Daily Mail, 27th August 1983
The Guardian, 10th September 1983
Three men appeared in court at Bromley yesterday all charged with the same seven offences. They were arrested after police investigations into the magazine of the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Steven Adrian Smith, aged 29, of Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, north London, and David Peter Bremner, aged 44, of Upper Clapton Road, east London, appeared together and were remanded on bail by the magistrates. Later, David Joy, aged 42, a former teacher, of Russell Street, Loughborough, appeared before the magistrates and was also remanded on bail for a month.
The charges include: publishing an obscene article, a magazine called Contact No. 6; inciting persons to have unlawful intercourse with a girl under 16; inciting persons to commit buggery; inciting persons indecently to assault a boy under 16; inciting persons to commit an act of gross indecency with a child under 14; sending a postal packet containing an indecent article.
The alleged offences took place between June and November 1982.
The Standard, 25th August 1983
CONFESSIONS OF THE ‘CHILD SEX’ MEN (The Standard, 25th August 1983)
Two leaders of the child molester group PIE spoke for the first time today about their organisation and the issue of sex with children.
Tony Zalewski and David Joy, speaking in London, admitted they had been interviewed by police in the past during investigations into the Paedophile Information Exchange on which they are executive committee members and decision makers.
Mr Zalewski, 29, said: “When something like this Brighton business happens it’s the worst possible thing for paedophiles.
“Paedophiles want loving relationships with children—this sort of attack is revolting. We are not child molesters.”
Mr Joy, 42, said he had been driven out of his home in Leicester after revelations in a local paper about his sexual interests in young girls.
He said: “We are always advocating that sex with children be by consent only. When these violent attacks happen they rebound on us through the public reaction.”
Mr Zalewski, who is unemployed and devotes much of his time to PIE, said: “For paedophiles the issue is quite clear. The child is asked: ‘Do you want sex?’. If the answer is no, that’s the end of it. Paedophiles are not child rapists.”
Slim, bearded Mr Joy said: “We only have a very small membership in Britain. I don’t believe any of our members are personally responsible for this attack on the boy, but it’s possible.
“But there are probably 200 times as many paedophiles in Britain as the members we have. This makes it a 200-1 chance against it being one of our people but it’s a possibility.
“It’s a much greater possibility that one of our members may know something about the people involved and that’s what we’re trying to find out.
“We want to catch these men in Brighton as much as anyone else and if, through their special contacts, our members can help I’m sure they will.”
Mr Zalewski went on: “I have known my own tastes in this area since I first became sexually aware at about 15 years old.
“I used to get incredible guilt feelings and I even attempted suicide with an overdose.
“But since I joined PIE over the last three or four years I have met other paedophiles and I’ve come to understand the feeling that we have.
“But I do not believe children should be forced into sex. It really is a simple matter—like asking them if they want to go to the cinema—or watch TV.
“If you talk to a child on the street, or if it is a child you know, and the subject comes up and the child is not interested in sex, then that has to be the finish.
“I have been spurned by children and although it’s hurtful I’ve left it at that.
“Children know what they want and even if it’s just making friends or a kiss and a cuddle they can say no just like adults.”
Mr Joy said it was not generally known that children were sexually aware to the point where they could and would seduce adults.
Both men said that in their organisation there were teachers, scout masters, and youth workers.
“You find that people who are attracted to children are also attracted to jobs which involve working with them,” Mr Joy said.
A document titled “An introduction to PIE” is circulated to potential new member. The cover design is an octagon showing eight figures, naked, comprising an adult man, an adult woman and linking hands with six children of apparently various ages.
Inside the document explains that PIE is a “campaigning self-help group.” It says: “Paedophiles are men and women who are sexually attracted to young people… not ‘child molesters, rapists or murderers.”
PIE claims an international membership through more than 20 countries, both homosexuals and heterosexual or bi-sexual members.
Denying it is a secret society the organisation does, however, require that new members sign a declaration that they are not working for the Press or police.
More than 50[?] per cent of the membership is said to be outside the UK. It includes the North American Man Boy Love Association.
