many years later, in 2014, Ms Lee reported the experience to police because she felt guilty for helping to cover-up what had gone on and expected to be arrested. She claimed a police sergeant told her the only person ‘that’s done anything wrong here’ was the journalist for ‘bandying it about in a pub’.
However, an inspector, who took the case more seriously, said accusations had been made against Morrison over many years including some of a ‘horrific’ nature but ultimately the inquiry led nowhere.
Tearfully, she told the inquiry: “I just feel we are all guilty – everyone who kept quiet. it’s just terrible.”
The inquiry heard that in a statement to the inquiry, Mr Lucas MP recalled being at the pub after a branch meeting in 1988 or 1989 when a member who was a journalist told the group Peter Morrison had been arrested at Crewe Railway Station for ‘some form of sexual offence’.
IICSA counsel Katie O’Byrne added: “You’ve seen references already to Mr Lucas’s denial that he spoke to anyone in the Chester Labour Party or in the national Labour Party about that at the time.”
Searches by British Transport Police about the Crewe incident had failed to turn up any files about Morrison except a ‘nominal record not relating to a crime or intelligence record’. Likewise, Cheshire police searches had not pinpointed any information about the MP being arrested for any matters in Cheshire or that anyone may have intervened to keep issues out of the media.
■ Morrison’s successor, ex-Chester Tory MP Gyles Brandreth, will give evidence during Tuesday’s hearing, along with former cabinet secretary Lord Armstrong and retired MI5 director general Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller.
Day 7 of Westminster hearing Thread
We heard from Susan Hogg, Morrison’s Diary Secretary, who worked alongside him arranging appointments.
Mrs Hogg confirms that Peter Morrison moved in high circles, counting the Duke of Westminster and Prince Charles amongst his friends. His sister is still lady-in-waiting to the Queen.
Mrs Hogg recalled an incident when Peter Morrison came back from Downing Street in November 1984. He wasn’t happy.
Eliza Manningham-Buller gave evidence. Confirms she knew Morrison and was told he was telling others she was his girlfriend
Their fathers, both peers knew one another to socialise with.
Finally, because of his serious drink problem and abusive statements about public servants, she tried to avoid seeing him. She did not attend his funeral
Lord Armstrong giving evidence
Confirms Thatcher supported Peter Morrison and concluded there was nothing in the allegations
Manningham-Buller 1986 MI5 Memo and Correspondence between Sir Robert Armstrong and Sir Antony Duff – ex-MI5 Chief
More correspondence between Antony Duff and Lord Armstrong, alongside Manningham-Buller’s statement. Confirmation Thatcher and No 10 knew about Sir Peter
Robin Butler and Patrick Walker talking about trips abroad for Morrison in light of his ministerial post.
Ex-MI5 chief avoided minister’s funeral after child abuse claims
Manningham-Buller tells inquiry how her friendship with Peter Morrison ‘withered’
12 March 2019
Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former director general of MI5, stayed away from the funeral of the Conservative minister Peter Morrison over allegations of child sex abuse and his pretence that she was his girlfriend.
Her revealing comments about her “withering” friendship with the former parliamentary private secretary to the prime minister was given at the end of her evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
Lady Manningham-Buller told the inquiry on Tuesday that she may have been the source of information passed by the security service to the cabinet secretary which included the comment that Morrison had a “penchant for small boys”.
She was then asked by Brian Altman QC, counsel to IICSA, why she had stayed away from Morrison’s funeral in 1995 since she had previously been a friend.
“It’s an insight into my feelings,” Manningham-Buller said. “By the end of the 80s … my friendship with Peter Morrison was withering.
“He was seeking to give the impression that I was his girlfriend which was not accurate. The allegations [of paedophile activity] which I did not know the truth of … made me uncomfortable.”
She continued: “I wasn’t sure I liked him much. He had a drink problem. He was very abusive to his public servants and I chose not to go to the funeral.”
Morrison, then MP for Chester, had been the minister for energy as well as trade and industry during the 1980s when Margret Thatcher was prime minister.
Questions of his sexual activities led to correspondence between MI5 and the cabinet secretary, Sir Robert Armstrong, about whether he was a security risk.
At one stage, the inquiry heard, Morrison was discouraged from visiting Russia in case he was blackmailed. On a visit to China, it was arranged that he should be accompanied by officials to avoid problems.
Earlier, Morrison’s departmental private secretary, Susan Hogg, told the inquiry: “He clearly had an alcohol problem and used to start drinking at lunch time.” He often got through a bottle of vodka by tea.
He had a temper, she added, and used to be in a bad mood particularly when required by Buckingham Palace to escort Princess Margaret.
On occasions, Hogg said, she used to take phone calls from Morrison when she was still in the department in the evening. “There would be giggling in the background and he would say: ‘Stop it, Eliza. Stop it Eliza.’ I thought she was his girlfriend.”
Morrison was infuriated by the language used by civil servants, calling them “Martians”. He asked her to retype their memorandums, she explained, so that they were no longer written in “Martian”.
Lord Armstrong, as he now is, also appeared before the inquiry and confirmed that Margaret Thatcher had been aware of the rumours but that she had supported Morrison in the absence of any criminal prosecution.
“I took it from the fact that [Margaret Thatcher] didn’t appear to want me to take any further action that she was being fully informed by the [Conservative] party,” Armstrong said.
“I think it was up to the Conservative party as to whether they took the rumours sufficiently seriously to report them to the police. I thought the police had been aware. I was certainly not aware of any cover-up. Morrison has emphatically denied the allegations.”
Lord Armstrong said that Thatcher had evidently not considered the rumours to be true because she appointed him as her parliamentary private secretary in 1990.
Richard Scorer, a solicitor at the law firm Slater & Gordon who represents victims at the inquiry, said: “The Peter Morrison case is a shameful saga of institutions avoiding responsibility despite widespread rumours about his ‘penchant for small boys’.
“It appears police knew of allegations, but did nothing. Security services knew. Cabinet secretary knew, but thought it was for prime minister & Tory party to deal. The prime minister took no action. The Tory party did nothing. What we see here is buck passing across the board and Morrison escaping scrutiny because of his connections”.
there’s so many ways to ignore #CSA but the belittling “in a bit of a jam over boys” “fuss over nothing” attitude is class specific
“I don’t believe that anybody had really thought there was anything in any of this… I don’t think he would have been appointed deputy chairman of the Conservative party,” says Mr Brandreth.
MI5 admits to UK child sex abuse inquiry that it knew of serious allegations of paedophilia against 1980s govt minister and other senior officials including an MI6 chief, but didn’t inform police and did little if anything to prevent the abuse continuing
Thatcher protected Tory MP suspected of abusing children, MI5 files reveal
Peter Morrison’s alleged ‘penchant for small boys’ was considered only in national security, not criminal terms, witness tells Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
The witness, who gave evidence anonymously, admitted that memos and a letter from 1986 had discussed claims that Morrison had a “penchant for small boys”, and there was nothing to indicate MI5 passed the information in its possession to police.
The inquiry heard that two 1986 memos were written by Eliza Manningham-Buller, who went on to be the director general of MI5 between 2002 and 2007.
In one 1986 memo, the future Dame Eliza stated Morrison had told her he was being doorstepped by reporters seeking comments about five-year-old allegations that the press had become keen to publish now former Tory deputy chair Jeffrey Archer had been caught paying off a prostitute.
The inquiry heard Ms Manningham-Buller wrote that Morrison did not tell her what the allegations involved, adding: “Peter hoped the press would publish something so that he could sue and nail the lies that were being spread about him.
Her role, the inquiry was told, would have been confined to passing on information, rather than making decisions on what to do about the MP, who had been one of the first backbenchers to urge Thatcher to stand for the Tory leadership in 1975 and her parliamentary private secretary in 1990.
n one 1986 memo, the future Dame Eliza stated Morrison had told her he was being doorstepped by reporters seeking comments about five-year-old allegations that the press had become keen to publish now former Tory deputy chair Jeffrey Archer had been caught paying off a prostitute.
The inquiry heard Ms Manningham-Buller wrote that Morrison did not tell her what the allegations involved, adding: “Peter hoped the press would publish something so that he could sue and nail the lies that were being spread about him
“The prime minister was aware of it and was supporting Peter.”
Admitting that in the 1980s the service considered the allegations only in national security terms, the MI5 lawyer said: “It’s a matter of regret that no consideration was given at the time to the criminal aspects of the matter.
“The knowledge and understanding of child sexual abuse at the time was much, much lower than it is now. So I’m to some extent unsurprised that wider consideration wasn’t given in 1986. With hindsight, it’s a matter of real regret.”
The MI5 lawyer added that MI5’s reasoning in 1986 would have been: “If the prime minister [Thatcher] knew of the allegations and was not particularly, on the face of it, concerned about them, if this is a true account of the situation, then there would be little point in MI5 investigating them further.”
Brian Altman QC, lead counsel to the inquiry, also quoted from the 2014 independent Wanless-Whittam review of information held in connection with child abuse between 1979 and 1999, which had summarised MI5’s handling of the Morrison allegations by saying: “In response to claims from two sources that a named member of parliament has ‘a penchant for small boys’ … Matters conclude with acceptance of his word that he does not, and the observation that ‘at the present stage … the risks of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger’.”
Mr Altman said: “The risk to children is not considered at all.”
The witness said that if the same information came into MI5’s possession today, it would be referred to police.
Mr Morrison, who between September 1986 and June 1987 was deputy to Conservative party chair Norman Tebbit, was knighted in 1991 and died in 1995 aged 51.
The inquiry has already been told by Mr Altman that there will be exploration of “whether there was a culture whereby people of public prominence were shielded from investigation at the expense of their victims”.
Mr Morrison is forming one of three case studies, along with the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith and Green Party member David Challenor who was jailed for 22 years in August after being convicted of sexual assault against a 10-year-old girl.
Mr Altman said a question by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson in the House of Commons in 2012, in which he said there was “clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to parliament and No 10”, could be seen as the “catalyst for the establishment of this inquiry”.
But he clarified that some allegations had already been shown to be false.
Geoffrey Robertson QC, acting for Harvey Proctor – whose home was raided under the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Midland before the probe closed in 2016 without a single arrest – claimed Mr Watson and “various febrile journalists” had “started a moral panic” over an alleged paedophile ring.
The inquiry continues.
1989 Police seized an audio tape from a woman’s safe during a probe into organised crime in south-east London. An MP is heard on the tape “engaged in a sexual activity” with a “teenager”, an ex-detective anonymised as “GB” says in statement to CSA inquiry.
Name of MP on audio tape, engaging in sexual activity with a male “teenager”, redacted by CSAinquiry, although it has identified him (presumably by mistake). Inquiry failed to call “GB” to testify, but instead has skated over his bombshell evidence
Tape of MP engaged in sexual activity with a teenager mysteriously DISAPPEARED from storage at a police station, ex-detective GB reveals to CSA inquiry in statement
There was other evidence that raised concerns about the MP on the “sex tape” with a “teenager”… “Children were seen leaving the constituency office of [redacted name of MP],” GB tells CSA inquiry in his statement…
In interview with Met’s ‘Operation Winter Key’ in 2016, GB says that children from care system were “spending the night at his [ie MP’s] constituency surgery” and were “seen coming out in the morning,”
GB tells Met in interview that the evidence against MP on “sex tape” and who had boys staying overnight at his surgery was not definitive. “He could have been a nice man putting them [up] for the night, nothing a 100 per cent.”
“It sounded like they didn’t know that they were being recorded,” GB tells Met in interview. Police suspected that organised crime gang in south-east London was “blackmailing” the MP…
Mr Altman asks the witness whether she (Mannigham-Buller) thinks the Security Service should have waited before deciding not to take matter further, to have checked that what Peter Morrison was saying regarding the Prime MInister being aware and supporting him?
Mr Altman – “which would have been of importance to the narrow focus that was being taken towards this issue in Peter Morrison’s case?
Eliza Manningham-Buller – “Yes.”
Mr Altman – “Do you agree that the police should have been involved, whether there was a safeguarding policy or not?”
Eliza Manningham-Buller – “Obviously, they should have been.
There was a potential crime. There were two reports of small boys.”
Turning to events of November 1983, Lord Armstrong confirms that the Prime Minister was aware of the rumours about Morrison, and that they agreed that they were no more than rumours.
If a criminal offence had been committed then the police were aware of it and it was “consequently their responsibility to deal with it”
Mr Altman asks whether there was any suggestion of involving the police at any time. Lord Armstrong – “I think it was up to the Conservative Party to consider whether they took the rumours sufficiently seriously to report them to the police”
Medomsley detention centre: Ex-officers convicted over abuse
Mar 12 2019
Five former staff members at a youth detention centre have been convicted over the physical abuse of young prisoners in the 1970s and 1980s.
The men, who are now aged in their 60s and 70s, worked at the former centre in Medomsley, near Consett, County Durham.
They were found guilty of a range of charges including assaults, wounding and misconduct in public office.
Jurors at Teesside Crown Court were told much of the violence was “for the enjoyment of the officers”.
The five will be sentenced at a later date.
Their convictions follow a series of trials resulting from Operation Seabrook, which was launched by Durham Police in 2013 and became one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK.
The guilty men are:
- Christopher Onslow, 72, convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm, wounding and misconduct in public office. Acquitted of indecent assault
- John McGee, 74, convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and misconduct in public office. Acquitted of sexual assault
- Brian Johnson Greenwell, 71, convicted of misconduct in public office. Acquitted of sexual assault and physical assault
- Kevin Blakely, 67, convicted of two counts of misconduct in public office. Acquitted of two counts of wounding and two of assault
- Alan Bramley, 70, convicted of misconduct in public office. Acquitted of wounding and two counts of assault
- Neil Sowerby, 61, was acquitted of misconduct in public office, sexual assault and physical abuse
- David McClure, 63, was acquitted of misconduct in public office, wounding and four counts of assault
Claims local media and political groups kept quiet over child sex abuse allegations and arrest of former Chester MP
Mar 12th, 2019
Local MP Ian Lucas says he is ‘shocked’ at claims made in the evidence session, and says “I did not take part in a cover up and would never do so” – you can read his full statement here.
Original story below…
Claims have been made that Conservative and Labour groups in Chester worked together in the late 1980s to ensure an MP stood down rather than be revealed as a paedophile, with assertions that local media at the time knew of the allegations but also helped a ‘cover-up’.
The allegations discussed yesterday at the inquiry looking into allegations of child sexual abuse linked to Westminster centre around former Conservative MP for Chester Peter Morrison, who was also a well connected Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and alleged Bryn Estyn ‘visitor’.
The serious and numerous child abuse allegations regarding Morrison are long documented with the new inquiry looking at a range of related issues as part of it’s scope, including who was aware of the involvement of people of public prominence associated with Westminster in the sexual abuse of children, and failed to take adequate steps to prevent any such abuse from occurring and/or took steps to prevent such abuse from being revealed.
Wrexham’s MP Ian Lucas also has had his submission to the inquiry branded ‘disappointing’ by a witness at yesterday’s hearings.
Jane Lee the former secretary of the local Labour branch for Gresford and Rossett gave evidence to the inquiry in London yesterday (Full transcripts here) and spoke about various interactions she had in the late 1980s with Ian Lucas, then Chairman of the branch, as well as conversations with a local reporter for the Wrexham Leader on the topic of Morrison.
The evidence given by Ms Lee stated that the Leader reporter and Labour party member ‘Eileen Neidermyer’ (also named as ‘Eileen Nederlof’ by Mr Lucas) attended a post-meeting gathering in a pub in Gresford that she claims was also attended by Mr Lucas and his wife Norah. At that gathering, the Leader reporter ‘said with relish’ the paper would be running the story about MP Morrison being arrested for an incident involving a young boy or boys in toilets at Crewe station.
It is alleged the reporter told those present the story was ‘all set, it is typeset’, ready to print, and encouraged them to buy a copy of the paper the very next morning.
Ms Lee explained, with regret, how the mood was buoyant at the news, “We just thought great”, “We are going to win in Chester, he is going to be all over the front page”.
The story never appeared.
At a similar meeting a month later Ms Lee explained the Wrexham Leader reporter was asked why the story never appeared. Recounting the conversation from memory Ms Lee told the inquiry: “I can remember it virtually word for word.
“She said the Chief Constable of Cheshire got a phone call from the Prime Minister’s office — Margaret Thatcher’s name wasn’t mentioned, but it was ‘from the Prime Minister’s office’ and had been persuaded to not press charges but to give a warning, an official warning, and, well, we said, ‘Well, why didn’t that go in the paper?’, and she said — and I don’t know if it’s true or not, but she said, ‘You can’t report warnings. You can’t put warnings in the paper’.
Later Ms Lee clarified ‘warning’ could well have been a ‘caution’.
In the submission from Mr Lucas he recalls a member called Eileen Nederlof, a journalist working in Chester, raising the question of Peter Morrison. In a group discussion Nederlof ‘reported to us all an incident which occurred at Crewe railway station, with Morrison being arrested for a sexual offence’. Mr Lucas was clear to say the discussion was not official business of the Branch.
Mr Lucas added said he was ‘expecting it to be reported in the local press but it was not’.
Ms Lee was asked if she raised the matter with Ian Lucas.
Ms Lee said yes: “We always used to arrive at the branch venue early, Ian and I, a sort of pre-meeting meeting, and I just said to him, after a month of thinking about it, I simply said, ‘Ian, we need to do something about this. It’s not right’.
“Immediately Ian said, ‘I have done, Jane. I have rung somebody higher up, and they’ve told us, ‘We just don’t do that’ ‘, and these were the words he used, ‘For every one they have got, we have got one’.
Ms Lee was asked what she meant by ‘somebody higher up’, she replied: “I didn’t ask. I was so shocked at what he said that it was like — I didn’t say anything.
“I knew not to say — it was awful, really. I knew not to ask. Because it seemed to be such a serious statement, not just, ‘There is one’, and, ‘If they tell about us, our one, we will tell about their one’, but it was the fact that he was saying, everyone they have got, every paedophile they have got, we have got one. So it was so shattering, because, at that moment, I knew that my party was in the same position.”
Ms Lee added later: “The only exact words I can remember are the words ‘For every one they’ve got, we’ve got one’. I can remember those words precisely. He said something else before that to the effect of, ‘We don’t tell on them and they don’t’ — ‘There is an unwritten rule: we don’t tell on them, they don’t tell on us’.
Ms Lee said it was a ‘tumbleweed moment’ saying she did not ask anything further, and she ‘kept quiet for many many years’.
The written submission to the Inquiry from Mr Lucas was referenced (below) with Ms Lee told “Mr Lucas states here that he did not discuss the incident concerning Peter Morrison with anyone at Chester Labour Party or the national Labour Party or, indeed, with anyone outside the group that evening in Gresford and Rossett.”
The below section of Mr Lucas’s statement was pulled up for reference yesterday:
Ms Lee was asked for her reaction to it: “I’m disappointed that he — I understand that what I’m saying — he’s a member of parliament. He was going to stand as a member of parliament very shortly after that. Dr John Marek was resigning — was retiring. I just feel this was a chance for Ian to say — he’s got two children. It was a chance for Ian to say, ‘We did have that conversation’, and I’m sorry that he didn’t find it in himself to do that.”
Ms Lee’s evidence can be viewed in the below video with her written statement in this PDF. Ms Lee also wrote a letter to the inquiry where she notes Mr Lucas’s ethical position over Facebook and Bradley Wiggins, and contrasts it to her historic claims.
Mr Lucas’s statement can be found on this PDF.
The Inquiry also heard from Frances Mowatt ( agent and secretary to the City of Chester Conservative Association during Morrison’s time), Grahame Nicholls (Labour Party official) and former Chester MP (1997 to 2010) Christine Russell. (Full transcripts here).
Grahame Nicholls spoke of how ‘everyone in the political elite in Chester’ knew of ‘rumours’ that Morrison ‘liked little boys’. A section of his written statement (parts here, redacted) was referenced:
Nicholls added in his verbal evidence that a Chief Reporter at a local newspaper ‘would talk about it all the time’ and that ‘the press certainly knew’, adding he first became aware of the Crewe station incident via said reporter, “The press certainly knew. The chief reporter on one of the newspapers that I was very friendly with, she would talk about it all the time, you know. So the press knew, certainly.”
Nicholls characterised an ‘agreement’ between political parties that Morrison would not stand in the 1992 election in return for ‘not breaking cover on the story’.
A ‘strong relationship’ between the ‘main newspaper’ and the Conservative party was referenced, and he ‘presumed’ the local media had bought into some kind of agreement to keep stories about Morrison out of print.
Nicholls added: “The local media wasn’t at that time … didn’t want that published, because there was a very strong relationship between them particularly the main newspaper and the Conservative Party.”
A question was asked, “So were the press involved in this agreement too, that they weren’t going to publish?
Nicholls replied: “Yes, they weren’t going to publish. She told me they weren’t going to publish.
He was asked: “Was that because they had also bought into some agreement of this nature?
Nicholls replied: “I presume, yes.”
Christine Russell gave details of ongoing rumours prior to the Crewe station incident, including that circulated by ‘mainly Conservative councillors’ of ‘wild parties’ at Morrison’s constituency home called The Stables in Puddington village where ‘a select list of guests’ would attend mainly young men.
Rumours about excessive drinking ‘were then embellished’, and were known widely ‘not just in the political community but throughout Chester’.
Russell was asked: “What did you or anyone else do about these rumours during the 1980s?
She replied: “I think because the allegations were coming from police officers, from Conservative councillors, I would say to them, ‘What have you done about it?’ And it was, ‘Oh, he’s being protected, isn’t he?’ That was the common response.”
An odd meeting between Labour and Conservative party representatives in Nicholas Street Mews in central Chester was referenced, where the outcome was it became known Morrison would stand down. The meeting, apparently common knowledge and now ‘mythology’ in political circles, was described in detail being in on a ‘wet rainy day’ and the meeting in the middle of the street with the conservative offices at one end and labour’s at the other.
Russell said there was no truth in claims of ‘agreement’ taking place in effect consisting of various entities covering up for Morrison in exchange for him to step down, when directly asked: “You heard Mr Nicholls give evidence. You have his account, which was of a meeting in which you told the meeting that an agreement had been reached that essentially the political parties and the press would cover up these allegations against Mr Morrison in exchange for Mr Morrison standing down at the next election. What do you say to that?
Russell replied: “No truth whatsoever.”
Russell was asked, “Can you explain why Mr Nicholls and Ms Lee have both remembered something that you can’t?
Russell replied: “I can’t explain it.”
Russell noted three local papers were fully aware of various allegations, naming them as the Chester/Cheshire Observer, Chester Chronicle and Evening Leader, and that none reported on it.
Russell was asked: “It seems to have been the position that none of them reported it.
She replied: “No, they didn’t report it. There was no coverage.”
Later an anonymous person from MI5 gave evidence off camera, and said of the matter: “Today, as a matter of formal policy, MI5 does report all allegations of this sort to the police and, if the same information had come to MI5 today, it would be passed to the police”
Evidence sessions continue today regarding Morrison, with Gyles Brandreth another former MP of Chester appearing in person to give evidence on oath.
Locally further accounts may surface in publications who will be able to give their insider facts on if stories were pulled and other claims relating to their non-reporting, and will likely be able to locate and quiz employees from that era.
In other evidence media not running stories is also referenced with an arrest of Morrison in 1988 for ‘cottaging in Piccadilly Circus’ not published by the Mirror, with a reporter confronting him at home but being threatened with a libel action.
In the same evidence pack in 2012 there is an unsettling reference to a mystery call to a reporter who had just commented on Jimmy Savile allegations live on Sky News. The caller said they were aware of Morrison and claimed the ‘story went much deeper’.
A page from submitted documents also gives an insight to the lengths the Mirror went to while trying to get elements of the story out in this internal note from 1987:
The full three hour evidence session from yesterday can be viewed below and the text based transcripts in this PDF.
MI5 did not tell police of minister’s ‘penchant for small boys’, inquiry hears
Security service lawyer says it ‘regrets’ claims against Peter Morrison were not investigated
Mar 11 2019
Peter Morrison, the former MP for Chester, at Downing Street
MI5 warned the cabinet secretary in the 1980s about rumours that a minister had a “penchant for small boys” but did not inform the police or launch an investigation into the allegations, according to a member of the security services.
Giving evidence anonymously to the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA), a lawyer with the security service apologised for it having taken a “narrow, security-related view” of the accusations against Sir Peter Morrison.
“With hindsight,” the lawyer, whose voice was heard via remote video link, said “it was a matter of deep regret” that MI5 had not cooperated with police or made inquiries into the activities of the former MP for Chester, who died in 1995.
The official said the security service did not investigate people merely because they had a public profile but only when there was reason to suspect they posed a threat to national security. Not all files were “adverse”, he added, saying that some might be opened if a person was targeted by a terrorist group or could be susceptible to approaches by a foreign intelligence organisation.
A letter from the then head of MI5, Sir Antony Duff, to Sir Robert Armstrong, the then cabinet secretary, that was sent in 1986 was read out to the inquiry. It said that stories about Morrison, who was then minister of state for trade and industry, “persist”.
A member of MI5, Duff wrote, had heard from two sources that Morrison had “a penchant for small boys”. The source was understood to be Donald Stewart, the Conservative party agent for Westminster.
The security service was not sure whether it was based on rumours previously aired in 1983 or on more recent events. Duff ended the letter saying: “I would just as soon that we didn’t get involved for the time being.”
An internal MI5 memo in November 1986 from Eliza Manningham-Buller, later director general of the security service, said she had seen Morrison and his family the previous night for dinner and he had told her that the prime minister was supporting him. Morrison said he hoped the press would publish so that he could sue and “nail the lies”.
The security service also recorded reports that Morrison had been picked up for importuning. Manningham-Buller, who is due to appear before IICSA on Tuesday, has told the inquiry that she was not the member of MI5 staff who had first heard the rumours against Morrison, who later became parliamentary private secretary to Margaret Thatcher.
