Labour high-flier who met Hillary Clinton caught with child and dog sex porn
Shamed Sean Morton was seen as one of Scottish Labour’s rising stars until the charges were made.
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A former Labour councillor has been put on the sex offenders’ list after being caught with indecent images of children and animal porn.
Sean Morton, 36, was once seen as one of Labour’s rising stars and travelled to the US to back Hillary Clinton’s US presidential bid.
But he was suspended by the party last December after being charged by police.
The ex-Moray councillor protested his innocence but yesterday pleaded guilty at Elgin Sheriff Court following disclosure of a further computer report.
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Social work professor denies he is an ‘apologist for child abusers’
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A PROFESSOR of social work who previously ran secure units for children in Edinburgh where youngsters were sexually abused has claimed the evidence against child abusers can be “flimsy” and he hasn’t come across a case yet where he has been convinced of guilt.
Mark Smith also admitted that when he heard the details of some charges he has thought, “I’ve done that”. The University of Dundee academic previously managed council care homes for traumatised young girls in Edinburgh, including St Katharine’s home.
One former carer at St Katharine’s, Gordon Collins, took advantage of his position of trust to groom, molest and rape teenagers between 1995 and 2006 at the home. He was jailed last year for the historical abuse of four girls. Another man, Kevin Glancy, was jailed in 2008 for possessing 239 pictures and 70 video clips of child abuse.
Smith wrote an article entitled “Criminalising everyday care” for a legal news website about miscarriages of justice.
One campaign group which supports survivors of abuse has described Smith as “an apologist for child abusers”. Smith’s former employer, City of Edinburgh Council, distanced themselves from Smith and insisted all convictions against its former employees are “safe”.
Smith has defended his article, claiming he has not tried to deny “genuine abuses”. His current employer, the University of Dundee, also defended the academic’s right to “freedom of speech”.
Smith said in his article he had “come uncomfortably close to cases of historical abuse over the past dozen or so years” and had given evidence to both prosecution and defence and been a witness in cases where he has “worked directly with the accused”.
He wrote: “I have not come across a case yet where I have been convinced of guilt. In fact I have been horrified by the flimsiness, indeed the banality, of the evidence that finds its way to court. Not only that, I found myself thinking on hearing of some charges: “I’ve done that”.
Smith, who participated in a Scottish Government review of secure accommodation for young people in 2005, goes on to say the prosecution of historical child abuse cases “owes very little to evidence of actual abuse but is driven by shifting attitudes and assumptions about how to care for children”.
Citing the case of a former colleague who was convicted of abusing boys at a residential school where they both worked in the 1980s – and who Smith said was wrongfully convicted – Smith said when staff showered with young boys “cold water may have been thrown about – bodies flicked with rolled-up towels” and insisted “all of this was done in fun – I don’t believe for a minute that any boy was traumatised”.
Smith said it’s not only “the odd bad apple” who may face prosecution, adding that he fears every carer who worked in a residential setting “risks becoming caught in the cross hairs” of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
Abuse survivor David Whelan, of campaign group Former Boys and Girls Abused (FBGA), was targeted by paedophile John Porteous who was jailed in 2002 for historical sex offences against boys. He said: “Mark Smith fails to recognise that many people were actually convicted of crimes in a court of law. His article is an attempt to discredit genuine victims. I would go as far as to say he’s an apologist for child abusers.
“He’s excusing behaviour that wasn’t normal, such as carers showering with children. When adults did do this they had a propensity to abuse children. In my own case my abuser John Porteous used to shower with the boys. Mark Smith seems to suggest this wasn’t a sexually-motivated act.”
Janine Rennie of Wellbeing Scotland, an organisation that supports survivors of abuse, said she was “extremely angry” by Smith’s claim that he is unconvinced of the guilt of convicted child abusers.
She said: “Of 1,500 case files we have there’s not one we’d assess in the same way he has. I am concerned that this social work lecturer doesn’t see the significance of child abuse or understand how difficult it is for survivors to talk about their experiences. It takes a huge amount of courage for a survivor to come forward, so these entirely inappropriate views are very dangerous and could discourage people from speaking to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry or indeed the police.”
Abuse survivor Dave Sharp, founder of SAFE (Seek and Find Everyone Abused in Childhood) was beaten and raped by a Christian Brother in a shower room at St Ninian’s school in Fife. He said: “People who make these kinds of comments which play down abuse must be scrutinised.”
A senior source at City of Edinburgh Council said the local authority does not share Smith’s views and they have “no doubt about the safety of convictions” of former residential care staff.
A spokesman for the council added: “The views expressed in no way represent the views of the council and we would refute them. We are co-operating fully with the current Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. We work closely with Police Scotland and our partner agencies to investigate any allegations of abuse, whether current or historical.”
A spokesman for the University of Dundee said: “One of the core principles of academic freedom is freedom of speech and we support that for all of our academics.”
Smith told the Sunday Herald: “The question I have addressed in my article, which was first published more than four months ago, is one that is of considerable debate – whether the application of modern standards to behaviour that occurred decades ago and in a time of different cultural norms means people are at risk of being unfairly prosecuted or demonised.
“In doing this I have not made reference to specific cases. What I have said is descriptive of practices at the time, which were commonplace and open.
“This is not an attempt in any way to deny genuine abuses that took place or make apologies for truly awful behaviour.
“Of course we do not want to discourage victims of abuse to come forward.
“But we also have to be extremely careful we are not making abusers of people who took part in innocent practices, which is the essence of my article.
