A paedophile who abused a 12-year-old girl was allowed to serve as a trustee for a children’s charity, it has emerged.
Edward Roberts, 78, was handed a two-year sentence in 2012 after he was convicted of indecently assaulting the teenager greater than 30 years in the past.
It has now been revealed that he served on the board of three charities for greater than 20 years, encompassing each his time in custody as nicely as since his launch.
Roberts was listed as a trustee for Grafton Flyford Relief in Need, the Sir John Grafton charity and the Grafton and the Stonehall Education Foundation, which is described as offering ‘educational support for local children and schools they attend’.
It additionally emerged the intercourse offender had been utilizing the titles of CBE and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), regardless of being stripped of these honours.
Roberts, who was awarded a CBE for companies to business, has since been faraway from the checklist of trustees on the Charity Commission web site following a criticism made two weeks in the past.
A spokesman for the three charities mentioned: ‘The trustees were unaware of the change of the Charity Commission’s guidelines concerning trustee members.
‘As it has now been recognised, Mr Roberts has been faraway from the boards of trustees.
‘He never notified us that he was stripped of the CBE or the FRSA – he was probably unaware of the significance of this.’
A Cabinet Office spokesman mentioned it had been made conscious Mr Roberts was wrongly utilizing the CBE title, as he had been stripped of the honour following his conviction.
A RSA spokesman mentioned: ‘Edward Roberts will not be a Fellow of the RSA and as such will not be entitled to use the excellence FRSA.
‘We are at all times grateful for media and members of the general public bringing suspected misuse of the title to our consideration.
‘Fellowship of the RSA is granted on the idea of shared values, and we reserve the appropriate to take away this following any allegations of wrongdoing which conflicts with these values.
‘Where appropriate, we will take further action including but not limited to issuing cease-and-desist warnings where the title is used erroneously.’
Roberts, from Grafton Flyford in Worcestershire, was the founding chairman of the National Training and Enterprise Council.
He was jailed in January 2012 at Aylesbury Crown Court.
Jailing him, Judge Joanna Cutts QC mentioned Roberts ‘took his opportunity’ to abuse the girl ‘whenever he saw her’ and ‘took advantage of that young girl’s vulnerability’.