Charity shuts after trustee found to be paedophile convict

The Charity Commission has closed down a charity in South Yorkshire because one of its trustees is a convicted paedophile.

The South Yorkshire Regional Team approached the Commission in July 2000 to be registered as a charitable organisation.

The Commission undertook criminal record checks of all trustees since the charity would be dealing with vulnerable individuals. Most were given the all-clear but the checks found that one trustee had previously served a 10-year prison sentence for sexual offences against children and others had convictions for theft.

The Commission immediately launched an investigation.

Simon Gillespie, the Commission's director of operations, said: "Charity trustees and staff occupy a position of trust in society and therefore we thoroughly check out all new trustees. Under no circumstances must convicted paedophiles be able to occupy positions that bring them into close contact with children."

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