“I would stress that I speak on the basis of decades of experience in the area of residential care and claims of abuse.”
The IICSA Research and Analysis Project programme of work continues. In two blogs today we provide an update on the latest report published by the IICSA research team and on the seminar topics being considered by the IICSA, in order to gather information and views which will contribute to the investigations.
On 27 November 2017 the IICSA published a report on Child Sexual Abuse within the Catholic and Anglican Churches: a rapid evidence assessment. The aim of the assessment was to:
Main themes in relation to the Catholic and Anglican churches:
The review identified the following research gaps:
As the hearing in respect of the Roman Catholic Church proceeds over the next few weeks and then the Anglican hearing commences in March inevitably more information will become available which will provide a better picture of abuse within these two churches within England and Wales, and in due course recommendations for change to ensure better protection of children in the future.
Written by Miriam Rahamin, solicitor at BLM
As part of the IICSA research programme a series of seminars have also been held in order to gather information and views about important topics within IICSA’s remit. Each seminar is led by a member of the Inquiry Counsel team and relevant stakeholders and victim and survivor groups are invited to participate.
The seminars held or planned are:
- Criminal Injuries Compensation – this seminar relates to the accountability and reparations investigation. The first seminar, an introductory session, was held on 21 February 2017. During this seminar topics such as criminal compensation compared to the civil justice system were discussed along with the orders the courts can make. The aim of this seminar is to discuss and gather information in relation to:
- the collaborative working in the criminal justice system and its role in responding to child sexual abuse
- the risk of re-traumatisation of victims and survivors who are in contact with the criminal justice system and how this risk can be minimised
- how the criminal justice system meets the needs of offenders who are victims and survivors of child sexual abuse
- the support needs of victims and survivors in contact with the criminal justice system.
- Criminal Justice System – two days of seminars were held on 21-22 November 2017. The seminars focused on the way in which cases of child sexual abuse are dealt with by the criminal justice system. Day one explored the experiences and perspectives of complainants by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as the organisations who support them, in relation to going through the criminal justice system. On day two, criminal justice professionals discussed the key issues from their perspective in the way that child sexual abuse cases are currently dealt with, and explored options for improving criminal justice processes and outcomes. The following issues were out of the scope of this seminar:
- Falsely accused individuals
- Criminal compensation (including CICA)
- Interactions between the CJS and family courts/civil courts
- The management and rehabilitation of child sexual abuse perpetrators
- Health Sector – two day seminar held on 26-27 September 2017 which examined whether current arrangements to prevent child sexual abuse in healthcare settings are effective and what opportunities there are to make sure children who receive healthcare treatment are best protected from sexual abuse. Healthcare leaders and other professionals participated.
- Preventing and responding to child sexual abuse – seminar held on 12 April 2017. The seminar focused on learning from best practice overseas. IICSA commissioned the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to undertake a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) exploring what can be learnt from different jurisdictions, outside of England and Wales, about the role of institutions in preventing child sexual abuse and exploitation. UCLan’s findings were presented and evidence was given from experts about what England and Wales can learn from best practice overseas in preventing and responding to Child Sexual Abuse.
- Social and political narratives about child sexual abuse – seminar to be held on 7 February 2018.
- The Civil Justice System – seminars were held on 29 and 30 November 2016 in response to the Inquiry’s issues paper on the civil justice system and criminal compensation. These seminars are directly related to the Accountability and Reparations investigation. The seminars covered:
- Access to justice for victims and Survivors;
- Civil litigation;
- Limitation, including: limitation as a barrier and a defence in civil litigation; proposals for reform;
- Civil litigation, including: the nature of the adversarial system; the spectrum of both claimant and defendant approaches to bringing/defending claims; identifying the correct defendant/insurer; disclosure; investigating the claim; legal issues and defences; the use of single or joint experts; early offers of settlement; settlement without admissions; and apologies;
- Compensation, including: causation of injury; quantification of damages; provision for treatment; payment options;
- Other types of accountability and reparation, including: acknowledgment of abuse; accountability within the civil justice system; admissions of institutional liability; the value of apologies; face-to-face meetings; learning lessons and preventing recurrence; access to wider support;
- Possible reforms to civil litigation, including: pre-action protocol; guiding principles; duty of candour; ADR; specialist judges; increased judicial powers and sanctions; support;
- A redress scheme, including: advantages and disadvantages; investigation and assessment process; tariffs; comparative models; funding; legal representation.
- Victims and survivors’ experiences – seminars were held on 4 and 5 July 2017 discussing the impact of child sexual abuse, support needs and support services.
Further details about the seminars and the matters discussed are all available on the IICSA website.
A student studying abroad tried to encourage his exchange partner’s younger sister online.
29 year old, Chase Heltzel, exchanged images of children being sexually abused.
Heltzel was studying in England from America.
Heltzel’s fiance ended their relationship shortly after.
Police were called to his flat and seized his laptop.
They found pictures and videos of children.
2 videos and a picture were category A which included girls having penetrative sex.
Up to date information and awareness of trends in child welfare are important aspects of the family justice system, and also a vital source of reassurance for parents and families going through the courts.
Today we’re bringing you three sites you might find interesting. The first is called Research Gate, which offers international scientific research on a wide range of topics. There are a lot of reports on this hub looking at child welfare issues, and the research is current.
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (which is a partnership with the NSPCC and national sports bodies), also has a Resource Library, filled with videos on every aspect of child welfare and best practice content for professionals. You can access policy documents, videos, webinars and forms as well.
A big thank you to Janie Doe for sharing Research Gate with us.