Former children’s homes boss accused of 49 sex offences after 14 new allegations

Having recently featured on BBC and ITV Wales in respect of successful claims brought against Cardiff Council in relation to a school in South Wales, I am saddened to read of yet another abuse scandal to have occurred in North Wales.

The former boss of children’s homes has been accused of a string of new sex abuse allegations.

John Allen has been charged with 14 new allegations including rape, indecent assault and a serious sexual offence.

A court was told that another eight alleged victims had come forward, bring the total to 23.

Allen, 72, was remanded on conditional bail after the hearing Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday and his defence barrister indicated he would deny the offences which now total 49.

The charges span from 1968 to 1991 and involve both men and women.

Allen, of Ipswich, was the head and founder of the Bryn Alyn Community which at one time ran a number of children’s homes in North Wales.

The original charges involved 15 complainants aged between seven and 15 at the time.

He was arrested by officers from Operation Pallial, probing allegations of historical child abuse in North Wales.

The National Crime Agency said: ”These additional offences allegedly took place against seven boys and one girl, aged between 12 and 15 years old, and are believed to have taken place between 1972 and 1991.”

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