A story in the local press has told of a former teacher at a school in Petersfield who faced numerous abuse charges. Sadly, it appears that this is another case of somebody abusing their power status to cover abuse the vulnerability of young girls.
Timothy Bleach was accused of more than 100 sexual offenses, including the abuse of a dozen girls aged between 8 and 11 years, whilst in his position at Weyford Junior School in Bordon. The cases are from non-recent offences which happened during the 1970s, but despite the sheer number of allegations, Bleach’s original plea was not guilty to 62 charges.
To add insult to injury, Bleach’s defence claimed that 12 of the women had “joined the bandwagon” and that incidences were “fabricated or didn’t happen” and that they were simply a bid to put the former teacher, now 76, behind bars.
Plenty of my articles and blogs link back to cases where someone in a position of authority and this is yet another instance where someone abused that trust again and again. It was suggested during the trial that Bleach’s victims were reluctant to report the crimes at the time because they showed a desire to please their teacher and show him respect.
Bleach’s ‘not guilty’ pleas meant that the victims themselves had to face the ordeal of giving evidence in court. He accused them of forming a committee and colluding against him due to their cases being “almost identical”. Fortunately, this claim was dismissed by the prosecutor who said “lightening didn’t strike 13 times in the same place. If you consider that with any care you will see this isn’t a case of collusion, they can’t all be mistaken.”
Bleach’s horrific crimes were uncovered, thanks to Hampshire Constabulary’s ongoing Operation Marmion which reviews a number on non-recent child abuse cases. On 14th December he was convicted of 56 counts of abuse at Portsmouth Crown Court and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. One has to wonder about the school’s position at the time of the offences – usually in widespread cases like this, it is not uncommon for the organisation to know of the abuse that occurred within. The school, on a civil basis, are as culpable as he is for the crimes he committed, as they gave Bleach the position and continued the abuse under their watch.
Those who suffered can seek civil recourse by way of damages for the pain and suffering. This can help victims rebuild their lives and gain some closure so that they can get on with their lives.
If you have been affected by abuse, either past or present, and you would like to seek recompense, Verisona Law’s specialist Abuse Team can help. Contact us today to find out how.
Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.
Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.
The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.
- 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.
- Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.
- Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.
- Permanent carers, temporary carers
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