Azimuth Trust


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.

The Sunday People 06.10.13

North Devon Journal 25.3.13

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


The Azimuth Trust was a charity that took children with special educational needs on sailing holidays off the coast of Devon and Cornwall. It was founded by Paedophile Information Exchange member Dr. Morris Fraser, and was used as a front for a paedophile ring “with international connections” to abuse boys. Naked photographs were taken of the boys which were published in the Azimuth Trust’s magazine and sold to other paedophiles.

Dr. Morris Fraser was linked to fellow PIE members Peter Righton and Charles Napier, and was part of a powerful paedophile network that preyed on vulnerable children in schools and children’s homes across the UK. The Azimuth Trust featured in the BBC documemtary about Peter Righton, ‘The Secret Life of a Paedophile‘.

Fraser and the Azimuth Trust were also “heavily linked” to Ecole en Bateau, a French ‘boat schools’ scheme that was also being run as a front for a paedophile ring. Ecole en Bateau was founded in 1969 by Leonid Kameneff. THe case eventually came to court this year after a delay of 19 years. Kameneff was found guilty of the rape and sexual assault of children under 15 years old, and was sentenced last month to 12 years in prison. The case didn’t make the UK papers, but you can read a report in French here

Apart from the obvious similarities betwen the two organisations, Dr, Morris Fraser was a child psychiatrist, and Leonid Kameneff was a child psychotherapist, and both used their professional status as a cover for abusing children. This connection between paedophiles in England and France was very likely to have been established via the Paedophile Information Exchange’s contacts page.

Dr. Morris Fraser worked as a child psychiatrist in Belfast in the 1970s at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The Kincora Boys Home paedophile ring was operating throughout the 1970s. To date his name has never come up in connection with Kincora, but it would come as no surprise if the current police investigation found that he was involved. He was a career paedophile and had been investigated for offences against children as early as 1973, as part of a paedophile ring abusing boys in a house in New York.