Brian Altman QC, counsel to the inquiry, suggested that the statement that Thatcher knew about the allegations against Morrison and was nonetheless supporting him depended entirely on the MP’s version of events. The MI5 lawyer agreed that appeared to be so.
“Wasn’t the obvious route,” Altman suggested, “that an inquiry should have been made of Sir Robert Armstrong to ask if the prime minister was supporting Morrison in those terms?” The service had been “rather blinkered” about the proper approach, he added.
The inquiry also heard evidence about MI5’s investigation into the activities of Sir Peter Hayman, a former high commissioner to Canada, who retired in 1984 and died in 1992.
He kept detailed diaries about his sex life which were seized when his flat in Bayswater, central London, was raided. The director of public prosecutions (DPP) later gave MI5 access to them.
The security service interviewed Hayman’s friends and then him, particularly about reports that in the 1950s when he was in Baghdad local boys had visited him for sexual purposes. The DPP, Hayman told MI5, had given him immunity from prosecution.
The outcome of the investigation, the MI5 lawyers said, was that Hayman had rendered himself vulnerable to blackmail but that there had been no actual prejudice to security.
The MI5 officer was also taken through a list of prominent individuals whose activities had raised questions about child abuse. Among them was Maurice Oldfield, a former head of MI6, who had told Thatcher that he had had “homosexual encounters”, dating back to the 1940s and 1950s, with “house boys” and “hotel stewards” in Asia.
Allegations against the former home secretary Leon Brittan were said to have come only from a disgruntled prisoner who resented having been denied parole.
The agency’s records, the inquiry was told, also mentioned unsubstantiated allegations against the former Conservative MPs Christopher Chataway, Charles Irving and Sir William van Straubenzee. All have since died. It is not clear whether any information on them was ever passed to police.
IMPORTANT – IICSA have posted my statements on the website:
See what they were trying to hide about SB dirty tricks, false D-notices, interviews with ex SB officer, Flying Squad, and top cop who buried C Smith files:
Investigative journalist tells child abuse inquiry he was given a list of ’16 paedophile MPs’ but it was seized in raid
Don Hale, former editor of the Bury Messenger, says he was handed the dossier by late Labour peer Barbara Castle in the 1980s.
8 MAR 2019
Don Hale, former editor of the now defunct Bury Messenger, says he was handed a cache of documents by late Labour peer Barbara Castle about the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) during the 1980s.
The organisation advocated abolishing the age of consent and Mr Hale alleges that the documents revealed many senior figures supported its aims and were involved in fundraising.
Mr Hale, who was awarded an OBE for campaigning journalism for his involvement in the acquittal of Stephen Downing for murder, said then home secretary Leon Brittan was supportive of the group.
He said over a period of about eight weeks in the summer of 1984, Baroness Castle handed him a number of sensitive documents to photocopy relating to parliamentary committee meetings discussing the PIE.
The documents revealed who was present, who chaired the committees and who had sent apologies for their absence, the Westminster strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard.
Mr Hale claims that the entire store of documents was confiscated by officers from special branch as soon as he started trying to verify the allegations made by Baroness Castle.
The inquiry, which is expected to sit for three weeks, is examining ongoing allegations of historical abuse by politicians and systemic cover-up by institutions.
In his opening address, Brian Altman QC said Labour MP Tom Watson’s comment in the House of Commons in 2012 saying there was “clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10”, could be seen as the “catalyst for the establishment of this inquiry”.
Mr Altman emphasised the inquiry will look at how organisations responded to child sex abuse allegations rather than the truth of claims against individuals.
Mr Hale went public with his allegations about the documents and special branch in a series of articles in national newspapers including the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail in 2014.
He claimed that Leon Brittan chaired several of the meetings discussing the PIE and had been exploring the possibility of lowering the age of consent.
Other names implicated were former education minister Rhodes Boyson, Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe and Conservative MP Keith Joseph.
Mr Hale also claims that among the documents was a list compiled by the parliamentary committee of 16 MPs actively involved in paedophilia.
The inquiry heard that there is no mention in either the Met or Greater Manchester’s special branch records of the raid on the Bury Messenger’s offices.
A statement from an officer sent to find the files said this could be because it was not recorded, the records had been destroyed, or because the raid never took place.
In his evidence to the inquiry on Friday, Mr Hale said: “(Baroness Castle) wanted me to write a story about the fact the meetings were taking place and what the subject was likely to be – she wanted me to expose quite a number of things.”
He added: “Barbara felt that everything seemed to go through Leon Brittan, he seemed to be the centre of things regarding these matters.”
He said Baroness Castle had details of 16 politicians who were involved in paedophilia in addition to supporting the PIE.
Mr Hale said: “In regards to the 16 names contained in the files who were involved in paedophilic activity, I have been asked many times to recall the names that I saw but I have been unable to recall them.”
When asked by Mr Altman if he could think of even one name on the list, he replied: “I wasn’t a political animal, I had only come into the job a few months before.”
He added: “I have no copy of that document – my recollection is that there were some important names but I just can’t remember.
“The whole experience of being raided by special branch was a complete shock and you want to block things out of your mind.”
There were no witnesses to the raid, Mr Hale said, and he alleged he was served with a “D-Notice” requiring him to hand over the documents in the interests of national security.
He said he could face two years in prison if he refused to co-operate.
Describing the visit by Smith, he said: “He was absolutely furious – I thought he was going to hit me. He’s a very big guy as you can understand.”
He added: “The strange thing was that his name, as far as I can remember, never appeared in any of the documents.
“You could wonder considering his history whether he did think his name was mentioned in the documents or whether he was acting on behalf of his liberal colleagues.
“I was quite stunned by what had happened – when someone as powerful as him comes and spits in your face and threatens you, you are concerned.”
He said one officer had given his name during the raid, but that he could not remember the name and had not noted it down in the wake of the raid.
Mr Hale said there were multiple discrepancies between the evidence he gave to the Independent Office for Police Conduct and the final written statement that he was asked to sign.
The statement said no copies of the documents had been made, when he had repeatedly told them that “no other” copies had been made other than those locked in a drawer in his office.
But he said there were 48 emails between him and the Independent Office for Police Conduct over a period of six months to try to clarify and amend his statement.
“You get the impression they are trying to discredit my evidence,” he said.
Mr Hale accepted that he had been paid for the newspaper articles that ran in 2014.
He will return to give further evidence before the end of this strand of the inquiry.
Ms Castle alleged to Mr Hale that PIE was funded by the Home Office – and received cheques directly from it. “It’s difficult to remember now but I think she mentioned substantial funds… £20,000 plus,” adds Mr Hale
Mr Hale says Ms Castle told him that a man who was eventually knighted, Mr Rhodes Boyston, was “directly involved” in the distribution of the PIE’s magazine ‘Magpie’ to people in Westminster.
Boyson was former headmaster of Islington’s all boys’ school Highbury Grove 1967-1974 – he moved straight from teaching in Islington to becoming an MP
Mr Hale’s statement reads: “The Chair of the meeting would be Leon Brittan or Ted Heath. Regular attendees at the PIE meetings were Charles Napier, Keith Joseph, Jeremy Thorpe, Rhodes Boyson and Peter Hayman.”
Was Michael Burbidge from the Department of Environment there?
So what’s being described sounds very similar to the proto All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) for pro-paedophile rights that Righton, Ian Greer and Antony Grey started lobbying for in 1968-1969 – cross party lobbying was essential
The Inquiry hears Ms Castle inferred that the NCCL (the National Council for Civil Liberties) was “also trying to help with funding and protection of the PIE organisation”.
Without the NCCL there would have none of the substantial shadow network supporting child abusers & PIE that existed within legitimate organisations – housing, legal advice, employment, trade unions etc
#Islington councillor Henry Hodge was Chair of NCCL when PIE affiliated
Mr Hales says Mr O’Carroll’s comments are a “way of having a pop at me”. He says the funding issue was told to him by Ms Castle in 1984. “From what Barbara said, there was a distribution office in Westminster.”
Like the one Steven Adrian Smith boasted about running with Barry Cutler in the Home Office in his brief history of PIE ?
PIE had at least physical proximity to power. During his chairmanship of PIE, Smith actually worked as a contract electrician in the Home Office, which oversees Britain’s police and other security agencies.
PIE Secretary Barry Cutler also worked in the Home Office but was fired in 1983 when a UK tabloid outed his affiliation with the group.
A Home Office spokesman would not confirm or deny either man’s employment.
Other members had high-profile jobs in the public and private sectors, like Peter Righton, a social worker, child protection expert and consultant to the National Children’s Bureau. Righton, who died in 2007, wrote openly in defense of pedophilia even while working in child care homes in the 1970s.
The former Tory Prime Minister backed notorious paedophile Savile for an OBE just two years after the perverted presenter was passed over for a lesser honour.
Sir Edward Heath also attended more than half a dozen meetings of the notorious PIE group at Westminister.
In relation to Edward Heath, he continues:”I can say that I saw him inside the flat on more than one occasion and I am certain that it was him.” He says that he still stands by this statement.
CYRIL SMITH, JEREMY THORPE, EDWARD HEATH and LEON BRITTAN were seen by Sinclair entering the flat in Cricklewood. Sinclair is positive he identified the four MPs with his own eyes.
His statement reads: “I can say that the team observed various men frequent the flat I am sure that four of them were MPs who I recognised as Cyril Smith, Jeremy Thorpe, Leon Brittan and Edward Heath.”
Day 4 of
#westminsterhearing thread Witness testimony from Sue Simpson, retired police officer, claims Jimmy Savile and Jonathan King were often mentioned!
Robertson called on the inquiry to clear the names of those, such as Proctor, who have been wrongly accused of abuse.
Adam Wagner will now deliver a statement on behalf of Harvey Proctor. He is led by Geoffrey Robertson QC who could not be here today. “The evidence to this Inquiry has cleared him [Proctor] completely. There is no evidence of any Westminster paedophile network,” he says.
Spartacus’ PAN December 1980 reported
@RobertsonQC had withdrawn as O’Carroll’s defence barrister after second committal of 1980 in November (first committal February 1980) when trial date of 5 Jan 1981 set https://www.brongersma.info/images/Pan7.pdf @InquiryCSA
From Pan magazine
LONDON, ENGLAND The number of PIE defendants was reduced to four on 28 November when charges against David Grove, who is seriously ill with throat cancer, were dropped. On the same day the other four were informed that the trial was definitely going ahead on 5 January as scheduled in the Old Bailey. Three days later Geoffrey Robertson, their barrister, author of a book on obscenity, informed them that he would not argue their case, leaving them now without senior legal representation. Most of the PIE defendants have been fired from their jobs and have thus had to go to Legal Aid in order to receive any kind of defence at all, while the prosecution has all the wealth of North Sea oil to pay for the best legal minds in Britain. The defendants are trying to get the trial postponed until they can recover from this eleventh-hour decision of Barrister Robertson to pull out — and rebuild some kind of defence strategy.
In 1998 Robertson QC identified sir Peter Hayman as having had a long & distinguished career with MI6 in his book The Justice Game
Policeman Collins at iicsa – Collins was cross examined by Robertson (pre QC) at PIE first committal in February 1980 was that acknowledged at
Err, has it been mentioned that Geoffrey Robertson QC who represents the former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor at
@InquiryCSA was part of PIE-linked NCCL?
GEOFFREY ROBERSON, NCCL executive member 1974.
Colleagues: members of the Paedophile Information Exchange and their supporters
Geoffrey Robertson QC, Nettie Pollard, Tom O’Carroll, Roland Jeffrey, Ivan Geffen, Antony Grey
London Friend’s 1st General Secretary
(September 1975 – September 1977)
THE PLACE TO MEET PEOPLE JOCKEYING FOR INFLUENCE IN THE LATE NINETIES – Islington
Location matters. We know where to find the old Establishment, the people and networks, the clubs, salons and dynasties that Henry Fairlie meant when he gave the term currency in the Fifties, through an article in the Spectator. They are in the clubs of St James’s, the ministries of Whitehall, at home in the grand houses of Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea. Never too far from the Queen.
Tony Blair, famously, lives in Islington. Some of his closest political friends live in the north London borough, some practically on his doorstep: Margaret Hodge MP, former head of Islington Council; her husband, Henry Hodge, a leading figure in the Law Society; Geoffrey Robertson, the prominent barrister.
Another QC member of NCCL – PIE member Adrian Fulford
Back in the late 1970s he was a newly qualified Left-wing barrister when he joined the NCCL, now known as Liberty, which had links to known paedophile groups and attempted to lower the age of consent to 14 and water down child pornography laws
Fulford’s involvement with the radical movement to legalise child sex goes even further than that of the Labour Ministers, documents uncovered by The Mail on Sunday show.
He personally set up a group to support the ‘executive committee’ of PIE in the summer of 1979, after they had their homes raided by police.
Images of child abuse and group literature were seized and five leaders, including chairman O’Carroll, were charged with the rare offence of ‘conspiracy to corrupt public morals’.
Fulford and his colleagues called the organisation the Conspiracy Against Public Morals (CAPM), and it went on to distribute leaflets calling for the PIE ‘show trial’ to be dropped, and held protests outside courtrooms.
In October 1979 Fulford wrote a full-page article in gay rights magazine Broadsheet, in which he was described as ‘the founder’ of the PIE support group.
He claimed that classified adverts placed by PIE members, which led to the trial, were ‘simply to enable paedophiles to make friends and offer each other mutual support’ rather than to contact children or exchange banned images.
A leaflet distributed by CAPM and available through PIE’s mailing list went further, claiming: ‘This is a trumped-up charge designed to silence a group merely because it is unpopular with the guardians of public morality.’
And the prosecution was condemned as ‘an attack on PIE’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of association’.
A longer briefing note put together by the CAPM called the paedophiles a ‘minority group ripe for bashing’ because they were open about their aims.
In 1980, a Marxist collective used the almost identical name, Campaign Against Public Morals, and the same Central London PO Box address as Fulford’s group to publish a 60-page diatribe that called for the age of consent to be scrapped ‘for the liberation of children’.
Convicted Barrow paedophile, Tom O’Carroll, is thanked at charity event at the House of Lords
Mar 5 2019
A NOTORIOUS paedophile – who campaigned for sex with children as young as ten to be legalised – was invited to a House of Lords bash by a charity.
Tom O’Carroll, a former head of the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie), which campaigned to lower the age of sexual consent, was among 60 guests who were thanked at a reception for donating money to Book Aid International.
Book Aid International is a charity which sends books to children in Sub Saharan Africa and around the world.
Speaking to a national newspaper at his flat in Barrow, the 73-year-old said: “I was kind of a guest of honour.
“A few years ago I did give a pretty substantial amount.
“I was invited by one of the members of the Lords, who is patron or chairman.”
In 1980 he wrote a book entitled Paedophilia: The Radical Case, in which he argues some sexual relationships between an adult and a child should be “normalised”.
O’Carroll was a key activist for PIE – which was set up in 1974 to campaign for a change in the law – and was once described as ‘one of the most infamous perverts on Earth’.
He was jailed in 1981 for ‘corrupting public morals’ and again more than two decades later for child sex offences.
He received a two-and-a-half year jail-term at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court in December 2006 for two counts of distributing indecent images of children.
Book Aid International’s chief executive Alison Tweed said: “We were all shocked to learn of Mr O’Carroll’s history. We have already taken action to sever all ties and will increase our vigilance for future invitation-only events. We hope that this incident does not in any way affect our ability to continue our vital work helping children around the world to achieve their potential.”
She confirmed O’Carroll donated less than £500 in total over three separate occasions since 2015 and this money had been refunded. No children were at the event.
PAUL BOATENG, NCCL executive member. NCCL linked to PIE – of which Tom O’Carroll was a leader
A House of Lords spokesperson said: “The event sponsored by Lord Boateng, on behalf of Book Aid International, met the rules regarding the use of banqueting facilities in the House of Lords.
“Those who were invited to attend the event went through airport-style security on entry to the estate and were not left unsupervised. The organisation arranging an event and the member who sponsors it are responsible for who they invite to attend.”
Barrow MP John Woodcock said: “It is alarming that the charity apparently did not conduct checks on their donors given their focus on children, and I hope that this will be a wake-up call to this organisation and other publishers.”
He became Chair of Book Aid International in June 2014.
I was invited by one of the members of the Lords, who is patron or chairman.”
Twice-jailed Tom O’Carroll, 73, was among up to 60 guests who were thanked last December for donating money to a children’s book charity.
Book Aid International, which provides books for children in sub-Saharan Africa, said it was unaware of O’Carroll’s past and has launched an investigation.
According to his research, the NCCL officer Nettie Pollard, who worked in the organisation until the late Nineties, ‘wrote a letter inviting the Paedophile Information Exchange to affiliate in 1975’.
Pollard, a militant lesbian and gay rights campaigner and a member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality’s executive, was a powerful voice in support of a more relaxed approached to child sex.
In 1980, she even helped Tom O’Carroll with the writing of his proselytising book Paedophilia: The Radical Case. Such support reflected her own belief that children are sexual beings and that Britain ‘should eliminate harmful age of consent laws’.
‘We thought we could manipulate the Establishment and find allies within it,’ said the former PIE chairman Tom O’Carroll. Through the NCCL, he achieved a degree of success in that aim, at least within the Left.
Boateng was also involved with the NCCL, the National Council for Civil Liberties, which at one point allowed PIE to become affiliated to it – PIE being the organisation that campaigned to legalise sex between children and adults. Boateng was an executive member of the NCCL. Many other leading lights in New Labour were involved with NCCL, including Harriet Harman, Patricia Hewitt, Jack Dromey and Henry Hodge.
Vicar found guilty of child sex abuse after Church of England cover-up
Church of England twice alerted to former bishop chaplain’s behaviour but failed to act, court hears
Mar 7 2019
Former vicar and child abuser Charles Gordon Dickenson leaves Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to eight counts of sexual assault
A retired vicar is facing prison after he admitted to sexually abusing a young boy, as it emerged that the Church of England twice covered up his crimes and promoted him.
Charles Gordon Dickenson, 89, admitted to eight counts of sexual assault against his victim in the 1970s. He assaulted his victim in the church hall, vicarage and invited him to his home when his wife was away.
The survivor, who attended Christ Church in Latchford, Cheshire had felt unable to speak about the abuse for over four decades.
He was eventually caught when officers interviewed the victim in 2017 while investigating sexual abuse allegations of former Bishop of Chester Victor Whitsey.
He told police it was the first time he had spoken about the abuse after “burying it away”, calling it a “dirty secret”.
Dickenson, of Crewe, ordered his victim not to tell anyone about the abuse, the jury was told.
“The first incident occurred on a Saturday evening when the church would host dances in the hall, Dickenson told the victim there was a problem with the boiler and lured him into the basement,” Prosecutor Myles Wilson said. “Dickenson, aged 45 at the time, sexually assaulted the boy and afterwards told him he ‘hoped he enjoyed it but not to tell anyone about it’.
“A few weeks later, while the church was preparing for Warrington Walking Day, the boy visited the vicarage to drop off decorations. As he went to leave, Dickenson took him into a side room and locked the door.”
The victim told police he was “full of dread” and was sexually assaulted again.
The assault only stopped when Dickenson’s wife shouted out his name.
Dickenson then told the boy: “I miss seeing you around, I hope you are not avoiding me.”
The third incident took place in the private sacristy after Dickenson lured the boy into the back entrance of the church, telling him others were inside.
He locked the back door and the doors to the sacristy behind him before abusing the boy.
On another occasion, he approached the boy outside the toilets before assaulting him.
After the final incident, Dickenson told the victim his wife was going away and that he wanted the boy to visit him at the vicarage.
The court heard he was moved to another parish and given a promotion after a female organist told her parents she had seen him “embrace” the boy.
When confronted by the church warden, Dickenson admitted: “I interfered and succumbed to temptation.”
He was appointed as a bishop’s chaplain and worked for another 20 years until retiring in 1994 although he was still allowed to officiate services until 2014.
A letter uncovered by police from Dickenson to the church, sent in 2009 as part of a vetting procedure, acknowledged the accusation of indecently assaulting a young boy.
It stated that Bishop Whitsey made him “promise never to do it again”.
When interviewed last June, Dickenson told police he “couldn’t remember interfering with the boy but could remembering being accused of it”.
However, when the archdeacon visited him last year to offer pastoral care, Dickenson admitted his crimes.
In a personal statement, the victim said: “These crimes made me question myself. Why was it me? Was I a homosexual? The shame made me not tell anyone, the first time I spoke about it was in December 2017 to the police. The shame came out in alcohol abuse and the way I treated girls, until I met my wife.”
Judge Steven Everett said: “He was regarded as a man of God and was wholly trusted. He was put in a position where he could get away with what he wanted – he certainly has never said sorry to the victim.”
Speaking after the case, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Chester said: “We offer an unreserved apology to the survivor.
“He has shown bravery and courage to share his experiences with the police and we acknowledge how difficult and distressing this must have been for him. The Diocese of Chester has provided full co-operation with the police throughout the current investigation and anyone affected by today’s news should contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
“Information brought to light to the church in 2009, if acted upon then, may have led to the police bringing a prosecution against Gordon Dickenson much sooner. The Diocese apologises for not acting on this information in 2009. A review will now be conducted into the handling of the case, to identify where any failures in procedures arose and what lessons can be learned.”
Dickenson will be sentenced later this month at Liverpool Crown Court.
Witches, abuse and murder – The pagan paedophile ring that rocked Cornwall
The main players are either locked up or dead
4 MAR 2019
It was a paedophile ring that saw men indulge in their sick fantasies wearing hooded robes and terrifying their young victims with daggers.
Decades of abuse culminated in a trial which dramatically implicated a parish councillor ‘witch’ and the victim of a partly unsolved murder that shocked the county a decade earlier.
The two men accused of being part of a paedophile ring that ran a witches’ coven in St Ives carrying out “ritualistic, sickening” sex abuse of young girls, were given lengthy jail sentences in December 2012.
Jack Kemp and Peter Petrauske, both from Falmouth, spent years tormenting their female victims, one said to be as young as three years old.
Both men had denied any involvement in the abuse, claiming they were victims of a “witch-hunt”.
But a jury at Truro Crown Court dismissed their protestations, convicting the pair of a string of offences dating back to the Seventies, as well as finding Kemp guilty of several more recent sexual assaults unconnected to Petrauske.
Child abuse complaints against late Tory MP `not reported to police´
4 Mar 2019
Allegations about a Conservative MP’s “penchant for small boys” were passed to the security service but not investigated or reported to police, an inquiry has heard.
The claim concerned the late Tory MP for Chester Peter Morrison, the Westminster strand of the wide-ranging Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was told.
The inquiry, which is expected to sit for three weeks, will deal with “extremely serious issues” and aims to address “outstanding questions of public concern” related to abuse allegations against people linked to Westminster, Monday’s session heard.
Lead counsel to the inquiry Brian Altman QC said that during its work the inquiry has obtained a copy of a 1986 letter, written by then-director general of the security service Sir Antony Duff.
Mr Altman said: “The letter makes it clear that the information that Mr Morrison had ’a penchant for small boys’ had been passed to the security service by a member of the Westminster establishment, who had heard it from two sources.
“We have obtained other documents relevant to this correspondence from both the Cabinet Office and the security service.
“Those documents make it clear that neither the security service nor the Cabinet Office took steps to investigate this allegation, nor did they report them to the police.”
Former MI5 chief Baroness Manningham-Buller, who the inquiry heard was a friend of Peter Morrison, will be among those called to give evidence at the inquiry’s London headquarters.
Leon Brittan’s attendance at Cricklewood flat, alongside Jeremy Thorpe, Cyril Smith and Edward Heath New revelations have emerged of how Sir Peter Hayman tried to bribe officers investigating his case
Roddam Twiss – He rented a room to vile paedophile
When police investigated Roddam Twiss in the late 1970s, it appears they had no idea that one of Britain’s most vicious paedophiles, Lennie Smith, was renting a room from him.
Twiss confirmed that Smith, jailed in 1992 for his part in a paedophile gang that killed five boys, once rented a room at his Cricklewood Broadway flat.
Twiss said he helped police to investigate Smith, adding: ‘He was a nasty individual and I was content to provide police with information they deemed useful.’
The paedophile, above, was reportedly 23 when he left Twiss’s flat, which suggests it was around 1978 or 1979 – the same time police were investigating Twiss after following Cyril Smith to Cricklewood.
Former MI5 chief Baroness Manningham-Buller, who the inquiry heard was a friend of Peter Morrison, will be among those called to give evidence at the inquiry’s London headquarters.
The investigation into Sir Peter Morrison Part 1 Met Police would later confirm that Peter Morrison’s activities were known about at the highest levels of government
The investigation into Sir Peter Morrison Part 2
The investigation into Sir Peter Morrison Part 3
Greville Janner (far left)
Inquiry will hear from 33 men who say Greville Janner sexually abused them
No date has been set for the inquiry into the former city MP to begin in earnest
6 FEB 2018
A date is still to be set for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), to begin in earnest its investigation into Greville Janner.
The inquiry team has confirmed up to 40 people or organisations, including 33 alleged victims, have been granted core participant status.
Core participants will be granted special rights throughout the inquiry, such as receiving documents, making legal submissions, suggesting questions and receiving advance notice of the inquiry’s report.
The seven organisations include Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire County Council and the Labour Party – all of whom will be asked about why he was not charged with offences against children when he was alive and well and what was known about his alleged sexual interest in children.
Speaking at the inquiry’s first preliminary hearing in the Janner strand, in March 2016, the former counsel to the inquiry Ben Emmerson QC said: “The allegations in summary are Greville Janner exploited children and perpetrated a full range of sexual offences against them, including what would now be termed as rape.”
The offending was alleged to have taken place at children’s homes in Leicestershire and hotels, and dated between 1955 and 1988, the hearing was told.
