Philip Batten – charged with 27 offences against children – Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate – Verisona Law instructed to pursue civil claims

A FORMER house master at a Reigate school has appeared in court to face 27 charges of sexual abuse and neglect of children younger than 16.

Philip Ralph Batten, 69, now of Caddock Hill in Battle, was formerly a house master at Royal Alexandra and Albert School.

He appeared at Guildford Crown Court today to face 4 charges of buggery on a child younger than 16; 21 charges of indecent assault on a child younger than 16 and two charges of assaulting, ill-treating, neglecting, abandoning or exposing a person younger than 16 who he was responsible for.

The charges relate to the alleged abuse of nine children across more than a decade from 1974 – 1988.

Batten did not enter a plea. He was released on bail until July 24 with the conditions that he must not contact anyone who was at the school during that time and he must not be with a child younger than 16 without supervision and without them being aware of the allegations

Charles Derham head of the abuse team at Verisona Law already represents two individual who are pursuing claims in respect of alleged abuse suffered at the School and has successfully settled claims brought by others who also attended the School. He also assisted Sanchia Berg and Meirion Jones in the preparation of the BBC Panorama documentary.

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Having completed her degree, Lisa started work for Verisona Law in November 1999 in the Personal Injury department as a Trainee Litigation Clerk and since then has developed extensive skills in relation to personal injury litigation and case preparation.

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