A member of MI6 dismissed for downloading child pornography had dropped charges against him

The MI6 member was fired for downloading pictures of child abuse on a work laptop, but the prosecutors chose NOT to bring him to justice against the anger of his superiors, investigations belong

  • A member of MI6 who downloaded child porn on his laptop was fired
  • The charges against the SIS officer were rejected by the prosecutor in 2006
  • Sir Peter Hayman & # 39; liked to play Santa so he could have children on his knee & # 39 ;, heard research

A member of MI6 fired for downloading child pornography on his work computer had dropped charges against him, a question was asked.

Searches of material held by the secret intelligence service brought & # 39; a small number of references to sexual abuse of children & # 39; to the light, the Westminster collection of independent research into the sexual abuse of children.

An anonymous current employee of the Secret Intelligence Service spoke Tuesday via a video link.

He said that pornographic material, including indecent images of children, was discovered on a computer used by MI6 personnel in 2006.

The Westminster branch of the independent investigation into child sexual abuse also heard how diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, who was named as a pedophile in parliament in 1980, & # 39; liked to play Santa Claus so that he could have children on his knees & # 39;

The Westminster branch of the independent investigation into child sexual abuse also heard how diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, who was named as a pedophile in parliament in 1980, & # 39; liked to play Santa Claus so that he could have children on his knees & # 39;

& # 39; When this material was discovered, it was preserved and we conducted an internal investigation to find out which employee or employees may have been responsible for leaving this material on the computer, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; We then passed on the details of the material and the potential suspects to the police, the child protection department and followed a police investigation.

& # 39; This confirmed that the images were illegal and identified the SIS officer who was probably responsible for downloading them.

& # 39; That person was then fired from SIS and he was instructed to save two unreliable images of children on their workstation computers. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; Finally, the public prosecutor decided not to offer evidence against the suspect after abuse of the trial application. SIS was not involved in that decision.

& # 39; That was done purely by the prosecutors at the time, and we even wrote the King's attorney to explain – to express our disappointment that it was.

& # 39; Our preference would have been to go through the prosecution. & # 39;

The investigation also heard how diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, who was named a pedophile in Parliament in the 1980s, & # 39; liked to play Santa Claus so that he could have children on his knee & # 39 ;.

Interrogated by Brian Altman, QC, counsel for the investigation, the witness also gave a & # 39; short reference & # 39; after Sir Peter – in the form of a cover page – at a press object in front of him.

An anonymous current employee confirmed that one of these cases related to the discovery in 2006 of pornographic material, including indecent images of children, on a computer used by MI6 employees. Pictured, MI6 chief Alex Younger speaks at MI6 Vauxhall Cross, headquarters in central London

An anonymous current employee confirmed that one of these cases related to the discovery in 2006 of pornographic material, including indecent images of children, on a computer used by MI6 employees. Pictured, MI6 chief Alex Younger speaks at MI6 Vauxhall Cross, headquarters in central London

An anonymous current employee confirmed that one of these cases related to the discovery in 2006 of pornographic material, including indecent images of children, on a computer used by MI6 employees. Pictured, MI6 chief Alex Younger speaks at MI6 Vauxhall Cross, headquarters in central London

With the article on all aspects of his life, including his involvement in a pornography case in 1978 and also the allegation that he was involved as a member of the Pedophile Information Exchange, he said that the front page & # 39; a SIS officer ".

& # 39; This annotation reads: & # 39; an unpleasant and pompous man who enjoyed playing Father Christmas in Ottawa so he could have children on his knee & # 39;, & # 39; said the witness.

Convinced that it relates to the period that Sir Peter was a professor in Ottawa between 1970-1974, he said this was the only information found during the searches related to him, and nothing else in their files laid the context for the comment or why it was made.

The witness also provided evidence of another incident where an MI6 contact was presumably in possession of a & # 39; cache of illegal images of children & # 39; and was confronted with an SIS officer.

Because the contact denied the allegations and without sufficient evidence to initiate a police investigation, the witness said that the agency continued to investigate the images and their origin.

He said that a note was sent to seniors in Whitehall to inform them about the situation, and that contact was again confronted in 2009 – eventually admitted downloading the images.

The witness said that the images were transferred to the exploitation of children and the online protection order (Ceop), but that law enforcement took no further action.

The Westminster component of the extensive investigation into historical sexual abuse in British institutions is scheduled to last three weeks and will be closed on March 29.

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