VIP abuse de­tec­tive still faces in­quiry after claims by fraud­ster

Se­nior of­fi­cer who warned of witch hunt ac­cused of leak­ing de­tails

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Robert Men­dick

THE se­nior de­tec­tive who warned against a “base­less witch hunt” of VIPs over false sex abuse al­le­ga­tions re­mains un­der of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion after be­ing re­ported to the po­lice watch­dog by a con­victed fraud­ster and a fan­ta­sist.

Det Chief Insp Paul Set­tle was ac­cused of leak­ing per­sonal and sen­si­tive de­tails of two men whose hon­esty and in­tegrity is now in se­ri­ous doubt.

One of the men can be named to­day as Chris Fay, who was sen­tenced to a year in jail for fraud for his part in a scam in which pen­sion­ers were conned out of al­most £300,000. The other, a fan­ta­sist who falsely claimed he had wit­nessed the mur­ders of chil­dren and a young man with Down’s syn­drome by a pae­dophile gang, was also jailed for hoax bomb calls.

The sec­ond man, known as “Dar­ren”, can­not be iden­ti­fied be­cause he has claimed to be a vic­tim of sex­ual abuse.

Mr Set­tle was forced to step down as head of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice’s pae­dophile unit after he tried to close an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Lord Brit­tan, the for­mer home sec­re­tary, over un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims of rape.

The case was re­opened after po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence by Tom Wat­son, the Labour deputy leader. Mr Set­tle was re­moved from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sub­se­quently went on sick leave, suf­fer­ing from stress. An of­fi­cial re­port by Sir Richard Hen­riques, a re­tired High Court judge, ex­am­in­ing Scot­land Yard’s han­dling of his­toric sex abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tions vindi­cated Mr Set­tle’s judg­ment.

But the de­tec­tive re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC). He was re­ported to the IPCC by Dar­ren and Fay in about Novem­ber last year. The case is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

The IPCC said in an email to The Daily Tele­graph that “both mem­bers of the public al­lege the im­proper dis­clo­sure to the press of peo­ple’s per­sonal and sen­si­tive de­tails by a se­nior Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Ser­vice of­fi­cer”.

Fay, 70, a for­mer so­cial worker and Labour coun­cil­lor, drew up a fic­ti­tious list of public fig­ures who he said had vis­ited a guest house in Lon­don, where chil­dren had been sex­u­ally abused.

The list was re­leased online when Mr Wat­son was al­leg­ing in Par­lia­ment the ex­is­tence of a pow­er­ful pae­dophile net­work.

The list, which in­cluded Lord Brit­tan and Har­vey Proc­tor, would lead to them be­ing ac­cused of mur­der and abuse by another fan­ta­sist, named as Nick.

Fay, who lives in a coun­cil flat in Black­heath, south-east Lon­don, had been jailed a year be­fore the al­le­ga­tions were cir­cu­lated for his part in a £300,000 fraud. Vic­tims were told they were buy­ing shares in prop­erty and Tesco but were is­sued with fake cer­tifi­cates. Fay helped to laun­der cash through false bank ac­counts.

Dar­ren was jailed in the Nineties for hoax bomb calls and threat­en­ing neigh­bours. He suf­fers from men­tal ill­ness and once falsely con­fessed to the mur­der of a pros­ti­tute.

A se­nior po­lice source said: “It is dis­grace­ful Paul Set­tle is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the IPCC. He was the only de­tec­tive who spoke out against the witch hunt of VIPs and he is be­ing pun­ished for his hon­esty.” Another said: “There is huge con­cern about the length of time it is tak­ing the IPCC to carry out this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Paul Set­tle, left, was re­ported to the watch­dog by Fay, right

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