Two former Singleton childrens’ home workers charged with child sex abuse offences

Two men are due to appear in court to answer a total of 26 charges of multiple historic sexual abuse of young boys at a former childrens’ home in Singleton, according to police.

John Michael Webber, 77, of Clifton Hill, Brighton, and Don Grasty, 94, of Beach Road, Selsey, have been summoned to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, February 6, police said.

The prosecution follows an investigation by the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit.

The charges allege that the pair committed the offences against eight boys at the long since closed, privately-run Old Rectory Childrens’ Home in Church Road, Singleton.

Webber faces 12 charges – including indecent assault and gross indecency – almost all involving multiple incidents – allegedly committed against five boys.

Grasty faces 14 charges – including indecent assault and gross indecency – almost all involving multiple incidents, allegedly committed against five boys

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  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.


  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.


  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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