Morris/Roderick Fraser


Dr Morris Fraser, born 1936.  In 1983 he lived at Northchurch Road, Islington.

Fraser used to work as a senior registrar in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and wrote about his work for children suffering the traumatic effects of conflict on 8 and 10 year old children in Northern Ireland.  In 1973 he pleaded guilty, in Bow Street Court, to a sexual assault on a boy in London, aged 13, who was from Belfast. Fraser received a conditional discharge.

Fraser was arrested in the USA on charges of child sexual offences and was suspended from his post in Belfast. In 1974 Fraser pleased guilty in New York to ‘attempted sodomy’ of three boys. He was convicted and refused entry to the US. The professional regulatory body, the General Medical Council, made a decision that Fraser was guilty of serious professional misconduct. However, later he was allowed to continue to practise medicine but with a focus on geriatrics, on the basis that he had received ‘ treatment’.

Chris Moore, investigate journalist, in 2016, produced a documentary on Fraser for BBC1 Northern Ireland examining the reasons for the General Medical Council’s role in relation to a lack of disciplinary action concerning Fraser.

From around 1974 he was involved with the Paedophile Information Exchange and wrote for them.  He set up the Azimuth Trust which organised sailing holidays for boys. In 1974 the Pelican edition of Fraser’s book Children in Conflict noted that Fraser was a psychiatrist at Springfield Hospital, London. In 1978 he was senior registrar in psychiatry at the London Hospital and at Goodmayes Hospital, Essex.

In 1981 in the book Perspectives on Paedophilia, Fraser is listed as a consultant psychiatrist at the University College Hospital, London. Please note that this book is supportive of paedophilia and we strongly advise against reading it. It includes chapters by a number of authors including Peter Righton who had known connections to Islington. 

In May 1987, the Islington Gazette reported offences of possessing and taking indecent photographs of children committed by Fraser and he was imprisoned for a year. These offences were linked to an investigation in the US. When Fraser’s home was searched 1000 child related images were found. Later he worked in Hampshire and then moved to Amsterdam.  In 1994, the BBC Inside Story profile of Peter Righton ‘The secret life of a paedophile’ contained a section on Fraser. It stated that Fraser was still on the medical register and that he had promised not to practice as doctor.  In connection with Azimuth Trust, in 1995, Fraser received a conditional discharge for allowing indecent photographs to be taken of a boy in his care.

More recent research about Fraser can be read here. It includes a detailed timeline.

Daily Express, 05.05.1973
New York Times, 04.05.1973
New York Times, 06.05.1973
Islington Gazette, 23.04.1992
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