A headmaster who infiltrated PIE criticised Home Office inaction.
Mr Charles Oxley, 61, from Rainhill, Merseyside, said he has asked Mr William Whitelaw, when he was Home Secretary, what he would do if 150 rapists got together and formed an association to campaign to make rape legal.
Mr Oxley said Mr Whitelaw, now Lord Whitelaw, “didn’t answer me and tried to maintain it wasn’t a parallel case with PIE. I believe it is.
“The organisation should be proscribed. The whole object is to incite sex with children.”
Mr Oxley went on: “I can understand the Home Office being concerned about freedom of speech and changes in certain laws. But adult sexual relations with children is not merely a breach of the law and a crime, it is a sin.
“It is an evil in society which cannot possibly be tolerated.”
Mr Oxley, who has three grown-up children, said the Home Office was “more concerned to protect the rights of perverts than it was with the safety of young children and their freedom to play safety in parks and playgrounds.
Daily Mirror, 15th November 1984
Two child-sex campaigners were behind bars last night—terrified of the treatment they face from prisoners who despise their crimes.
David Joy, 43, and Peter Bremner, 45, both leading members of the now defunct Paedophile Information Exchange, which has campaigned for sex with children to be legalised, were jailed at the Old Bailey yesterday.
The judge spoke of his “revulsion” at the group, which he said had been condemned by society as “loathsome.”
Two child-sex campaigners began jail sentences yesterday—terrified of the hell they face at the hands of other prisoners.
Both had already had a foretaste of the life they can expect behind bars. While on remand overnight in London’s Brixton Prison they had scalding tea thrown over them, the Old Bailey heard.
They now lived in “great fear” of more attacks, the judge was told.
Former maths teacher David Joy, 43, and jobless biochemist Peter Bremner, 45, were convicted on charges involving a magazine published by the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Joy, a divorced father of three, was jailed for 18 months for publishing an obscene article and sending it through the post.
Bremner was sentenced to six months for posting it.
Both had previous convictions for indecently assaulting children.
Judge John Owen told the men: “I bear in mind that prison life will not be easy for you.
“I must not let my revulsion at the contents of this magazine offend me more than is proper”.
The magazine tempted some members of the group to have sex with children, he said.
He added: “Your group sought to give an intellectual respectability to acts which society as a whole regards as loathsome”.
Joy, of Loughborough, Leicestershire, and Bremner, of Clapton, East London, were executive committee members of PIE.
The group, which wanted sex between adults and children to be legalised, is now defunct.
One leader, Steven Smith, 35, jumped bail and now faces extradition proceedings in Holland—but is expected to be allowed to stay.
Daily Mirror, 10th September 1983
A struggling woman is dragged away by a policeman after anger flared outside a court where three members of the child-sex group, the Paedophile Information Exchange, appeared yesterday.
Shouting “You perverted bastards,” she had tried to hit Steven Smith and David Bremner as they left the court at Bromley Kent, after facing seven sex charges.
The woman, who was later released, was among an angry group who yelled at the men: “Perverts,” “Scumbags” and “You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.”
Smith, 28, of Christchurch Avenue, Wealdstone, North London, and Bremner, 43 of Upper Clapton Road, East London, were remanded on bail until October 7.
Later David Joy, 42, of Loughborough, Leics., was also remanded on identical charges.
The men are accused of incitement to have sex with children under 16 and incitement to indecently assault children.
The Paedophile Information Exchange: Timeline of press cuttings 1975-2014
Daily Mirror, 9th September 1983
Three members of the child-sex group Paedophile Information Exchange will appear in court today accused of sex offences involving children.
Two of the men, Steven Smith and Peter Bremner, were charged last night after police raids on their homes.
The third, David Joy, was arrested at Loughborough, Leicester, and was being taken to London overnight. All three will appear before magistrates at Bromley today on seven charges.
These include inciting persons to have unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16, incitement to indecently assault a boy under 16, and to commit an act of gross indecency with a child under 14.
Two of the alleged offences concern the publication and posting of a magazine called Contact No. 6.
