An award-winning children’s writer whose career was ruined when he was jailed for sex attacks on children has been found dead at his home in the Yorkshire Dales.
William Mayne, who was 82, was the author of more than 100 books and was regarded as one of the leading children's authors of the 20th-century.
But his career crashed to a halt in 2004 when he was jailed for two-and-a-half years by a judge at Teesside Crown Court.
He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register and banned from working with children for life after admitting to 11 charges of indecent assault between 1960 and 1975.
If anything, the feeling that someone "must be alright" if he has the relevant piece of paper puts children at risk because it makes other adults less likely to voice their conerns. We cannot contract out our responsibilities as adults to an agency of the state.
Later. An obituary of William Mayne has now appeared in the Guardian.