Ex-spy boss to be grilled about Tory MP who escaped investigations into child sex abuse
4th March 2019,
Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller is expected to appear before the child abuse public inquiry next week about her contact with Sir Peter Morrison, a close aide to Margaret Thatcher
Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller is understood to have told her bosses in the mid-1980s about Sir Peter Morrison.
But the allegations were suppressed by then-head of MI5 Sir Antony Duff, who died in 2000.
Sir Peter, a close aide to Margaret Thatcher, died in 1995.
Dame Eliza, who later became the MI5 boss, is expected to appear before the child abuse public inquiry next week, The Times reported.
Mr Duff wrote to cabin secretary Robert Armstrong that two sources had claimed Morrison’s “penchant for small boys” but asked that no further action be taken because “the risks of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger.”
Eliza Manningham-Buller has always been interested in science, particularly biology, and is intrigued by many aspects of the Trust. The work at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute holds particular appeal as she is “fascinated by genetics” and currently sits on the Board of Directors.
Alongside her Governor role, she is vice chairman of the council of Imperial College London and an advisory board member for the Centre for Security and Resilience Studies, University College London.
Eliza Manningham-Buller is a crossbench life peer in the House of Lords and patron of a “very rewarding and successful small charity” called Street Kids International.
Thanks to all who joined us on Monday 12th July to learn more about our Innovative Youth Entrepreneurship Programmes. The event was hosted by our patron, Baroness Manningham-Buller with the kind support of Hogan Lovell’s LLP. It was a great evening allowing existing supporters and those interested in our work to come together and learn more about Street Kids and the Street Work programme. We will be hosting more of these events in the future so watch this space if you’d like to attend…
Trustees, volunteers and patrons
We are also fortunate enough to have some spectacular patrons; Baroness Manningham- Buller, and the Royal Ballet’s Golden Couple, Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares.
Mannigham-Buller still patron in Oct 2014
Street Kids International UK is a member of a range of networks.
Street Kids International Charity Founder, Peter Dalglish, arrested on suspicion of Paedophilia
A United Nations adviser and the founder of Street Kids International was arrested on suspicion of pedophilia after he was caught with two young children during a police raid.
Peter John Dalglish, United Nations adviser and founder of the Street Kids International charity, was arrested on suspicion of pedophilia, at a home that he was staying at in Nepal. During the arrest, two young children, ages 12 and 14, were “rescued” from the home.
Latest on his trial from 1 month ago:
Peter Dalglish’s final hearing coming to an end
Feb 6 2019
A source told Kathmandu Tribune that Canadian Peter Dalglish’s final hearing is likely to happen at the end of this month or in the first week of March.
Dalglish was arrested last year for pedophilia charges. If convicted he will serve a minimum sentence of seven years in jail.
Eliza Manningham-Buller has been Chair of Wellcome since 2015, having served as a Governor since 2008. A conference, held at Cambridge and financially supported by the Wellcome Trust, made headlines:
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.
Philippa Frankl- between 2006 and 2008 she was Head of Programmes at the Prince’s Trust; Member Board of Trustees at Khulisa (http://www.khulisa.co.uk/)
Plan UK – board of trustees https://plan-uk.org/about/our-people/our-board-of-trustees
Lady Amanda Ellingworth (nee Knatchbull), Chair of Plan International UK
Lady Amanda Patricia Victoria Ellingworth (née Knatchbull; born 26 June 1957) is a British social worker and non-executive director of several NGOs.
She is the daughter of the 7th Baron Brabourne and the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma; therefore she is the granddaughter of Admiral of the Fleet the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, a first cousin once removed of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and a third cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II.
Amanda Knatchbull turned down Prince Charles’ marriage proposal in 1977. https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/779944/amanda-knatchbull-prince-charles-girlfriend-proposed-royal-house-windsor
The Channel 4 documentary revealed how Charles’ “honorary grandfather” Lord Mountbatten tried to manoeuvre the Prince away from his future wife Camilla, and instead set him up with his granddaughter Amanda.
Prince Philip, aged 9, was sent to England to be looked after by George Mountbatten, the 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven, and by Lord Louis Mountbatten.
The Marquess of Milford Haven had the largest collection of sadomasochistic pornography in Europe.
Nicholas Knatchbull, killed alongside Mountbatten http://pierrejoubert.blogspot.co.uk/2005/05/mountbatten-oldfield-kitchener-haig.html
“Mountbatten was particularly attracted to boys in their early teens ; it was this characteristic which made him especially vulnerable to the IRA , because he needed to slip away from his personal bodyguards to keep dates with such boys , some of whom came in contact with IRA men.”
Lady Amanda Ellingworth (nee Knatchbull), Chair of Plan International UK
I worked in child protection and child services within London Local Authorities. I have experience as a chair, working with social care and housing providers, The Guinness Partnership, and as deputy chair of Barnado’s.
However, after sponsoring children through Plan International UK for 27 years, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to become chair of this organisation. Through sponsorship, I was lucky enough to gain first-hand knowledge of Plan’s lasting work – now I’m keen to contribute in a more substantial way.
St Aloysius’ College crisis deepens as top Glasgow private school faces five new abuse claims
It has further emerged that the family of a former pupil who took his own life believe that he too was a victim.
10 MAR 2019
Five new claims of abuse have emerged at one of Scotland’s top private schools.
They have been made to solicitors representing a former pupil of St Aloysius’ College who reported serious allegations to police, revealed in the Sunday Mail last week.
Detectives investigating were unable to progress the probe because the man’s claims of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of three Jesuit priests and a lay teacher lacked corroboration.
The new allegations made to Thompsons solicitors are likely to end up with Police Scotland.
It has further emerged that the family of another former pupil, who took his own life, believe that he too was a victim.
Patrick McGuire, a partner with the firm, said: “We have new accounts of abuse at the school covering two distinct periods of time.
“Three people have contacted us regarding the mid-1960s.
“One describes physical abuse in the form of high levels of corporal punishment, while the other describes both sexual and physical abuse.
“The third involves someone who attended the school and later took his own life.
“His family have had concerns for many years over what happened at the school and got in touch after reading the article last week.
“Two further cases relate to the mid-1980s involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse.
“We can’t direct survivors to police but explain steps they can take both in terms of pursing financial justice and criminal justice.
“If a survivor wants to make a formal complaint to police, we explain what’s involved and can put them in touch with survivors charities who can support them.”
All of the men involved in the claims attended Scotland’s only Jesuit private school school between the 60s and 90s.
The Catholic Church has faced a series of damaging abuse claims but the cases were the first time St Aloysius’ has been investigated by police.
A former pupil, now aged 66, named two Jesuit priests to officers as carrying out sexual abuse in the 60s. Detectives established the pair had died.
The ex-pupil also told officers about a third priest who he claimed had been involved in carrying out physical abuse.
A fourth man, a lay teacher, was identified as another alleged abuser. The man, who now lives in England, was also interviewed but not charged.
Police Scotland said they carried out an investigation but there was insufficient evidence to report the matter to the Crown Office.
The former pupil, who asked to be named only as Andrew, said: “I’m pleased that other people are coming forward.
“I always knew there would be other victims. I knew I couldn’t be the only one.”
A St Aloysius’ spokeswoman said: “The College has not received any notification or complaint of historical abuse since the article last week.
“If we were to receive any notification or complaint of historical abuse, we would liaise with all relevant authorities, including the police, in accordance with our procedures.”
A spokesman for the Jesuit order insisted they take claims of abuse serious and employ a safeguarding officer.
He added: “Any Jesuit who perpetrated the kind of abuse described in the Sunday Mail article is a source of shame for us and we deeply regret the hurt caused to any victim.”
A Jesuit priest stood in the showers wearing his sports kit and watched pupils as they washed, a former St Aloysius pupil claimed.
The clergyman, who died last year, has been named as an abuser by several alleged victims. The ex-pupil, now 30, told the Sunday Mail how the priest told the boys he was making sure they “were washing properly”.
Named only as Anthony, he said: “There was a big square in the changing rooms with showers around it.
“The priest would stand in his kit and look at you. He’d say he was making sure all the boys were washing themselves properly.
“I used to come home with my kit still on under my blazer as it got to the point where I didn’t want to go for a shower in school.” The man also claimed the priest would whip boys’ legs with his whistle if he thought they were not running fast enough at the school training grounds in Millerston, near Glasgow.
He added: “I told him I thought he was a pervert.”
Cops probe historic sex abuse allegations at top Glasgow private school St Aloysius’ College
A former pupil claims he suffered 50 years of hell after being systematically abused by Jesuit priests at the prestigious school
3 MAR 2019
Police opened an investigation into allegations against two staff at St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow.
A former pupil, now aged 66, claimed he suffered systematic abuse over two and a half years by two Jesuit priests, one of whom was a teacher at the college, which is among the UK’s most prestigious schools.
He also said he was subjected to sustained physical abuse by another two teachers – a Jesuit and a lay teacher.
As a result of the claims, police interviewed two suspects one of whom has since died. The two others implicated were dead when he came forward. Detectives did not rule out criminality but could not corroborate the claims.
The dad today tells his story publicly because he believes there are other victims.
The fee-paying college was founded in 1859 and remains highly regarded.
The victim, now retired, and who asked to be named only as Andrew, said: “Sexual abuse began towards me from about the age of 12 in my first year at the school and lasted about two-and-a-half years.
“The first incident happened just before Christmas. There was a crib on the teacher’s desk, which I always remember. He asked me if I knew where babies came from. There was inappropriate sexual talk and then he made me perform sexual acts on him.
“I was only 12 at the time and we wore short trousers, which made it quite convenient for him.
“He told you that you were fortunate to have been chosen as one of the lucky ones. It escalated from this first time and there were about 10 incidents in just over two years.
“You were always reminded you were lucky to be picked as a special one. The sexual abuse was mainly cases where they forced me to do things to them, apart from one case where he forced himself on me.
“The Jesuits at the time wore these long black gowns and, to my parents at least, they were the nearest thing to God.
“I went to one of the priests and said that another had touched me under my shorts but unfortunately he stuck me in to the others.
“I was summoned and given nine lashes on the bare back, bottom and legs.
“I couldn’t even sit down on the bus home. I told everyone who came on to have my seat and all the passengers thought I was so polite. They didn’t know what had happened.”
Andrew lived at the time in Glasgow’s east end and attended the school for about four years. He named two Jesuit priests to police as involved in the sexual abuse.
Detectives established the pair had died years previously. Andrew told officers about a third priest, who he claimed had been involved in carrying out physical abuse. He was interviewed by police but never charged. He died last year.
A fourth man, a lay teacher, was identified as another alleged physical abuser. The man, who now lives in England, was also interviewed but not charged.
Andrew told how his parents were not wealthy but paid for him to attend the school as “they thought they were doing the very best they could for me”.
The Catholic Church has faced a series of damaging abuse claims but this is the first time St Aloysius’ has been investigated by police.
Andrew said: “It was a very strict regime, with attendance at mass every morning, which is fine, but the level of control felt like psychological torture to me.
“The headmaster would walk along the corridor with a ruler and would measure how long people’s hair was at the side. If your hair came down past the ruler he would crack you with it. If a lay teacher or one of the Jesuits considered you had done something wrong, they would give you a piece of paper known as a bill. They put a letter F on it which stood for ferula, the Latin for cane.
“Next to that was a number, such as a two, for the number of lashes. This would be known as a bill for two.
“You could choose whether to cash your bill that afternoon or the next morning.
“If you put it off, you would be thinking about it all night. I looked on that as like a form of mind control. It was like psychological torture.”
He recalled an occasion, aged 15, where he was subjected to nine lashes after accidentally knocking a ruler off his desk.
He said: “It was carried out at 4pm. I couldn’t even carry my schoolbag home afterwards as my hands were numb. At home, I began to kick up a fuss without ever saying precisely what was happening.
“School was horrendous. It ruined my life and made me feel I was a waste of space. Eventually my parents agreed to send me to another school.
“I was left with an overwhelming sense of not being good enough.
“I was in my 40s before I sought help and have seen a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist since then.
“I would say to anyone affected in such a way to come forward. You have to accept you need help to get through.
“After years of counselling, I was convinced by a psychologist to report my childhood traumas to police.
“I gave statements at London Road police station in Glasgow in 2017. This was not done lightly or with a view to taking the Catholic Church to court.
“I merely wished to stand up and be counted. I want to, perhaps, give some other poor soul the courage to hold their head up and seek help.
“In my statement, I named four people – three Jesuit priests and a teacher – and police established two of the priests were dead. The two remaining men were brought in for questioning. Both turned up with lawyers – one in Glasgow and one somewhere in England – and I was told both declined to make any comment.
“My case, I’m told, lacks corroboration. People describe it as historic sex abuse but it never leaves you. They have cost me 50 years of pain.” Patrick McGuire, a partner with Thompsons solicitors which is representing Andrew, said: “His testimony is as powerful as it is compelling and we will do everything in our power to obtain justice for him.
A police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm officers received a report in 2017 of historical sexual abuse on a 64-year-old man, which occurred in the 1960s at St Aloysius’ School. Inquiries were carried out, however, there was insufficient evidence to report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.”
Former pupil of St Aloysius’ School – lGerald Malone MP
Allegations against dead politicians will form part of Westminster strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
1 March 2019
Anthony Gilberthorpe, a former antiques dealer, was paid thousands of pounds by a tabloid newspaper in 2014, for a story in which he claimed to have supplied cabinet ministers with underage boys for sex parties in the 1980s.
The 56-year-old said the drug fuelled orgies had taken during the Conservative Party conferences between 1981 and 1984 and were attended by a string of high profile figures.
Mr Gilberthorpe, who would have been a teenager himself at the time, claimed he had scoured the streets of Blackpool and Brighton for rent boys, before taking them back to the main conference hotel where they had sex with male politicians including members of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet.
On one occasion he claimed the sex party took place in the hotel’s swimming pool with participants taking large quantities of cocaine.
An IICSA spokeswoman confirmed that Mr Gilberthorpe’s claims would form part of the hearing and would also feature briefly in the opening statement by its lead counsel, although he would not be called to give evidence.
Mr Gilberthorpe, 57, said: “I just think that for I and others like me to have our say is important.”
IICSA is also expected to explore a series of claims against the former Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath, who died in 2005.
Harvey Proctor, who has been afforded core participant status for the Westminster strand, said it was increasingly looking as if IICSA would provide a platform for further lies to be spread about those who cannot protect their reputation.
It is not clear if Mr Gilberthope has submitted any material to IICSA, but a statement given to Scotland Yard by the Sunday Mirror journalist who interviewed him in 2014, has been submitted.
A former Tory councillor in Gloucestershire, Mr Gilberthorpe, once tipped himself as a future Prime Minister.
But a series of failed business ventures resulted in him being declared bankrupt.
In 1988 he sued a number of newspapers over a story which alleged he was promiscuous and was suffering from Aids.
He won the initial case, but it was later overturned by the Court of Appeal.
Two years ago Mr Gilberthorpe was in the headlines again when he offered to be a witness for US President, Donald Trump, who had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a flight between Dallas and New York City in 1979.
Claiming to have been on board the same flight and insisting he had a photographic memory, he contacted Mr Trump’s campaign team saying he would testify that he had seen nothing untoward.
7 February 2019
A NUMBER of potentially vital documents about the Shoebury Sex Ring have disappeared from Essex County Council’s archive.
A legal action by the YA has revealed that more than a year’s worth of records from the Southend child protection committee are missing from the vault.
The dates of the missing documents coincide directly with the duration of a police and social services investigation into a paedophile ring which abused dozens of Southend children.
In May 1989, Essex Police arrested two men for being the ringleaders of the child sex network. They were convicted and jailed just over a year later in May 1990.
But seven whistleblowing child protection workers, who each had a professional link with the case, have raised concerns with the YA about the way the investigation was conducted.
They claimed the child victims were not given the support and treatment they needed and that other men involved in the ring were never prosecuted.
Last year the YA used Freedom of Information legislation to demand the release of all the minutes from the Southend child protection committee between January 1989 and December 1991.
In December, the county council released a batch of documents, but every set of minutes from between April 1989 and April 1990 was missing. The records picked back up in mid-May 1990, one day after the paedophile ringleaders were jailed.
Minutes then continue as normal until mid-1991, when another crucial record about the Shoebury Sex Ring is missing.
After the ringleaders were jailed, the county council ordered a series of meetings to investigate failings in the authorities’ handling of the case.
They ran from autumn 1990 until spring 1991 and were attended by representatives from County Hall, Shoebury High School, children’s charities, the Southend Health Authority and other bodies.
After the final meeting, the group was asked to write a report for the child protection committee, recommending changes to procedure which might improve future investigations.
The minutes from the meeting where the committee received and discussed that report are also missing from County Hall’s archive.
. The records of these meetings are not the only official documents about the Shoebury Sex Ring to mysteriously disappear.
‘Lonely’ paedophile, 68, behind notorious 1970s group that advocated abuse is allowed to contact another child sex offender because he’s ‘socially isolated’ and has no friends
- Barry Cutler, 68, jailed in 2011 when he was arrested with other paedophiles
- He was arrested with former members of the Paedophile Information Exchange
- Cutler given sexual prevention order (SOPO) to stop him talking to paedophiles
- But a judge allowed Barry Cutler to talk to Anthony Zalewski, an ex-PIE member
A former member of a defunct paedophile ring which wanted the age of consent to be abolished has been allowed to talk to a fellow member because he is ‘socially isolated’ and has no other friends, a judge ruled.
Barry Cutler, 68, was jailed in 2011 after he was arrested alongside members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which became infamous in the 1970s for advocating sex with children and was officially disbanded in 1984.
Cutler was arrested when police raided the home of PIE ringleader Steven Freeman, in Putney, south west London, and found 15,000 indecent images and films, along with 3,000 obscene sketches, in July 2008.
Barry Cutler bottom) was arrested when police raided the home of PIE ringleader Steven Freeman (top), in Putney, south west London, and found 15,000 indecent images and films
Cutler, from Beckenham, south east London, was jailed for 12 months in July 2011 after he pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of indecent photos of a child and one count of failing to disclose a key to protected information.
He was given a sexual prevention order (SOPO) which banned him from meeting or communication with anyone who has been convicted of sexual offences against a child.
But Judge Nicholas Cooke, QC, agreed to alter the SOPO order by allowing him to contact Anthony Zalewski, an ex-PIE member with two child sex convictions dating back to 1976 and 1985.
Judge Cooke said he was concerned Anthony Zalewski, who was present when Cutler was arrested for the offence which led to his conviction, but added the matter had been investigated and was concluded he had not offended.
Speaking at the Old Bailey, Cooke said: ‘His former membership of the Paedophile Information Exchange is also worrying.
‘However, the prosecution or Commissioner has never sought an order preventing the applicant from having any contact with former members of the Paedophile Information Exchange, per se.’
Judge Cooke refused to roll back to SOPO any further after Cutler demanded for it to be removed.
Cooke labelled Cutler a ‘sad figures’ who ‘lacks insight into the damage done by child pornography.’
He added: ‘I am convinced that unrestrained by the parts of the sexual offences prevention order with which I decline to interfere he would be likely to offend again.’
Cutler had tried to argue his social circle was ‘extremely limited’ by the order, and tat a ‘restriction on ‘associating with individuals who he saw as friends, some of whom he had known for over 30 years, was disproportionate’.
But again, appeal judges refused the application, ruling that doing so would do nothing to prevent the perverts passing sick child abuse images between them.
They found Cutler ‘was a member of a determined and sophisticated paedophile ring’ which utilised data encryption ‘to avoid detection’.
There was there was still ‘an obvious risk’ of them continuing to offend, adding that ‘the abhorrent views of the individuals were reinforced by the group and the meetings between them’.
Cutler’s friends, John Parratt, 70, and John Morrison, 44, were jailed alongside him in 2011.
On his initial sentencing, Oliver Sell QC told him: ‘It is plain beyond doubt that you were all part of what has been described as a paedophile ring engaged in the possession, the viewing and the distribution of indecent images of children.
‘The photographs I have seen necessarily involved and encouraged the abuse and the exploitation of children who are vulnerable and unable to protect themselves from such perverted adult behaviour.
‘In your different ways and to varying degrees you have all contributed to that abuse of children wherever they may be.’
Freeman was told by the judge he posed significant risk to children and should be locked up indefinitely for the protection of the public.
The twisted paedophile drew sickening child rape scenes with young boys which he shared among the group he dubbed ‘My Paeds’.
He also had a sick board game called ‘Epicenium’ which could be played by children and adults.
The players took the parts of Roman slaves and masters and various pictures were displayed as the game continued.
‘The nature of the game is adult men having sex with boys. A computer version of this game was at the home Mr Freeman shared with John Morrison,’ said prosecutor Mark Gadsden.
The court heard the aim of the computer games was to have as much sex with as many boys as possible.
One of the instructions reads: ‘You will score highest with fully-consummated anal sex. In short, buggery wins.’
Police who raided Cutler’s home found if so full with magazines, photos and clutter that they had to walk through the hallway sideways to get past.
Three weeks after his arrest, Freeman posted an internet message under the name ‘Alcibiades’, which read: ‘Time for some more bad news then I’m afraid.
‘For over ten years now I’ve been hosting regular weekly gatherings of former PIE colleagues with occasional visits from other paed friends or friends of friends.
‘Four weeks ago on one of those evenings, at about 8pm, my house was invaded by a dozen or so shouting people brandishing weapons.
‘It was a police raid. I an five of my friends were arrested.’
In another, he heralded the internet as an ‘enabling technology’ which allowed paedophiles to further their sickening cause.
He wrote: ‘The anonymity of the internet allows paedophiles to communicate more freely with one another than was physically or legally possible before.
‘It’s a massive enabling technology. The question for the thinking paedophile of today is: how do we make best use of this technology to further our collective interest?
‘How do we translate the limited freedom of the web into the greater social freedoms we seek? How can this cyber community help us to promote greater tolerance and understanding?
‘When we finish talking to one another sooner or later we must begin talking again to the world at large, addressing its fears and suspicions.
‘How, where and when we take that step should be the abiding question for all of us.’
What was the Paedophile Information Exchange?
The Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) was a British pro-paedophile activist group founded in October 1974 and officially disbanded in 1984
The group campaigned for the abolition of the age of consent and was openly advocating sex between minors and adults.
PIE was set up by Scottish student Michael Hanson, a gay student living in Edinburgh, who became the group’s first chairman, and Tom O’Carroll.
The group became particularly influential among left-leaning and progressive circles and tried to conflate its cause with gay rights.
On at least two occasions the Campaign for Homosexual Equality conference passed motions in PIE’s favour.
The group presented their argument as a way of liberating children sexually.
PIE became associated with the National Council for Civil Liberties (now Liberty).
The NCCL argued photographs of undressed children should not be considered ‘indecent’ – and therefore illegal – unless it could be proven that the subject had suffered harm.
In February 2014, Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, issued an apology for the previous links between the NCCL.
A number of former members have been arrested on paedophilia charges.
Judge Nicholas Cooke QC
|Full Title: His Honour Judge Nicholas Cooke QC
Category: Ordinary Bencher
Bench Call Date: 29.6.2010
Call Date: 22.11.1977
Bio:Resident Judge at Cardiff Crown Court and Honorary Recorder of Cardiff, Nick spent his practising life at the Bar with his family in Cardiff near where he still lives. He is Deputy President, Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales; Chancellor of the Diocese of St David’s; and Chairman, Governing Body of the Church in Wales. He was Leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit (elected 2007 but appointed to the bench in the same year), contributed to the Wales Law Journal and Welsh Legal History Society, lectured on ethics at the BVC in Cardiff, and, on a variety of legal subjects, to the professions. He was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge (QBD) in 2010.
Shoulder to shoulder with Australia’s worst paedophile priest: George Pell accompanies his housemate who assaulted 65 children to court in chilling footage taken 25 years before the cardinal’s own conviction
- Cardinal George Pell was in December convicted of molesting two choirboys
- Footage emerged of him accompanying Australia’s worst paedophile in 1993
- In the video, Pell walked into court in support of his housemate Gerald Ridsdale
- Ridsdale is in jail aged 84 for assaulting 65 children in Ballarat over decades
Cardinal George Pell walked into court with Australia’ worst paedophile priest who assaulted 65 children in the hope his support would lessen the pervert’s sentence.
Walking shoulder to shoulder in footage broadcast around the country, Pell accompanied Gerald Ridsdale to Melbourne Magistrates Court in May 1993.
The image sat uneasily with Australians because it suggested the church was more interested in protecting itself and its priests than the innocent young victims who were abused.
Twenty five years later, Pell walked into court again – this time for his own despicable crimes.
Pell, Australia’s highest-ranked Catholic, was in December convicted of raping one choirboy and assaulting another in a verdict made public on Tuesday.
During a royal commission into child sex abuse within Australia’s Catholic Church in 2016, he admitted it was a ‘mistake’ to support Ridsdale all those years ago.
‘I had some status as an auxiliary bishop and I was asked to appear with the ambition that this would lessen the term of punishment, lessen his time in jail,’ he said.
He is now 84 and still in jail – but will be eligible for parole from April this year.
It comes as Pell is set to take one last shot at freedom by requesting to stay on bail as he appeals his conviction for molesting two choirboys.
Pell will face County Court at 10am on Wednesday for a pre-sentence hearing before he is likely sent to jail next month.
He was convicted of one count of sexually penetrating a child and four counts of committing an act of indecency in December in a verdict made public on Tuesday.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail.
Victorian County Court chief judge Peter Kidd said Pell, 77, would be remanded in custody after the hearing until his sentence.
However, Pell’s lawyers filed a bail application at the court of appeal for 2.30pm on Wednesday, hoping to keep him out of jail until his appeal is heard.
It was not clear whether Pell would be forced to spend the few hours in between in a holding cell.
The Court of Appeal can grant bail at its discretion while it reviews an application to quash a conviction, which can take months.
Should the court end up overturning Pell’s conviction, prosecutors would have to decide whether to re-try the case in the County Court.