Smith, 28, was at his home in Wealdstone, Middlesex when officers from Scotland Yard’s Obscene Publications Squad called.
Bremner, 44, was at his flat in Upper Clapton Road, East London.
Joy, 30, was arrested at a house in Russell Street, Loughborough.
The men, all unemployed, were detained after instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions. Police took a computer and tapes containing lists of names from Smith’s home.
The Paedophile Information Exchange is an organisation which seeks to legalise sex between children and adults.
The DPP’s decision to act comes two weeks after completion of a police report on PIE activities.
It follows the outcry over child-sex offenders caused by the attack on a six-year-old Brighton boy.
Several PIE members condemned the assault because they felt it damaged their campaign.
Police are still hunting the attackers.
18th-25th January 1975: Letters regarding the Albany Trust’s links with PIE (The Times)
26th August 1975: Child-lovers win fight for role in Gay Lib (The Guardian)
26th August 1975: Legalise child sex – call (Sheffield Morning Telegraph)
28th August-15th September 1975: Guardian ‘London Letter’ column on PIE and related correspondence (The Guardian)
22nd January 1976: Who really wants a change in the age of consent? (The Times)
Spring 1976: ‘Paedophile Politics’ (Gay Left)
19th May 1977: Adults only (The Guardian)
4th February 1977: Blackmail after man applied to join paedophile organization (The Times)
24th August 1977: Mirror comment – For adults only (Daily Mirror)
27th August 1977: Conference ban puts paedophile group further into cold (The Guardian)
28th August 1977: Dutch MP backs child sex (The Guardian)
30th August 1977: Paedophile talks backed by homosexuals (The Times)
1st September 1977: Paedophile conference plans ‘age of consent’ meeting (The Guardian)
4th September 1977: Britain ‘intolerant’ on child sex (The Observer)
9th September 1977: Priest’s child sex views repudiated (The Guardian)
20th September 1977: Fury of the mothers (Daily Mirror)
24th September 1977: Gays join PIE fight (The Guardian)
16th December 1977: Row over cash for paedophiles (Daily Mirror)
16th December 1977: Grants ‘help child sex group’ (The Guardian)
20th December 1977: Guardian praised despite erring (The Guardian)
25th January 1978: Musician jailed on charges over pornography (Daily Mail)
1st April 1978: Judge slams child sex ring (Daily Express)
1st April 1978: ‘Sinister’ sex group rapped (Daily Mirror)
11th June 1978: They just don’t give a damn (News of the World)
18th June 1978: Child sex leaders raided (Sunday Express)
25th June 1978: Why a school sacked the nastiest man in Britain (News of the World)
11th July 1978: Dishonoured: the shame of a viscount’s son who turned from porn books to child sex (Daily Express)
7th November 1978: Reporter held (Daily Mail)
24th June 1979: Poisonous PIEmen are at it again (News of the World)
18th November 1979: We trapped little boy’s evil friend (News of the World)
November 1980: The Beast of Berlin (Private Eye)
21st January 1981: Child sex group ‘is a force for evil’ (Daily Mail)
25th January 1981: Police swooped over our story on the PIE men (News of the World)
27th January 1981: Paedophile book earns lecturer’s praise (The Guardian)
February 1981: The Beast of Berlin (2) (Private Eye)
1st February 1981: PIE men retrial (Daily Mirror)
1st March 1981: PIE men face sex charge (News of the World)
7th March 1981: ‘Child porn exchanged’ (The Guardian)
14th March 1981: Why the DPP resurrected an ancient law to deal with paedophiles (The Guardian)
15th March 1981: Whitelaw quiz on envoy’s links with the child sex men (News of the World)
16th March 1981: Why we did not prosecute (Daily Mail)
16th March 1981: ‘Don’t name porn envoy’ (The New Standard)
16th March 1981: Tory MP threatens to name ex-diplomat mentioned in sex trial (The Times)
17th March 1981: Child-sex diary of a diplomat (Daily Mail)
17th March 1981: MP determined to name diplomat over child pornography case (The Guardian)
