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Man who wanted smacking banned jailed after raping 12-year-old boy
Peter Newell has been jailed for six years and eight months for raping a 12-year-old boy (Picture: Shutterstock)

A former UNICEF consultant and children’s rights campaigner has been jailed for raping a 12-year-old boy.

Peter Newell, 77, who led the campaign to ban smacking children and helped governments tackle issues of abuse, pleaded guilty to two counts of buggery and three counts of indecent assault.

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He was sentenced to six years and eight months at Blackfriars Crown Court on January 3.

His victim was only twelve when his offences started in May 1965 and continued until May 1968, according to MailOnline.

Newell was reported to police by his victim in March 2016.

In the 50 years since committing the rapes, Newell has held a vast amount of high end positions in Children’s charities, including coordinating Children are Unbeatable! (CAU!) and the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children.

Man who wanted smacking banned jailed after raping 12-year-old boy
There is no suggestion that any of the charities Newell worked for knew about his actions(Picture: Robbyn Peters Bennett/YouTube)

He also chaired the Children’s Rights Alliance and was a Research Coordinator for the Commission on Children and Violence in the UK.

During his time heading the campaign to make smacking children illegal at the CAU! in 2004, Newell was allegedly paid £80,000 by the NSPCC, Save the Children and Barnardo’s.

There is no suggestion any of the charities knew about Newell’s actions.

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Newell helped write UNICEF’s Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, alongside his partner Rachel Hodgkin.

The document, launched in Geneva in January 1998 is still used by many governments across the world.

A spokesman for UNICEF said: ‘We are deeply shocked to hear of the arrest of Peter Newell. We had no knowledge of this crime when he worked as a UNICEF consultant over 10 years ago.

‘UNICEF has since set in place strong procedures to vet staff and consultants.’

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