Carl Beech true story: Where is the sex abuse liar now and who did he accuse?
CARL Beech was at the centre of a false sex abuse scandal which implicated some of the most powerful people in Britain during the 1970s and 1980s.
But what's the true story of Carl Beech, where is he now and who did he accuse?
Who is Carl Beech?
Carl Beech is a "devious" sex-abuse fantasist, born in Wrexham in 1968.
He was a former NHS paediatric nurse working as a hospital inspector with the Care Quality Commission.
He was also the governor of two schools in Gloucestershire when he began the abuse allegations.
Beech began an elaborate web of lies about being sexually abused as a child by some of Britain's most powerful people – which kickstarted Operation Midland – costing the police £2.5million.
He also said he witnessed the alleged VIP sex ring kill three boys.
Police referred to him as "Nick," to protect his identity.
While he was promoting his lies – Beech was secretly downloading child abuse imagery and filming a teenage boy.
Detectives arrived at his Gloucester home on November 2, 2016, and what they found there revealed that Beech was himself a paedophile.
Three of his devices – two laptops and an iPad – contained hundreds of child sexual abuse images, including dozens of the gravest abuse imagery.
Where is he now?
Beech received more than £20,000 in public money as compensation for injuries he claimed were inflicted during the alleged abuse – injuries he had never actually suffered.
He went on the run after failing to show up for his trial – and was later found and arrested at Gothenburg railway station in Sweden.
After a 12-week trial in 2019, the liar was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.
He was found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, one of fraud, and several child sexual offences.
Harvey Proctor, one of Beech's alleged abusers who gave evidence at trial, called for a fully independent investigation into Operation Midland, which he calls the "worst failing in the history of policing in the last 40 years".
He said Beech's "criminality and the Metropolitan Police's gullibility have threatened the future position of genuine child abuse complainants".
Who did he accuse?
He claimed that he had been the victim of sexual abuse by a "VIP ring" in the late 1970s and early 1980s – and that he had witnessed three child murders by members of the same group.
He said that between the ages of seven and 16, he was abused by the paedophile ring that included the late Jimmy Savile.
Ex-MP Harvey Proctor was also one of the falsely accused – and he lost both his home and his job because of Beech's allegations.
He also accused his stepfather Raymond Beech of abusing him.
Beech said that over the nine years, an unnamed driver took him to abuse "parties" at military bases, and later at central London locations.
He eventually went on to tweet and blog under the name "Carl Survivor", with graphic posts about sexual abuse and torture appearing on a website for those allegedly abused as children.
After speaking to Scotland Yard, Beech told detectives the names of men who had allegedly abused him, including two former heads of the armed forces, Lord Bramall and Sir Roland Gibbs.
The former chiefs of MI5 and MI6, Sir Michael Hanley and Sir Maurice Oldfield, as well as the former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, and the ex-MPs Harvey Proctor and Lord Janner, also became part of his story.
On the blog, the twisted paedo penned poems describing nightmarish events like being locked in a room full of wasps.
"Sometimes when I had broken the rules, been bad. They shut me in a room of wasps all mad," he wrote.
He also said sessions would include torture and elaborate punishments such as electrocution, being used as a human dartboard, and having spiders tipped over his naked body.
No arrests were ever made in connection to his false allegations.
After noting inconsistencies in his interviews – the investigation was turned on its head, and Beech was subsequently probed – which led to his arrest.
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