http://www.mirror.co.uk Jan 2013
Victim Michael Roberts reveals his devil-worshipping stepdad Michael Horgan organised abuse
Victim Michael Roberts, 40, today bravely puts aside his right to anonymity to tell for the first time how he was only six when he was sexually abused by 29-stone politician Smith.
And shockingly he has revealed his devil-worshipping stepdad Michael Horgan organised the horrendous ordeal. Horgan made a deal with the man who went on to be knighted after years as a respected Member of Parliament.
Michael claims Smith, who was also a close pal of Jimmy Savile, told him he had been “a naughty boy” before forcing him to take part in a perverted spanking and groping ritual.
Now studying for a counselling qualification, Michael fought back tears as he recalled: “I was frightened of him because of his size. But by then I was getting abused by so many people I’d just got used to it.”
Horgan, who has also used the name Shaun O’Donnell, became known as the High Priest of Satan.
He was jailed for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register after he was found guilty of six sex abuse charges in 1992. Smith died in 2010 aged 82.
The twisted pair are believed to have bonded initially over their mutual love for Elvis Presley before finding they also shared a sexual interest in children.
Abusing the young and vulnerable became an obsession.
Horgan organised a series of satanic-themed orgies for like-minded paedos.
In one of them he raped little Michael and an even younger female child before watching on as others did the same.
The monster, whose youngest victim was only two, also hung up his stepson and the girl on hooks.
In further horrendous episodes he stripped the children naked, blindfolded them and tied them to a cross next to a black magic altar so that his “disciples” could use them for sex.
The abuses were often filmed to be gloated over later.
Horgan also forced the children to carry out disgusting sex acts on other kids, including their friends and each other.
He organised outdoor “parties” for these activities on Saddleworth Moor, where child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had buried their victims.
Youngsters from two to 13 were drugged, tortured and sexually abused during the satanic “ceremonies”.
The shock revelation over the satanist and MP’s friendship raises questions over any role Smith and Jimmy Savile may have played in Horgan’s paedo ring.
Horgan was also pals with Raymond Hewlett, the child rapist questioned in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Michael added: “Michael Horgan used to take me out to ‘visit’ people regularly. It didn’t seem that far away. It didn’t take us long to get there. We went there in a taxi. Just me and Michael Horgan.
“I can’t remember where it was, just that it was a long row of houses and that it wasn’t far from where we lived in Rochdale.”
Michael says the visit had obviously been set up beforehand as local MP Smith greeted him by his first name when he walked in the room.
He added: “We went into the house. He was a big fat guy. They (Horgan and Cyril) were talking between themselves. It looked like it had been pre-planned because he (Cyril) said, ‘Hello, Michael.’ Then he said I had been ‘naughty’ and that he had to spank me three times.
“He spanked my bum three times and then he touched me up. He touched my private parts.
“It didn’t last five minutes because my stepdad was stood there and said, ‘You’ve got to go,’ and that was it.
“That was the end of it. For some reason, all of a sudden, we had to get back. I don’t know why.”
Smith, elected to Parliament in 1972, first rose to national prominence when he awarded his mother Eva the title of First Lady of Rochdale after he became the town’s mayor in 1966.
He lived with her in her small terraced house in the Lancashire town until her death in 1994.
Never married, Smith’s later years were dogged by rumours about his sexuality and allegations of child abuse.
According to police records, prosecutors were given evidence about him in 1970, 1998 and 1999 but charges were never brought.
He was finally exposed as a paedophile in November last year. The Crown Prosecution Service admitted he should have been charged.
One of his victims claimed he was sexually abused in a room in the Houses Parliament as MPs walked past.
Michael said: “I nearly fell off my chair when I saw it come on the news. I went into shock when I saw him.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, it has finally come out. At the time he abused me I didn’t know who he was. In my mind I called him the fat man.
“It wasn’t until years later that I realised he was an MP. I remember being there and being spanked and that it stung, like when someone slaps you.
“I smelt a funny smell off him. A musty smell and there was a musty smell in the house as well.
“I remember a brownish coffee table in the room and that’s about it.”