Apologies if people have seen this before, but I just found it and must have missed it first time round. This article was published in the Mirror the day after Tom Watson’s PMQ in October.
PIE, which is now outlawed, also had links with another BBC presenter who was investigated over child sex allegations in the late 80s. Like Savile, the unnamed star was accused of using a charity as a cover to abuse vulnerable children. The charity was set up by a PIE member in the 80s, offering yachting classes to vulnerable and underprivileged children.
The BBC presenter was investigated after police became aware of allegations he was abusing boys during sailing trips. No charges were ever brought against the star for reasons that remain unclear.A child protection source said yesterday: “The presenter was going out on a boat with vulnerable children and a leading former member of PIE.
“The charity was being used as a way of taking indecent pictures of the boys and there was also physical abuse occurring.” One man was later convicted of abusing boys during the yachting outings and jailed for four years in the early 90s. Detectives are expected to re-examine the case in the light of the flood of allegations regarding Savile.
This section of the story seems to have gone unnoticed, there’s not a single reference to it in the comments thread. I can add a bit more information to the article:
The charity was the Azimuth Trust.
The man who was convicted was Michael Johnson.
I’ve no idea who the BBC presenter is, but he must be happy that this story’s been buried under all the other historical child abuse investigations.