Paedophile from Bristol could face new charges over 1970s abuse

Published January 5, 2015 by JS2

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A PAEDOPHILE from Bristol who fled Britain after being exposed as a sexual predator is being investigated over child abuse in the 1970s.

Detectives in Bristol are working on a case which could see Douglas Slade, 73, extradited to the UK for offences linked to a nationwide paedophile network.

Wealthy businessman Slade, pictured, who lived in Bristol during the 1970s and 1980s, was a founder of the reviled child sex advocacy group Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

He left Britain in 1985 for Angeles City in the Philippines, where he has been accused of molesting boys as young as eight.

Before he left, Slade is suspected to have abused numerous underage boys passed between PIE members who tracked down youths for illegal sex.

He is currently under investigation by Bristol CID as part of its Operation Bluestone inquiry into historical sex abuse cases, according to correspondence seen by a national newspaper.

The cases date to the 1960s and 1970s and include one case in Ireland.

One man allegedly abused by Slade and other PIE members, who is not part of the current UK investigation, contacted the Daily Mail to describe how he was molested by Slade and then passed between paedophiles from 1979, when he was 14.

The 50-year-old man said he was introduced to Slade by another prominent PIE member, former racing car driver Christopher Skeaping, who was jailed in 2009 for sex attacks on a boy aged 12 in the late 1980s.

Skeaping lured boys to his West London home where, it is claimed, he introduced the victim to Slade, who invited him on a number of occasions to his home in Knowle West before passing him on to other paedophiles, including an elderly jeweller and a nightclub owner in the city.

It is understood that at that time Slade lived in Bristol between stints working as a recruitment agent for construction companies in Dubai, travelling to countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to find young men to work on building projects.

The victim, who has not been named, claimed one of the boys lured to Slade’s Bristol home was only 12.

He said: “Skeaping rode a huge BMW 1100 and had big American cars. For kids of 13, 14 and 15, those are exciting things. Douglas Slade turned up at his home one day. I was a very quiet child and he just picked up on me and I ended up going to Bristol several times.

“Apart from the sexual side of it, Slade was actually very nice to me. He made me feel special. He was doing nice things for me and it all seemed quite a good thing.

“I suppose if that’s what grooming is, I was being groomed.”

The victim now plans to go to police with his testimony.

He said: “I was affected by what happened to me for some years, but I got over it by being positive and coming to terms with it.

“If there is anything I can do to prevent this continuing, that is what I want to do. It is outrageous that these things are continuing to happen when they shouldn’t.”

Slade was exposed as a paedophilia advocate along with Skeaping in 1975 and was caught by a national newspaper telling fellow paedophiles: “If you want to have sex with children don’t bottle it up – do it.”

Slade’s case is being monitored in the Philippines by Catholic missionary and anti-paedophile campaigner Father Shay Cullen who runs the Preda Foundation to help the victims of child sex abuse and trafficking.

Father Cullen helped bring Slade to court in 1995 when he faced up to 40 years in jail for abusing boys at his previous home in Angeles City, before charges were dropped.

Neighbours of Slade said boys as young as eight were still regularly going into his home since his release on bail for molesting and taking nude pictures of boys from the school opposite where he lives.

Slade is wealthy through his food distribution business, Home Base, which provides meat to restaurants in the Philippines.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police declined to comment on the investigation when approached by the Bristol Post.

Bristol Post

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