Priest Tony McSweeney was today found guilty of sexually abusing a boy at a children’s home in the London borough of Richmond. McSweeney, 68, was convicted of one charge of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy at Grafton Close children’s home between 1979 and 1981, but cleared of three further counts. He was also convicted of three charges of making indecent images of children.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Priest Tony McSweeney faces a fresh investigation over the sexual abuse of boys at a children’s home in the London borough of Richmond.
Police are investigating claims from a new witness who says that he was sexually abused as a boy at Grafton Close children's home by McSweeney and two other members of staff. McSweeney was convicted last week of child sex abuse at the home.
Two former UK ambassadors led parallel lives that each link to the unfolding scandal of the ‘Westminster paedophile network’. Sir Peter Hayman, who rose to become a senior spy, and Lord Henniker, who also had a background in intelligence, were two peas in a pod, although how far they shared interests remains unclear. But the Queen certainly liked them both.
Police are assessing allegations that paedophile Peter Righton carried out a sadistic murder while living in hiding in a country estate. A survivor of child sex abuse, known as “Darren”, told how he witnessed the assault by a man named in Parliament as being behind a paedophile ring that linked to Downing Street. Darren believes that the attack left the victim dead.
Priest Tony McSweeney is due to go on trial today charged with child sex abuse at a children’s home in the London borough of Richmond. McSweeney, 68, is accused of four charges of indecently assaulting three boys under the age of 16 at Grafton Close children’s home between 1979 and 1981, and four counts that relate to indecent images of a child.
Former home secretary Lord Brittan faced questions from police before his death about whether he ever visited the notorious Elm Guest House. Detectives were planning to contact Brittan and three other living former Conservative MPs – as well as two pop stars – to ask whether they had been to the guest house for gay men that also operated as a paedophile brothel.
One former member of the inquiry into child sex abuse has told ex-colleagues that he will not re-apply to join the new panel. Graham Wilmer suggests in a farewell letter to ex-colleagues, a copy of which has been passed to Exaro, that no survivor of child sex abuse will be appointed to the new panel. So he sees no point in re-applying.
Speaker Bernard Weatherill was stunned when a businessman told him privately in 1989 that former home secretary Leon Brittan was a paedophile. Clive Harrington, then the owner of a successful insurance company, made the comments about Brittan at an exclusive dinner at the speaker’s residence in Parliament. He was invited because he was hoping to become a Conservative MP.
Former home secretary Lord Brittan has been buried in an unmarked grave because of fears of vandalism. Exaro can reveal that a funeral service was held, amid strict secrecy, for family members at Golders Green Jewish Cemetery a week after Brittan’s death. A family friend and two other sources told Exaro of the “very private funeral” that took place just over a week ago.
Panel members for the inquiry into child sex abuse were stunned into silence when home secretary Theresa May told them that they were being “dissolved”. Exaro can reveal the extraordinary inside story of the tense meeting between May and panel members at the Home Office on Wednesday. They were left shocked and humiliated, even though they knew what was coming because of an Exaro report.
Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko gave interviews to police on his deathbed that undermine the official story of how he was killed. While in intensive care, Litvinenko gave an account to two detectives from Scotland Yard of how, by chance – during a hit-and-miss final meeting – he came to drink a few sips of green tea, which police believe was laced with a radioactive substance.