Christopher Skeaping aged 72, a former member of Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) was jailed for 5 years at the Bristol Crown Court yesterday for indecently assaulting a 15 year old boy in the 1980’s.

Skeaping had links with Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). This organisation operated in the 1970’s and 1980’s and campaigned for the age of consent to be lowered to allow sex with children to be legalised. Skeaping stood trial with Douglas Slade also a former member and founder of PIE who was jailed for 24 years earlier this year for 13 child sex offences.

Judge Euan Ambrose told Skeaping, “ The victim said it was common knowledge that you were interested in boys sexually . He said that you spoke quite openly about being into sex with boys . You couldn’t understand how it was considered a problem that older man would want to have sexual relationships with children. You used to express your views on this in a very crude manner.”

Skeaping, who has previously been imprisoned for abusing teenage boys in 2010 and 2012, was also given a sexual harm prevention order. In 2010 he was jailed for 5 years for 3 offences against one boy under 16 in the 1980’s and 1990’s and in 2012 he was jailed for 7 years and 6 months for 2 offences against one boy under 16 in the 1970’s. He had just been released from prison when charged with this offence.

Detective Sergeant Paul Melton of Avon and Somerset Police said, “there was evidence that Skeaping and Slade were part of a wider network of men interested in sexually abusing children. We believe there will be more victims who haven’t yet come forward. I’d like to send them a message- we are here to listen and support you.”

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