A former Prime Minister of UK may have been a pedophile as there were allegations he raped and indecently assaulted boys. And if he were still alive today, police may have sufficient grounds to question him.
Wiltshire Police said there were seven historic claims spanning from 1956 to 1992 that would have been credible enough to justify interviewing under caution former Conservative Sir Edward Heath.
Heath died in 2005. The police said, however, that none of the allegations of sexual assaults and abuses against young boys, took place while he was in power. But the allegations are serious, nonetheless. They include the alleged rape of an 11-year-old boy, indecent assault of a 10-year-old boy and the indecent assault of a 15-year-old during three “paid sexual encounters”. The abuses are said to have taken place between 1961 and 1992 in London, Kent, Sussex, the Channel Islands and Wiltshire.
Chief Constable Mike Veale said there were “compelling and obvious reasons to investigate” the allegations. He added that: “Sir Edward Heath was an extremely prominent, influential and high profile person who was arguably the most powerful people in the world.”
Veale also said that the allegations were not only grave but that they also come from significant number of people. He said it would be an indefensible dereliction of his duty if he would not investigate the matter.
Lincoln Sigman, a godson of Sir Edward, called instead for a judge-led review into the investigation and strongly criticized the police’s televised appeal for potential victims to come forward. He said his godfather was a man of “great integrity” and not so idiotic as to put his career at risk, as well as endanger the things he wanted to achieve for his country, by “indulging in something so dangerous and pointless.”
Conservative Member of the Parliament James Gray also came to the defense of Sir Edward and said he “couldn’t have possibly done” what was claimed at times where he was under 24-hour protection or taking thyroid medication that made him “sexually inactive.”
The police maintained that its investigation is “impartial and thorough”’ underscoring its legal duty to look into criminal allegations made against deceased suspects. The report was first undertaken in 2015 following Sir Edward being named a suspect in a probe into historical child sex abuse.
Sir Edward was the nost high-profile political figure in UK to be linked to child sex abuse allegations that swept across Westminster.