September 2014

Abuser counselled children traumatised by Troubles

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.

In 1988 Dr Morris Fraser and Michael Johnson set up a sailing charity for disadvantaged boys called the Azimuth Trust based in Cornwall. They were allowed to do this despite the fact that Dr Fraser, a child psychiatrist had a criminal record for taking indecent photographs of children and assault in 1972 and that Michael Johnson had only the year before in 1987 received a written warning from his employer,Cornwall County Council, after a council disciplinary hearing cleared him of sexual allegations against a boy.

In the 3 years that the Azimuth Trust existed over 100 children took part in sailing trips many of those selected by Dr Morris Fraser had learning difficulties.

The Azimuth Trust published it’s own magazine which included photographs of naked boys. Many known paedophiles subscribed to the magazine.

Dr Morris Fraser contributed a sympathetic chapter to ‘Perspectives on Paedophilia’ published in 1981, as did Peter Righton. Dr Morris Fraser also introduced at least one young boy whom he met through the Azimuth Trust to Charles Napier.

Dr Morris Fraser also introduced one young boy he met through the Azimuth Trust to a ‘photographer’ and a ‘sculptor’ during a visit to the countryside. That day they took many photographs. The boy’s diary reads (spelling corrected)“Sunday, I met a sculptor and a photographer and they took 75 pictures of me nude and said I was a good figure and gave me £5″


In the Feb 1994 Michael Johnson (pictured below in 1994) , was jailed for four years on six specimen counts of indecent assault against two boys aged nine and 11. At his trial in February, Truro Crown Court was told that Johnson assaulted the boys 50 times between June 1989 and November 1991


Dr Morris Fraser was never even charged of any crime in connection with his role in the Azimuth Trust, though he was convicted for possession of child pornography 1993

The Azimuth Trust paedophile ring