Two men who were involved with a notorious group that campaigned for the legalisation of sex between adults and children have been convicted of abusing young boys.
Douglas Slade, 74, and Christopher Skeaping, 72, who were members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), were caught after five victims, now middle-aged men, spoke out about how they were abused.
Slade, who fled from the UK in 1985, was extradited from the Philippines to face charges dating back as long as 50 years and was put on trial at Bristol crown court alongside Skeaping, a former racing driver.
Slade, who used to live in Knowle West, south Bristol, pleaded not guilty to 13 sexual assaults committed against five victims between 1965 and 1980 but was convicted of all offences after a two-week trial.
Skeaping, from Hounslow in west London, was convicted of one count of indecent assault relating to an incident involving Slade and a 15-year-old boy in 1980.
Their victims were troubled boys from broken families and were passed between “predatory” men with a sexual appetite for children. They enjoyed the affection and often did not realise they were being “corrupted and exploited by older men for their own selfish pleasure”, the court heard.
Rupert Lowe, prosecuting, said the men “shared an interest in sex with young boys and they each knew several other men who shared that same interest”. One victim remembered Slade boasting about being a founder member of PIE.
Lowe said: “They were both involved in an organisation called the Paedophile Information Exchange. It seems strange now that such an organisation can have existed without being shut down immediately but it did.”