John Whittingdale becomes culture secretary
I have appointed John Whittingdale as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
John Whittingdale, Leon Brittan, Jimmy Savile and Charles Napier
I’d like to draw your attention to the latest comment on this blog from Tom Watson’s source for his PMQ about “a powerful political paedophile network linked to Parliament and No. 10“.
Thank you murun for correction on my last comment. I fully appreciate how important it is to be 100% accurate with our facts.
It was already a very long comment and I was trying to bring it to a close.
I have been researching the facts for many years and knew that John Whittingdale became Brittan’s special adviser for the first time in 1985 a few months after Brittan was moved from the Home Office ( interesting political manoeuvre in its self given what he had been presented with ).
I should have stated that but the point I was making that given their combined knowledge and political/ personal awareness of the seriousness of the Dickens dossier at the time, Whittingdale knowing by now that his brother was a major player in PIE and organised paedophile networks,when they joined forces,albeit in a different Department, just months after the presentation of Dickens’s allegations, I would have been surprised if it hadn’t come up in conversation given the alleged closeness of ministers and their special advisers.
Sorry for not being more specific.
The main issue in an argument as to why John Whittingdale is such a key person to write to and demand answers from today remains that as Chair of what has become in the last 3 years one of the most powerful weapons of an investigative Parliament he took a very active and high profile stance over other institutions failing to act in the face of a dangerous paedophile within the BBC/NHS/ guest of prime minister at Chequers for 13 years/ regular guest at Balmoral and we must demand he and his all party Committee now adopt the same exacting standards to how this obvious cover up was allowed to continue.
A starting point would be how many referrals did he make to Police/social services over 30 years when he knew ( as evidenced in letters written by Napier) that Napier was in professional contact with children and since Napier has returned to live in the family home with their mother was he aware of his contact with Sherbourne School pupils up until the Mirror featured it a few months ago.
Charles Napier is now being investigated by Operation Fairbank, who have already interviewed at least one of his victims.
Charles Napier arrest: Half-brother of Tory MP John Whittingdale questioned over ‘sexual assault’ by police probing alleged VIP paedophile ring
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.
Tory MP’s half-brother who was known as ‘Rapier Napier’ by his pupils and helped run Paedophile Information Exchange is jailed for 13 years for HUNDREDS of sex assaults on young boys in the 60s and 70s
- Charles Napier conducted ‘abuse campaign’ at school where he worked
- 67-year-old groomed and assaulting 21 victims aged as young as eight
- Napier, of Dorset, earned nickname ‘rapier Napier’ at school, court hears
- He said when interviewed that he felt ‘ghastly’ and ‘desperately sorry’
- Napier is half-brother of Conservative MP for Maldon, John Whittingdale
PUBLISHED: 15:49, 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 07:38, 24 December 2014
Former teacher: Charles Napier, 67, conducted a ‘campaign of abuse’ at the school where he worked
The half-brother of a senior Conservative MP was today jailed for 13 years for carrying out hundreds of sexual assaults on young boys.
Former teacher Charles Napier, 67, who is related to Maldon MP John Whittingdale, conducted a ‘campaign of abuse’ at the school where he worked in the late 1960s and early 1970s, grooming and assaulting 21 victims aged as young as eight on scores of occasions.
Last month he pleaded guilty to 28 counts of indecent assault – including many covering ‘multiple incidents’ – and one indecency charge in relation to those crimes.
Today he admitted a further two separate historic allegations of indecent assault against two 13-year-old boys after he left the school, the first in 1979 and the second in 1983.
Napier stared straight ahead and betrayed no emotion as Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith sentenced him at Southwark Crown Court in London.
Napier joined the school, which cannot be named, after leaving university and when he was arrested last year he told police he already knew he was a paedophile at that time.
The judge said: ‘I have no doubt that … you sought that post because of the proximity you would have to boys.
‘Within a very short time you were grooming those you had chosen, using the techniques of charm, flattery and the abuse of your power. The number of indecent assaults must be into the hundreds.’
The judge said some of the victims’ lives had been ‘dramatically damaged’.
He added: ‘These offences…were committed by someone who had a special duty of care and who gravely abused that duty by grooming them for his own purposes.’
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Half-brother: Napier is related to John Whittingdale (pictured), Conservative MP for Maldon in Essex
The court heard Napier’s offending at the school was ‘prolific’, with him targeting 21 different pupils aged between eight and 13 over a period of around two-and-a-half years.
He was said to have earned the nickname ‘rapier Napier’ at school.
Peter Clement, prosecuting, said: ‘The offences are characterised by a campaign of sexual abuse involving significant planning, grooming and abuse of many pupils.
‘It was sexual abuse of particularly vulnerable victims. The defendant ensured each child’s compliance and silence through grooming to the extent that he abused several of the victims many, many times.
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‘The defendant abused the high degree of trust placed in him by his colleagues, the children’s parents and the children themselves and exploited his role for his own sexual gratification.’
