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Thomas O'Carroll

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Thomas O'Carroll

Thomas Victor O'Carroll (born c. 1945[1]) is an Irish/British journalist, academic and advocate for MAPs, being an early member and chairperson of the now defunct Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), and a founding member of Ipce.

Born in County Carlow, Ireland, O'Carroll gained notoriety in 1980 when he published Paedophilia: The Radical Case[2], a book that articulated an ethical case for adult-child sexual relationships, and again in 2010, with Michael Jackson's Dangerous Liaisons.[3][4] O'Carroll has also published a number of academic articles. British mainstream media has dubbed O'Carroll both Ireland[5] and Britain's "most notorious paedophile".[6][7]

Gay historian William Percy stated that O'Carroll argued "for replacement of the age of consent law with a more flexible and liberal legal framework. It was felt the legitimate protection of children could be reconciled with an acceptance of child sexuality, the right of the young to sexual self-determination, and the legitimacy of consensual child-adult sexual contacts. A journalist, O’Carroll was PIE’s public face in the later 70s, when he propelled the organisation to national prominence".[8]

Works

For a full list of writings and analysis thereof, see BoyWiki.

Paedophilia: The Radical Case

In 1980 O'Carroll's book Paedophilia: The Radical Case was published and in the preface he states:

"I am a paedophile, and in the chapters that follow it will become apparent why I have felt it necessary to crash through the barriers of societal disapproval by speaking out. The fact that I have been able to do so owes much to the work, described in Part Three, of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), a group with which I have been closely connected, which has been campaigning since its inception in 1974 for the open discussion of paedophilia, and for abolition of the laws against consensual sexual acts between children and adults."

Described as "a well researched and articulate book" by Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger (Guardian, 14 March 1981), this first major work by O'Carroll divided reviewers sharply. In the academic world, it has stood the test of time with over 90 Google Scholar citations by 2012. For many years, it was a recommended text for postgraduates at Cambridge University's Institute of Criminology.

Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons

O’Carroll’s book on singer Michael Jackson was published in 2010 under the pen name “Carl Toms”. Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons, a 624-page work, essayed a comprehensive review of the late entertainer’s controversially intimate relationships with preadolescent and adolescent boys. Published in the UK by Troubador Publishing Ltd. "At seventeen years in the making and a hefty 624 pages, this has been O'Carroll's most ambitious work, in which, under the pen name Carl Toms, he essays a comprehensive review of the late entertainer’s controversially intimate relationships with young boys. Described in the linked biography by historian William Percy as "a work of genius", Michael Jackson's Dangerous Liaisons received enthusiastic pre-publication endorsements from five eminent professors, including Richard Green, Donald West, James Kincaid, Thomas Hubbard, and Percy himself. After publication another renowned scholar, J. Michael Bailey, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, also gave high praise in a four-page review for the academic journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. Bailey, a family man, wrote, “The idea that pedophilic relationships can be harmless or even beneficial to children is disturbing to many people, including me.” But, he continued, “The lack of scientific evidence supporting my largely visceral reactions against pedophilic relationships has been one of the most surprising discoveries of my hopefully ongoing scientific education. [...] O’Carroll argues against my intuitions and he argues well.”

Television

O'Carroll has made various appearances on television, including the BBC's After Dark and Australia's 60 Minutes. There is at present no online copy of O'Carroll's After Dark appearance, while his 60 Minutes is heavily shortened from over an hour, to only short clips online. In 2014, O'Carroll was interviewed for over an hour for "The Paedophile Next Door", a film which eventually aired November 25, 2014 on Channel 4 (a U.K. television network). O'Caroll's interview was not used by the director: instead, O'Carroll shared the (unedited) audio online,[9] which was turned into an amateur film by one of his readers, titled A Decent Life: The Dissenting Narrative of Tom O'Carroll.[10]

A 2018 full-length and uncensored video discussion/debate between himself and then psychology student Danny Whittaker, can be watched easily on Youtube.[11]

An often-"cancelled" personality

Quote from Radical Case on non-consent paraphilias

O'Carroll is no stranger to being courted by prestigious platforms due to his experience in MAP advocacy, but has often subsequently fallen foul of public backlash. For example, in 2001 Is paedophilia violent?, a paper for the World Congress of Sexology, Paris, was given sustained encouragement over nearly a year by Dr Marc Ganem, the Congress President. However, the paper was eventually rejected without explanation by the Committee. After repeated demands for an explanation went unanswered, O'Carroll was finally able to talk to Ganem. In a phone conversation, Ganem indicated that the President of the Scientific Committee, Dr Willy Pasini, appeared to be concerned not about the scientific quality of the paper but by the controversy to which it might give rise. It seems the committee did not want to upset the major pharmaceutical companies sponsoring the congress, nor the politically sensitive WHO, with which it was associated. In order to combat this censorship, O'Carroll's supporters attended the congress, where they distributed his paper on a CD, along with a flyer titled Censored: The Speech They Didn't Want You To Hear.[12]

In 2023, O'Carroll detailed how his work for academic publishers had generated a rash of attention, following the retraction of his peer-reviewed and published book chapter from the IntechOpen book Ethics in Scientific Research: New Perspectives. Retracted without explanation and likely on the basis of his open MAP identity, O'Carroll identified a group of radical Feminists attached to the Sexnet private forum as the likely cause. His chapter was entitled "Where Angels Fear to Tread: Anxieties over Researching Child Sexuality Must Be Overcome", and can be read elsewhere online.[13]

Run-ins with the law

In 1981, O'Carroll was convicted for the archaic and rarely prosecuted political crime of "conspiracy to corrupt public morals", over the contact ads section of the PIE magazine and was imprisoned. He had some defenders in the press, and The Campaign Against Public Morals (CAPM) was formed in his defence, producing a left-wing booklet entitled "Paedophilia and Public Morals" (1980) which scrutinized patriarchal, state and family oppression of young people, as well as defending the indicted PIE committee members. O'Carroll was once again imprisoned much later in 2002, on charges of evading a prohibition on the importation of indecent photographs of children stemming from nude photographs that O'Carroll had taken of children on the beaches of Qatar. At the time, he was working on a book about the musician and philanthropist Michael Jackson who was later acquitted of charges brought against him regarding indecent behavior towards a child.

Later, O'Carroll was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to distribute indecent photographs of children after supplying an undercover Met police officer (who over a three year period gained O'Carroll's trust) with a cache of child pornography obtained from his co defendant, Michael John De Clare Studdert's collection. He was arraigned 1 June, 2006 on child porn charges.[1][14] In September 2006, he was charged with two counts of distributing indecent images of children.[1]

On December 20 2006, he was jailed for 2½ years at London’s Middlesex Crown Court,[15] but was released in the summer of 2007. This case was described as a “sting operation”.[16]

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