Peter Righton was a social worker and academic who in 1992 was fined £900 for possession of abusive images of children. He was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange ( member number 51). He died in 2007 age 81 years. The ‘Secret Life of a Paedophile’ documentary in 1994 described the life of Peter Righton and associates. He was a prolific author and in 1981 wrote a chapter in Perspectives on Paedophilia (Batsford press) alongside Morris Fraser and Charles Napier (PIE member number 116). This book promoted paedophilia.
Righton was a governor of New Barns school in Gloucestershire where his partner Richard Alston was headmaster. In 2015, Alston was convicted and imprisoned for sexual abuse of a former pupil in the 70s. In the documentary, Anne Goldie, former Islington social worker, remembered attending parties in Islington where Righton boasted of his ‘relationships’ with boys. Righton and Alston lived in the 90s on the Thornham Magna estate in Suffolk. It is known that Islington children were sent on holidays to this estate through the Islington Suffolk project. It is important to note that there is no known evidence of abuse of children during these holidays. (See Operation Redrail 2)
‘Silence That Cloaked Child Sex Conspiracy’, Evening Standard, 27.05.1994
‘Shadow of the Attic’, The Guardian, 01.06.1994