Parents call for public inquiry over sex abuse skipper (21.2.94)

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by Chris Court, Press Association

Horrified parents are demanding a public inquiry into sailing training skipper Mike Johnson’s sordid saga of seaborne child sex abuse. The parents were being backed by a former trustee of the charity which Johnson and a convicted child abuser set up to raise cash to send youngsters on the sea voyages. John Lambert was one of the original trustees of Cornwall-based Azimuth Adventure and Education Afloat, which Johnson formed in 1990 with psychiatrist Roderick Fraser to help the personal development of youngsters. Mr Lambert, from St Buryan, near Penzance, said he was at the time unaware that Johnson had been accused of shipboard child abuse but cleared by a 1987 Cornwall County Council disciplinary hearing, although he was given a written warning after admitting striking a boy during the same trip.

He was also unaware that 51-year-old Fraser had a conviction for indecently assaulting a…

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