17th March 1981: MP is defiant over naming diplomat (The Times)
17th March 1981: Paedophile case diplomat would have faced purge (The Times)
18th March 1981: MP names man in child sex case (Daily Mail)
18th March 1981: I will name the porn case envoy today (Daily Express)
18th March 1981: MP defies porn case plea (Daily Mirror)
18th March 1981: Shame of the ‘porn’ envoy (The New Standard)
18th March 1981: Diplomat referred to in sex trial named today (The Times)
19th March 1981: I will name more names (Daily Express)
19th March 1981: MP in porn name storm (Daily Mail)
19th March 1981: Rap for MP who named envoy (Daily Mirror)
19th March 1981: Secret shame of Mr Perfect (Daily Mirror)
19th March 1981: ‘Porn’ envoy: Havers replies (The New Standard)
19th March 1981: MP’s questions anger Hayman solicitor (The Times)
19th March 1981: Mr Steel says naming diplomat may be abuse of privilege (The Times)
20th March 1981: How Sir Peter was kept out of the PIE trial (The Guardian)
20th March 1981: Havers defends non-prosecution (The Guardian)
20th March 1981: Text of MP’s questions on envoy and replies by Ministers (The Guardian)
20th March 1981: Law chief tells of ‘an obsession with child-torture’ (The Sun)
20th March 1981: My flat’s been bugged, he says (The Sun)
20th March 1981: Sir Peter ‘not in blackmail plot’ (The Sun)
20th March 1981: Attorney General’s full answer to question on Sir Peter Hayman (The Times)
20th March 1981: Ex-diplomat was not blackmailed or pressurized, solicitor says (The Times)
20th March 1981: Sir Peter and Mr Henderson (The Times)
21st March 1981: The double life of Sir Peter Hayman (The Times)
22nd March 1981: Child sex ring goes back into business (News of the World)
22nd March 1981: Filth behind a box number (News of the World)
22nd March 1981: This dreadful web of child corruption (News of the World)
22nd March 1981: Conspiracy, morals and lynch law (The Observer)
22nd March 1981: John Junor – Current Events (Sunday Express)
22nd March 1981: How PIE gets a cut of public money (Sunday People)
22nd March 1981: Scandalous: The cover-up in high places (Sunday People)
22nd March 1981: Top people escape child porn scandal (Sunday People)
23rd March 1981: Child sex sect gets new boss (Daily Mirror)
24th March 1981: MP ‘ready for gaol’ to protect source (The Guardian)
24th March 1981: Hayman MP defiant over source (The Times)
25th March 1981: Paedophile ban call (The Guardian)
26th March 1981: The questions unanswered in the Hayman case (The Times)
29th March 1981: MP’s fury at child porn for patients (News of the World)
7th April 1981: Havers denies special treatment for Hayman (The Guardian)
7th April 1981: Why Sir Peter Hayman was not named (The Times)
9th April: Letter regarding mental health charity MIND’s links with PIE (The Times)
20th April 1981: Village split as Sir Peter returns (Sunday Express)
25th July 1981: Teacher’s sex case ‘tragedy’ (Daily Mail)
25th July 1981: Teacher convicted of sex offences ‘can still teach’ (The Guardian)
20th September 1981: Classroom corrupters (News of the World)
20th December 1981: Vice link-up of the child sex beasts (News of the World)
20th March 1982: Clifford Hindley retires (Community Care)
18th July 1982: Police killer in sex spy probe (News of the World)
21st July 1982: Computer men to probe spy ‘leak’ (Daily Mail)
21st July 1982: Thatcher’s guarded security statement (The Times)
23rd July 1982: Tom O’Carroll released after 16 months in jail (Capital Gay)
15th August 1982: Child-sex boss in Whitehall shock (News of the World)
21st August 1982: Child sex spy tells all (Daily Star)
21st August 1982: Secrets of the PIE men (Daily Star)
23rd August 1982: Ban the PIE men (Daily Star)
3rd September 1982: College principal tells how he spied on PIE (The Guardian)
24th September 1982: Letter – A lust too gross to allow (The Guardian)
12th November 1982: Prime had links with child sex group (Daily Mail)
16th November 1982: MPs continue to press for debate on Prime affair (The Guardian)
