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Abuser counselled children traumatised by Troubles

By Liam Clarke

There have been calls for a notorious paedophile doctor who worked in Northern Ireland to be examined as part of a UK-wide inquiry into abuse.

One member of the medical profession who was an internationally active paedophile and had access to children here at the time was Dr Morris Roderick Fraser.

East Belfast MP Naomi Long would like investigations expanded to take in the period during which he worked as a child psychiatrist in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and wrote extensively on the child trauma as a result of the Northern Ireland conflict.

Fraser worked as a child psychiatrist in Northern Ireland up to the early 70s and has never been officially linked to abuse allegations in Northern Ireland. He counselled traumatised children and authored a book called Chrildren in Conflict: Growing up in Northern Ireland which was published here and in the US.

However, his lengthy history of paedophilia has raised concerns about his time working in Belfast.

Fraser joined the Paedophile Information Exchange, which was founded in 1974, and wrote for European paedophile magazines. In 1990 he was sentenced to 12 months in Islington for taking indecent photographs of boys between the ages of 11 and 14 over a 10-year period. Dr Fraser pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing indecent photographs of children under 16, and four of distributing.

The judge described it as "wicked abuse". The pictures were taken at his home, where over 1,000 were found, as well as in Turkey, Denmark and Holland.

The court heard that the General Medical Council had insisted that he give up his work with young people "following an incident involving a child" in the early 70s.

Fraser was also a founder of the Azimuth Trust charity, which sent young boys on sailing holidays as a front for a paedophile ring. He was also one of eight men charged in New York as part of an organised abuse network.

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