Investigations related to Pell during the Royal Commission into sex abuse in institutions would remain sealed until his appeals were exhausted.
Judge Kidd wanted to have Pell thrown in jail immediately after the verdict, but let him stay free so he could have a double knee replacement.
A suppression order against making the conviction public was only lifted on Tuesday after prosecutors abandoned a second case against him.
Two boys had claimed Pell molested them in a Ballarat swimming pool in the 1970s when he was a parish priest there.
Australian media was forced to report Pell had stepped down from his role as the Vatican’s chief financial officer due to old age.
n reality, he was sacked by Pope Francis immediately after his conviction.
Pope Francis also banned from saying Mass in public and from going near children until his appeal against the conviction is over.
Acting Holy See spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Pope Francis was pained by Pell’s conviction and knows it has shocked many people in Australia.
But Francis also noted that Pell ‘has reiterated his innocence and has the right to defend himself’, Gisotti said.
The two 13-year-old boys were on scholarships to the prestigious St Kevin’s College in late 1996 and were caught swigging sacramental wine in the priest’s sacristy by Pell, newly installed as Archbishop of Melbourne.
FROM ALLEGATIONS TO CONVICTION: A TIMELINE OF THE CARDINAL GEORGE PELL CASE
– Pell appointed Archbishop of Melbourne by Pope John Paul II
– Pell sexually abuses two 13-year-old choirboys after a Sunday solemn mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral
– A second indecent act is committed by Pell against one of the choirboys in a corridor at the Cathedral.
– The Herald Sun reports Pell is being investigated by Victoria Police’s Sano taskforce for ‘multiple offences’ committed while he was a priest in Ballarat and Archbishop of Melbourne
– Pell says the allegations are ‘without foundation and utterly false’ and calls for an inquiry into how the police investigation became public
– Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton asks the anti-corruption watchdog to investigate the leak, but denies it came from police
Cardinal George Pell, 77, is known as the Vatican’s treasurer and had been granted a leave of absence while facing trial over child sex offences in Australia. He has surrendered his passport
– Pell gives evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s inquiry into abuse in Ballarat
– Under Vatican rules, Pell gives Pope Francis his resignation on his 75th birthday, as is customary. It is not accepted
– Victoria Police investigators hand over to the state’s Office of Public Prosecutions a brief of evidence on allegations of sexual abuse by Pell
– Officers travel to Rome to interview Pell over the abuse claims. He voluntarily participates in the interview.
– Police present their final brief of evidence to the Office of Public Prosecutions to consider charges
– Prosecutors give police the green light to charge Pell.
– Pell is charged with multiple counts of historic child sex offences
– He denies the charges and vows to clear his name
– Lawyers for Pell appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court
– Pell takes leave from his Vatican finance chief role to fight the charges.
– Pell returns to Australia
– He hires top barrister Robert Richter QC
– Supporters set up a fund to help Pell fight the charges.
– Prosecutors drop one of the charges against Pell
– A month-long committal hearing begins to determine if Pell will face trial
– Prosecutors withdraw more charges
– Mr Richter claims police conducted a ‘get Pell operation’ and accuses magistrate Belinda Wallington of bias. She refuses to disqualify herself from the case.
– Magistrate Belinda Wallington orders Pell stand trial on some charges, but throws out others
– Pell formally pleads ‘not guilty’
– Two trials are ordered, separating the 1970s and 1990s allegations
– A Victorian County Court employee is sacked for looking up information on the Pell case.
– The 1990s ‘cathedral trial’ begins in the Victorian County Court in Melbourne
– Pell pleads not guilty again to one charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and four of indecent acts with a child, over incidents involving two 13-year-old choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996.
– The jury is discharged, unable to reach a verdict following a week of deliberation. Some jurors weep.
– A retrial begins. The jury aren’t told of the previous hung jury.
– Pell is found guilty on all charges by an unanimous jury
– Mr Richter says Pell will appeal
– Suppression orders prevent Australian media reporting the verdict but it spreads through international media within hours.
– Hearings begin ahead of the second trial. Prosecutors drop another charge
– An appeal is filed against the cathedral trial conviction
– A County Court judge deems vital evidence inadmissible
– Prosecutors withdraw all remaining charges against Pell and drop a second trial over allegations Pell indecently assaulted boys in Ballarat in the 1970s when he was a parish priest
– Pell is due to be taken into custody on Wednesday February 27 as the plea hearing begins.
– Pell is due to be sentenced by County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd.
Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex charges
February 26, 2019
One of the most powerful men in the Roman Catholic Church was found guilty of multiple historical child sex offenses at a secret trial in Melbourne in December, the existence of which can only now be revealed.
Former HK Governor Lord Chris Patten is George Pell’s spin doctor
LORD PATTEN OF BARNES is Cardinal George Pell’s covert personal media advisor, head of his “black ops” propaganda unit and chief strategist of damage control.
Independent Australia has been informed that Patten owes Pell his job and felt obliged to respond to Pell’s plea for help after a series of public relations blunders and manoeuvres scripted in Rome and Australia backfired on the increasingly beleaguered Cardinal.
Further, IA is aware that some Vatican and Australian communications personnel have become increasingly disaffected with what they interpret as Pell’s disingenuous conduct, and his continuing lack of duty of care and compassion for victims/survivors.
As well, there is also some antipathy between Pell’s Roman staff and the office of the Archdiocese of Sydney whom, we are told, are getting fed up with being on call 24/7 and acceding to the demands of the autocratic Pell and his various acolytes.
Pell apparently still treats Sydney HQ as his own turf.
PATTEN RECRUITED BY PELL FOR HOLY SEE
In July 2014, the erudite and personable Patten was made president of the Vatican’s extensive media and communications divisions, charged with overhauling all print and electronic matters and to usher the Vatican into the digital age.
Much to the ire of many, Patten was recruited in a phone call “out of the blue” by George Pell, but why was the Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy now lording it over the Vatican’s communications unit and hiring staff, and overruling incumbent administrators ?
On the surface, Patten’s appointment was ostensibly to cut costs but it was enough to ruffle the feathers of angels.
In response to an earlier report on the Vatican’s media and communications by consultants McKinsey & Company – famous for their Anil Kumar and Rajat K.Gupta insider trader scandals – to overhaul media, Patten was eventually appointed and now oversees a committee that includes former Singapore Finance Minister, George Yeo.
Patten patron of St benedict’s where a paedophile ring has been operating for decades
Patten’s former PPS – paedophile Patrick Rock
Patten involved with the BBC cover up of Jimmy Savile’s crimes
Patten accused of a cover-up on BBC Savile probe blunder: Chairman knew of a tape where inquiry author admit he had made a ‘mistake’
- Nick Pollard headed inquiry into why Newsnight dropped Savile report
- In taped phone call he says director-general knew of Savile accusations
- Mark Thompson denies being told about planned Newsnight inquiry
Foreign Secretary William Hague with the blessing of Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg appointed Robert Hannigan
Gloucestershire-born Hannigan, meanwhile, previously had the ear of one-time Labour PM Tony Blair, whom he advised on Northern Ireland’s peace process.
He later headed up Blighty’s national security strategy in 2007 under Blair, and appears on the steering group for the Cabinet Office’s 2008 review of the government’s handling of personal data [PDF] – he also wrote its interim progress report the year before [PDF]. This study was launched after HMRC lost a couple of CDs containing personal records on every child-benefit-claiming family in the UK. At the time, Hannigan was Head of Security, Intelligence and Resilience, at the Cabinet Office.
The top spook grew up in Yorkshire and studied classics at Wadham College, Oxford.
Are Peter C M Hannigan and Pamela (nee Atkinson) Hannigan, the parents of Robert Peter Hannigan…
Hannigan has a particular interest in the history of cryptography and Bletchley Park, where he is a Trustee.
The Holy Father (Pope John Paul) also met the Headmaster of the Westminster Cathedral Choir School and his wife – Peter and Pamela Hannigan.
|Married Lowe, who taught English and Maths and who now lives in Bristol, was found guilty of abusing six young boys while teaching at Westminster Cathedral Choir School in London (above) in the 1970s and 1980s|
|Lowe was also convicted of abusing four young boys while working at Ampleforth College, near York (above)|
Housemaster at Westminster Cathedral Choir School guilty of molesting ten boys including chorister who sang at his wedding
- David Lowe, 61, abused 10 boys aged under 14 between 1978 and 1984
- Guilty of sexually abusing boys at Westminster Cathedral Choir School
- Also convicted of abusing young boys while working at Ampleforth College
- Jury told he assaulted boys as they lay in their beds in school dormitories
- English and music teacher also fondled pupils in one-on-one vocal lessons
- Lowe convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault at Southwark Crown Court
One of the victims later told his mother he had been touched by Lowe, who then reported it to the then-headmaster of the Westminster school, Peter Hannigan, via a family friend.
Mr Hannigan, who worked at the school between 1977 and 1995, and hired Lowe in 1978, earlier told the court: ‘Mr Lowe was a good teacher. There was never anything sexual.’
Mr J McIntosh, headmaster of the London Oratory School, admitted that the cane was still used in his school but was unable to say what, if any, the Cardinal’s recommendation would have on this policy.
But Mr Peter Hannigan, Headmaster of Westminster Cathedral Choir School over which Cardinal Hume has direct authority, said that corporal punishment had not been used in the eight years that he had been at the school. “In a school of 90 people it would be absurd if such a sanction was required”, he said.
Similarly at Ampleforth College, the well-known Catholic public school attached to the monastery of which Cardinal Hme was Abbot until 1976, it was being said that corporal punishment had been phased out sometime during the Cardinal’s period of office there.
Westminster Cathedral Choir School has been rescued from the threat of closure. Cardinal Hume, Archbishop of Westminster, has told parents in a letter published yesterday.
Mr Peter Hannigan headmaster or a preparatory school in Doncaster, is to take over as head-master of the choir school from Father F. Comer ford in September.
A new board of governors will be set up, including the Duke of Norfolk, Cardinal Hume, Father Patrick Barry, former chairman of the Headmasters’ Conference and Head Master of Ampleforth College, Dr John Rae chairman of the Headmasters’ Conference and Head Master of Westminster School, and Mr David Willcocks, Director of the Royal College of Music.
Notable former pupils
Robert Hannigan, Civil Servant, Director of GCHQ
Peter Hannigan and paedophile Lowe mentioned in IICSA documents
Westminster Cathedra] Choir School Mr Charles Foulds, at present Assistant Headmaster of Slonyhurst College, has been ap¬ pointed Headmaster from Septem¬ ber 1995 in succession to Mr Peter Hannigan. who retires after 18 years in the post.
Like SAVILE and JACONELLI, HUME was a Freemason, of high degree, and with infinite loyalty to fellow brothers.
Basil HUME died on 17th June 1999, two weeks after receiving the Order of Merit.
In the light of the on-going Ampleforth revelations, Basil HUME’s relationship with Jimmy SAVILE merits the closest scrutiny.
And what about any relationship between Basil HUME and Peter JACONELLI?
Are we to believe that that Abbott Basil HUME, Athenaeum patron of one of the two most prolific predatory paedophiles of our times – both of them Catholic, both of them Freemasons, both of them perverts who offended together as well as separately – knew nothing of SAVILE’s co-offender and alleged sexual partner, Peter JACONELLI, the Roman Catholic Freemason?
- Robert Hannigan helped a paedophile priest avoid jail, Mail on Sunday reveals
- He stunned Whitehall with his exit after just two years in charge of GCHQ
- The MoS learned he stepped down after the NCA discovered he helped a family friend avoid a custodial sentence for possessing 174 child pornography images
- Mr Hannigan provided a reference for Father Edmund Higgins at his 2013 trial
One of Britain’s top spy chiefs quit after it emerged that he helped a paedophile Catholic priest avoid jail, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Prime Minister Theresa May was last night accused of a cover-up over the scandal as she knew of GCHQ director Robert Hannigan’s connection to the child sex offender when he stood down in 2017.
At the time, Mr Hannigan had cited ‘family reasons’, with this crucial link kept secret.
The high-flying civil servant, who was lauded for his role in striking peace in Northern Ireland, stunned Whitehall with his exit after just two years in charge of GCHQ.
This newspaper has learned he stepped down after the National Crime Agency discovered that he helped a close family friend avoid a custodial sentence for possessing 174 child pornography images.
After his conviction, Edmund Higgins, who had served at St Elizabeth’s Church in Richmond, South-West London, was defrocked and changed his name to Edmund Black
After Mr Hannigan provided a character reference for Father Edmund Higgins at his 2013 trial, the priest’s eight-month sentence was suspended. The judge said Higgins had ‘struggled with his sexuality’. But Higgins went on to reoffend, and during an NCA probe his links to Mr Hannigan were discovered and No 10 was alerted.
The powerful mandarin gave the reference ‘in good faith’ a year before his appointment as director of the 5,000-strong Government Communications Headquarters, the notoriously secretive eavesdropping agency.
With the Prime Minister’s blessing, he was allowed to resign on January 23, 2017, citing family commitments. Anonymous briefings were given to the media that he would be caring for sick relatives. That same year, Mrs May said: ‘The sunlight of transparency acts… as an important check and balance, and helps ensure the highest standards of public life among senior Government representatives.’
Last night Mr Hannigan, who began to train as a priest before joining the civil service, confirmed that Higgins had been a family friend for two decades. But he admitted his ‘judgment was completely wrong’ in providing the character reference.
After his conviction, Higgins, who had served at St Elizabeth’s Church in Richmond, South-West London, was defrocked and changed his name to Edmund Black, but continued to offend.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that No 10 was alerted in early 2017 that the NCA was investigating Higgins as part of a major probe into online chatrooms that hosted abuse of babies. His connection to Mr Hannigan was highlighted to figures at the very top of Government, including the Prime Minister.
Mr Hannigan offered to step down to avoid dragging GCHQ into the scandal but the significant reason behind his departure was never made public. Even senior officials within the Foreign Office, GCHQ and Cabinet Office were unaware.
In his resignation letter to Boris Johnson, who as Foreign Secretary had oversight of GCHQ, Mr Hannigan wrote: ‘After a good deal of thought I have decided that this is the right time to move on and to allow someone else to lead GCHQ through its next phase.’ He added that his job ‘demanded a great deal of my ever patient and understanding family, and now is the right time for a change in direction’.
Mr Johnson replied: ‘You have led the renewal of some of our most important national security capabilities. I wish you the very best for your future career.’
Last night, Scottish National Party MP Pete Wishart said the ‘shocking episode reeked of a cover-up’, adding: ‘The Prime Minister is immersed in this up to her eyes.
‘No 10 must give a full account of what they knew, when they knew and why they have failed to do so before. The Prime Minister must come to the Commons tomorrow and explain the Government’s role in this appalling episode.’ Government insiders said in Mr Hannigan’s defence the truth was not revealed because the investigation into Higgins was still active. Higgins’s home was raided by the NCA the following January.
However, the truth remained classified long after Higgins was charged. He was jailed for 31 months in June 2018 in a case the NCA described as ‘horrendous’.
They had caught Higgins boasting online of his sexual interest in babies and he later confessed to possessing and making child abuse images. He visited chatrooms when child sex abuse was being shown, and in May 2016 he hosted a chatroom where nine videos were played showing horrific child abuse, with one victim thought to be just three months old. When his house was raided, the NCA found more than 800 illegal images, 201 of which were in the most severe category. Even while he was on bail he returned to the depraved online forums to reoffend.
After his conviction, senior NCA officer Martin Ludlow said: ‘Every time these horrendous images are shared that child is victimised… [Higgins] has shown no remorse. He went out of his way to encourage others to view and share images.’
Mr Hannigan has since gone on to a lucrative career in the private sector. He said last night: ‘Mr Higgins had been a close family friend for 20 years. After he pleaded guilty to child sexual imagery offences in 2013, we submitted a character reference on our knowledge of him to the court in good faith.
‘His subsequent criminal actions appalled us and have shown that our judgment was completely wrong. When I later became director of GCHQ, all the correct steps were taken in relation to my involvement in this case and this was verified by Government lawyers. This is a personal family matter. We will not be making further comment.’
How his diamond table rescued the Ulster peace deal
Seat solution: Ian Paisley, far left, and Gerry Adams, far right, at Mr Hannigan’s diamond table
Robert Hannigan’s meteoric rise to the top of the British Establishment began with an ingenious diamond table that helped unlock power-sharing in Northern Ireland.
During testy negotiations in Belfast in 2007, Republicans demanded they must sit next to Unionists, but they in turn demanded they must sit opposite their former adversaries.
As an adviser to Tony Blair, Mr Hannigan came up with a diamond-shaped table that allowed the key players to sit both opposite and next to each other, breaking the deadlock.
He quickly rose up the diplomatic ranks, counselling Gordon Brown and David Cameron on security affairs, before being appointed head of the country’s largest spy agency GCHQ, with a seat on Whitehall’s all-powerful Joint Intelligence Committee.
At the time, Mr Hannigan was named the country’s third most powerful Catholic by religious newspaper The Tablet, which noted that he ‘enthusiastically follows hurling and Gaelic football.’
Before entering the Civil Service, Mr Hannigan trained to be a priest at Allen Hall seminary in Chelsea. But friends say he ‘fell in love and could not go down that path’.
It was through his wife that he first met Father Edmund Higgins, a notorious paedophile.
That friendship would help destroy Mr Hannigan’s otherwise blemish-free career when a sister intelligence agency discovered his past support for the clergyman – support which he would come to regret.
Mr Hannigan has since gone on to take a host of jobs in the private sector, commenting publicly on national security and most recently defending Chinese technology firms.
Fr Higgins, who had been a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary before being incardinated into the Archdiocese of Southwark in January 2011
Higgins had practised as a priest since he was 18.
Head of Catholic order failed to tell police of sexual abuse at London school
The head of one of the country’s most powerful Catholic orders was made aware of sex abuse allegations dating back to the 1970s at one of its schools but did not alert the authorities – contrary to the recommendations of a church commission on which he sat.
The wide-ranging Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse has been shown a handwritten document compiled by Abbot Richard Yeo, who as president of the Benedictines conducted an inquiry at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, in June 2010 following reports that there had been widespread abuse of pupils by teachers and monks.
The year before Yeo’s visit, Father David Pearce, the former head of the junior school, had been jailed for eight years – reduced to five on appeal –after being found guilty of abusing five boys over a 36-year period.
According to notes Yeo took when he visited St Benedict’s, and which will soon be uploaded on to the inquiry’s website, many at the school had been concerned about Pearce decades before he was jailed. Yeo’s notes state: “Mid 70s knew David engaged in dubious activities.” Another monk told him: “Knew since I was junior school head there was something wrong. Graffiti ‘Fr David is bent’.” A third said he was aware of rumours of abuse when he arrived 25 years ago, and expressed disbelief that a former abbot claimed to Yeo he “never knew anything about it”.
The Catholic church’s failure to confront systemic clerical sexual abuse was acknowledged last week at an unprecedented summit on the issue opened by Pope Francis, attended by 180 bishops and cardinals. “The holy people of God are watching and expect not just simple and obvious condemnations, but efficient and concrete measures to be established,” he warned.
Yeo, who stood down as president of the Benedictines in 2017, told the inquiry he did not pass his 2010 notes on to the police because Pearce had already been jailed and that he did not know if they had any evidential value.
But Richard Scorer, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater & Gordon, who is representing several of the victims at the school, and referred to Yeo’s note in a blogpost, said it was not for the abbot to determine what was relevant to the inquiry. He described Yeo’s failure to share his notes with the police as remarkable given that he had been a member of the 2007 Cumberlege commission, the Catholic church’s review of its child safeguarding policies in England and Wales.
“The Cumberlege commission report from 2007 is clear that ‘all allegations of abuse are required to be reported to the statutory authorities who must decide whether a statutory investigation is required,’” Scorer said. “Yeo was a member of this commission, yet when allegations of abuse came into his possession in 2010 he failed to follow the Cumberlege commission’s own rules and report them to the statutory authorities. This demonstrates yet again that senior figures in the Catholic church are happy to ignore the church’s own rules when it suits them and self-policing in the Catholic church always fails.”
Jonathan West, the father of a former pupil, who was instrumental in raising concerns, said repeated failure to investigate abuse at the school highlighted the need for mandatory reporting, which would require all staff working with children to report concerns about the welfare of a child to the local authority.
“Mandatory reporting would make it almost impossible for a long-running situation such as occurred at St Benedict’s to happen,” West said. “First, there will inevitably be a greater climate of awareness making reporting more likely. And second, no head teacher is going to risk being prosecuted for suppressing a report of somebody else abusing. These two factors will make it extremely dangerous for abusers to operate in schools. They won’t dare. Abuse will be prevented as a result.”
The inquiry has heard that there were numerous warning signs which should have triggered intervention.
Katherine Ravenscroft, a drama teacher, said that when she joined the school in 1990, “it was spoken about quite freely among the boys in the school that Father David Pearce would oversee swimming while they were in the junior school and that he would line the boys up naked after swimming to feel them in order to check that they were dry”.
Ravenscroft told the inquiry in a statement now published on its website that there were also rumours about Abbot Laurence Soper – who was convicted in 2017 of 19 charges of rape and other sexual offences against 10 boys at the school.
Ravenscroft raised her concerns with police the same year. When she told the new headmaster, Christopher Cleugh, that she wished she had reported the concerns about Pearce earlier, she said he responded: “You can rest assured he will seek absolution for his sins.”
Ravenscroft said it seemed child protection at the school was not taken seriously until its deputy head master, Peter Allott, was sentenced in 2016. “It still seemed as if things were being brushed to one side,” she said in her statement.
Penny Jones, a deputy director of the independent education and school governance division in the Department for Education, said in 2010 ministers were alarmed to learn monks who had committed sexual offences were still living in Ealing Abbey next to the school. “We lacked the powers necessary to require the abbot to remove monks who had offended from the abbey, as the power to remove monks fell [outside] DfE’s jurisdiction,” Jones told the inquiry.
Gerry Adams’ ex-IRA commander brother who was jailed for 16 years for raping his own daughter dies behind bars aged 63
- Convicted paedophile Liam Adams dies aged 63 after a battle with cancer
- He was jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing his own daughter Aine Dahlstrom
- He was ex-IRA commander and brother of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Adams, a former youth worker, was convicted of 10 offences – three counts of rape, four of indecent assault and three of gross indecency.
Gerry Adams gave evidence at his brother’s first trial – which collapsed in April 2013 for legal reasons.
During the 2013 trial, Mr Adams told the court that in 2000, during a walk in the rain in Dundalk, his brother had admitted sexually abusing his daughter, Ms Dalhstrom.
Mr Adams made his first report to police about the allegations in 2007 shortly after his party voted to accept the PSNI, but did not tell officers about the confession until 2009, when he made a second statement.
Mr Adams was criticised for not informing police about the confession at an earlier date.
In 2015, the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman found that police were not politically motivated when they said Gerry Adams should not be prosecuted for allegedly withholding information about his paedophile brother.
The police watchdog said there was no evidence of misconduct, or that officers had been influenced by the former Sinn Fein president’s status.
Ms Dahlstrom first took the matter to police in the mid-1980s. This was in the midst of the Northern Ireland Troubles and a time when many people in republican communities distrusted and refused to co-operate with the security forces.
She did not pursue the matter at that stage, claiming that detectives were more interested to hear information about her famous uncle than about the allegations she was levelling against her father.
It would be another 20 years before she went to police again, after finding out that her father was working in a west Belfast youth club that her children attended.
February 21, 2019
Federal prosecutors, under former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by wealthy New York hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
While the decision marks a victory for crime victims, the federal judge, Kenneth A. Marra, stopped short of overturning Epstein’s plea deal, or issuing an order resolving the case. He instead gave federal prosecutors 15 days to confer with Epstein’s victims and their attorneys to come up with a settlement. The victims did not seek money or damages as part of the suit.
It’s not clear whether the victims, now in their late 20s and early 30s, can, as part of the settlement, demand that the government prosecute Epstein. But others are calling on the Justice Department to take a new look at the case in the wake of the judge’s ruling.
“As a legal matter, the non-prosecution agreement entered into by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida does not bind other U.S. Attorneys in other districts. They are free, if they conclude it is appropriate to do so, to bring criminal actions against Mr. Epstein and his co-conspirators,’’ said lawyer David Boies, representing two of Epstein’s victims who claim they were trafficked by Epstein in New York and other areas of the country.
Earlier this month, the Department of Justice announced it was opening a probe of the case in response to calls from three dozen members of Congress. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, on Thursday asked the DOJ to also re-open Epstein’s plea deal.
“The fact that it’s taken this long to get this far is heartbreaking and infuriating,’’ said Sasse. “The Department of Justice should use this opportunity to reopen its non-prosecution agreement so that Epstein and anyone else who abused these children are held accountable.”
Epstein’s lawyer, Martin Weinberg, did not return a call from the Miami Herald.
Brad Edwards, who represents Courtney Wild — Jane Doe No. 1 in the case — said he was elated at the judge’s ruling, but admitted he is troubled that it took 11 years to litigate. He blamed federal prosecutors for needlessly dragging it out when they could have remedied their error after it was brought to their attention in 2008.
“The government aligned themselves with Epstein, working against his victims, for 11 years,’’ Edwards said. “Yes, this is a huge victory, but to make his victims suffer for 11 years, this should not have happened. Instead of admitting what they did, and doing the right thing, they spent 11 years fighting these girls.’’
Marra, in a 33-page opinion, said prosecutors not only violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by not informing the victims, they also misled the girls into believing that the FBI’s sex trafficking case against Epstein was still ongoing — when in fact, prosecutors had secretly closed it after sealing the plea bargain from the public record.
The decision follows a three-part series published by the Miami Herald in November, “Perversion of Justice,’’ which detailed how federal prosecutors collaborated with Epstein’s lawyers to arrange the deal, then hid it from his victims and the public so that no one would know the full scope of Epstein’s crimes and who else was involved.
