'Credible Evidence' Former UK PM Sir Edward Heath Was a Pedophile


Former British prime minister Edward Heath would have been questioned about claims he sexually abused boys if he were alive today, police said on Thursday after a two-year investigation into the allegations.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale defended launching Operation Conifer but he said he did not believe there was a need for a judge-led review of the allegations.

Allegations against him emerged in 2015 and Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer and spent £1.5 million ($2 million) investigating claims by at least seven men, who said they were abused when they were children or teenagers.

James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire, who had previously dismissed the investigation as "pretty pointless" told Sky News on Thursday that "there is not a shred of evidence put forward today that Edward Heath was a paedophile".

An alleged rape and indecently assault on an 11 year old boy during a paid sexual encounter in a home in London in 1961.

1964 While secretary of state for industry, Heath allegedly indecently assaulted a 15-year-old boy during three paid sexual encounters.

A number of other former colleagues and family friends released statements disputing the claims against Heath.

The allegations included child sexual abuse and rape and indecent assault, physical abuse and sexual abuse against an adult.

In two cases, the report reveals, there is evidence to suggest those making the claims "may have attempted to intentionally mislead the police" in naming Sir Edward as their abuser.

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"In the case of one of these disclosures, a live criminal investigation remains ongoing", the report states. He remained an MP until 2001 and was "father of the house", the longest-serving parliamentarian at Westminster, for nine years.

Dr Hoskins said the woman had made claims under hypnosis that dredged up "false memories" and her allegations were the result of an "over-active imagination".

At the time four other police forces were also in the early stages of investigating allegations of child sexual abuse against the former PM.

Operation Conifer has been arguably the most controversial of all the investigations into alleged historic sex abuse which have taken place in the past few years.

"What we are looking for is a judge-led review of a: how the police have conducted Operation Conifer and b: all the evidence it has produced".

'In the meantime, a fundamental, time-honoured principle should be respected, namely that a man is innocent until he is proven guilty.

Sir Edward has been described as "completely asexual" and Mr Seligman described sex as something that "was not on his radar".

Of the 42 allegations identified by Operation Conifer, seven are considered credible enough to question Sir Edward but 22 have been dismissed as unsustainable while 13 are hard to take any further because they were made either anonymously or by third parties.

Garnier said that police forces were embarking upon unnecessary inquiries into high profile abuse as they struggle to recover their reputations following the failure to prosecute the former BBC personality Jimmy Savile. Wiltshire Police is in the process of complying with this request and will have done so by the end of October 2017.

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