Historical evidence is just as powerful in abuse cases

Another story has hit the headlines of a case involving a school teacher and a house master abusing their position of trust and authority to groom a number of victims at the school where they were working.

As with a number of my previous blog posts, the prosecution followed witness accounts from historical cases, from people who were abused years ago, but felt they were unable to speak up because they wouldn’t be believed.

This latest case concerns Roy Allen and Roy Lovett who have been charged with molesting several victims during the 1970s and 1980s whilst working at the Thorp Arch Grange School in West Yorkshire. Allen was teaching at the time of carrying out the offences, later becoming a deputy head and then eventually a Headmaster at the school. Together with Lovett, who was Housemaster at the time, they were able to contrive and use their positions of power to silence their victims against the horrific crimes being carried out.

As well as being able to abuse their positions of power, there was further issue relating to the school itself. It was an institution that took in young people from children’s homes, courts or local authorities. They were seen as “troubled”, sometimes coming from difficult domestic situations and some even involved in petty offending. Not only were Allen and Lovett’s victims battling abuse of power, but their own inferiority in society as well.

When standing trial, the victims said they felt “utterly unable to complain” and regarded as naughty boys who would not be believed. What’s more, if the Headmaster is one of the people committing the abuse, who was going to listen to them?

But they were listened to, even some 30 to 40 years later. Lovett, who is now 71, was found guilty of four charges of indecent assault and five of serious sex assaults against two boys. He also admitted 23 charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency on three other boys and one girl. He was jailed for 28 years. Allen, now 72, was found guilty of nine charges of indecent assault, two of serious sex assault and one of attempted serious sex assault involving four boys in the 1970s. He was jailed for 18 years.

It’s a very sad state of affairs, made worse for the fact that the victims must have felt totally powerless. But, the thing to remember is that it is never too late to disclose information relating to an abuse case. This information can be used to bring criminals to justice and victims can seek recompense or closure for the horrific crimes they were subjected to.

The abuse team at Verisona Law can help sensitively deal with cases. Contact us today for further information in the strictest of confidence.


Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.

Schools

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

Charities

  • 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.

Perpetrators

  • 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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