27th November 1982: Another mystery death (Daily Express)
16th December 1982: MPs foiled on Prime debate (Daily Mail)
1982/1983: Sir Michael Havers complains to the Press Council about the Sun’s Geoffrey Prime allegations (Press Council)
1983: Interview with Steven Smith and Peter Bremner (BBC)
9th January 1983: Scare over sex-club spy (News of the World)
16th January 1983: Five get a rocket over Prime spy files (News of the World)
6th February 1983: PIE men are slammed (News of the World)
27th February 1983: Evil menace to children (Sunday People)
19th June 1983: Twisted lusts of TV stars (News of the World)
22nd June 1983: Scoutmaster quits (Daily Mail)
24th June 1983: Church man in sex row (Daily Mirror)
20th August 1983: Outlaw evil child-sex peddlers (Daily Mail)
22nd August 1983: God help our little children (Daily Express)
22nd August 1983: The Sun and Sir Michael (The Sun)
22nd August 1983: The Sun has to withdraw its allegations about Geoffrey Prime (The Times)
23rd August 1983: Child sex: MP ready to expose famous names (Daily Express)
23rd August 1983: ‘Ban PIE’ call (Daily Telegraph)
23rd August 1983: Dickens’ threat to reveal names (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)
23rd August 1983: Ban child sex cult urges angry MP (The Sun)
23rd August 1983: MP seeks to ban child sex group (The Times)
24th August 1983: Child sex: Yard set to hand over names (Daily Express)
24th August 1983: Sex with children: DPP gets names (Daily Mail)
24th August 1983: No stopping men of evil (Daily Star)
24th August 1983: Why evil group won’t be banned (Daily Star)
24th August 1983: ‘Why the Yard acted on PIE’ (The Standard)
24th August 1983: Telephone caller says he knows one of the men who assaulted boy (The Times)
25th August 1983: Eight top names on my list of shame (Daily Express)
25th August 1983: Sir Peter is unscathed by scandal (Daily Express)
25th August 1983: 15 men named in child sex report (Daily Mail)
25th August 1983: Peril of a child sex club ban (Daily Mirror)
25th August 1983: Brittan wants paedophile report (Daily Telegraph)
25th August 1983: Public figures named in files on sex offenders in Britain (The Globe and Mail, Canada)
25th August 1983: Scotland Yard sends two new reports on PIE to ministers (The Guardian)
25th August 1983: Confessions of the ‘child sex’ men (The Standard)
26th August 1983: The shocking truth about PIE (Daily Express)
26th August 1983: The men who want to make sex with children legal (Daily Mail)
26th August 1983: Yard sends child sex file to DPP (Daily Mirror)
26th August 1983: Kinky child cult wins new recruits (The Sun)
26th August 1983: You scum! (The Sun)
27th August 1983: Ministry in child sex link (Daily Star)
28th August 1983: The nasty nine (News of the World)
28th August 1983: They even snare kids of four (News of the World)
28th August 1983: Child sex and a VIP (Sunday Mirror)
28th August 1983: ‘Curb child sex’ bid (Sunday Mirror)
28th August 1983: Top people shield the child sex VIPs (Sunday People)
28th August 1983: What we exposed and they ignored (Sunday People)
29th August 1983: Law boss pledges war on child sex (Daily Star)
29th August 1983: PIE has right to speak, say gays (The Guardian)
30th August 1983: Public anger after attack on 6-year-old boy – Child-sex group’s leaders step out of the shadows (The Canberra Times)
30th August 1983: MPs named in child sex smear bid (Daily Mail)
30th August 1983: Envoys in child sex quiz (Daily Star)
31st August 1983: Brittan studies child-sex report (Daily Express)
31st August 1983: Child sex report studied (Daily Telegraph)
31st August 1983: Government ‘apathy’ on PIE criticized (The Times)
1st September 1983: The men of evil (Daily Star)
2nd September 1983: Child sex fiends face new purge – but Brittan goes one step at a time (Daily Express)
2nd September 1983: A whimper from Brittan (Daily Express)
2nd September 1983: Child abuse: Brittan orders police review (Daily Mail)
2nd September 1983: PIE’s views defended (Daily Mail)