The 66-year-old mogul lured scores of teenage girls from troubled homes — some as young as 13 — as part of a cult-like scheme to sexually abuse them by offering them money to give him massages and promising some of them he would send them to college or help them find careers. Future president Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton, lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew and other world leaders, scientists and academics were friends with Epstein, who also owns a vast home in Manhattan, a private jet, and an island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he now lives.
Marra, noting that he reviewed affidavits, depositions and interrogatories — presumably some of them sealed — showed “Epstein worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others, ’’ the judge said.
Instead of prosecuting Epstein under federal sex trafficking laws, Acosta allowed Epstein to quietly plead guilty in state court to two prostitution charges and he served just 13 months in the Palm Beach County jail. His accomplices, some of whom have never been identified, were not charged.
Epstein’s victims were not told the case was closed until it was too late for them to appear at his sentencing and possibly upend the deal. Two of them filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 2008, claiming that prosecutors violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which grants victims of federal crimes a series of rights, including the ability to confer with prosecutors about a possible plea deal.
Marra said that while prosecutors had the right to resolve the case in any way they saw fit, they violated the law by hiding the agreement from Epstein’s victims.
“Particularly problematic was the Government’s decision to conceal the existence of the [agreement] and mislead the victims to believe that federal prosecution was still a possibility,’’ Marra wrote. “When the Government gives information to victims, it cannot be misleading. While the Government spent untold hours negotiating the terms and implications of the [agreement] with Epstein’s attorneys, scant information was shared with victims.’’
The U.S. attorney’s office in Miami declined to comment.
Acosta, who was nominated as labor secretary in 2017, issued a written statement through a spokesman:
““For more than a decade, the actions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida in this case have been defended by the Department of Justice in litigation across three administrations and several attorneys general. The office’s decisions were approved by departmental leadership and followed departmental procedures. This matter remains in litigation and, thus, for any further comment we refer you to the Department of Justice.”
Michelle Licata, who was molested by Epstein when she was 14, said the judge’s decision was “a step for justice.’’ But she still questions why federal authorities have failed to open a new case against Epstein, given that more victims and evidence has come to light in recent years.
“They should see if they can prosecute him for something. I mean, really prosecute him — instead of giving him 13 months where he was allowed to come and go as he pleased. I just want to see him face some consequences for what he did.’’
Francey Hakes, a former federal prosecutor, said the Crime Victims’ Rights Act doesn’t spell out any punishment for violating its terms, so it would set a precedent to re-open Epstein’s agreement.
“Epstein will surely argue he complied with the agreement, relied upon it, and plead guilty under it so it can’t be overturned in fairness to him,’’ she said. “I will be very interested to see what the parties say the remedy for the violation should be. Ultimately, it is simply shocking the Government went to the lengths they did to keep the victims in the dark in order to make a serious predator’s high priced defense team happy. Justice should not, and does not, look like this.’’
There has been no statute of limitations for sex trafficking since 2002, but Edwards and other lawyers involved in the case said they tried without success to get federal authorities to investigate whether Epstein’s crimes went beyond Palm Beach.
In an op-ed published Sunday in the Herald, Jeffrey H. Sloman, the former first assistant U.S. Attorney under Acosta during the Epstein case, defended their decision to give Epstein federal immunity. He claimed that many of the victims were too frightened to testify against Epstein.
He also noted that there were “significant legal impediments to prosecuting what was, at heart, a local sex case.’’
Marra suggested otherwise in his decision, saying: “Epstein and his co-conspirators knowingly traveled in interstate and international commerce to sexually abuse Jane Doe 1 and Doe 2 and others, [and] they committed violations of not only Florida law, but also federal law.‘’
The bulk of his opinion quoted emails exchanged during the tense negotiations between federal prosecutors and Epstein’s legal team, which included Roy Black, Jack Goldberger, Alan Dershowitz, Jay Lefkowitz and former Whitewater and Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
Those emails suggested ways in which both parties tried to keep Epstein’s victims in the dark, he said.
“The CVRA [Crime Victims’ Rights Act] was designed to protect victims’ rights and ensure their involvement in the criminal justice process…’’ Marra wrote.
“…Under the facts of this case, once the Government failed to advise the victims about its intention to enter into the [non-prosecution agreement], a violation of the CVRA occurred.’’
Victims advocates applauded the judge’s decison.
“This is a tremendous victory for crime victims and for the rule of law. The Court made clear that the statute was enacted to make crime victims full participants in the criminal justice system,’’ said Jeff R. Dion, executive director of the Zero Abuse Project. “And when the Government gives information to victims, it cannot be misleading. The Government’s conduct was a clear violation of the CVRA, and the court must now consider a remedy.’’
AN obsessive woman who breached her restraining order by posting a series of aggressive Tweets towards an anti-abuse campaigner has been jailed for four months.
Penelope Mellor denied two counts of breaching the order, which was put in place in March 2015 and banned her from contacting or posting messages online about Shy Keenan, who lives near Colchester.
However, yesterday a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court found the 57-year-old guilty on both counts.
Judge David Turner sentenced Mellor to four months in jail for each offence to run concurrently.
He said: “In spring 2015 I explained, I hope with clarity, what the consequences of breaching the order would be.
“I told you if you breached the other you would receive a prison sentence of up to five years and breach the order you did.
“There is no doubt at all the victim is a vulnerable person and I have no doubt she has been seriously affected by these Tweets.
“You convinced yourself she was a bad person in this field and you have made it part of your life’s work to make her life more difficult.”
The five year order had banned Mellor from publishing any information relating to Ms Keenan or her family directly or indirectly online.
It also banned her from posting complaints or documenting any complaints about the book Broken or any other book or article written or published by Ms Keenan.
However, in October 2015, it was found Mellor had posted a Tweet where she made reference to “Joanne Pepper” – an alias used by Ms Keenan.
The other breach took place in August 2016, when Mellor posted a cryptic message which the prosecution said referred to Broken as “utter drivel”.
She also used gun emojis in both posts.
During the trial, Mellor declined the opportunity to take to the witness stand.
Anthony Abell, prosecuting, said the ordeal had been extremely distressing for the Ms Keenan, who is an anti-abuse campaigner and founder of the Phoenix Chief Advocates’ Consultancy.
Reading a statement from the victim, Mr Abell said: “As a result of the distress caused I have been enforced to increase my on and offline security.
“It has had a negative impact on myself, my family, my friends and supporters’ lives.”
Imran Khan, mitigating, said mother-of-eight Mellor had recently been forced into caring for her mother and asked for a suspended sentence to be passed.
He said: “There is no intention on her part to contact Ms Keenan again or any other activists. Because of her children and her mother it is not likely she will repeat the same mistake.”
Mellor, of Coven, Wolverhampton, was also ordered to pay £1,500 in costs and the restraining order was extended for five years.
Penny Mellor’s supporters:
Lennie Smith (who lived with Roddam Twiss – son of Black Rod, Sir Frank Twiss) linked to Shoebury Sex Ring
Roddam Twiss confirmed that Lennie Smith, jailed in 1992 for his part in a paedophile gang that killed five boys, once rented a room at his Cricklewood Broadway flat.
Yellow Advertiser helps Essex Police reopen Shoeburyness ‘child sex ring’ investigation for a second time
It resulted in four whistleblowers – all child protection workers in the Southend area during the 1980s and 1990s – raising concerns with the YA over a ’sex ring’ they felt had not been properly investigated.
Two men were convicted of child sex charges, relating to six victims, after the original Essex Police investigation in 1990.
One thing that became clear at the
@InquiryCSA hearing was how outsiders with concerns were frozen out and ignored (and even accused of anti-Catholic motives) while commissioning advice from people (like Lord Carlile) who said what they wanted to hear, that all is well now.
Had Carlile been right in saying that, there wouldn’t have been so much still to be discovered in the inquiry hearing and there would have been no need for the Abbot (who commissioned Carlile) to resign before the hearing had even finished.
Chris Patten with Abbot Martin Shipperlee
Catholic Abbot RESIGNS after he admits didn’t report priest jailed for child sex offence
THE Abbot of a Benedictine abbey has resigned after it emerged he withheld an allegation of abuse from police about a priest who was later jailed for child sex offences committed while teaching at a leading Catholic school.
Feb 8, 2019
Abbot Martin Shipperlee has resigned
Abbot Martin Shipperlee of Ealing Abbey offered his resignation in a letter after serving as the head of St Benedict’s Junior School in West London from 1993 to 2000. It comes after Express.co.uk reported Abbot Shipperlee failed to report a claim of abuse against a Benedictine monk to the police when informed of it in 2001. Dom Jamieson, current Abbot President of EBC, revealed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) that today he received a letter from Abbot Shipperlee offering his resignation as Abbot of Ealing.
Abbot Shipperlee stated in his resignation letter: “My administration of safeguarding as has been serially revealed, has been of an insufficient standard.”
To which Abbot Jamieson said: “In light of this I have accepted his resignation.”
David Pearce and Laurence Soper, two Benedictine monks from the abbey who taught at the £16,845-a-year school, were jailed in 2009 and 2017 for historic child abuse offences.
Abbot Shipperlee last week admitted to the IICSA he failed to report a claim of abuse against Soper to the police when informed of it in 2001.
Laurence Soper was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey in December 2017
He said: “Because I simply did not believe that this was possible.
“I was outraged that such an accusation could be made against someone of whom I – well, it did not occur to me that it was possible that this sort of thing could happen.”
Reacting to news of his resignaiton, Mr O’Donnell, representing Jonathan West, said: “Under the circumstances, it seems sensible to us that Abbot Shipperlee has tended his resignation, but we do ask the question whether this would have happened if he had not given evidence to the Inquiry.”
“In the current era, can parents really trust Catholic organisations to take care of their children.”
In October 2009, Pearce, a former junior school head master at St Benedict’s, was jailed for eight years for abuse at the school from 1972 to 1992, as well as one offence in 2007.
Soper, the former Abbot, was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey in December 2017 after being on the run for five years.
He was arrested in Kosovo and extradited to the UK, where he was convicted of 19 counts of child sex abuse.
In a witness statement to the inquiry last Thursday, Abbot Shipperlee said he was unaware of receiving any complaints against Laurence Soper between 1980 and 2001.
During today’s inquiry, Imran Khan QC on behalf of G2, said: “It has taken a great deal of courage and resilience for victims and survivors who have clearly been traumatised for sharing their accounts with us.”
While Alan Collins representing G1 and G3 to G6 said: ”If there is no change, the risk of child abuse in Catholic organisations will continue.”
When speaking about lessons learnt, Abbot Jamieson told the inquiry: “The need to stop being self referential, moving beyond that, I want know what is it about the Catholic culture that seems to have facilitated a culture of abuse.”
“It is clear that the Vatican Bank were facilitating Soper’s flight from justice and failed to hand over information which would have assisted the police in locating him… this gives the lie to the Pope’s claims to want to root out abusers in the church”.
February 6, 2019
Justice Department opens probe into Jeffrey Epstein plea deal, How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime
February 06, 2019
The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta’s role in negotiating a controversial plea deal with a wealthy New York investor accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls in Palm Beach.
“I hope that the Department of Justice investigation answers the questions of why this case was handled by the U.S. attorney’s office in the way that it was, and may it somehow result in justice and an apology by the government for the victims and their families,’’ Reiter said.
The case has raised fundamental questions about whether well-connected, wealthy people wield influence over prosecutors and others in the justice system. Epstein had a wide circle of powerful friends, including Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, lawyer Alan Dershowitz and a former prime minister of Israel, Ehud Barak….
For months after the deal was executed, federal prosecutors kept Epstein’s victims in the dark, and the FBI led some of them to believe the investigation was ongoing. Most of the girls, ages 13 to 16 at the time, found out about the plea bargain only after learning about it on television when Epstein was sentenced in June 2008.
Acosta agreed to seal the agreement and keep it from Epstein’s victims so that the girls couldn’t try to derail it before he was sentenced, the Herald found.
Nov. 28, 2018….His client, Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, 54, was accused of assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day, the Town of Palm Beach police found.
Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach jailed over abuse
Feb 7 2019
A former manager of Celtic Boys Club has been jailed for four years after being convicted of nine charges of sexually abusing young footballers.
Sentencing Frank Cairney, the sheriff told the 83-year-old former coach he was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.
During his trial the court heard that Cairney’s victims had suffered badly from the abuse, which dated back to the 1980s.
Sheriff Daniel Kelly praised the “courage” of the victims.
Cairney was acquitted of similar charges 20 years ago.
Following his conviction in December, a man who accused Cairney of abusing him in the early 1970s, said justice had finally caught up with the “evil paedophile”.
The man, whose identity is protected under the law, said Cairney had used his standing at Celtic FC to gain access to innocent young boys and abuse them in the most horrible way.
Some of the abuse took place in the dressing room at Celtic Park.
After sentencing he told BBC Scotland, Cairney had been given four years but his victims got a life sentence and they would take their experiences to the grave.
“When I saw him in court in December, he looked evil. I haven’t been able to get that image of him out of my head,” he said.
The man, who is in his late 50s, said he would wanted the authorities to ask if sentences handed down to men like Cairney were sufficient.
“The sentences have to be stricter so that we can protect our vulnerable,” he said.
Cairney is the third former Celtic Boys Club coach to be convicted of child sex abuse in recent months.
In November, Boys Club founder Jim Torbett was jailed for six years, while another coach, teacher Gerald King, was also convicted of abusing boys at a school.
After the conviction of Torbett, Celtic expressed “deep regret” for the victims but stressed the boys club was a separate entity.
The club made a similar statement on Thursday following the conviction of Cairney.
“Although Celtic Football Club is an entirely separate organisation to Celtic Boys’ Club, we wish to express our deep regret that these incidents took place, as well as our sympathy for the victims who suffered abuse,” it said.
“We are grateful for the courage of those who have come forward to report abuse and to give evidence after such a long period of time. We have great respect for them and their families as they continue to cope with the distressing effects of the abuse they suffered”.
The victim of Cairney the BBC spoke to had previously said that when he played for the Boys Club, they were regular visitors to Celtic Park and used to sweep the terraces there.
He said: “Celtic FC have been in denial of the association with the Boys Club. It’s appalling; please stop it.”
Catholic Abbot didn’t report abuse allegation against priest jailed for child sex offences
THE Abbot of a Benedictine abbey withheld an allegation of abuse from police about a priest who was later jailed for child sex offences committed while teaching at a leading Catholic school, an inquiry heard this week.
Feb 8, 2019
Abbot Martin Shipperlee
Abbot Martin Shipperlee of Ealing Abbey was head of St Benedict’s Junior School in West London from 1993 to 2000. David Pearce and Laurence Soper, two Benedictine monks from the abbey who taught at the £16,845-a-year school, were jailed in 2009 and 2017 for historic child abuse offences. Two ex-teachers who taught at the school at the time of the sex-abuse allegations described the institution then as “a bit like the mafia”.
Abbot Shipperlee admitted to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) he failed to report an allega
tion of abuse against Soper to the police child protection team when informed of it in 2001.
He said: “Because I simply did not believe that this was possible.
“I was outraged that such an accusation could be made against someone of whom I – well, it did not occur to me that it was possible that this sort of thing could happen.”
In October 2009, Pearce, a former junior school head master at St Benedict’s, was jailed for eight years for abuse at the school from 1972 to 1992, as well as one offence in 2007.
Soper, the former Abbot, was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey in December 2017 after being on the run for five years.
He was arrested in Kosovo and extradited to the UK, where he was convicted of 19 counts of child sex abuse.
In a witness statement to the inquiry on Thursday, Abbot Shipperlee said he was unaware of receiving any complaints against Laurence Soper between 1980 and 2001.
The inquiry heard a statement from a mother, whose four-year-old son was going to St Benedict’s junior school around 1997, saying a staff member had warned her about both Soper a
She wrote: “A senior member of the office staff approached me and told me not to leave my son, who would have been four at the time, on his own in the office at any time when Father David or Abbot Laurence were there.
“The person then told me that the child would be safer because they preferred boys with blond hair and blue eyes.
“The person then told me that Father David had been moved from the junior school to keep him away from the younger boys.”
In October 2001, the Archdiocese of Westminster wrote to Abbot Shipperlee with a victim’s claim of abuse by Soper.
David Pearce and Laurence Soper taught at St Benedicts School when the abuse took place
A further letter in December, 2001 from the Archdiocese to Abbot Shiperlee said “the serious claim against Abbot Laurence Soper should be reported to the child protection team at Ealing Police Station”.
Inquiry counsel Riel Karmuy-Jones, QC, asked Abbot Shipperlee why he still had not informed the police despite being advised to do so.
He replied he was “convinced in my own mind it must be a spurious claim”.
Ms Karmuy-Jones said: “You took the view that your opinion of the situation had more weight than the opinion of the Diocese of Westminster?”
Abbot Shipperlee said: “Yes. I was wrong.”
Ms Karmuy-Jones replied: “Is that how you have approached safeguarding during your time?”
Abbot Shipperlee said: “No, you can see plenty of times when I have not done that, but you do have to make the judgment yourself.”
Despite not telling the police, Abbot Shipperlee went on to warn Bassingbourn Barracks – where Soper acted as chaplain in the army training regiment in 2002 – about the allegation.
In 2004, another allegation of rape and corporal punishment was made against Soper from the 1970s.
Abbot Shipperlee admitted not asking for a risk assessment about Soper as he “didn’t think it necessary”.
On Wednesday, the inquiry heard statements from two ex-teachers who described St Benedict’s at the time of the abuse allegations as “a bit like the mafia”.
One teacher said in a statement “if anybody complained or said anything about Pearce, Laurence Soper would protect him and to complain meant putting your job on the line.
“There had been a number of complaints against Pearce.”
Laurence Soper went on the run in Kosovo but was arrested in 2016 and extradited to UK
A senior accounts assistant, who worked from 1995 to 2005, said she was warned by St Benedict’s head master, Dr Dachs after complaining about Pearce’s behaviour.
In a statement, she said: “On most Friday afternoons when I was on my own in the office, Father David would bring two or three boys to his office.
“He would shut the door and cover the glass window in the door with paper so that nobody could see into the office.
“I can’t remember how old they were, but they were not from the junior school, so would have been 11 or older.
“I was concerned about this so I contacted the headmaster, Dr Dachs. He told me, ‘If you know what’s good for you, keep your head down and do your job’.
“A short time later, I was talking to Abbot Laurence and I mentioned my concerns to him.
“He told me not to worry because the allegations against Father David were unfounded.
“I said that he was still around boys and Abbot Laurence said that Father David ‘just liked little boys’.
“I asked why Father David had been moved from the junior school and he said because he was ‘a sick man’.”
Abbot Shipperlee also told the panel he “did nothing” despite hearing Pearce had “a preference for blond children”.
The inquiry heard Pearce is now living in a flat and has his rent paid by Ealing Abbey through “charitable funds”.
The IICSA is the largest ever Government inquiry and is expected to last until at least 2020.
It is looking at 13 different investigations, including the Catholic Church.
Peter Dalglish and Trudeau
Peter Dalglish’s final hearing coming to an end
February 6, 2019
A source told Kathmandu Tribune that Canadian Peter Dalglish’s final hearing is likely to happen at the end of this month or in the first week of March.
Dalglish was arrested last year for pedophilia charges. If convicted he will serve a minimum sentence of seven years in jail.
MI5 RESTRICTION ORDER
In December 2018, the Security Service, MI5, applied for a restriction order in the Inquiry’s Westminster investigation. As will become apparent, the ambit of the application has diminished considerably in the course of its consideration by the
Pope’s UK envoy fails to respond to requests by child abuse inquiry
V clear from evidence at
@inquiryCSA that Abbot of Ealing (Shipperlee) delayed in providing crucial information to police which wd have assisted in apprehending paedophile priest Laurence Soper, who had fled to Kosovo. Shows how hollow are Catholic Church “apologies” to victims
Tom Young @OldTomYoung
Kosovo you say… For some reason the Catholic Hierarchy site fails to mention Eugenio Sbarbaro’s time in the Washington DC Vatican Embassy.
Speaking of Vatican Ambassadors, I’m fairly certain further investigation of Eugenio Sbarbaro and his dealings with Nadhmi Auchi are worthwhile, both in the context of
@InquiryCSA and the deeper issues surrounding organized abuse.
Lord Patten of Barnes is an Old Priorian and the Patron of Ealing’s St Benedict’s School
The witness concludes his evidence by giving a short statement. “Since WW2 we reckon that hundreds of boys were molested at St Benedict’s. If this country had mandatory reporting like the legislation currently in draft, hundreds of those wouldn’t have been abused.”
The Inquiry will hold a week of public hearings into allegations of child sexual abuse at Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s School, part of the Roman Catholic Church investigation from 4 – 8 February 2019
At the IICSA inquiry, the Pope’s nuncio, Edward Adams, was accused of ‘cowering behind his diplomatic immunity’ for not providing crucial evidence to the child sexual abuse inquiry. There were even calls for his expvulsion.
Not only is Patten a patron and an alumnus (together with Laurence Soper) of St. Benedict’s, he is also an adviser to the Pope. I wonder what media advice the man who presided over the Jimmy Savile scandal at the BBC gave in this case?
Pope’s ambassador refuses to give evidence over paedophiles at St Benedict’s
February 4 2019
The Vatican’s ambassador to Britain is refusing to give evidence to a public inquiry investigating decades of sexual abuse at a leading Roman Catholic private school, a hearing was told today.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has made repeated efforts to obtain information from the papal nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, the diplomatic representative of Pope Francis in Britain.
The Vatican’s embassy — the Apostolic Nunciature — was directly involved in the Church’s response when The Times exposed widespread sexual abuse at Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s School, west London, in 2010 and 2011.
Papal Nuncio hiding behind diplomatic immunity to avoid giving information to
@inquiryCSA for St Benedict’s/ Ealing Abbey investigation. More Vatican stalling and cover up of Catholic abuse scandal #EBCHearing
At the IICSA inquiry, the Pope’s nuncio, Edward Adams, was accused of ‘cowering behind his diplomatic immunity’ for not providing crucial evidence to the child sexual abuse inquiry. There were even calls for his expulsion.
Absolutely disgraceful behaviour by the Pope (the buck stops at the top) in thwarting an investigation into Child Sex Abuse by Catholic priests/monks .
An American in England representing an Argentinian who resides in Italy . . . Appointed by Pope Francis on 8th April 2017 . . . Edward Joseph Adams . . >
Feb 2 2019
- In 1978 Peter Righton and PIE Manifesto author Micky Burbidge team up to exert control over grassroots gay youth groups, establishing the umbrella Joint Council for Gay Teenagers (‘JCGT’)
- Righton & Burbidge take control of the London Gay Teenage Group (‘LGTG’) liaising with the Greater London Council and ILEA for official recognition and relocating the LGTG to Islington, Manor Gardens Community Centre
- In 1980 Chair Edward Heath and his Youth Affairs Lobby (‘YAL’) meet with Burbidge and the LGTG
- With the assistance of YAL Liaison member the British Youth Council (‘BYC’) and its Chair Peter Mandelson, Burbidge gets to take a group of gay teenagers to lobby a group of cross-party MPs directly with Clement Freud MP (Lib), Charles Irving MP (Con) attending with 4 Labour MPs
- By 1982 JCGT and PIE’s Micky Burbidge have been invited to meet with Islington Councillors Bob Crossman, Sandy Marks, Derek Hines and Keith Veness at a Gay Groups meeting – the access to Councillors lobbying groups had was later deplored by Council Chief Executive Leisha Fullick in her report Modernising Islington
- JCGT teamed up with the National Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC) to form GYM (Gay Youth Movement) in time for GYM to campaign for the defendants of the second PIE trial during September-October 1983
Today is the 2nd anniversary of the exposure of John Smyth QC, the most prolific church abuser in the 20th century.
So far the church has not contacted survivors or held an inquiry, in spite of the fact that dozens of clergy who hid his abuse are still alive.
The John Smyth affair two years on. Has anything changed?
Today, February 1, is the second anniversary of the Channel 4 programme about the John Smyth scandal. In many ways this scandal remains the greatest open wound among Anglican abuse scandals that has yet to heal. What went on in a hut in a Winchester garden between 1979 and 1981 has never been properly resolved. Although Smyth acted alone, the way that his actions involved so many others, victims and supporters, is mind-blowing. Although his behaviour was not actively condoned by anyone else, the networks he belonged to allowed him to escape scrutiny and justice for the rest of his life. Those who passively supported Smyth have also been allowed to escape questioning. Although the extent of exactly who knew about his nefarious activities is in dispute, it is apparent that a whole tranche of well-connected Christian individuals did know what was going on. These people are in some cases still alive, but they have never been questioned in a formal way. The common denominator was a link with the camps at Iwerne Minster. Smyth had been chairman of the trustees for these camps, so he would have known and been known by everyone active in this network at the time. As has been stated on various occasions in this blog and elsewhere, the camps at Iwerne in Dorset brought together, as participants or supporters, a wealthy elite within the evangelical world. To this day the Titus Trustees continue this same work, the task of evangelising a privileged sector of English society, public school boys.
When the scandal of John Smyth’s behaviour broke with the screening of the Channel 4 programme, everyone expected that there would be a full enquiry about what had been revealed. While the probing eyes of IICSA have been allowed to dig deep into the Chichester Diocese and the Peter Ball affair, no such enquiry has been conducted into the affair of John Smyth. When Smyth died last year, a press release from the C/E safeguarding bishop, Peter Hancock, was released. He stated that ‘It is important now that all those organisations linked with this case work together to look at a lessons learned review, whilst continuing to offer formal and informal support to those who have come forward as survivors.’ The promised enquiry (and the support for survivors) seems to have vanished into thin air. One of the problems may be that the Titus Trustees, who maintain fierce independence from the wider church when it suits them, may simply have refused to cooperate. There was also a statement from Archbishop Welby which expressed an unequivocal apology for the role which the Church of England played in this deplorable affair. We might have expected that somewhere in the past two years some practical steps would be taken to begin to put right the appalling legacy of Smith’s toxic behaviour. But that does not appear to have happened.