The court heard Napier would give his victims treats including fizzy drinks and chocolate, often abusing them in a carpentry workshop, which, Mr Clement said, ‘became something of his den’.
One victim was told by Napier ‘don’t be a baby’ while another suffered ‘profound effects’ from being repeatedly abused and attempted suicide later in life, the court heard.
Some pupils were targeted as often as once a week, with one boy said to have been abused up to 100 times.
No emotion: Napier stared straight ahead as he was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court (above) in London
Napier abused some victims in the presence of other children, the court heard. On two occasions he made a boy perform a sex act on him, telling the child: ‘That’s what grown-ups do.’
If those two offences occurred today Napier would have been charged with rape, the court heard.
It was revealed today that Napier, of Sherborne, Dorset, has twice previously been convicted of abuse against boys.
One boy made a complaint that resulted in Napier pleading guilty to indecent assaults on a total of five pupils who are not involved in this case, in 1972.
He was sentenced to a three-year probation order. In another separate case he was jailed for nine months in 1995 after he was convicted of assaulting two children.
The two victims in the further charges Napier admitted today, which did not take place at the school, contacted police after reading news coverage about their abuser’s arrest earlier this year.
Napier told police he underwent electric shock treatment but it had no impact on his attraction to children.
The court heard that after he was dismissed from the school he went on to join the Paedophile Information Exchange as treasurer.
He said when interviewed that he felt ‘ghastly’ and ‘desperately sorry’, telling officers: ‘I was a very young man, I was completely out of control and completely out of order, putting it about everywhere.’
Benjamin Hargreaves, for Napier, said in mitigation that the defendant is ‘genuinely remorseful’ and ‘realises how appalling his actions were’. He added: ‘He knows that he is responsible for a most serious and grave period (of offending) but he is no threat now.’
Peter Watt, of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), said: ‘Napier has a shadowy past and used positions of trust to carry out a string of appalling sexual assaults on children.
‘Hiding behind a veneer of respectability, Napier was a man who was a former senior member of a prominent paedophile group.’
Napier was arrested last year under Operation Cayacos, a strand of a wider investigation called Operation Fairbank which was launched following claims by MP Tom Watson.
Napier is the first person convicted under Fairbank, Scotland Yard said.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Keith Braithwaite said: ‘Napier is an arrogant, controlling and manipulative individual who has shown no remorse for the serious sexual offences he committed against young and vulnerable victims.
‘He has offended throughout most of his adult life; exploiting opportunities to continue his criminality against children through his employment and standing within society.
‘I’d like to thank those who found the courage after all these years to come forward and provide evidence against this man, especially those who were subject to his serious sexual assaults.
‘I hope today’s sentence demonstrates how seriously the courts view such offending and brings a degree of closure to the individuals who had their childhoods destroyed by the selfish actions of Napier.
‘I would like to assure all who have suffered in a similar manner that they will be treated by the MPS with compassion and professionalism and offenders will be brought to justice.’
A spokesman for Mr Whittingdale told MailOnline he had no immediate comment on the sentencing.
Journalist Francis Wheen says he was a victim of paedophile teacher – and so were a ‘quarter’ of the boys in his school
Relief and sadness: Journalist Francis Wheen (above) was in court to see his former master be sent down some 45 years after he was abused
Among the victims who spoke of their relief but also their sadness following the sentencing were journalist and broadcaster Francis Wheen.
Mr Wheen, 57, from Essex, who waived his right to life-long anonymity, was in court to see his former master be sent down some 45 years after he was abused.
He claimed that Napier abused a ‘quarter’ of the boys in the school where he taught, adding that he was aged only 11 when the teacher put his hands down his gym shorts at his school.
The journalist said that when he protested, Napier shouted: ‘Don’t be a baby’.
Mr Wheen described the sentence 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’.
He told reporters outside court: ‘I am glad that it’s been done, I’m glad that it’s happened after all these years. I’m sorry that it’s taken so long but glad that justice has been done.
‘I occasionally 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 today 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 frankly damaged some of them were by what he did. Any element of pity disappeared fairly quickly.’
He also blasted what he described as Napier’s attempts to blame his abuse on ‘youthful folly’.
‘His record shows otherwise, that he carried on like this for a long time, abusing boys and exploiting his position of authority,’ Mr Wheen said.
Maybe he is now remorseful and wouldn’t do it again but certainly he carried on long after he left our school. He didn’t feel that ashamed of it at the time.’
Another victim in the case, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he was ‘sad it has come to this’ and described Napier as a ‘great teacher’.
‘The most sordid aspect for me was to write my statement and remember what happened 40 years ago,’ the survivor said.
‘I don’t feel that this really affected me that badly, I don’t consider myself a victim, but others were affected really badly.
‘I can forgive him but if he had done something to my son at eight or nine I would have been hard pushed to control myself and my anger. At the time I didn’t understand the gravity of what he had done, that it was unconscionable behaviour.
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