THE half-brother of a senior Tory MP has admitted a string of historic sexual offences on young boys.
Charles Napier, 67 pleaded guilty to 28 counts of indecent assault against boys aged under 16, and one count of gross indecency against a child at Southwark Crown Court today.
Napier is the half-brother of John Whittingdale, the MP for Maldon in Essex and chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee.
Napier was also a member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange network, which campaigned in the 70s and 80s for the age of ‘child love’ to be reduced to the age of just four.
Napier of Sherborne, Dorset admitted abusing 21 boys under the age of 16 between September 1967 and April 1972.
One charge involved a boy who was indecently assaulted on eight occasions by Napier between September 1969 and April 1972.
The indecency offence involved a child who was forced to commit a sex act on Napier, the court heard.
As the court clerk read out the 28 charges against him, Napier, who was wearing a tweed jacket and glasses, responded “guilty” from the dock.
It is believed the charges relate to a time when Napier was a teacher at a school in West Sussex in the late 1960s, where he groomed pupils by offering after school gym classes before attacking them.
He was arrested at his home in June last year as part of Operation Cayacos, a strand of a wider investigation which was launched following claims by Tom Watson, Labour MP for West Bromwich East.
In 2012 Mr Watson used parliamentary privilege to claim that a file of evidence used to convict Peter Righton of importing child pornography in 1992 contained “clear intelligence” of a sex abuse gang.
He wrote to Scotland Yard, who launched criminal investigation Operation Fairbank, which has since prompted two more inquiries – Fernbridge, which is looking at claims linked to the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London, in the 1980s, and Cayacos.
Operation Fairbank investigated abuse by high-profile men, including late Liberal MP Cyril Smith, at the Elm Guest House in Rocks Lane, South West London in the late 1970s and 1980s.
When police raided Righton’s house in 1992 they found hardcore child abuse images from Amsterdam and a “quarter-century of correspondence” between paedophiles in Britain and around the world.
The probe led police to the kitchen of a flat in south London where they found a letter from Napier boasting of his life in Cairo, Egypt, as a British Council teacher.
He bragged that the city was full of boys, “98 per cent of them available.”
Later he attempted to set up a school in Turkey before returning to England, where he now lives with his mother, and was jailed for nine months in 1995 for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy he had lured to his home in the 80s.
Righton has since died.
The court heard that since the most recent allegations came to light, two more claimants have come forward.
Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith adjourned sentencing until December 23 and Napier was remanded in custody.
Explaining his decision to adjourn the case, the judge said: “I understand Mr Napier wants to be sentenced as soon as possible because he has entered guilty pleas.
“But this allows victims who wish to be here to be alerted and they can be here.”
When his half-brother was charged, Mr Whittingdale said: “I am aware that my half-brother has been charged with an offence alleged to have occurred over 35 years ago.
“I have no knowledge of this, particularly as I had only just left school at that time.
“However, obviously I recognise that this is a serious matter and that the law must take its course.”
A charge against Napier of inciting a child to commit gross indecency at a west London school between 1977 and 1982 was dropped in August.