Sunday Mirror, 23rd July 1989
Daniel Bryant, a paedophile and a former policeman for Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, has finally been brought to justice after 40 years. The conviction was down to the tenacity of survivor Russel Dawson, who first reported Bryant’s abuse in 1987. Devon & Cornwall Police refused to bring charges against Bryant, saying Dawson’s allegations were uncorroborated – despite a second boy also alleging abuse.
It appears that someone in Devon & Cornwall Police was protecting Bryant. As well as dodging the charges in 1987, he was allowed to take early retirement in 1994 for ill health just months after being suspended after a third victim came forward. Bryant was then allowed to continue working with children for almost 20 years until he was eventually investigated in 2013. Why was he never investigated before, despite continued pressure from Russel Dawson and his family?
While Bryant was employed by Devon & Cornwall Police and abusing boys using the cover of surf life-saving clubs and charities, a paedophile ring was active in the Devon & Cornwall area, also using charity status and watersports – this time sailing – as a cover to abuse vulnerable boys.
The sailing charity was called the Azimuth Trust (see video link below), and was operating from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, when the charity’s skipper, Michael Johnson, was convicted. But there were many other paedophiles linked to Azimuth Trust who escaped justice, which raises serious questions about Devon & Cornwall Police’s handling of the case.
Russel Dawson is calling for an independent inquiry into why it took Devon & Cornwall Police so long to bring Daniel Bryant to justice. Hopefully this will also lead to the truth coming out about the Azimuth Trust.
This isn’t the first time yachts and sailing trips have come up in connection with paedophile networks, see also:
Azimuth Trust – bogus charity set up by paedophiles as pretext to abuse vulnerable children on sailing trips
Ecole en Bateau – earlier French version of Azimuth Trust, connections with Azimuth Trust
Rev. Jan Knos – the paedophile vicar outed by Geoffrey Dickens, owned two ocean-going yachts
And of course Jersey, where several survivors have talked of being ‘loaned out’ to wealthy yacht-owning paedophiles.
Notice that the school isn’t mentioned in the article which is unusual, perhaps indicating that the governors managed to stop the name being published. Will try to find more about this.
Daily Express, 30th April 1986
Dr Morris Fraser was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, and was linked to UK paedophiles Peter Righton and Terrence Waters, a paedophile ring in New York, and the Azimuth Trust paedophile ring in Cornwall which also connects to the sexual abuse of children in France. He was – perhaps coincidentally but I suspect not – working as a child psychiatrist in Belfast at the time of the Kincora Boys’ Home paedophile ring.
Daily Express, 5th May 1973
Daily Mirror, 27th January 1971