The ‘driving force’ behind a paedophile group ran the organisation from the Home Office, according to a recently-discovered, archived newspaper article.
During a 1984 sexual offences case, an Old Bailey court heard that a security guard collated and distributed paedophilic material while working at the heart of government.
The Home Office employee, Steven Adrian Smith, then 29, also used his work telephone number to organise group meetings.
Discovery of the Glasgow Herald piece, from November 1984, reveals a court case against executives of a group called PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange).
Smith was the chairperson of PIE, using the name Steven Adrian, between 1979 and 1985. The other two most active members at the time were Peter Bremner, then 44, an electrician; and David Joy, a former teacher, then 43.
Bremner and Joy were charged with incitement to commit sexual offences against children, and sending an obscene article through the post.
They were found not guilty of the first charge but guilty of the second.
Steven Adrian Smith was to face similar charges at the same time but he had already fled to Holland. Prosecutors had been unable to obtain extradition as it was unclear if the offences were punishable under Dutch law.
Smith, according to Bremner’s testimony, published 'Contact', the group’s magazine. 'Contact' contained pro-child-rape material and also enabled subscribers to get in touch with one another.
Joy’s solicitor claimed Smith was the ‘powerhouse and engine room’ of PIE and had edited and printed the magazine.
Giving evidence for the prosecution was Charles Oxley, headteacher of a school in Hamilton, who had taken it upon himself to infiltrate PIE.
Oxley’s aim was to expose and stop PIE’s: ‘Disgusting aims to obtain social and legal acceptance of adult sexual relations with children’.’
He had been invited to two of PIE’s executive committee meetings. To keep the location secret, members had to telephone a number at the Home Office - the work number of Steven Adrian Smith.
Oxley told the court Smith was the ‘driving force of PIE’ and worked on offensive material while at the Home Office.
The obscene article, sent through the post, for which Bremner and Joy were convicted had been published in 'Contact' and was titled 'Intercourse'.
The 'Intercourse' article attempted to dispel fears that the rape of children was harmful to them.
During sentencing it transpired both defendants had previous convictions for paedophilia. Bremner had indecently assaulted three boys: two eight-year-olds; and a child aged five. Joy had previously been convicted of five cases of indecent assault on children.
For the exchange of the 'Intercourse' article, Joy was jailed, on November 15 1984, for 18 months, Bremner for 6 months.