There are believed to be at least 20 Smyth victims in Britain at this time. Based on the comments made on Twitter by one of them, Archbishop Welby has not met with any of them personally. I am not here going to get into the argument about how much the Archbishop himself knew of the activities of Smyth before it came into the public domain; even if he did not, it is quite clear that there was a serious conspiracy of silence among many other leading evangelicals in England about the whole matter. This cover-up and denial have exacerbated the pain of Smyth’s victims. Simultaneously a necessary challenge to the corrupt culture within evangelicalism which allowed Smyth’s toxic beliefs to flourish, has never been properly aired.
What could have happened in the past two years to make the Smyth episode resolve itself in some way rather than fester like a tank of stagnant water? I have a few suggestions.
- The Church of England even though it was not responsible for Smyth in a formal way, should, in the spirit of Welby’s apology, hold an enquiry. This would allow the questioning of key witnesses to establish who knew what and when. Several of the members of Smyth’s network which drew up the Ruston report in 1982 are still alive and none have given any public account of what they knew. The ability of Smyth to flee to Africa subsequently and be financially sustained by a group of wealthy evangelical sponsors, especially the Coleman family, needs to be properly explored.
- The second area, which needs to be explored by an enquiry, is the aberrant theology which undergirded Smyth’s behaviour. The biblical quotations with which Smyth intimidated his victims need to be understood. If there are still any evangelicals who believe such things as painful chastisement being of spiritual benefit, let them come forward and argue these extraordinary notions. If they disagree with these ideas, then that also needs to be heard. We need to know in 2019 that such toxic ideas about suffering and salvation have no place even in the darkest places of the Christian imagination. By allowing Smyth to flee the country and by sending considerable sums of money to support him, parts of the evangelical establishment seem never to have distanced themselves from him and his ideas right up to the time of his death. We need to understand more fully what this long-term support of Smyth by prominent and wealthy evangelicals implies about their own involvement in this dark area of Christian history.
- The third area of action that is needed is for the Titus Trustees to accept some responsibility for the care and support of those who suffered so grievously as the consequence of the incompetence of their predecessors on the Iwerne Trust. It has been noted that the Titus Trustees have control over considerable sums of money. They should be shamed into making a substantial contribution to the psychological welfare of Smyth’s victims. If they do not, their future work and the work of the Iwerne camps will be permanently tainted by their historic association with the activities of John Smyth. Is that what they really want to hand on to the next generation of their campers whom they hope to influence in the future?
Two years have passed since the Channel 4 programme and we are still waiting for some movement to take place. We look to the Titus Trustee as inheritors of the Iwerne tradition or to the Church of England, some of whose members helped to promote Smyth and his dangerous ideology. If nothing is done, one wonders how peace can ever return to the Church. There is still a bitter legacy to be addressed – a legacy involving brutal physical abuse, inflicted in the name of a corrupt theology. We are still waiting for the process of healing to begin.
Paedophile who escaped justice for 25 years dies in prison
23 Jan 2019
A social worker who escaped justice for 25 years after abusing young boys in his care for decades has died in prison. John Leslie Duncan, 65, was jailed alongside Kevin Duncan in 2014 for assaulting children at Feversham special school in Newcastle from the 1970s to the 1990s. The sex predator passed away on 25 June at HMP Rye Hill, in Warwickshire, where he was serving a 15-year-long sentence.
John Leslie Duncan was jailed for 15 counts of abuse against seven victims
Duncan, who worked as a social worker at the Dr Barnardo’s home at Shotley Park in Consett before moving to Feversham in 1986, was first jailed for nine years in 2001 after admitting sexually abusing two boys at the two schools.
However, in 2014 Duncan was convicted of 15 charges, including 10 counts of indecent assault and three of indecency with a child, against seven different victims. An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned to be resumed at a later date. It took 25 years to reveal the true scale of Duncan and Kevin’s actions, despite a colleague speaking out more than 30 years ago. Ian Merry was a newly qualified social worker at Feversham in the late 1980, when he first began to suspect about his colleagues Brown and Duncan. Mr Merry decided to speak out in 1987 and contacted Feversham’s chair of governors and the mental health charity Mind but he was never believed. He said in 2014: ‘It took a while for me to work out what was going on, but eventually the children started to talk.
‘They started to tell me about the things that Brown was doing to them. At first Brown appeared to be a “pied piper” character with the children. ‘Duncan gave chase and the boy locked himself in his bedroom. When Duncan kicked the door open the boy said, “Get away from me, you gay”. And “gay” was not a commonly used term in 1987. ‘And there were a number of incidents where Brown and Duncan took a number of children away on trips. ‘They hand-picked boys for special treatment. Brown was slimy and disgusting and Duncan was cut from the same cloth.’ It comes as it was confirmed that the hidden horrors that occurred behind the walls of Feversham School are set to be laid bare as part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), the UK’s biggest ever inquiry into child sexual abuse. Victims and campaigners have long been calling for a full public inquiry into what went on at the Throckley school and how the abuse was covered-up.
Man admits voyeurism and indecent image charges
22 Jan 2019
A man has pleaded guilty to voyeurism and making or possessing more than 300 indecent images of children.
Carl Beech, 50, formerly of Gloucester, admitted the offences on day one of his trial at Hereford Crown Court.
The offending pictures – including 36 at Category A, denoting the gravest abuse imagery – were found on three electronic devices belonging to Beech.
The voyeurism offence relates to Beech secretly filming a boy while he was using a toilet.
In total, Beech admitted four counts of making indecent images of children, one of possessing such images, and one count of voyeurism.
The defendant, who was remanded in custody, will be sentenced at a later date.
Music school is named in child sex abuse inquiry
Jan 22 2018
Michael and Hilary Brewer, who were convicted of indecent assault at Manchester music school Chethams
A LEADING north-west music school will figure in a national child abuse inquiry – in the wake of a couple’s indecent assault convictions.
Manchester’s Chethams has been named as one of the focuses of a new strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), chaired by Prof Alexis Jay.
Their former choirmaster Michael Brewer and his wife Hilary, from Haslingden, were jailed for six years and 21 months respectively in 2013 over sex attacks on Chethams music student Frances Andrade.
She took a fatal overdose shortly after giving evidence at the couple’s Manchester Crown Court trial.
The pair’s convictions led to a further police investigation into alleged sexual abuse at Chethams, stretching back decades, which led to a number of prosecutions.
Five ‘victims and survivors’ of abuse at Chethams are represented at the IICSA hearings, as well as the institution itself.
Fiona Scolding QC, in an opening statement at a preliminary hearing, said: “The inquiry has decided to focus upon the music school sector because it raises issues which are distinct to other schools with a vocational focus, such as sports/drama, but also raises issues which are relevant to the schools sector more generally.
“The themes which emerge from the information and evidence already analysed include, but are not limited to, the fact that much specialist instrument or voice tuition is one-to-one, and therefore is often not subject to the oversight which takes place in group classes.”
Staff working as music teachers might also not have recognised qualifications, she added, and there was no compulsory registration scheme.
Recruitment procedures and vetting, alongside supervision and monitoring of tutors, will also be investigated, the hearing was told.
Other establishments, like the Purcell School for Young Musicians. The Yehudi Menuhin School and several cathedral choir schools, are also parties to the proceedings.
The inquiry’s remit echoes calls by Martin Roscoe, who formerly lived in Blackburn and was a section head at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester until 2002.
He said the Brewers’ convictions were the “tip of the iceberg” and that there should be a “full inquiry” into historic sexual abuse within the sector.
Further substantive IICSA hearings have now been scheduled for early 2020
2013 sex abuse scandal
In February 2013, Michael Brewer, Director of Music from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, and his ex-wife, were convicted of indecently assaulting a pupil, Frances Andrade, between 1978 and 1982. Andrade committed suicide after giving evidence at their trial. Prosecutors claimed Brewer was forced to resign in the 1990s after an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl. The school’s statement said the current staff were “shocked… to the core” by the revelations of “the most appalling acts which took place during his time at the school…”. In March 2013 Brewer was found guilty of indecent assault, and was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
It was reported that allegations of assault were made against another teacher in the 1980s. On 12 February, Professor Malcolm Layfield, Head of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music resigned from the RNCM Board after claims of his previous sexual misconduct were brought up during the Brewer hearing. Before his appointment at RNCM, Layfield had admitted to having relationships with six Chetham’s pupils aged between 16 and 18 whilst he taught there. Two RNCM teachers, including Head of Keyboard Studies Martin Roscoe, resigned in protest at his appointment in 2002. In October 2013 Layfield was arrested on suspicion of raping and indecently assaulting an 18-year-old woman between 1988 and 1999, but was found not guilty at a trial in 2015.
On 14 February, Professor Wen Zhou Li, a violin teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music and former teacher at Chetham’s, was arrested on charges of rape that allegedly occurred whilst he taught at the school. This case was dropped in 2016 before coming to trial, and Wen Zhou Li was told that he left court “without a stain on his character”. Allegations of sexual abuse were also made against the pianist Ryszard Bakst, who died in 1999, and former violin teacher Christopher Ling. Ling, who had moved to Los Angeles in the 1990s, shot himself at his home when US marshals arrived in September 2015 with a provisional arrest warrant.
On 8 May 2013, the Greater Manchester Police reported that over 30 women had reported incidents of abuse relating to the school. The investigation into allegations of abuse made against individuals said by police to “have or have had connections with either Chetham’s and/or Royal Northern College of Music and/or have taught music privately.” was known as Operation Kiso. 39 individuals were named and ten of these proactively investigated; the school stated that it was assisting the police with their inquiries, and had instigated an action plan to review their safeguarding processes and procedures. An Independent Schools Inspectorate report published in 2014 praised the school’s current leadership, including its safeguarding provisions.
Inquiry updates list of core participants for Westminster investigation
The Chair of the Inquiry, Prof Alexis Jay OBE, has granted an application made by Harvey Proctor for core participant status in its Westminster investigation.
The application was granted on the basis the Inquiry will hear evidence of allegations of sexual abuse made against him during non recent police investigations.
This will not include allegations made by Carl Beech, known as ‘Nick’, that led to Operation Midland.
The Inquiry has published the full notice of determination here.
The list of core participants for the Westminster public hearings, taking place in March 2019, is as follows:
Timothy Hulbert, former consultant to the Home Office’s Voluntary Services Unit
The Labour Party
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police
Not just a slap in the face for victims, but it makes a total mockery of the entire inquiry. How can a man who pleaded guilty and was convicted of underage sex with vulnerable young boys he purchased off a pimp, be allowed CP status?!
@InquiryCSA core participant …
Since our current commissioner for investigatory powers is lord justice Adrian Fulford ( founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange) Which campaigned for the UK age of sexual consent to be lowered to FOUR . good luck.
High Court judge and the child sex ring: Adviser to Queen was founder of paedophile support group to keep offenders out of jail
- Lord Justice Fulford was named last year as an adviser to the Queen
- He was a key backer of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange
- Police suspect the group of abusing children on an ‘industrial scale’
- He is revealed as a founder member of campaign to defend PIE
- At the time it was calling for the age of consent to be lowered to just four
Ex-Winchester College music chief Malcolm Archer denies historical sex offences
17 Jan 2019
A FORMER Winchester College music director is due to appear in court later this year accused of historical sex offences.
Malcolm Archer, 66, of High Street, Odiham, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court last week to deny the one charge of indecent assault and one charge of committing an act of gross indecency.
The alleged offences involved a boy under the age of 16 and were reported to have been committed between 1978 and 1979 in the Chelmsford area.
Archer, previously director of chapel music at Winchester College, and formerly of Edgar Road, had been at the private school for ten years before leaving in November 2017.
He is due to face a trial on July 15, alongside Kenneth Francis, 71, of Akasaka in Tokyo.
Francis denied 13 counts of indecent assault and four counts of committing an act of gross indecency when he too appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court, Essex, last week.
The alleged offences involved four boys under the age of 16 and were reported to have been committed between 1972 and 1979.
Francis, a retired teacher, lived and worked in the Chelmsford area at the time.
A spokeswoman for Winchester College said: “The alleged offences are unconnected with the college and occurred many years before Mr Archer’s employment at Winchester.
“This notwithstanding, as soon as the school was made aware of the allegations, it treated them with the utmost seriousness, in full co-operation with the relevant authorities, and in accordance with the standards of a stringent safeguarding culture.
“Mr Archer was suspended from employment and later left the college.
The extent of alleged ‘perverted’ sexual abuse at Beechholme children’s home has been revealed – with figures expected to rise
Surrey Police have said that the number of people reaching out to them is changing all the time
Jan 19 2019
The shocking number of those alleging “perverted” sexual abuse at a Surrey children’s home has been revealed.
It is alleged that young children were plucked from their beds to face repeated rape and group abuse at the hands of adults.
The home housed poor children from infants to teenagers in what were intended to be “idyllic cottages”.
One former resident at Beechholme, in Banstead, has said he is “beyond angry” at the scale of the alleged sexual and physical abuse against vulnerable children.
It has been established through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request that at least 58 people have made formal complaints about abuse in the care home.
Police have indicated that these numbers are likely to rise.
It is understood that many of those who have reported suffering sexual abuse at the so-called “children’s village” at Beechholme have made multiple allegations.
There may be as many as 105 separate allegations against alleged abusers at the now-demolished home for orphans and vulnerable children.
This may also be set to rise, as Surrey Police indicate the numbers they receive are changing “on a daily basis”.
The home was under the control of London County Council from 1930, before being handed over to Wandsworth in 1965 and closing its doors in 1974 for demolition the following year.
Surrey Police are investigating claims of abuse between 1957 and 1974.
Graeme Sargeant entered the home as a young boy in 1960, and the now 61-year-old claims he suffered repeated abuse at the hands of adults at Beechholme where he claims he was forced to perform sex acts and paraded around naked.
He now campaigns on behalf of other survivors of alleged abuse at the home on Fir Tree Road and is angered by the scale of the alleged suffering
Mr Sargeant said: “It makes me more than angry. I’m seething.
“I’ve been informed that there have been 105 allegations about Beechholme.
“It is hard to believe the extent of the allegations, they are of a perverted nature and go right back.”
Arrest have been made as part of the investigation into alleged abuse at Beechholme, with people released under investigation.
There are believed to be staff links between Beechholme and an abuser who worked for the infamous Shirley Oaks care home.
It is understood the current investigation may take four years but Mr Sargeant, who works to represent other Beechholme residents, wants action.
He has had to relive the memories of Beechholme as more people come to him to share their harrowing stories.
The burden has taken its toll on Mr Sargeant who is still plagued by nightmares from his days in care and beset by flashbacks.
But he is determined to campaign for answers as to what happened in the children’s home where he says he was robbed of a childhood.
He said: “It upsets me. The things you hear are horrendous.
“Their stories have got to be told though. These people can’t be allowed to have suffered in vain.
“These people do not deserve to have been treated like this.
“I’m having nightmares and flashbacks. I’m also hearing what others have gone through – it’s dark.
“But however long it takes we will get justice.”
Mr Sargeant stayed at Drake House, one of 23 named houses on the vast Beechholme site, which were each home to dozens of children.
The site, built in 1880, was designed to provide idyllic “cottage homes” for vulnerable children. The series of homes were operated under the name Beechholme from 1951.
What was it Michael Gove said this evening in the no-confidence debate?
The Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has connections to Downside school, did not respond to the Guardian’s questions about whether he had discussed the investigation with Gove.
Lady Gillian Rees-Mogg, the MP’s mother, was the school governor with responsibility for child protection at Downside for some of this period. Her role, mentioned in evidence at the IICSA inquiry, is recorded in a July 2009 Downside school pamphlet on child protection and a subsequent Downside school parents handbook for 2010-11.
The abbot of Downside, Dom Aiden Bellenger, officiated at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s wedding in 2007, reciting a Catholic mass in Latin at the service in Canterbury Cathedral. The MP, whose constituency is next door to Downside, has spoken at Downside.
Child abuse inquiry refuses to publish evidence on Gove phone call claim
It was alleged the then education secretary tried to find out about an active investigation into a Catholic priest in 2010
14 Jan 2019
A public inquiry has refused to publish evidence that could shed light on an allegation that Michael Gove intervened in a child sexual abuse investigation.
He has been accused of trying, during his time as education secretary, to find out about an investigation into a priest suspected of abusing a boy at a boarding school.
The accusation has been made by two witnesses who have testified to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
The environment secretary has denied the allegation, saying it was inconceivable that he would have done so. IICSA has looked at the allegation, but said there was insufficient evidence to come to a conclusion about its veracity.
The inquiry has refused a request from the Guardian to make public the evidence, such as witness statements that it had gathered about the allegation. It has published some of the evidence, but not all.
In a statement, IICSA said : “All witness statements and evidence relied upon by the panel were published on the inquiry’s website.” Asked why some witness statements were published, and others were not, the inquiry said: “Evidence which is not relevant is not used or published”.
Two lawyers representing child abuse survivors have called for Gove to testify in front of the inquiry to clear up the allegation. Tom Perry, founder of the Mandate Now pressure group, which calls for a law requiring staff in schools and elsewhere to report child abuse allegations, said the inquiry was underfunded, which restricts its ability to investigate allegations thoroughly.
It has held hearings about alleged sexual abuse in Catholic schools. One of the allegations concerned a priest, known as F65 as he has been granted anonymity, who had been accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy at Downside Abbey, a leading Catholic school in Somerset.
At a public hearing in December 2017, Claire Winter, the deputy director of children’s services responsible for children’s social care at Somerset county council, told the inquiry that in 2010, F65 was under investigation. She said that F65 was to be suspended from active public ministry while the investigation continued.
Winter described an incident that she said was “very unusual” and unlike anything she had experienced. She described receiving two phone calls from the secretary of state for education and his office asking for the time at which the decision to suspend the priest was to be made. She said she refused to discuss it as it was a child protection matter.
Her testimony was backed up by Jane Dziadulewicz , the then safeguarding official for the Clifton diocese, responsible for child protection in that region. She has said she helped produce a report for Gove’s office on the progress of the Downside investigation following the calls.
In January 2018, IICSA said it was requesting more evidence about the allegation concerning Gove. In August, in a wider report into child abuse at Downside and another Catholic boarding school, IICSA said: “We take the view that there is insufficient evidence on this point from which to draw any conclusions.”
The inquiry also refused to answer questions about how many people gave evidence about the allegation concerning Gove, how many witness statements were taken, and whether these statements were circulated to victims and others taking part in the inquiry.
Winter is known to have made three statements, but the inquiry has only published one. One of Dziadulewicz’s statements has been published, but the inquiry declined to say if she gave further evidence.
In his one published witness statement, Gove said neither he nor members of his office had called Winter, adding that there are no official records of such calls.
He added: “I think it extraordinarily unlikely that I would have made such a call. I cannot conceive of the circumstances in which I would have wished to do so … The only possible explanation for Ms Winter’s evidence is that she is labouring under some kind of misunderstanding.”
^ Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
Gone are the days when I believed
@InquiryCSA had any serious intention to get to the bottom of things …
More extraordinary evidence at
@InquiryCSA : Richard Yeo, until recently President of the Benedictines, admits that during his Presidency sex offenders were knowingly appointed as school governors and had input into safeguarding
Father Yeo was a member of the Cumberlege Commission into protecting children in the Catholic Church.
He was Abbot of Downside from 1998 to 2006 having been secretary to the Abbot Primate of the international Benedictine Confederation.
The monk is also one of three senior clerics on a committee which oversees the management of the Sant’ Anselmo, the Benedictine university in Rome.
The university’s treasurer was convicted paedophile Father Laurence Soper
Father Yeo was a member of the Cumberlege Commission. as was
Baroness Butler-Sloss (Vice Chair)
Child abuse ‘was encouraged by school’s abbots’ at Downside Abbey, Somerset
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s mother – Lady Rees-Mogg – Governor with responsibility for Child Protection at Downside school.
Father Yeo admits that sex offenders were knowingly appointed as school governors. He was abbot of Downside from 1998 to 2006. No wonder Gove wanted to know what was going on at Downside!
Cardinal Hume and a former Downside Abbey headmaster ‘did nothing at all’ after a paraplegic woman informed them of alleged sex abuse
Call in Lord Carlile, a safe pair of hands:
Accidentally on purpose: The monk, the wheelbarrow and the fire.
The Rees-Moggies, Basil and the Bellenger: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/8222/cardinal-hume-and-a-former-downside-abbey-headmaster-did-nothing-at-all-after-a-paraplegic-woman-informed-them-of-alleged-sex-abuse…
Gillian Rees-Mogg was a Westminster councillor ‘in charge of appointing governors’ and, like Roger Bramble and Richard Denby, was involved with the English National Opera.
Despite being told he was unsuitable to work in any cathedral, Malcolm Archer went on to serve at Wells Cathedral. Were Lord Rees-Mogg, the Mewling Pencil’s father, and Heath backer Lord Armstrong, Directors at Wells Cathedral School, aware of this? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-302659/Banished-organist-rises-again.html…
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s wedding guest list in part looked as if it been copied from the Elm Guest House patron’s list: Peter Brooke, Peter Bottomley … http://mogg.wikia.com/wiki/Jacob_Rees-Mogg…
Gillian, Lavender, Whisky and Soda: Gillian Rees-Mogg and Lavender Patten – both directors of the London Early Years Foundation.
Michael Gove and his keen interest in abuse at expensive Catholic schools:
In 2007, Jacob Rees-Mogg married Helena de Chair (with a name like that, I’m surprised she wasn’t called on by
@InquiryCSA). Her mother was Lady Juliet Tadgell, wife of the author Christopher Tadgell.
Christopher Tadgell was taught by the paedophile Anthony Blunt and co-authored books with Alistair Laing, the man caught with Colin Peters ferrying scugnizzi to Ischia in the Bay of Naples. Ooops!
Jan 15 2019
THE FOUNDER of a leading child abuse charity has called for an independent inquiry into the Shoebury Sex Ring, saying he believes Essex Police has a conflict of interest.
Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), said the force’s ’inexcusable actions’ should be investigated by somebody ’completely independent’.
Mr Saunders spoke out after the YA revealed last week that a notorious paedophile had been secretly working for Essex Police after he had already been serially convicted of sex offences – and even whilst the force was supposed to be investigating him.
In 1993, an officer told a charity worker that a senior officer was ’blocking investigation’ into Dennis King after he was accused of pimping out girls to fellow paedophiles.
King had a catalogue of child sex offences to his name and had only just completed a jail term for running a Rotherham-style paedophile ring in Shoebury, which transported children around Essex and beyond to be drugged and abused.
The officer running the 1993 case admitted to the charity worker that despite King’s criminal history, Essex Police had him on the books as a ’registered informant’.
Mr Saunders said the revelation had initially left him ’lost for words’.
He said: “I can’t believe the police would employ – because that’s effectively what they were doing – a child abuser. That is inexcusable.
“I have no doubt many of the characters involved in that will be retired now and living on cushy pensions somewhere, but they need to be held to account. It is just a blatant insult – not only to his victims, but also to wider society.
“We all understand police employing what we might call common criminals as informants, but someone that commits these crimes is in a different, vile category. I hope heads roll.
“It’s entirely inappropriate for police forces to investigate themselves, because we all know their propensity to cover themselves. This was extremely bad behaviour and it should be investigated by somebody completely independent. In fact, I wonder whether an independent inquiry wouldn’t be appropriate.”
One of King’s known victims, who has been trying for more than a year to get Essex Police to investigate his childhood abuse by the wider ring, echoed Mr Saunders’s comments.
He said: “King was being paid by the people we were supposed to be relying on take him off the streets. It’s just ridiculous. I mean, King wasn’t exactly a bank robber. He was a kiddie-fiddler. So who was he meant to be informing on? Who did he have dirt on? It’s a big can of worms.”
A document detailing the officer’s 1993 admission about King was shown to the YA by a child protection worker involved in the 1989/90 Shoebury Sex Ring case and the 1993 investigation.
They are one of seven whistleblowers who have told the YA about their concerns that King’s crimes – and his accomplices – were never properly investigated.
Children abused by the Shoebury ring told charity workers about other men and addresses that King and fellow ringleader Brian Tanner took them to, but no other abusers were prosecuted.
Meanwhile, King and Tanner – both now dead – were given a last-minute plea bargain which saw them receive minimal sentences.
Essex Police said last week it would not comment on the use of King as an informant, owing to national legislation governing police use of ’covert human intelligence sources’.
But a spokesman said: “We robustly investigate all information received in connection with crimes committed in the present and the past and we will continue to do so.
Damning new evidence that Dr Kelly DIDN’T commit suicide: The disturbing flaws in the official government story surrounding the death of Blair’s chemical weapons expert
- Official explanation was that the weapons expert had taken his own life
- But since Dr Kelly’s death in 2003, time has done nothing to dispel suspicion
- Successive governments have refused to allow full coroner’s inquest to be held
Dead football coach Michael ‘Kit’ Carson was ‘paedophile ringleader’
January 13 2019
An Irish football coach who died last week on the day his trial for sex abuse was due to begin was at the centre of a paedophile ring and may have abused hundreds of young boys during a 30-year career, according to one of his victims.
Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, was due in Peterborough Crown Court on Monday to face 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, but was killed when his car hit a tree between Cambridge and Newmarket in an act that may have been deliberate. The car was heading away from Peterborough.
David Lean 💜 @DavidLeanLeano
Is the reason police DID NOT act on the names of Victims that Barry Bennell they already given them in 1998 when I came forward in 2013 because they knew the true scale of this & left the cork firmly in the bottle ? My case was then dropped Maybe they thought I would go away ?
Barry Bennell: Police missed chance to snare paedophile after admitting abuse in 1998
EXCLUSIVE: The footie coach owned up in a jail interview to the crimes against nine boys – but officers failed to contact the victims
12 Jan 2019
Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell was allowed to walk free after police failed to contact nine boys he admitted abusing in a 1998 jail interview.
