Former racing driver who was part of a paedophile ring has been jailed for five years
A former racing driver linked to a paedophile ring which campaigned for sex with children to be decriminalised has been jailed for five years.
Christopher Skeaping, 72, indecently assaulted a 15-year-old in the 1980s while he was involved in the former Paedophile Action for Liberation (PAL) and the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).
The campaign groups – which Jimmy Savile has been linked to – openly lobbied for the age of consent to be lowered to allow sex with children to be legalised.
Skeaping, formerly of Hounslow, London, has now been jailed for five years after he was convicted of one count of indecent assault.
He has already served seven years behind bars for abusing teenage boys.
Handing down the sentence, Judge Euan Ambrose said Skeaping, a former mechanic, had spoken ‘openly’ about his interest in young boys.
He said: ‘(The victim) said it was common knowledge that you were interested in boys sexually.
‘He said that you spoke about the Paedophile Information Exchange, a now notorious organisation, and you spoke about it quite openly.
‘He said you spoke quite openly about being into sex with boys, you couldn’t understand how it was considered a problem that older men would want to have sexual relationships with children.
‘You used to express your views on this in a very crude manner.’
Skeaping stood trial at Bristol Crown Court with Douglas Slade, 75, who was jailed for 24 years earlier this month after being convicted of 13 child sex offences.
The court heard Skeaping introduced his victim to Slade, also a member of PAL and PIE, who went on to abuse him.
In 2010, Skeaping was jailed for five years for three offences he committed against one boy aged under 16 in the 1980s and 1990s.
He was sent to prison for seven years and six months in 2012, having been convicted of two offences against a boy aged under 16 in the 1970s.
The Paedophile Information Exchange was formed in 1974 and was affiliated to the National Council for Civil Liberties.
The group campaigned for ‘children’s sexuality’ and wanted the government to lower the age of consent.
Adults who were in ‘legal difficulties concerning sexual acts with consenting ‘under age’ partners’ were offered support.
But the organisation’s real wish was to normalise sex with children.
PIE tied to link itself with the fight for gay rights in the 1980s and focused on the idea of sexual liberation which won itself some supporters.
But that focus took attention away from PIE’s work to make it easier for paedophiles to operate.
Slade’s trial heard how he bragged about his prominent position in the evil PIE network and ran a helpline to give advice to ‘distressed’ men on how to abuse children who resisted them.
Slade, originally from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, fled to the Philippines in the 1980s and grew wealthy through a business supplying food to hotels and restaurants, while exploiting the country’s poverty and corruption to continually abuse young boys.
Wealthy Slade was arrested at his home in Angeles City in December 2014 – just four days after MailOnline revealed how he had abused scores of boys as young as eight for years but repeatedly paid off police and officials to avoid arrest.
The brazen 22-stone paedophile had built a house overlooking a primary school playground in one of the city’s poorest districts and lured boys into his home where he would pay them the equivalent of the price of a pair of flip-flops for sex acts.
Detective Sergeant Paul Melton, of Avon and Somerset Police, said there was evidence Skeaping and Slade were part of a wider network of men interested in sexually abusing children.
‘Our investigation into Slade, Skeaping and their associates is ongoing and we believe there will be more victims who haven’t yet come forward,’ he said.
Paedophile Christopher Skeaping’s court appeal fails
A self-proclaimed “boy-sexual” pervert who was jailed 25 years after a series of attacks on a young child today failed in an Appeal Court challenge to his conviction.
Christopher Michael Skeaping, 67, of Hansler Grove, East Molesey, Surrey, abused the 12-year-old boy while living in Bracknell in the late 1980s.
However, it was not until 2009 that his past caught up with him and he was jailed for five years at Reading Crown Court for two counts of gross indecency with a child and attempted buggery
On Friday, January 20, Skeaping took his case to the Criminal Appeal Court in London, but had his complaints about the trial kicked out of the court by three top judges.
Mr Justice Owen, sitting with Lord Justice Pill and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker, said Skeaping had befriended the 12-year-old in the late 1980s and often invited him into his house to drink alcohol and watch pornography.
The 67-year-old former Formula 3 and motocross driver, who is already in prison for a similar offence, lived at the house during the 1970s and was often outside fixing his motorbikes and cars.
It was here he got talking to his victim between 1977 and 1978, when the boy was just 13, and invited him back to work on the vehicles.
He told the youth he was a “boy-sexual” and that, while other people thought there was something wrong with it, there was actually nothing wrong with his preference.
Over time, the relationship between the boy and Skeaping progressed until they were engaging in consensual sexual activity on frequent occasions.
On one occasion, another older man and his own “lad” also came around and joined in with what they were doing, the appeal judge told the court.
The relationship eventually came to an end and the boy moved away, but Skeaping’s past came back to haunt him when, many years later, the victim divulged his secret to a therapist.
Police were called and, after he was tracked down to Surrey where he had since settled, Skeaping was arrested and put on trial for his crimes.
Now a pensioner, Skeaping claimed none of the sexual activity alleged had happened at all, but was convicted by the jury and sent to prison. In his appeal, Skeaping argued that the conviction for the buggery attempt was “unsafe” because the judge had not properly directed the jury about how they should consider it.
But Mr Justice Owen disagreed, saying: “We are satisfied that, on the facts of the case, the direction given by the learned judge was adequate and appropriate.”
The appeal application was refused.