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Westminster paedophile ring: Jailed Charles Napier will be told to name VIP abusers

Published December 28, 2014 by JS2

The former treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange and half-brother of a Tory MP will be questioned again by detectives after being jailed last week

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Caged child abuser Charles Napier faces a grilling by detectives who believe he could help expose a network of VIP paedophileswith links to Westminster.

Officers probing claims that span decades think the former teacher – jailed last week for abusing 23 boys – can name Establishment figures including peers, Government ministers, ­civil servants and police.

Napier, 67, was treasurer of the twisted Paedophile Information Exchange, which ­campaigned on behalf of ­paedophiles in the 1970s and 1980s and ­argued that the age of consent should be lowered to FOUR.

Dossiers compiled by ­campaigning MP Geoffrey Dickens and handed to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan in the 1980s were said to contain damning ­evidence about the group.

The allegations now form a key part of the large-scale Scotland Yard probe, which includes claims three young boys were murderedby a powerful VIP network.

A source close to the ­investigation said: “Now that he has been jailed police are going to want to talk to him again.

“He was treasurer of the PIE. That means he would know the names of a lot of the people ­involved. He must have more to tell the police.”

Napier was sentenced to 13 years for sex attacks on 23 boys between 1967 and 1983. The pervert ­admitted 30 indecent assault ­charges and one offence of ­indecency against a child.

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Abuser: Charles Napier was treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange

Several high-profile abusers are thought have been members of PIE,including Peter Righton and former spy Geoffrey Prime.

The late Labour politician Barbara Castle is said to have named members of the group in a dossier seized by Special Branch in the 1980s amid allegations of a cover-up.

The Met Police are now trying to find the missing files and thosecompiled by Mr Dickens.

Officers recently revealed there are now 18 separate operations probing ­historic ­allegations in the 70s and 80s – and campaigners believe Napier would have had a full list of those ­involved with PIE.

Whistleblower Peter McKelvie, a former local authority child protection chief who has been fighting to bring abusers to ­justice, said: “Napier is an evil, calculating, ­manipulative paedophile.

“The charges he was found guilty on were the tip of the iceberg.

“In 1993 I spoke to three victims who refused to give evidence.

“One told me very convincingly that Napier took him to parties where he was introduced to the rich and famous and that Righton was involved in all these activities.”

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On the trail: The People has led the way in investigating the Westminster VIP paedophile network

Mr McKelvie believes Napier – who has said he regrets his actions – should now come clean about everything he knows.

He added: “I don’t believe he has shown one iota of remorse in an adulthood dedicated to the ruthless pursuit of vulnerable children purely to abuse sexually.

“As a test of his newfound ­‘remorse’, he can share all the names of the rich and ­famous who ­attended the parties that his victims ­referred to.

“As PIE treasurer in its peak period of membership in the mid-1970s, Napier holds the key to the identity of hundreds of dangerous abusers who continued to abuse thousands of children over many decades.

“He can now pass all this ­to ­police as testament to his newfound regret and remorse.”

The Sunday People was the first newspaper to track down Napier, who is the half-brother of Conservative MP John Whittingdale. He was found in picturesque Sherborne, Dorset.

After we passed our ­information to police, Napier was arrested as part of Operation Cayacos – an offshoot of Fairbank, which was set up to investigate allegations of ­historical child abuse.

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Fellow pervert: Former child care expert and secret PIE member Peter Righton

At the time of our probe we spoke to respected author and journalist Francis Wheen, a former pupil at the boarding school Napier taught at.

The 57-year-old said: “He ­recruited a few of us, saying ‘Spend more time in the gym’ and appointed himself gym ­master.

“There was a room off the gym and that ­became his haunt. Four or five of us started going down there, vaulting over horses and things like that, in our gym shorts in all our innocence.

“At the end of it he would take us into his room off the gym and give us beer and cigarettes – ­bottles of Mackeson’s and Senior Service untipped.

“We thought this was ­all ­terrifically exciting. Here we were, 11 years old, being given beer and fags. We were thinking that he was on our side, not like any of the other masters.

“Of course, this was for an ulterior purpose, which very soon became clear when he stuck his hand down my gym shorts and I had to sort of fight him off.”

Exposed: The People found Napier in 2012

Sick Napier then revealed his ­technique for grooming the youngsters by trying to humiliate him.

Mr Wheen said: “He said ‘Don’t be such a baby’ and said I wasn’t grown-up enough for that sort of thing.

“He would point to a couple of other boys, saying ‘They let me do it, you just won’t let me because you’re so babyish’.

“I think he was hoping I’d say ‘No, I’m as grown up as them’ and let him get on with it but I didn’t.

“It meant I was excluded from his ‘charmed circle’ but by then I knew where he kept his beer and cigarettes.

“I used to break into his room, steal them and then go and sit in the woods.”

Mr Wheen visited Southwark Crown Court last week to see Napier sentenced.

He described the jail term as “a signal the judge was giving – these things will be pursued now, even if it’s 46 years later don’t think you’ve got away with it”.