The fiend is expected to die behind bars after getting 30 years last February for a sickening catalogue of crimes.
But evidence that victim David Lean gave the Sunday People suggests he should have got a lengthy term sooner.
UK Police began probing Bennell, 65, in 1994 after he was jailed for child sex crimes in the US.
Detectives given the names of nine alleged victims in 1997 said they traced those they could but none wanted to make complaints.
Bennell was jailed again in 1998 for abusing six lads.
After requesting an interview in jail the same year, he confessed to attacks on the other nine.
But police have admitted they did not “revisit” the victims.
And when the case was sent to the CPS without checking if any would be willing to testify, it was decided no further action be taken.
Bennell was released six years later and remained free until 2015, when he was jailed for abusing former Preston North End defender David.
David, 12 when he suffered his ordeal, said: “It’s sickening. Now I’m left wondering if he could have got a much longer sentence much earlier.
“How do we know he didn’t attack more kids after he was released?”
Bennell victim Ian Ackley, 50, who spoke out in 1997, said of the police admission: “It’s a huge injustice and an insult to the victims. These boys could and should have been approached and given the opportunity to pursue this.
“Are you telling me if a murderer confessed to another murder, police wouldn’t follow it up? It’s their job.
When David went to police in 2013, he was originally told Bennell would not be charged as he was the only new victim and he had already been jailed for similar crimes.
He challenged the decision and Bennell was finally charged.
But he only learned of the 1998 confession after the 2018 trial.
Cheshire Police apologised last year after admitting contacting the boys would have helped his case.
David said: “I was stunned and angry. I went through two years of hell trying to get the police to charge Bennell.
“I could have been spared this if they’d just spoken to the boys.”
David, of Preston, Lancs, met Bennell in 1979 at Butlin’s in Pwlleli, North Wales.
He said: “I was besotted with football. He told me I was a star of the future and he had links to Man City.”
Parents Margaret and Martin let him stay with Bennell for a football course in Macclesfield, Cheshire, that year.
David, a dad of two, said: “Bennell didn’t leave me alone. He was pulling me into him, making me massage his groin. Then we went to bed and it got really weird.”
Bennell was eventually convicted of four attacks over two nights.
At the time David was left feeling it was his fault – especially when Bennell turned up unannounced at his home.
He said: “My mum told me to take him upstairs and show him my trophies. He wasn’t aggressive.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, I won’t tell what you did to me.’ I blamed myself and thought I was gay. I didn’t think I could tell anyone. He’d been my hero.”
David didn’t tell of his abuse, even when a 1997 documentary unmasked Bennell.
He said: “Mum confronted me after the programme and I told her nothing happened.
“She said, ‘Thank God, I’m not sure I’d have been able to cope.’ I promised myself I wouldn’t disclose while she was alive. I have to live with the fact almost all of Bennell’s victims were abused after me. There may be over 100 I could have stopped.”
When Margaret died of cancer in 2013 David went to police without even telling his wife Teresa. He said: “Telling officers was emotional but it was when I got back to my car it hit me. I sobbed.”
He then confided in his family but was dismayed to get a letter saying it was not in the public interest to prosecute.
His complaint sparked a case that changed guidance on historic child sex crimes.
A panel suggested prosecutors reconsider and Bennell was charged in 2014, pleading guilty the day of his Chester crown court trial in May 2015.
He got two years and the football abuse scandal erupted the next year .
Stars speaking out on their ordeals included ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward.
Other players, including Manchester City youth star Gary Cliffe, had read about David’s case and told police their stories. Bennell was convicted of abusing 12 victims last February.
Gary, 48, got in touch with David to hail him as an “inspiration”.
David, who works for amateur side AFC Fylde, contacted police after last year’s trial and was finally told of the confession.
When he demanded answers, officers confirmed a decision was made not to contact the boys.
David was told: “Those who were ‘admitted’ to had not been revisited after that interview… whether or not to do so was an individual senior investigating officer decision.”
The interview transcript was stored but an officer probing David’s case “did not appreciate its relevance”.
Cheshire Police accepted “this material was in its possession and these boys could and should have been contacted in 2013”.
David, training as a counsellor to help other abuse victims, said: “I fear there are a lot of people who have been abused by Bennell who will not get justice. And I can’t help but wonder if he could have got a 30-year sentence much earlier.
“Instead, he was free while people like me lived with the hell of what he did to us.”
Paedophile ring linked to pro-Putin party is exposed as Russian police raid homes of two ex-MPs now held over string of rape and child abuse claims
- Russian police have arrested two former MPs suspected of being paedophiles
- The pair, Vitaly Kurskov and Igor Poplevko, are accused of 78 sexual offences
- They are accused of rape, sexual violence and taking indecent images of minors
- Both men were former members of the pro Vladimir Putin United Russia Party
Two well connected ex-MPs have been detained and accused of 78 counts of rape, sexual violence and making pornography involving male and female minors.
Ten underage victims were identified aged eight to 17, say investigators, but there are claims that the scale of the ring has been covered up to hide other political figures.
An unnamed woman aged 20 has been jailed already for supplying her own nephews to the ex-politicians who were named as Vitaly Kurskov, 54, a former regional fuel and power minister, and his ex-MP crony Igor Poplevko, 56, both of the United Russia Party.
These two boys were aged eight and 12. Two schoolgirls aged 15 revealed they were plied with alcohol before being sexually abused by the pair.
Their trial is expected to begin soon.
Kurskov is a former chairman of the board of directors of Karl Marx Ship Building Factory in Astrakhan.
Kit Carson, ex-football coach accused of abuse, dies in traffic collision
Seventy-five-year-old due to stand trial accused of sexual abuse of 11 boys over 30 years
Jan 8 2019
A youth football coach and scout credited with helping launch the careers of several professional players has died in a car crash on the first day of his trial for sexual offences against 11 boys.
Kit Carson, 75, had been due to stand trial at Peterborough crown court in Cambridgeshire on 12 counts of indecent assault and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The offences were alleged to have happened between 1978, when Carson was 35, and 2009.
Carson’s trial was due to begin on Monday morning but the prosecution asked for proceedings to be adjourned for 24 hours.
On Tuesday, Jeremy Benson, prosecuting, told the court Carson had died on Monday morning at 9.44am – 16 minutes before the case was listed to begin.
Benson said no other vehicle was involved in the incident and an investigation was being carried out. The prosecutor said Carson’s wife, Pauline, identified her husband’s body on Monday afternoon. The case was formally discontinued.
Police said the crash took place at Bottisham, near Cambridge, which is about 40 miles from the court building.
Carson, whose full name was Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in Cambridge in January 2017 and charged in March 2018.
One theory police were investigating to explain why he was so far from court was that he was confused over the start date of his trial.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “Police have identified a man who died following a single-vehicle crash on the A1303 at Bottisham yesterday morning (7 January).
“Michael Carson, 75, of Cambridge, was driving his red Mazda 3 at about 9.45am when it left the road and crashed into a tree. Emergency services attempted to save Mr Carson’s life but he was declared dead at the scene a short time later.
“No other vehicle or person was involved in the collision. Mr Carson was due to stand trial at Peterborough crown court, beginning yesterday, on multiple sexual assault charges. The victims have been informed and efforts are being made to contact all the witnesses.
“Anyone who saw the collision or has dash cam footage should call 101, quoting incident 100 of 7 January.”
Carson was the academy director at Peterborough United football club from 1993 until 2001 and a number of players he coached there went on to have careers in the Premier League.
The majority of the alleged indecent assault offences are said to have taken place between 1992 and 2000.
Before working at Peterborough, Carson was at Norwich City from 1983 until 1993, and had connections with other junior teams. On his LinkedIn page, he described himself as a football consultant and scout for a Finnish club. Carson left Peterborough to become head of talent development at Cambridge United in 2001 and remained there until 2005.
The first two alleged indecent assaults are said to have taken place between September 1978 and September 1980.
According to the particulars of the offences, the first alleged indecent assault happened at a hotel in the north of England. A further eight allegedly took place in or around Peterborough.
The incitement offence allegedly happened between February 2008 and February 2009 in Cambridge.
Carson had denied the offences.
Bail conditions had included Carson being barred from coaching children in the UK or travelling abroad to coach young people, and from involvement in scouting under-18s.
Gerald King: Ex-Celtic Boys’ chairman spared jail after being found guilty of child sex abuse
Jan 7 2019
A FORMER Celtic Boys’ Club chairman convicted of sexually abusing four boys and a girl while he was employed as a teacher has been spared jail.
Gerald King, 66, taught and coached football at a primary school in the north of Glasgow during the 1980s.
One man, now 43, told how King exposed himself to him when he was getting changed before a football game and told prosecutor Adele Macdonald: “I was really embarrassed and uncomfortable”.
He told the jury: “I felt as though it was something I couldn’t escape from.”
King’s conviction last month came only weeks after Celtic Boys’ Club founder Jim Torbett was jailed for a second time for abusing three boys.
A former manager of the boys’ club, Frank Cairney, 83, was found guilty the following week at Hamilton Sheriff Court of abusing teenagers between 1965 and 1986.
After his trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, King was convicted of five charges of using lewd and libidinous practises towards the five victims between August 1984 and April 1989.
He was also found guilty of taking indecent pictures of children in February 1987.
Today, shamed King – who was also a coach at Celtic Boys’ Club – was given a three-year probation order.
He will be supervised throughout his time on the order and must carry out 240 hours unpaid work. King will also be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
King’s victims were between nine and 13-years-old at the time.
In evidence, he admitted taking two pictures, one of four boys in a shower with no clothes on which was later printed in the school magazine with ‘censored’ over their private parts.
He also said he took a second picture of one of the boys with no clothes on, but claimed both were entirely innocent.
Sick King denied all of the charges he faced.
Former school chaplain to face trial over sex allegations
A top private school’s former chaplain will stand trial facing allegations he sexually abused one of his teenage pupils.
Gary Dobbie is accused of assaulting the young boy on several occasions while he was a teacher at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex.
The 67-year-old, who was a head of house at one point and lived in the school grounds, denies three charges of indecent assault between 1986 and 1991.
Now living in Albi, France, after having previously lived in Hereford, he is set to stand trial in April, Sussex Police said.
Prosecutors decided not to proceed with allegations made against him by another of the school’s former pupils, a police spokesman said.
Before his arrest, Dobbie was teaching at Shrewsbury School.
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Argentine bishop promoted by Pope Francis at Vatican accused of abusing seminarians
Vatican Bishop Under Investigation for Sex Abuse
Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, a compatriot of Pope Francis, is suspended from his financial post
VATICAN CITY—An Argentine bishop who holds a high Vatican post is under investigation for possible sex abuse, presenting a new challenge to Pope Francis as he struggles to respond to the Catholic Church’s clerical-abuse crisis.
Argentine bishop at Holy See under investigation: Vatican
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Vatican has confirmed that an Argentine bishop, who resigned suddenly in 2017 for stated health reasons and then landed a top administrative job at the Holy See, is under preliminary investigation after priests accused him of sexual abuse and other misconduct.
The case could become yet another problem for Pope Francis, who is already battling to gain trust from the Catholic flock over his handling of sex abuse and sexual misconduct, stemming in particular from the scandal of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti stressed that the allegations against Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta only emerged in recent months, nearly a year after Francis created the new position for him as “assessor” of the Holy See’s office of financial administration.
At the time of his resignation, Zanchetta had only asked Francis to let him leave the northern Argentine diocese of Oran because he had difficult relations with its priests and was “unable to govern the clergy,” Gisotti said. Pending the preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual abuse underway in Argentina, the 54-year-old Zanchetta will abstain from work at the Vatican, he said.
Francis’ standing would take another hit if he personally intervened to help out a bishop from his native Argentina — finding a job for him during a Vatican hiring hold-down — and the man later turned out to have credible allegations of misconduct against him.
Zanchetta’s hasty departure from Oran on July 29, 2017 was mired in mystery. He didn’t celebrate a farewell Mass, as might be expected, and he issued a cryptic statement saying he had been suffering a “health problem” for some time, had just returned from the Vatican where he presented his resignation to Francis, and needed to leave immediately for treatment.
A statement issued the same day from his vicar general said Zanchetta had already left Oran, a deeply conservative and poor diocese near Argentina’s northern border with Bolivia that Zanchetta had run since Francis made him a bishop in 2013 in one of his first Argentine episcopal appointments. Zanchetta, the vicar said at the time, would be staying in Corrientes — several hundred kilometers (miles) away — as a guest of the archbishop until Francis accepted his resignation.
Often such procedures can take months, but the Vatican announced Francis had accepted it three days later, on Aug. 1.
Zanchetta then disappeared from view until Dec. 19, 2017, when the Vatican announced that he had been named assessor of APSA, the office that manages the Vatican’s vast real estate and other financial holdings. The appointment immediately raised eyebrows, but Zanchetta appeared nevertheless to have settled in well at APSA, and Gisotti said Francis appointed him because he had an established capacity for administrative management.
It wasn’t immediately clear what Zanchetta’s health problems were at the time of his resignation, but by all indications there were grave problems with his leadership and divisions within the diocesan clergy.
“The reason for his resignation is linked to his difficulty in handling relations with the diocesan clergy, some of which were very tense,” Gisotti said. “At the time of his resignation there were accusations against him of authoritarianism, but there were no accusations of sexual abuse against him.”
Zanchetta spent a period of time in Spain before joining APSA.
The allegations were leveled internally in recent months, Gisotti said, and last week the provincial newspaper in Salta, El Tribuno, reported that three priests had brought accusations against him to the Vatican’s ambassador, or nuncio, in Buenos Aires. The newspaper said the priests had lodged accusations of abuse of power, economic abuse and sexual abuse inside the seminary.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Zanchetta responded to the accusations.
The current bishop of Oran, which is in Salta province, is still gathering evidence and testimony and will forward it to the Vatican, Gisotti said. If the allegations are deemed credible, the case will be forwarded to Francis’ special commission for bishops — an ad hoc group of canon lawyers who have been examining allegations of misconduct against bishops.
The issue of sexual abuse within seminaries has risen to the forefront in the scandal over McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington. Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July after a U.S. church investigation determined that an allegation that he fondled an altar boy in the 1970s was credible. After the allegation became public, several former seminarians came forward to report they had been abused or harassed by McCarrick and pressured to sleep with him.
Francis became implicated in the McCarrick scandal after a former Vatican ambassador accused him of knowing of McCarrick’s penchant for seminarians, and rehabilitating him anyway from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI. Francis hasn’t responded.
Zanchetta had opened his own seminary in Oran in 2016 with six seminarians. According to El Tribuno, the St. John XXIII seminary is due to close soon.
The diocese hasn’t responded to questions about Zanchetta’s departure or the status of the investigation against him. It has, however, issued a statement responding to media reports that the priests who lodged complaints against Zanchetta had suffered retaliation. The new bishop of Oran said the priests had been transferred to respond to the pastoral needs of the faithful.
“Knowing the gravity of all types of abuse, the bishop is available to anyone who would like to present a complaint to begin the corresponding procedure for canonical justice, while recalling the right of all victims of abuse to seek ordinary justice,” via civil authorities, the statement said.
Peers brand Inquiry’s Child Sexual Abuse investigation into Lord Janner ‘an affront to Justice’
They questioned why the Inquiry was to have a dedicated investigative strand into their late parliamentary colleague
21 Dec 2018
Peers have condemned the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s continued investigation into allegations against the late Lord Janner as an “affront to justice.”
Lord Janner, who died three years ago, was accused of child sex abuse offences but was never convicted of a crime.
The ex-MP, who was also President of the Board of Deputies from 1976 to 1984, died as the Inquiry was investigating claims against him, but a series of judges had ruled he was not fit to stand criminal trial.
In a debate in the House of Lords on Thursday, Lord Dale Campbell-Savours said the Inquiry continuing a dedicated investigative strand into Lord Janner, when he was not able to answer any claims against him, was an “affront to natural justice.”
During the debate, the Conservative Peer Lord Finkelstein said it was “very odd one” that the Inquiry would have a dedicated strand investigating Lord Janner.
Lord David Huntserved as a whip and junior minister under Margaret Thatcher, who made him Secretary of State for Wales in 1990. Member of the Privy Council (1990) and vice-president of the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Lord David Hunt also expressed concern.
My noble friend Lord Winston drew our attention to false memory. He will probably know about the British False Memory Society; I hope that it can pick up his comments in our debate and perhaps make direct contact with him.
Other peers who spoke up were Lord Lexden, Lord Winston, Lord Faulks.
Background on the peers defending Janner
Dale Campbell-Savours MP
Dale Campbell-Savours MP maintained that he had evidence in the form of a letter and a tape that demonstrated BBC nobbling. Campbell-Savours sent a copy of the tape to Michael Havers, the Attorney General and accused Conservative Central Office of interfering with potential witnesses.
In Dec 1986 Hamilton became PPS to Sir David Mitchell. Mitchell was a Hampshire MP between 1964-97 and was a Minister in Thatcher’s Gov’t. His is the father of Andrew Mitchell, who was Chief Whip in Cameron’s Gov’t between 2010-12 and at the centre of Plebgate. Andrew Mitchell’s wife is a Top Doctor.
Hamilton became a Whip in 1990. In June 1990 he was recruited by Derek Laud to work for Strategy Group International for which Hamilton received a fee from Michael Brown.
Alerted by Andrew Rosthorn, Dale Campbell-Savours MP put down notice of an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons asking Owen Oyston to state whether Oyston Ltd, registered in the Isle of Man and controlled from Hong Kong by Patrick Diamond had any connection with Oyston Estates Agency Ltd.
He also put down a question ‘to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, if all investigations into the tax affairs of Oyston Estates Agency Ltd. and related companies are complete.’9 JulyRosthorn’s inquiries at Advertee Ltd., an advertising firm recently bought by Oyston from the directors of a bankrupt publishing firm, revealed that ex-policeman Peter Martin was apparently running the firm, with offices in Manchester and Preston. Martin said he was a former fraud squad policeman and ran the Model Team International agency in Manchester. Martin ‘boasted that he was getting £50k per annum as Oyston’s “toe rag”.’ Martin talked of getting calls to take models at night to Oyston in London. Models at the agency had complained to the Advertee staff that they had paid for a ‘course that never materialised and have not been paid.’
Oyston and Campbell-Savours MP met in Cumbria, after which Oyston promised a ‘world-wide investigation’ to find who was behind the two ‘Oyston companies’.
May I ask the Minister a simple question? She used the phrase,
“demonstrably in the public interest”.
What was demonstrably in the public interest in the naming of Sir Cliff Richard for an offence he did not commit, and Leon Brittan, Ted Heath and Paul Gambaccini? What was demonstrably in the public interest in those cases?
‘Justice stretched to breaking point’ in Lord Janner case
December 21, 2018
Lord Campbell-Savours denounces the process of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse as ‘an affront to natural justice’
Lord Finkelstein, who sits as a Conservative peer, said he had known Lord Janner and “I know and love his family”.
December 21, 2018
Welsh Office were concealing the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles, under Secretaries of State Peter Walker and then David Hunt, who both excelled in refusing to investigate suspicious deaths and serious offences
Bristol was a hot-spot for paedophiles’ friends, what with Dr DGE Wood’s family of Top Doctors being based there and Wood himself being an alumnus of Bristol University, along with Lord David Hunt, who is a Bristol law graduate and who spent a few years post-graduation involved in Tory politics in the West Country
Readers will remember the paedophile gang which operated in the north east with links to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales, who were protected by politicians, civil servants, Top Docs etc. Readers might need reminding that Lord David Hunt, who spent so many years concealing the crimes of Dafydd et al, is a Bristol University alumnus. As is D.G.E. Wood.
Nigel Evans began his political career as a Councillor on West Glamorgan Council, 1985-91. He’ll have known about the abuse of kids in that area, as well as the activities of George Thomas and Ron Davies. Evans was elected as the MP for Ribble Valley in 1992. He was appointed as the PPS to the Secretary of State for Employment David Hunt in 1993 and remained Hunt’s PPS when he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1994. Prior to that, Hunt had spent many enjoyable years in as a Minister in the Welsh Office and then as Secretary of State for Wales concealing the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). David Hunt’s talents were called on again in 1995 when he was installed as Secretary of State for Wales for just a few days, when a particularly fancy bit of footwork was needed to oversee the ‘retirement’ of Dafydd and the ‘closure’ of the North Wales Hospital….
The Secretary of State at the time was David Hunt, who served Dafydd et al so loyally in the late 80s/early 90s at the Welsh Office that Hunt was brought back as acting Secretary of State for Wales for just a few days in the summer of 1995, to lie about the North Wales Hospital having closed down. David Hunt was appointed acting Welsh Secretary 13 days before Bing Spear died. Spear was the corrupt mandarin who was the Chief Inspector of the Home Office Drugs Branch who so ably assisted Dafydd (see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’). Sir Peter Morrison was found dead four days after Spear died. Peter Morrison’s sister Dame Mary was Woman-of-the-Bedchamber to Carlo’s mum. Hunt was up and off again four days before Bing died to twiddle his thumbs for a few days until he took up the position of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 July 1995, exactly one week after Morrison was found dead. See post ‘Criminals Are Getting Away With It’. William Hague became Secretary of State for Wales on the day that Hunt scarpered from the Welsh Office.
Blair’s mate Lord Robert Winston – “another safe pair of hands”
Lord Winston aka Robert Maurice Lipson Winston, is a fan of Arsenal Football Club. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Garrick Club, the MCC, and the Athenaeum Club in London.
Dr Sally Baker on Lord Winston – high profile fertility expert:
Robert Winston is a Fellow of the RSA and a member of the Garrick, the MCC and the Athenaeum. Savile was a member of the Athenaeum and Dafydd’s umbrella’s Sir Ronnie Waterhouse and Sir William Mars-Jones were members of the Garrick.
The UK’s most high profile fertility expert, Lord Robert Winston, was a friend and colleague of Geoffrey Chamberlain…
Lord Bob is media friendly but Lord Bob knew about the trafficking gang that was being facilitated by Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain et al at St George’s and the rest of the wrongdoing by Chamberlain et al
…some of what I knew about about Lord Bob’s colleagues, including the sex with research assistants in the lab during working hours, the constant sexual harassment of other staff, the research fraud and the colluding with Dafydd and associated trafficking gangs…
Lord Edward Faulkes with Queen Elizabeth
Lord Faulkes – I declare an interest as being instructed on behalf of the estate of Lord Janner.
Faulks at IICSA – Faulks was involved with the preparation for the first Bry Alyn litigation
The Trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church
Miss Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC & Mr Justin Levinson (instructed by Clifton Ingram) for the Claimant
Mr Edward Faulks QC & Mr Nicholas Fewtrell (instructed by Hill Dickinson) for the Defendants
Hearing dates: 16—20 March 2009
Revealed: Three of Britain’s biggest childcare charities including Barnardo’s are at heart of police probes into claims of historic child abuse
18 Dec 2018
Three of Britain’s biggest childcare charities are at the centre of police investigations into allegations of child abuse, the Mail can reveal.
Detectives are probing claims that children were abused while in the care of Barnardo’s, Quarriers, and the Aberlour Child Care Trust.
Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest childcare charity, but has faced a series of allegations that children in its homes were beaten and raped.
Police Scotland last night revealed that it was investigating claims of historic abuse relating to all of the organisations.
The three organisations have come under scrutiny by the ongoing Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), which has heard a catalogue of abuse claims from survivors formerly in their care.
The developments come after 17 people, including nuns, were either arrested or reported to prosecutors as part of a separate investigation into the Daughters of St Vincent de Paul, the Catholic order which ran the now-defunct Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark.
A source close to the latest police inquiry involving Barnardo’s, Quarriers and the Aberlour Child Care Trust said ‘there are live, ongoing investigations into persons associated’ with all three institutions.
It is understood the people under investigation are either ex-employees or former helpers and volunteers at childcare institutions.
Detective Chief Inspector Laura Carnochan, of the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit at Police Scotland, said: ‘Investigating child abuse offences is highly complex and every care is taken to ensure that enquiries are proportionate, appropriate and that victims’ needs are central to our investigations.
‘If you or anyone you know has been a victim of abuse or wishes to report abuse you should feel confident in reporting to Police Scotland. We will listen and we will take action regardless of when or where the abuse occurred.’
The SCAI, which is investigating allegations of institutional child abuse in living memory, heard an allegation last month that a boy of 12 was raped by a Barnardo’s home carer after a ‘grooming’ campaign that left him ‘petrified’.
Killian Steele, 54, claimed the charity had issued ‘reprimands’ to the man who had abused him after suspicions were raised – but let him stay on.
He said: ‘Barnardo’s chose to protect him over me.
‘This national organisation whose main purpose was to safeguard… disadvantaged children actually ignored allegations of sexual abuse.’
James Peoples, QC, senior counsel to the inquiry, said the SCAI had found the prosecution did not go ahead because of a lack of corroboration.
The SCAI has also heard a litany of appalling physical and sexual abuse claims at Quarriers Village in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, including allegations of a paedophile ring.
Survivors have alleged abuse in the care of Aberlour, including sexual abuse, while there have also been claims that children were locked in a cupboard known as ‘the cooler’ for days at a time as a form of discipline meted out by Aberlour carers.
The inquiry was told in October that more than 360 people have made complaints of physical and sexual abuse at orphanages run by Quarriers, Barnardo’s and the Aberlour Child Care Trust.
Police Scotland has revealed that it has so far examined 270,000 historical files in connection with the SCAI.
Stuart Gale, QC, representing Former Boys And Girls Abused of Quarriers Homes, has told the SCAI that until the 1980s, ‘a regime of violence and beatings existed without proper restraint’.
He said many victims had not complained at the time due to ‘fear of repercussion’.
During opening statements earlier this year, Quarriers and Aberlour apologised to those who suffered abuse while in their care.
Kate Dowdalls, QC, read a statement on behalf of Quarriers, saying she was ‘instructed first to reiterate the unreserved apology that was offered to survivors of abuse on May 31, 2017, at the outset of the hearings during phase one of this inquiry’.
