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, 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.
Source 1 – The Independent
Source 2 – Inside Story