Mail on Sunday, 9th September 2001
by Marcello Mega
A LEADING Scots university last night launched an investigation into a PhD student’s links with paedophiles.
Glasgow University executives have seized research student Richard Yuill’s computer after it emerged he was swapping emails with convicted paedophiles.
Yuill, who has almost completed two years’ work researching paedophilia in the sociology department, will face disciplinary action if he has misused his position.
Emails between Yuill and members of a paedophile movement have been intercepted by an academic on the Continent and passed to The Scottish Mail on Sunday.
They reveal an organised campaign to drive down the age of consent across Europe. Many of Yuill’s correspondents were formerly associated with the reviled Paedophile Information Exchange, including Tom O’Carroll, its former chairman.
Amongst the material passed to us is an email to O’Carroll, apparently from Yuill, stating: ‘It will take time to convince the gatekeepers of my bona fide status as researcher (ha ha!).’ Last night Yuill, from Milngavie, near Glasgow, refused to comment when asked about his research work.
A Glasgow University spokesman said: ‘The secretary of the university court, Mr Dugald Mackie, has ordered a thorough investigation into the way research has been conducted.’
Thanks to Ian Pace ( ianpace.wordpress.com ) for sending this article