Punishment for pedophilia-related
offences must be the same as for terrorist crimes, Queen Elizabeth II
will demand in her annual address to the British Parliament.
"Pedophiles are to be treated in the same way as
terrorists," Sunday Times newspaper reports as it sums up the main
points of the Her Majesty's upcoming speech.
pedophiles downloading manuals on how to groom their victims will face
the same sanctions as extremists downloading guides to bomb-making, the
The Queen is also expected to demand
tougher punishment for organized crimes in what many see as the
beginning of war on the mafia.
scandals have become an almost regular occurrence in the UK. The latest
of them erupted in late March after police exposed a pedophilia ring at
the Medomsley detention center in Durham County.
years ago, The Guardian uncovered shocking evidence revealing that a
Medomsley prison officer, Neville Husband, had raped boys on a daily
basis for more than 15 years, while other staff allegedly turned a blind
eye. Husband's former colleague Leslie Johnson, a storeman, was jailed
for six years in 2005 for sexual offences.
Downloading child abuse 'manuals' to be made illegal
Laws similar to those used for terrorist publications could be introduced
manuals containing guidance about how to groom children for sexual
abuse is to become a criminal offence, the government has said.
It is unclear how many documents meant to assist paedophiles exist online or how often they are downloaded.
But the National Crime Agency has found examples during its
investigations, which have included advice on grooming victims and
The government measure is set to feature in the Queen's Speech.
Details of how the law might be changed are yet to be
announced, but it is thought ministers will amend the Obscene
Publications Act 1959 to close the legal loophole.
But the government may put in place measures similar to those
that outlaw training manuals which could be used by terrorists, and have
led to prison sentences of up two years in some cases.
Prime Minister David Cameron told the Sunday Times: "It's
completely unacceptable that there is a loophole in the law which allows
paedophiles to write and distribute these disgusting documents.
"I want to ensure we do everything we can to protect children - and that's why I am making them illegal."
The move came as it emerged that a paedophile teacher drugged
and abused up to 60 boys as young as 10 at a private school in London.
US national William Vahey, 64, who taught history and
geography at Southbank International School between 2009 and 2013,
committed suicide last month as FBI agents closed in.