Daily Mail, 1st June 1994
A STAFF member of the British Council has been named as a key suspect by police investigating a nationwide paedophile network.
Charles Napier was in hiding last night after being suspended from his post as assistant manager of the council’s centre in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Scotland Yard’s Obscene Publications Squad, which believes up to 11 people are involved in the network, is also probing allegations that diplomatic bags were used to smuggle child pornography into Britain.
The Government-funded council, which promotes Britain’s cultural interests abroad, is holding its own inquiry into how Napier came to be employed despite previous convictions for child sex offences.
A spokesman said he would have been involved mainly with adult students, but could not rule out the possibility that he had worked with children at summer camps.
Napier, half-brother of Lady Thatcher’s former private secretary, Tory MP John Whittingdale, is a one-time treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange, which has advocated the legalisation of sex with children.
Detectives have uncovered evidence that Napier is linked with former child care expert Peter Righton, who was also a leading PIE member. Righton, exposed in the Daily Mail nearly two years ago, is alleged to have been involved in a child-sex ring which operated at the very heart of Britain’s residential care and education system.
Napier, a former public schoolboy with an English degree, was convicted more than 20 years ago of indecently assaulting pupils while teaching at a school in Surrey. Despite his record, he has three times been able to get posts giving him access to children.
The affair again throws the spotlight on the vetting of those likely to be involved with children