She added: ‘Quarriers acknowledges children were subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse whilst in their care. It is acknowledged that abuse occurred across generations.
‘Quarriers acknowledges there were shortcomings in its historical policies and practices which did not prevent abuse occurring.’
Steven Love, QC, for Aberlour, offered an ‘unreserved apology’ to abuse survivors and said it welcomed the opportunity to ‘investigate the flaws’ in its historical practices.
Gordon Jackson, QC, representing Barnardo’s, said it was ‘committed to learning from the past’ to keep children safe and had adopted an ‘open and supportive stance’ towards the inquiry.
It has accepted that children had been abused while in its care, something it said was a ‘matter of deep regret’.
Previously, the SCAI has looked at establishments run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, and now-defunct children’s homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth – which is also the subject of a separate police investigation.
The SCAI’s first interim report, published in October, found children were abused, beaten and humiliated at Smyllum Park and Bellevue House in Rutherglen, also in Lanarkshire.
Following 20 days of evidence from survivors, SCAI chairman Lady Smith concluded: ‘I find that children were abused in both Bellevue and Smyllum.
‘The abuse which took place was physical, emotional and sexual.’
Aberlour Orphanage, the Princess Margaret Nursery and Aberlour’s Children Home in Keith will all be scrutinised as part of the inquiry.
1907 – 1953 the royal visits
With the Royal Residence of Balmoral relatively close by, Aberlour orphanage received a number of Royal visits. In 1907 Edward VII visits the orphanage followed by Edward VIII and Queen Mary in 1922. Years later, in 1953 Princess Margaret opens the Princess Margaret Residential Nursery School, an extension of the orphanage at the Dowans.
1969 the Aberlour Trust
Aberlour moves its headquarters to Stirling, and the role of warden is replaced by the Aberlour Trust Director and the governing body is constituted.
In 2003, Aberlour Child Care Trust took on a convicted child abuser Charles McKenna as a volunteer to mentor children.
McKenna was allowed to mentor an eight-year-old boy.
The police alerted Aberlour that McKenna had been a key member of a child sex abuse ring at St Ninian’s School in Gartmore, Stirlingshire.
Whistleblower who revealed ‘sadistic’ sex offender worked at orphanage says bosses were ‘hell-bent’ on keeping it quiet
- Woman, using name Catherine, exposed abuse at Aberlour Orphanage in Moray
- Housefather Eric Lee was jailed in early 1960s for abusing children aged 8 to 12
- But after reporting him to bosses she claims they wanted to cover it up
A woman who blew the whistle on a sex offender working at an orphanage yesterday said its bosses were ‘hell-bent’ on keeping the scandal quiet.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) heard that managers at Aberlour Orphanage in Moray were determined to prevent governors finding out about Eric Lee’s prolific abuse.
The ‘sadistic’ housefather was jailed in the early 1960s for sexually abusing ten children – and was only brought to justice after a staff member overheard one of the victims talking about their ordeal.
A 77-year-old witness, using the name Catherine, said the eight-year-old boy told her ‘I’m not alone’ when he disclosed the abuse.
Lee later admitted a string of sex offences against children aged eight to 12.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) heard that managers at Aberlour Orphanage in Moray (pictured) were determined to prevent governors finding out about Eric Lee’s prolific abuse
The SCAI hearing in Edinburgh heard there had been ‘sadistic elements’ to Lee’s abuse.
Catherine, who was around 14 when she began working at Aberlour in 1956, told the inquiry she overheard a boy talking about having been sexually abused by Lee, who was a housefather and scoutmaster.
She reported it to her boss who was ‘completely distraught’.
But she was subsequently ‘kept very much in the dark about what happened’ and was ‘told not to talk about it’.
Catherine said: ‘They [bosses] were hell-bent on keeping everything quiet so it did not get out to the Press and the board of governors.’ Life at the home, she added ‘went on as before’.
Lee was arrested in August 1963 and convicted at the High Court in Aberdeen on September 13, 1963.
But the inquiry heard a letter was not sent from the home to local authority children’s officers until early October 1963 – stating that a housefather had been jailed for ‘indecent interference’ with boys.
The witness said Press coverage at the time had been relatively limited.
James Peoples, QC, senior counsel to the inquiry, said the sexual abuse had been ‘on a pretty grand scale’.
Later Romy Langeland, chief executive of Aberlour between 2001 and 2006, told the inquiry that during her time in charge there had been ‘absolute dedication’ to ‘child welfare’.
Yesterday, the Mail revealed that three of Britain’s biggest childcare charities, including Aberlour Child Care Trust, are at the centre of police investigations into allegations of child abuse. The other two are Barnardo’s and Quarriers.
Police Scotland has confirmed it is investigating claims of historic abuse relating to the three organisations.
The charities have come under scrutiny at the SCAI, which has heard a catalogue of claims from survivors formerly in their care.
A spokesman for Aberlour said: ‘We are cooperating with the SCAI.’
Barnardo’s Scotland said: ‘Barnardo’s is aware of one on-going investigation. As with all inquiries we are assisting the police in an open and transparent way.’
A Quarriers spokesman said: ‘We at Quarriers reiterate our full and unequivocal apology to anyone who suffered abuse while in our care.’
The inquiry, before Lady Smith, continues.
Frank Cairney branded ‘evil paedophile’ by victim who says he was abused in Celtic Park dressing room
Cairney, 83, was today convicted of sexually abusing a string of youngsters
14 dec 2018
FRANK Cairney has been branded an “evil paedophile” by one of his victims who says he was abused by the beast in a dressing room at Celtic Park.
Cairney, 83, was today convicted of sexually abusing a string of youngsters
The former coach was found guilty of abusing eight boys while running St Columba’s Boys Guild in Viewpark, Lanarkshire, and the under-16s team at Celtic Boys Club.
Cairney denied nine charges of historic sexual abuse between 1965 and 1986, branding the allegations “ludicrous”.
But a jury took under two hours to convict him of all charges at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
After the verdict, one abuse survivor said: “Finally justice has caught up with Frank Cairney who as everyone now knows is an evil paedophile.
“He used his high standing at Celtic FC though his work with the boys clubs to gain access to innocent young boys like myself and abuse them in the most horrible way.
“Some of this abuse was carried out within the Celtic Park dressing room as well as in his car. I’m glad Cairney will now pay for his crimes and this brings a small amount of closure to myself and other victims.”
Wirral in It Together @Wirral_In_It
The 3RD most powerful man in the Vatican is a paedophile.
Reporting this news has been BANNED in “democracy loving” Australia, where reporting this FACT would breach a legal injunction and bring charges against the outlet printing the TRUTH.
Australia: Pell censorship shows there’s more than one way to gag the press
ONE of the biggest news stories in the world yesterday wasn’t reported to the very people who probably most needed to hear it.
Australian Cardinal George Pell – often called the third most powerful man in the Vatican – was found guilty of sexual misconduct on charges that reportedly stemmed from the abuse of two choir boys in the 1990s.
This conviction makes Pell the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be found guilty of such a crime. Pretty major news, many would agree. But Australian media has been banned from reporting any of the details of the trial, including Pell’s identity and the nature of the charges.
All media organisations are required by law to adhere to the suppression order issued by the state of Victoria courts. If violated, it could lead to a contempt of court conviction.
Not only does it muzzle the press, but a major complaint is that they simply do not work.
The media is no longer constrained by printing presses and gag orders. In the online world we live in, it is nigh on impossible to stop people accessing almost anything, let alone one of the biggest news stories in the world.
Over the last 24 hours, Google searches for George Pell skyrocketed in Australia.
George Pell attending court with the prolific paedophile he protected for decades and lived with during the 1970s, Gerald Ridsdale.Risdale was secretly running an unsophisticated, but terrifyingly effective paedophile ring. Victims, police and the media, were outraged. Not only had Pell shared a house with Ridsdale in 1973, he had chosen to walk side byside with him into court in 1993, when Ridsdale pleaded guilty to 30 counts of indecent assault against nine boys, aged 12 to 16, between 1974 and 1980, for which he received his first, 12 month sentence.https://rapevictimsofthecatholicchurch.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/the-girls-the-paedophile-and-cardinal-pell/
Catholic Church’s third most senior cleric Cardinal George Pell – known as the ‘Vatican’s treasurer’ – is found GUILTY of sexually abusing two choir boys inside a cathedral
- Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choir boys
- Pell, an Australian cleric, is the Catholic Church’s third most senior clergyman
- The 77-year-old is the most senior Catholic to be charged with sexual offences
- He is on leave from his position in the Vatican and will appeal the convictions
- An Australian court order prevents publication of the verdicts in his homeland
The third most powerful man in the Catholic Church has been found guilty of sexually abusing two boys in the late 1990s.
Cardinal George Pell was unanimously convicted by an Australian jury on Tuesday of sexually abusing two choir boys in the country while serving as Archbishop of Melbourne.
The 77-year-old, who is often referred to as the Vatican’s treasurer, was reportedly found guilty of four counts of indecent assault and one count of rape after three days of deliberations.
Pell became the highest Vatican official ever to stand trial for sex abuse as he took the stand for the case, which was conducted under a gag order preventing him from being named in Australia.
Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the Cardinal would be removed from his cabinet following the announcement of the verdict.
The Vatican made no mention of the accusations against Pell in explaining his departures, and said for now he would not be replaced from the ‘C-9 group’.
The Cardinal, who was granted a leave of absence from his role last year as the trial got underway, reportedly abused the boys while they were singing in the choir at St. Patrick’s cathedral in a room within the confines of the church.
Sources also claimed the abuse took place after Pell introduced a compensation scheme for clerical sexual abuse victims known in Australia as the ‘Melbourne Response’, which he established in 1996.
The trial, dubbed the ‘Cathedral trial’ by The Daily Beast, which first reported the conviction, was declared a mistrial earlier this year after a hung jury, but was immediately rescheduled.
Tuesday’s verdict in the County Court of Victoria was a retrial of the original case – and resulted in his conviction.
A second trial into Pell’s alleged abuse known as ‘the swimmers trial’ is due to get underway early next year.
That trial is expected to hear evidence that Pell ‘sexually offended’ two men when they were boys playing games in a swimming pool in Ballarat, Victoria in the 1970s.
A court in Victoria heard in March that Pell, who has denied all of the allegations, would stay in the pool after swimming laps and play with children.
Pell had repeatedly and vehemently denied the accusations against him and Pope Francis had granted him a leave of absence to return to Australia to defend himself.
The judge who heard Pell’s case has continued a gag order on details of the cardinal’s trial and guilty verdicts being published in his homeland.
That order, which was applied for by prosecutors, was granted to ‘prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice.’
Pell has surrendered his passport as part of his bail conditions and is not permitted to leave Australia.
The cardinal was named the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in 2014, making him the third highest-ranking cleric in Rome.
Before being called to the Vatican, Pell served as Archbishop of Sydney from 2001 to 2014 and was Archbishop of Melbourne from 1996 to 2001.
He was ordained in 1966 and made a cardinal in 2003.
Victorian police charged Pell with the sexual assault offences in June last year when he was in Rome.
Pell, who was represented by attorney Robert Richter, QC, stated at a press conference at the time he would return to Australia to answer the charges and he was ‘looking forward, finally, to having my day in court’.
‘I’m innocent of those charges,’ he said at the time. ‘They are false.’
Cardinal Pell found guilty of sex abuse by Melbourne court
Dec 13, 2018
In a decision that will undoubtedly create shockwaves around the globe, Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Church official to stand trial for sexual abuse, was found guilty on Tuesday by a Melbourne Court.
In one of the most closely watched trials in modern Catholic Church history, after nearly four full days of deliberations, a jury rendered unanimous guilty verdicts on five charges related to the abuse of two choirboys in 1996.
The trial, which began on November 7, has been subject to a media blackout at the request of the prosecution, and follows a first trial in September ended after a jury failed to reach consensus.
Pell, who is 77 years old, is currently on a leave of absence from his post as the Vatican’s Secretary for the Economy.
In June 2017, Pell was charged by Australian police with “historical sexual assault offences,” forcing him to leave Rome and return home vowing to “clear his name.”
This past May, after a four-week committal hearing, an Australian magistrate struck down some of the more serious charges against Pell but ruled he stand trial on five charges related to sexual abuse of minors. The allegations, however, are from two separate periods, the 1970s and the 1990s, hence Judge Sue Pullen’s decision in May to mandate two different trials.
The focus of the first trial centered on the alleged sexual assault of two choirboys at Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the late 1990s.
During the four weeks of testimony, the jury of twelve heard from the former Master of Ceremonies of the cathedral, its former organist, and other choirboys during the same period of the alleged incident.
Much of the testimony centered on whether or not it would have been possible for Pell to have been alone with the members of the choir and whether it would have been physically possible for Pell to engage in such actions while wearing his mass vestments.
Jury deliberations for the case began late last week, and continued through Tuesday.
Pell has been a key point of reference in English-speaking Catholicism for at least the last two decades, and he was appointed by Pope Francis to his “C9” council of cardinal advisers from around the world in 2013. On Wednesday, the Vatican announced that at the end of October, Pope Francis had removed Pell, along with two other cardinals, from his council of advisers.
He served as the Archbishop of Melbourne from 1996 to 2001, then as the Archbishop of Sydney from 2001 until his appointment to his Vatican position in 2014.
Following the May ruling, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke released a statement saying that “The Holy See has taken note of the decision issued by judicial authorities in Australia” regarding Pell.
“Last year, the Holy Father granted Cardinal Pell a leave of absence so he could defend himself from the accusations. The leave of absence is still in place,” Burke said.
Despite the Vatican’s position in May, Pell’s term of office ends in August and it’s unclear what happens next.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters on Wednesday that “The Holy See has the utmost respect for the Australian courts.”
“We are aware there is a suppression order in place and we respect that order,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Australian Catholic Church unveiled its official response to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the nation’s highest form of inquiry.
The Royal Commission revealed last year that 7 percent of Catholic priests were accused of sexually abusing children in Australia over the past several decades, and in response, the Church accepted 98 percent of its 80 recommendations, deciding only against the recommendation that the Church eliminate the seal of the confessional.
The Pell verdict and the Church’s response to the Royal Commission comes at a time in which the global Catholic Church is struggling to combat the issue of clerical sexual abuse.
In August, Francis penned a letter to the “People of God” in which he apologized for widespread cover-up and failures, and in February, he has called the presidents of every bishops’ conference around the world for a global summit on the issue.
During the release of the Australian Church’s response to the Royal Commission, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, vowed systematic reform throughout the country.
“Our response in Australia gives local shape to the action required to address such failure and the need for cultural change,” he wrote.
A sentencing date for Pell has been set for February 2019. Judge Peter Kidd said Pell will be taken into custody on that date, however an appeal by his defense team is likely.
#Australian rags unable to report on cardinal George Pell due to court suppression order
wo leading cardinals allegedly linked to sexual abuse have been dismissed from Pope Francis’ inner circle.
Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz have been removed from the so-called C9 Council of Cardinals, an advisory body set up by Francis, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
Cardinal Pell, appointed head of the Vatican’s economic secretariat by the pope in 2014, has taken a leave of absence to fight allegations of historic sexual misconduct in Australia.
He is still officially in charge of Vatican finances, a position considered one of the most powerful in the Catholic hierarchy.
Francisco Errazuriz Ossa has been accused of covering up allegations against abusive priests in Chile.
Congolese Laurent Monsengwo, 79, who retired as archbishop of Kinshasa in November, is also leaving the advisory council.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke announced the changes on Wednesday, saying Francis had written to the three prelates individually in October, “thanking them for the work they have done for the past five years
CHE – Alwin Stockdale
Cumbria & The Borders CHE: SHRG Group – later a Gay Community Group
Founded in 1973 by Richard Webster, and later ran by Alwin Stockdale until early 1990s.
We are looking for information about the group, and also any publicity material including the monthly newsletters it produced. Monthly meeting at the Old Town Hall, Carlisle
Last week I went down to London to visit two amazing archives housing great collections of documents of LGBT History – the Hall-Carpenter Archives in LSE Library, and the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive.
One of the most exciting discovery, were the vast of monthly newsletters produced by the Cumbria and The Borders CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality):SHRG (Scottish Homosexual Rights Group) Group between 1974 and 1990.
They were all produced by one man Alwin Stockdale, the convenor of the group. Along with this were some correspondence between the local group and the CHE HQ in London as well as minutes of AGM of the group. The group was set up in 1973 by Richard Webster and was the first local group for lesbian and gay people.
Another chauffeur for the queen
The Queen, her chauffeur and the prostitute
25 May 2009
RNC 40th Anniversary Rally
The RNC (Registration Numbers Club) held their annual rally at Temple Newsam in Leeds on Sunday 16th July 2017. It was raining the day before so there was some concern that the event may be a wash-out. Some owners, especially those with vintage or classic vehicles can be a little reluctant to venture out into bad weather, especially when the event is located on grassy terrain that could quickly turn to mud.
As it turned out, all fears evaporated on the day, which was hot and sunny: a great way to start the club’s 40th anniversary rally. The turnout was excellent, with nearly 100 cars on display with many superb registrations. In fact, this was one of the best attended rallies we have seen in recent years.
The event’s special guest, Councillor Jane Dowson, The Lord Mayor of Leeds, spoke to many of the club members and went round admiring the cars and registrations display. Councillor Dowson also presented the awards for each category (results below). The mayoral car bears the impressive registration U 1 and, coincidentally club member Gareth Hudson was there with the reverse registration, 1 U.
And the award results were:
1st – Alwyn Stockdale – AO 2 (Volvo P1800
Class L – classic car with interesting number
“The victims are understandably upset that Stockdale will not face justice. They’ve lived with what he did all their adult lives. There are questions over why it took so long for police to identify and get round to questioning Stockdale. Given his age, it was a race against time to bring him to justice.”
GOSFORTH 10 MILE ROAD RACE, JUNE 10th 2009 RESULTS
7 December 2018
A former Jersey church choirmaster has been charged with sexual offences against children.
Kenneth Francis, has been charged with 13 counts of indecent assault and four counts of committing acts of gross indecency.
The alleged offences are said to have involved four boys under the age of 16 during the 1970’s while Mr Francis was living in the Chelmsford area.
The 71 year old was the Director of Music at the Town Church but left Jersey and moved to Tokyo in April 2017 when the church became aware of the alleged assaults.
Mr Francis is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on December 12.
24 Sept 1978 Great Waltham Parish Church Chelmsford, Essex
In between his stints at Bristol and Wells, Malcolm Archer held a similar post to the Winchester one at Clifton College in Bristol
Malcolm Archer (Music staff 1990-1996)
Church musician Malcolm Archer to face historical sex offence charges
5 Dec 2018
A leading church musician and composer is to be charged with historical sex offences.
Malcolm Archer, 66, has been summonsed to face a count of indecent assault and one of committing an act of gross indecency.
Mr Archer was suspended as director of chapel music at Winchester College late in 2017 and has since left the school.
Essex Police said the alleged offences involved one boy in the late 1970s in the Chelmsford area.
Mr Archer, from Odiham in Hampshire, is a former director of music at St Paul’s Cathedral and directed the music at state occasions including the Queen’s 80th birthday service.
In a statement, Winchester College said the alleged offences were unconnected with the college and are claimed to have occurred many years before Mr Archer’s employment.
“As soon as the school was made aware of the allegations, it treated them with the utmost seriousness, in full co-operation with the relevant authorities, and in accordance with the standards of a stringent safeguarding culture,” a spokeswoman said.
A retired teacher Kenneth Francis, 71, of Akasaka in Tokyo, has also been charged with 13 counts of indecent assault and four counts of committing an act of gross indecency.
The alleged offences involved four boys under the age of 16 and were reported to have been committed between 1972 and 1979.
Both men are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 12 December.
Banished organist rises again
13 May 2004
Today I can reveal Archer, 52, has been chosen for the most senior position outside the clergy that the Church has to offer – director of music at St Paul’s Cathedral.
What makes his appointment all the more intriguing is that the cleric who forced him out of his job as organist of Bristol Cathedral remains an influential – and controversial – figure in the Church. For Archer’s detractor is none other than Dr Wesley Carr, the Dean of Westminster and the man who officiated at Princess Diana’s funeral.
In 1990, Dr Carr was dean of Bristol Cathedral when Mr Archer was obliged to resign amid confusing circumstances.
Subsequently, Dr Carr sent a letter to the deans of all English cathedrals advising them that the organist should not be hired. Last night, one eminent churchman, a former dean of Guildford in Surrey, told me: ‘I remember it. I threw it in the wastepaper basket.’
Inside the Church, Dr Carr rejoices in the nickname of ‘the sacking dean’.
Shortly after Diana’s death, he was at the centre of a furious row that threatened to tear Westminster Abbey apart after he sacked the choirmaster who arranged the music for the funeral.
He was branded a bully after firing all the Abbey’s tour guides aged over 75. And he was criticised for sanctioning the sale of chairs used at Diana’s funeral.
Despite losing his job at Bristol, Malcolm Archer, a father of two, continued in the music world, moving to Clifton College, the boys’ school.
He has been organist and master of choristers at Wells Cathedral, Somerset, for eight years.
Last night, the man who headhunted him, St Paul’s Dean John Moses, described him as an outstanding candidate. Asked about Mr Archer’s departure from Bristol, he said: ‘I should point out that lots of things are said but he (Archer) found employment directly afterwards.’
In a further twist, some are wondering if the appointment has helped settle another old score. During the 1980s, Dr Carr and Dr Moses worked together at Chelmsford Cathedral, Essex.
‘They didn’t get on at all,’ I am told. Dr Moses diplomatically tells me: ‘We were colleagues, and you get on better with some colleagues than others.’
Dr Archer’s wife, Alison, said: ‘I am aware that there was some dispute between my husband and Wesley Carr, but I don’t know the details. It was before my time. We’ve only been married for ten years.’ Dr Carr was unavailable for comment.
Barrister Blogger Matthew Scott’s father worked at Clinton College and Winchester
Martin Scott, who died aged 76, was for 17 years Second Master of Winchester College.
a Royal Marine Commando
His first job schoolmastering was at Clifton College, where he taught from 1950 to 1962, making lifelong friends among both his colleagues and his pupils. It was here, too, that he met his wife Mary, the elder sister of one of his first pupils.
In 1962 he moved to Winchester, where, as Second Master, he was in charge of the 70 scholars in College
Scott’s features still gaze down on the present generation of scholars in Chamber Court in the shape of a strikingly lifelike stone gargoyle for which he sat as model; it is one of only two created for the college in the last 600 years.
After stepping down as Second Master, he continued to teach at Winchester for several years before retiring in 1986 to a farmhouse on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Winchester College knew in 1982 about allegations of sadomasochistic abuse at the hands of John Smyth
Barrister Blogger, Matthew Scott’s father, Martin Scott, continued to teach at Winchester until 1986.
Promoted out of Chelmsford to become Dean at Bristol in 1987, in 1989 Carr engineered the sacking of the organist and master of choristers Malcolm Archer, even taking the trouble to type out Archer’s letter of resignation for him, whilst insisting on absolute secrecy (a Carr hallmark, and one of the reasons he has avoided exposure for so long). This sacking of a decent man and consummate musician caused such a furore that shops refused to supply the cathedral. Thoughtfully, Carr provided a confidential negative reference to all choral institutions likely to employ him. Wells, the next door diocese, eventually took Archer on, much to their profit where he has done excellent work ever since. Wells’ verdict on Carr’s malicious reference? – there was no case to answer.
THREE headteachers of £33,000-a-year private school failed to act over pervert teacher now jailed for videoing 130 children with secret cameras even though he was found tied to chair half-naked several times
- Jonathan Thomson-Glover was a teacher for 31 years at Clifton College
- He was jailed last year after admitting filming 130 children over 16 years
- New report reveals three headteachers ignored parents’ complaints
- Parents complained as early as 1998 about ‘unsuitable rewards’ including beer, pizza and computer games nights held at German teacher’s home
A court heard he hid cameras at different places around the school and was found with 2,500 hours of video and 1,400 indecent images on 330 tapes.
In July he had six months added to Thomson-Glover’s sentence after he admitted a string of further sex offences against children while he was teaching in Winchester.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of gross indecency involving a boy under 14 and one count of inciting a boy under 14 to commit a grossly indecent act.
In summer 1999, a cleaner and a young student reported that the housemaster had been found taped to a chair at the college half-naked.
A few months later, he was found taped to a chair again in just his underwear by a teacher who told headmaster Mr Munro, it was reported.
In September 2000, then head teacher Mr Spurr launched an enquiry after reports Thomson-Glover was again tied to a chair as a prank but told him “whatever happened don’t do it again”.
In another incident, a deputy head of pastoral care raised concerns about Thomson-Glover’s activities to head teacher Mr Moore, but was told the matter was ‘dealt with’.
Clifton College head quits after 10 years in post
he headmaster of Bristol’s Clifton College is to step down months after a former teacher at the school was jailed for secretly filming pupils.
Mark Moore, headmaster of the college since 2005, said he felt it was time to “explore other opportunities”.
The college said Mr Moore had successfully raised academic standards, producing the best exam results in recent college history.
Deputy head Tim Greene will cover the post until a new head is appointed.
Chairman of Clifton College Council, Richard Morgan, said: “We are very grateful to him for all that he has achieved during his time at the college.
“When he arrived in 2005 he was determined to raise academic standards and has successfully achieved this goal… whilst continuing our excellence in music, drama and sport.”
An email has been sent to parents about his departure, highlighting the college’s sporting and academic achievements under his leadership and praising his “energy and determination”.
In August, Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, of Wadebridge, was jailed for three years and nine months and banned from working with children.
Thomson-Glover taught German and was also a housemaster. He admitted 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children.
Following the conviction, the college was also criticised by the Independent Schools Inspectorate for having child protection policies that did not reflect latest statutory guidelines.
Mr Moore leaves at the end of autumn term and a new head is expected to be in post in January 2017.