The Scotsman, 10th September 2001
A PhD student at Glasgow University researching sex between men and boys is being investigated over claims that he was corresponding with convicted paedophiles on the internet.
Richard Yuill, who has completed nearly two years in the sociology department researching sexual relationships between men and boys, will face disciplinary action if it is found that he has misused his position.
His e-mail and web accesses have now been withdrawn.
E-mails that passed between Mr Yuill and members of a paedophile group with contacts all over Europe were intercepted by an academic on the Continent.
They appear to reveal a campaign by a number of highly-educated paedophiles intent on driving down the age of consent in countries all over Europe and promoting acceptance of sexual relationships between adults and youngsters.
Some of Mr Yuill’s correspondents were formerly associated with the Paedophile Information Exchange. PIE was targeted by the police in the UK in the 1980s.
Several now belong to Ipce, once known as the International Paedophile and Child Emancipation group.
Among its members is Tom O’Carroll, former chairman and a founding member of PIE.
He was jailed for two years in 1981 for publishing a magazine encouraging sex with children.
Mr Yuill corresponded regularly with Mr O’Carroll and other Ipce members.
Earlier this year, Glasgow University paid GBP 400 for Yuill to attend a conference at Berlin where he gave a paper and met with other members of the movement.
Mr Yuill could not be contacted at his home in Glasgow.
His supervisor, David Evans, senior lecturer in sociology, said he had been unaware of Mr Yuill’s internet correspondence, or about articles posted on sites used by paedophiles.
But he said he would defend Mr Yuill’s right to carry out his research “no matter society’s attitude to these issues”.
A university spokesperson said yesterday: “The university has taken these allegations very seriously and the secretary of the university court, Mr Dugald Mackie, has ordered a thorough investigation into the way the research has been conducted.
“The inquiry will be carried out by a senior academic from another department. The student’s email and web access has been withdrawn pending the outcome of investigations.”
“The university is making no further comment on this case.”
Thanks to Ian Pace ( ianpace.wordpress.com ) for sending this article