Verisona Law instructed by former pupils of Aldro School - John Clark sentenced to 20 years for abuse on 4 individuals

John Clark has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after sexually abusing four pupils former music teacher who "insidiously weaved" his way into four pupils' lives has been jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of more than 20 sexual offences.

John Clark, 79, was on Thursday (October 29) found unanimously guilty of 24 counts of indecent assault and another of buggery at Aldro School in Shackleford between 1975 and 1981. Clark, now of hames rive in Melton Mowbray, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (October 30) after failing to attend his conviction on Thursday on account of ill-health.

Addressing Clark, Judge Stephen Climie said: "The harm caused by your behaviour - it is severe psychological harm at the most extreme level.

"The four boys were particularly vulnerable, not just because of their ages, but also taking into account their personal circumstances being boarders in the school, which had a strong regimented aspect where the teachers were trusted and the child complied."

Having been contacted by individuals who allege that they were abused by Clark who werere not involved in the criminal proceedings, only goes to evidence that the conviction relates to those able to come forward who are seemingly just the 'tip of the iceberg'.

If you or a loved one have been 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.


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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