A Belfast doctor, who was a convicted paedophile, was allowed to continue working with children due to a number of failings by the authorities, according to a new report.
Dr Niall Meehan, head of the journalism and media communications faculty at Griffith College Dublin found that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) was made aware in 1971 Royal Hospital Belfast child-psychiatrist, Dr Roderick Morrison Fraser, had abused a 13-year-old Belfast boy in London.
He was plead guilty to the offences the following year but he was not jailed and he was allowed to continue to work with children.
The report, entitled Child Abuse, Corruption and Collusion in Britain and Northern Ireland, claims that following a series of cover-ups by the authorities, Fraser was able to remain on the medical register, even after he was convicted of child abuse again in 1974.
Throughout the next 20 years, Fraser used his professional status in Britain to rebuild his profile, to gain access to children and to facilitate assaults by fellow predatory paedophiles, Peter Righton and Charles Napier.
Richard Kerr, who was around 13 at the time, claims that he was abused by Fraser during counselling at the doctor’s medical offices in Belfast’s Royal Hospital in the early 1970s.
He said: “Morris abused me, in his office, two or three times on those visits. I will never forget that face. That black hair. I have never forgotten it.”
Two years later, Mr Kerr was sent to Kincora boys' home, which was at the centre of an abuse scandal in the 1980.
Mr Kerr said that Fraser had access to all of the children’s homes in Belfast.
Dr Meehan comments: “The security services and the doctor’s professional body, the General Medical Council (GMC), played a collusive and a possibly corrupt role in the Fraser saga. That role, apparent in 1973, could have been exposed by alert journalists.
“Had they done so, it is possible that abuse in children’s homes in Northern Ireland might have been revealed sooner. Children could have been saved years of abuse by Fraser and his associates.”
Fraser was jailed for possessing and distributing child pornography in 1992 but it was not until 1995 that he voluntarily stopped being a doctor.
Dr Meehan said: “This is, perhaps most importantly, a story that refocuses attention on state responsibility for the abuse of children in Northern Ireland during the early 1970s.
“It is clear from this investigation that official protection of abusers and abuse for intelligence purposes spread wider than merely the fringes of unionist politics.
“The lid on this can of worms should be fully prised open. It appears that current inquiries into child abuse in both Britain and Northern Ireland are designed to exclude such matters. If that is so, what is their point?”
It is understood a Freedom of Information request regarding Fraser was turned down in 2015 for reasons of national security.
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