Roland Peter Wright denies 15 charges relating to when he was a master then a headmaster at Caldicott Preparatory School in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, in the 1960s and 1970s

In 82-year-old former headmaster sexually abused boys at his school in the 1960s and 70s, a jury has heard. Roland Peter Wright, of Farnham Royal, Bucks, denies 13 charges of indecent assault and two counts of inciting boys to commit gross indecency with him. He was master, then headmaster, at Caldicott Preparatory School at Farnham Royal, Aylesbury Crown Court heard. Boys were abused in his study bedroom at night, among other places, the jury heard. 'Disgusting taste' Speaking of one boy, who was 12 or 13 at the time, John Price QC told the court: "Late one night he had been asleep in his bed in the dormitory. "The master came in, sat on his bed, woke him up and quietly told him to go the master's study bedroom which was nearby. "The boy did as he was told." The court heard the teacher got the boy in the bed and pushed his tongue into his mouth. "He remembers a disgusting taste of food and drink. Mr Price added Mr Wright touched the boy inappropriately and made the boy do the same to him. Sports teacher "This was to happen on several further occasions," he said. "The boy recalls that the master was never violent, never threatening. Indeed he recalls that he was 'quite gentle and loving... very softly spoken'. "At the time of these events the man was a French and sports teacher at the school."The court heard more than a dozen complainants came forward to make allegations about Wright. The indictment refers to seven alleged victims. Mr Wright requires regular court breaks because of his age, and listens to proceedings with a hearing loop. We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.

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Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

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