‘A notorious paedophile visited children’s homes around Britain before advising the Home Office on reform of the child care system, it emerged today.
Peter Righton – a founding member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) which tried to decriminalise sex between children and adults – toured homes around the Midlands and North West before contributing to the Government paper in 1970.
He was later convicted of importing child abuse images and evidence used to convict him is now at the centre of a new inquiry into allegations of a sex abuse gang linked to the British establishment.
Righton, who is now dead, became an academic specialising in social work after leaving a teaching job following allegations of child abuse.
The BBC reported today that he was heavily involved in preparing a report which led to schools for wayward youngsters being replaced by ‘community homes’ and being brought under local council control in the 1970s.
A retired child care professional told the BBC that Righton visited children’s homes in Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Rochdale and Preston while assisting the Home Office.’