2nd September 1983: Brittan is ready to tame the perverts (Daily Star)
2nd September 1983: PIE links with rights group (Daily Star)
2nd September 1983: Brittan seeks expertise on child assault cases (The Guardian)
2nd September 1983: Minister condemns paedophile views (The Times)
3rd September 1983: MPs on ‘child sex mailing list’ (Daily Express)
4th September 1983: PIE account closed (The Observer)
5th September 1983: Child-sex purge ‘scares top men’ (Daily Express)
9th September 1983: Child sex men charged (Daily Mirror)
10th September 1983: ‘Bastards’ fury at a child sex court case (Daily Mirror)
10th September 1983: 3 charged with sex offences (The Guardian)
30th September 1983: CHE steps up support for PIE (Capital Gay)
3rd November 1983: Police guarding home of Tory MP (The Guardian)
4th November 1983: Stalls are down on PIE (Islington Gazette)
24th November 1983: MP alleges paedophilia at palace (The Times)
25th November 1983: Two year cover-up on dirty pictures (Daily Express)
25th November 1983: Palace link in child sex scandal (Daily Express)
25th November 1983: Vice ring at the palace, says MP (Daily Mail)
2nd December 1983: Sex crusade Tory MP’s office raided (Daily Mail)
9th December 1983: Home Office orders police visit (Capital Gay)
16th December 1983: PIE-probe police visit another activist (Capital Gay)
15th January 1984: Row over Palace vice ‘cover-up’ (News of the World)
19th January 1984: MP hands over shock report on child sex (Daily Mirror)
19th January: Dickens’ Dossier (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)
20th January 1984: TV chief is named in child sex probe (Daily Express)
25th March 1984: Evil secret of a Scots address (Sunday Mail)
15th June 1984: ‘Child sex link’ man sues for £20,000 (Capital Gay)
28th June 1984: Resistance at top – MP (The Guardian)
28th June 1984: Bill to curb sexual abuse of children (The Times)
24th August 1984: Two years’ jail for paedophile (The Times)
16th September 1984: Child sex trial man flees (The People)
18th September 1984: Catch the PIE man! (Daily Star)
17th October 1984: PIE man: legal move (The Guardian)
19th October 1984: Paedophile group disbands (Capital Gay)
19th October 1984: PIE extradition (The Times)
November 1984: Guilty men who back child sex (Daily Star)
7th November 1984: Master spy head ‘traps men in child sex group (Daily Express)
7th November 1984: Child sex ring’s ‘Home Office link’ (Evening Standard)
7th November 1984: Leader of child sex group misses trial (The Guardian)
8th November 1984: Home Office phone link alleged in child sex case (The Guardian)
14th November 1984: Paedophile leaders cleared of child sex offence incitement (The Guardian)
14th November 1984: Fury over verdicts on child sex trio (Daily Express)
14th November 1984: Child sex boss escapes trial (Daily Mirror)
14th November 1984: Paedophile chiefs are cleared of main charges (Daily Telegraph)
14th November 1984: Jail fear of child sex men (Evening Standard)
14th November 1984: Child-sex pair cleared as MP slams law (The Sun)
15th November 1984: All-male jury is rapped (Daily Express)
15th November 1984: Child-sex men fear jail revenge (Daily Express)
15th November 1984: Child sex men face jail fury (Daily Mirror)
15th November 1984: ‘Tough time’ ahead in jail for paedophile chiefs (Daily Telegraph)
15th November 1984: Leaders of paedophile group are sent to jail (The Times)
17th November 1984: PIE man on child porn charges (The Guardian)
19th November 1984: Child sex group ‘has folded’ (The Guardian)
25th November 1984: Dutch delay decision on Briton’s extradition (Daily Telegraph)
28th November 1984: PIE extradition ruling delayed by Dutch (The Times)
5th December 1984: Alan Rusbridger’s diary (The Guardian)
January 1985: Extradition move on child sex man dropped (Daily Telegraph)
7th July 1985: Evil PIE boss in a child care scandal (News of the World)
29th December 1987: Porn group tries to link up with child charity (The Sunday Times)
25th January 1990: Two face child porn charges (Islington Gazette)
