Bruce Roth jailed for sexual abuse - Wellington College, Crowthorne and Kings School in Rochester

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A teacher has been jailed for 11 years for sexually abusing five boys at public schools in Berkshire and Kent.

Bruce Roth, 46, groomed and performed sex acts on three boys while teaching at Wellington ollege, Crowthorne, jurors at Reading Crown Court heard. He also abused two boys, aged between eight and 10, while working at King's School in Rochester, Kent. Roth had denied 17 offences, including sexual activity with a child and indecent assault. The police investigation went back to the 1980s and concluded with Roth's arrest in 2009. 'Sickened and appalled' Roth denied all the charges against him, accusing his victims of conspiring against him because they did not like him as a teacher. Before handing down the sentence, Judge Simon avis described it as a "sad and dreadful case". He told Roth he had "abused his position of trust", adding: "You carefully chose your targets." Wellington College's master nthony Seldon said he was "deeply sickened and appalled" by the case. He said Roth had been suspended as soon as the accusations were reported. "During the subsequent investigations we have worked closely with the authorities to ensure that no stone has been left unturned and that the police managed to gather sufficient evidence to lead to a conviction," he added. If you were subject to abuse or you know of a friend or relative who was please get in touch in the strictest of confidence. Charles Derham crd@verisona.com 02392492472


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

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