A man accused of making up a Westminster VIP paedophile ring is himself a "committed and manipulative paedophile", a court has heard.
Newcastle Crown Court was told that Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, used a secret app on his phone to hide his interest in young boys, tried to frame someone else, and only later admitted to a series of charges.
During the afternoon session, the court was told that Beech admitted making and possessing indecent images of children and voyeurism at a previous hearing.
Tony Badenoch QC, prosecuting, said: "These child sex offences were committed whilst he was speaking to investigating police officers."
He added: "The evidence demonstrates that Carl Beech is a committed and manipulative paedophile, capable of deceit to investigators and limitless manipulation when required."
Jurors also heard that Beech craved attention and wanted to become an international speaker on "survivors".
He told police in 2016 that powerful men had abused and murdered children in the 1970s, the court heard.
But prosecutors say that he made it all up and even created an encrypted email address, telling police there was another victim, who officers gave the pseudonym Fred.
Mr Badenoch said Beech spent around 20 hours with police over his allegations and he "therefore had an audience".
"He also spent many hours with Metropolitan Police officers attending the 'scenes of the crimes'," Mr Badenoch added.
"It extended to appearances on mainstream TV as a shadowy figure using the pseudonym 'Nick'.
"So here he was telling the world of these dreadful crimes whilst at the same time pretending to be 'Fred' to the investigating officers.
"Why Carl Beech did that is something only he really knows.
"Others have said that he craves attention."
The prosecutor added: "He appears to have intended to become a speaker on the international circuit on the subject of survivors."
Beech, a former nurse and father-of-one, had written 150 pages of his memoirs and a document called Too Many Secrets.
He denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud - relating to a payment in 2013 of £22,000 for criminal injuries.
According to Mr Badenoch, this money was used as a deposit on a Ford Mustang convertible.
The prosecutor also alleged that Beech's ex-wife Dawn had never been told of the abuse allegations, despite them being married for more than 20 years.
He said: "They had been together since he was in his very early 20s until he was around 44... He was just 20 and if he is to be believed, he was at that stage still carrying the physical and mental scars of sadistic torture."
The paedophile ring was alleged to have included senior politicians and military officers and the court heard that Beech had searched online for information on his "abusers".
The court was also told Beech had searched online for locations he would later cite as abuse venues, such as the Carlton Club and Dolphin Square.
The trial continues.
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