1st August 1990: ‘Snuff’ video outrage…but nothing stops the monsters (Daily Star)
16th December 1991: Child porn man who fled is jailed seven years later (Evening Standard)
17th December 1991: Pervert jailed (Daily Mirror)
23rd April 1992: ‘Wicked’ doctor took dirty pictures of young boys (Islington Gazette)
17th September 1992: Child care expert fined over photos of naked boys (The Independent)
6th May 1993: Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (Evening Standard)
21st February 1994: Parents call for public inquiry over sex abuse skipper (Press Association)
24th February 1994: An abuse of trust (Daily Mail)
3rd March 1994: Social work team claims to have found nationwide paedophile ring (Care Weekly)
27th May 1994: Silence that cloaked child sex conspiracy (Evening Standard)
1st June 1994: Shadow of the attic (The Guardian)
9th September 1994: Police arrest child care chief (Daily Mail)
10th November 1994: Lecturer held (The Independent)
9th March 1997: These men are the child sex abusers (The Observer)
6th July 1997: Paedophile list set up by gay rights leader (The Sunday Times)
2nd June 1998: The epidemic in our midst that went unnoticed (The Guardian)
8th October 2000: Home truths (The Independent on Sunday)
28th October 2000: The web of pure evil (Daily Mail)
9th September 2001: Inquiry into researcher’s links with paedophiles (Mail on Sunday)
10th September 2001: University investigates PhD student’s internet links with paedophiles (The Scotsman)
15th September 2002: Scandal of pervert on top legal panel (Sunday Express)
10th February 2003: Under cover in suburbia, the master spy living off the state he betrayed (Daily Mail)
17th March 2004: The police child porn expert…exposed as a paedophile (Daily Mirror)
17th March 2004: Child porn ‘expert’ jailed for abusing young girls (The Guardian)
21st December 2006: The porn vault (Daily Mirror)
17th August 2007: ‘I hate him for what he did to my girl. He’s evil’ (Leicester Mercury)
2010/2011: Annual report (Campaign for Homosexual Equality)
19th April 2013: Tom Watson’s letter to Theresa May
28th March 2014: Boys punished for telling of abuse by teacher (The Times)
Leicester Mercury, 17th August 2007
Paedophile David Joy was jailed this week. Lee Marlow talks to the mother of one of his victims
It is more than a quarter of a century since David Joy sat on the sofa in Ann’s front room, drinking her coffee, soft soaping her with his easy charm, gaining her trust – while abusing her youngest daughter.
If she closes her eyes, she can still see him there, chatting, laughing – his off-white teeth peeping through the rat’s nest of his greying beard – and dazzling them with his scholarly intelligence.
David Joy was a popular figure in Barrow-upon-Soar in the late 70s.
He was a clever maths teacher fallen on hard times. His wife and three kids had left him. No-one knew why, when or where to, except that it was “a long way away” and he had little or no contact with them.
Mr Joy adopted the role of village uncle, the kind of easy-going chap you’d be pleased to have as a neighbour.
It wasn’t only Ann and her husband, George, who liked him. Everyone did. Especially the children. He was so good with children, they all said.
He was just so patient, remembers Ann.
“All the youngsters would play at his four-bedroom house in Cave Road. It was like a haven for them.
“There were games laid out in the lounge. They ran around the gardens and played hide and seek in the bedrooms.”
The house was like a pigsty, with toys and games scattered everywhere, yet David would sit back and smile.
He didn’t seem to mind, says Ann. He would just let the kids play. “I like to see them having fun,” he would say when parents wondered about the mess.
As Ann and many other parents would later discover, that was all part of his sinister plan. When the other parents had left, his camera would come out.
The girls, and occasionally boys, if he took a particular shine to one of them, then became his playthings.
