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The Sunday Times, 29th November 1987

by Maurice Chittenden and Rosie Waterhouse

A PAEDOPHILE movement has been thwarted in its bid to forge links with an international charity devoted to the protection and welfare of children.
The paedophile group, centred around a London and Edinburgh-based magazine called Minor Problems, attempted to set up an exchange of information and publications with the charity.
Welfare workers at the Defence for Children International’s New York office grew suspicious when they read some of the group’s publicity literature.
Minor Problems describes itself as a ‘review for free intergenerational and childhood relations’. But detectives and child-care worker believe it has now replaced the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie) as the leading contact group for those campaigning for sex with under-aged youngsters.

Although police in Cheshire have denied that the arrests made in Congleton last week had anything to do with such contact groups, they have increased speculation that organised child pornography is thriving nationally.
Diane Core, founder of Childwatch, has given detailed information to police on nine organised groups she says her organisation has uncovered but says that the problem is considerably more widespread. ‘There is now one in every major town. It is like a cancer.’
The Sunday Times has discovered that Minor Problems has already established transatlantic links. Copies of the magazine were found when police raided the home in San Diego, California, of a woman running a group called The Childhood Sensuality Circle.
But Minor Problems seized on a possible link with Defence for Children International after an article appeared in a scholarly review about the charity’s defending black children imprisoned in South Africa.
The charity was founded nine years ago in Geneva. Unicef, the United Nations children’s foundation, regularly referred cases to it.
Mike Jupp, the British-born executive director of the charity’s American branch, said: ‘Minor Problems contacted us after picking our name for this article. It pretends to have the interests of children at heart, but it is trying to win legitimacy through association with an established body. We want nothing to do with it.’
Minor Problems was launched in April, 1983. Many will find its drawings of children offensive because of the context in which they are used, and its editorials defend the ‘right’ of children to have sex with adults.
The magazine claims that it exists to put such viewpoints on the discussion agenda of the radical and alternative left. A ‘marxist analysis’ spread over several issues expounded the theory that paedophile ralations ‘would be OK under socialism’.
The magazine’s columns report on the activities of such organisations as the north American man/boy love association and publicise books with such titles as How to Have Sex With Kids. It has carried recruitment advertisements from Pie, which paid more than £1,000 to bulk-subscribe the first three issues. Pie’s magazine Magpie had folded after Pie’s leader, Tom O’Carroll, was jailed for two years in 1981 for corrupting public morals.
Minor Problems is run by a nine-strong collective. Its members are known only by their first names.
Some editions of the magazine have carried an address in Broughton Street, Edinburgh, the home of Ian Dunn, who admits to co-founding Pie with Michael Hanson in 1974.
Dunn, a 40-year-old planning officer with Edinburgh city council, had to stand down as a ward Labour candidate three years ago when his past connection with Pie became known. He said his flat was used as an accommodation address for the first three issues for Minor Problems after which he severed all connections.
He claimed that he had been supplied with envelopes bearing a forwarding address in London.
Childwatch believes that at least eight other paedophile groups now have members in Britain. They include the Lewis Carroll Collectors’ Guild, based in Chicago and publishing a quarterly called Wonderland; Paedo Alert, from Amsterdam, source of most child pornography smuggled into Britain; the Rene Guyon Society, whose 10,000 members, mostly in California, share the motto, ‘Sex before eight before it is too late’.
‘These groups have learned from Pie and have now gone into terrorist-like cells,’ said Ray Wyre, a former probation officer who established the first treatment programmed for sexual offenders at Parkhurst prison and now runs a counselling clinic.

Sunday Times, 6th July 1997

by Marcello Mega

THE man who has emerged as the most prominent spokesman for the gay community in Scotland had close links to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) when it was formed.

Ian Dunn, convener of Outright Scotland, the longest-established gay rights group in Scotland, has been given a high profile in recent months by the media. He has been widely quoted on a range of issues, including the rights of gay couples to adopt children.

He condemned police in Central Scotland earlier this year for a video camera surveillance operation in public toilets in Stirling which led to several gay men being charged. The operation also revealed that some men had had sex with a 13-year-old boy. He was also in the forefront of the successful campaign to ensure that men caught having a consensual homosexual liaison in a public place should not be placed on any future register of sex offenders.

Dunn has admitted that he co-founded PIE with Michael Hanson in 1974. Later, it became the leading contact group for adults campaigning for the right to have sex with children and a means by which sexually active paedophiles swapped information. This weekend, Dunn told The Sunday Times that past reports linking him to such activities had been exaggerated. He said that as members of the executive committee of the Scottish Minorities Group in the early 1970s, he and Hanson had agreed to facilitate research being done into sex with children by providing a contact address.

The aim was to establish whether the perception that homosexual men were more prone to paedophilia was correct. Dunn said that after the research was concluded, he found that the perception was mistaken. Some of those who had been involved moved from Edinburgh to London and took information gathered with them. Out of that move, he said, PIE was born, and he and Hanson had no more to do with it.

Ten years ago, The Sunday Times learnt that some editions of Minor Problems, a magazine set up in 1983 which assumed PIE’s mantle as the principal means of contact for paedophiles, once carried an address in Edinburgh’s Broughton Street, which turned out to be Dunn’s home. Dunn said his home was used as a box office address for one year, during which the first three issues of Minor Problems were published. He said he had been supplied with labels bearing a forwarding address in London and that after the first year, he had had no further connection.

Asked what his views were on sexual relations with children, he said he had none. When pressed, he insisted that paedophilia was not a gay issue and his views were therefore of no interest. Eventually, when asked whether he considered it acceptable or not, he said: “My views are so conventional as to be not worth reporting. I absolutely abhor people who have sex with children.”

Dunn was asked about an article in a tabloid newspaper in March 1987 in which he was quoted as saying at a secretly recorded meeting: “I think the youngest person…I had sex with was 14.” He said that what the tabloid failed to do was to tell its readers that he had also been at school at the time. He added: “As an adult, I have never had sex with anyone under the age of consent. I have never had and do not intend to have sex with children.”

Dunn, 50, was once a local authority planning officer. He had political ambitions as a councillor but abandoned those when his PIE connection became public knowledge. He has been involved in the work of the Gay Centre in Broughton Street for many years and recently took up the lease on the Stonewall cafe, which operates within the centre.

Related: ‘Gay rights activist’ Ian Campbell Dunn and the Paedophile Information Exchange