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Victim: Journalist and former pupil Francis Wheen

Mr Wheen admitted there had been times before the sentence when he almost felt pity for the pervert – but those feelings quickly evaporated.

He said: “I am glad that it’s been done.

“I’m glad that it’s happened after all these years.

“I thought in the last year or two, ‘Well, he’s getting quite old, maybe it wasn’t that serious,’ feeling a tiny bit of pity occasionally.

“But I don’t feel that now, hearing as we’ve heard about the sheer extent of what he was doing right under our noses while I was at school with all these other boys.

“We just had no idea of the scale of what he was doing and how damaged some of them were by what he did.

“Any element of pity ­disappeared fairly quickly.”

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Charles Napier jailed for 13 years for child sex abuse

Published December 23, 2014 by JS2

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Former teacher Charles Napier has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for sexually abusing 23 boys between 1967

and 1983.

He admitted 30 indecent assault charges and one offence of indecency towards a child. All his victims were under 16.

Many of the counts included multiple incidents and are estimated to account for hundreds of individual assaults.

Napier, from Sherborne in Dorset, was at one time treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

The group campaigned on behalf of paedophiles in the 1970s and 1980s.

‘Dramatically damaged’

The judge said there was “no doubt” he had become a teacher because of the proximity it offered him to young boys, some of whom had been “dramatically damaged” by his crimes.

The court heard that one boy was indecently assaulted on eight separate occasions between 1969 and 1972.

Napier forced another boy to commit a sex act on him.

Francis Wheen, a victim of Napier who has waived his right to anonymity, told the BBC how the teacher would win boys’ trust by offering them sweets, fizzy drinks and cigarettes.

He related that he stayed away from Napier after the teacher tried to put his hand down his shorts, but others had suffered more serious abuse which left them “very badly damaged”.

“He was in a position of trust which he abused wholesale,” said Mr Wheen.

He was cleared of one other charge in October because of lack of evidence.

Much of the abuse took place in a workshop at the school where he taught.

Napier is the half-brother of Conservative MP John Whittingdale.

He left the school in the early 1970s and went on to hold jobs working with children in Cairo and Sweden.

‘Arrogant and controlling’

Prosecuting, Peter Clement said Napier “exploited his role and his position of trust for his own sexual gratification”.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Keith Braithwaite described Napier as “an arrogant, controlling and manipulative individual who has shown no remorse”.

Det Chief Insp Braithwaite thanked those who came forward to give evidence, adding that he hoped the sentence indicated how seriously the courts take such offences.

He was arrested in 2013 as part of Operation Cayacos, one strand of Scotland Yard’s wider investigation into historical child abuse called Operation Fairbank.

Operation Fairbank was launched in 2012 after Labour MP Tom Watson wrote to the police about allegations of a paedophile ring linked to Westminster.

During interviews with the police Napier told officers he had been “completely out of control” and was “desperately sorry” for his actions.

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Half-brother of Tory MP admits string of child sex charges involving young boys

Published November 19, 2014 by JS2

THE half-brother of a senior Tory MP has admitted a string of historic sexual offences on young boys.

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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.

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Charles Napier arrest: Half-brother of Tory MP John Whittingdale questioned over ‘sexual assault’ by police probing alleged VIP paedophile ring

Published June 26, 2013 by JS2

Charles Napier has been arrested

In a Sunday People picture exclusive, the arrest was made in connection with claims made by campaigning MP Tom Watson in the House of Commons last year

The half-brother of senior Tory MP John Whittingdale was arrested today on suspicion of sexual assault by police probing an alleged VIP paedophile ring.

Charles Napier, 65, from Sherborne, Dorset, was arrested at the home he shares with his elderly mother, at around 8.30am in connection with the historical allegation of sexual abuse.

Four officers from the Met entered the house and emerged 40 minutes later with Mr Napier.

Two detectives escorted Mr Napier – wearing a baggy blue sweater and dark trousers – into an unmarked car.

He was taken to a local police station for questioning.

Mr Whittingdale, the chairman of the Media, Culture and Sport committee, said: “I understand from my mother that my half-brother has been arrested but I have no more details about it.”

The arrest was made in connection with the Met’s Operation Fairbank which was set up to investigate claims made by campaigning MP Tom Watson in the House of Commons last year.

Operation Fairbank – set up to investigate historical allegations of child abuse – was set up to investigate the claims.

This arrest is part of a new strand of Operation Fairbank entitled Operation Cayacos, which has now reached the criminal threshold.

Mr Watson said: “I am extremely grateful for the dedicated team officers at the Met who are investigating allegations regarding child abuse.

“I am sure people will appreciate that we should let them continue with their forensic and comprehensive investigations in this area.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said; “We can confirm officers from Operation Fairbank have this morning, Wednesday 26 June, arrested a

65-year-old man in connection with a historical allegation of sexual assault.

“The man was arrested at an address in Dorset and has been taken into custody locally.”

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