Ann’s youngest child was no older than seven or eight when Joy took pictures of her with his camera – snaps which the disbelieving mum would later have to sift through with detectives to piece together a successful court case.
For months, Ann had absolutely no idea anything was wrong.
It was her eldest child, suspicious that Joy wasn’t what he seemed to be, who blew the lid off his seedy little world.
“Even then,” says Ann, “I wasn’t sure at first. I didn’t know what to do.
“I remember sitting there for hours that night, just thinking and thinking. I don’t think I wanted to believe it.”
After a long and miserable night, Ann decided she had to call the police.
They arrived mob handed the next day, took some statements, examined her daughter and treated Ann and her family “as if it was us who had done something wrong”.
They left, warning an angry George not to take the law into his own hands. Joy would get his justice in court, they said, reassuringly.
It seemed to take a long time for the case to come to court.
Ann assumed the police would tell them when the case was to be heard. They didn’t. Instead, she read about it in the Mercury.
Joy was given a suspended sentence. He walked out of court a free man and returned to his home in Barrow.
It was as if nothing had happened, says Ann.
Word spread quickly in Barrow and Joy’s house no longer chimed to the sound of young voices playing in his back garden.
People crossed the road to avoid him. Mums warned their sons and daughters to keep away.
He was shunned by the people who once trusted him – and yet, so were Ann and her family.
“It used to be a lovely, friendly place to live but it all changed after David Joy’s court case,” says Ann.
“We were made to feel, by some people at least, that we had brought shame on to the village, as if it was our fault, that perhaps we should have said nothing. We just tried to do the right thing.”
One night, Joy was attacked. A few weeks later, the downstairs windows of his four-bedroom council home in Cave Road were all smashed. Unsatisfied with the court’s notion of justice, people began dispensing their own.
Yet Joy remained unrepentant. As Ann and her family put the broken pieces of their lives back together, the man responsible for their misery reappeared.
“He knocked on my door one day, a few weeks after the case, and tried to justify it,” recalls Ann, still livid at the thought. Joy asked if she wanted to read about the group he helped lead, the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Ann told him, in no uncertain terms, she wasn’t interested and she didn’t want to see him again. Still, every year, he would send Ann’s youngest daughter a birthday card.
Charnwood Borough Council re-housed him not long after, to a third-floor flat in Russell Street, Loughborough – near a school and overlooking a playground – where he continued to abuse children and add to his grim portfolio of obscene pictures.
“I still saw him around,” says Ann. “I’d see him in Loughborough. We tried our best to bury the memory of him.”
How successful they were in banishing Joy’s legacy, Ann is not entirely sure. Her youngest daughter, now in her 30s, has never really learned to trust men again, she says.
As the years have rolled by, Joy has become the black cloud which occasionally drifts into their lives.
“We live with it, we get on with our lives, but it’s always there,” says George.
Ann had not seen him for years until she picked up Tuesday’s Mercury, with the grainy image of his police mug shot. He hasn’t changed one bit, she says.
“I look at his picture today and I hate him for what he did, but I also feel guilt – that I should have known better. I was so bloody naive.”
Yet, she sighs, he was just so convincing.
“We trusted him. He seemed like such a lovely man. He was a teacher. We had no reason to think he would do anything like that.”
This is Ann’s story. It’s one she has wanted to tell for 25 years, but, she says, no-one ever seemed interested. It feels good to get it all off her chest.
“He used to give interviews all the time,” she says.
“No-one has ever asked me. It’s like we’re the forgotten ones in all of this.
“I remember once, a few years after the case, there was a debate on a local radio station about child abuse.
Ann rang in to tell her story. “I spoke to the producer and he said ‘Your story is not suitable for us, I’m afraid’.
“That’s the way it’s been for us. I hope he does read this, wherever he is now. If he does, he probably won’t even flinch.
“He doesn’t think he’s in the wrong. I hope he never, ever comes out – because he won’t change. He’s evil.”
* Aside from David Joy, the names in this story have been changed.
Thanks to Ian Pace ( ianpace.wordpress.com ) for sending this article.