William John Gillham charged with 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences - Palmerston House children’s home

A MAN is due to appear in court charged with historic sex offences at a Hampshire children’s home.

William John Gillham is due to appear before Southampton Crown Court.

The 64-year-old was charged on Wednesday with 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against boys who were under the age of 16 during the 1980s in Hampshire.

Gillham, whose address is Rue des Fours Ecoine, Deux-Sèvres, France, faces charges relating to alleged offences at the former Palmerston House children’s home on Botley Road, Romsey.

Hampshire police have said that this investigation does not involve any other children’s homes or institutions.

It charges follow inquiries by detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Marmion, investigating non-recent cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse have charged a man with serious sexual offences involving children.

The charges form part of Hampshire Constabulary’s ongoing review of non-recent CSE and abuse cases

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by child abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring a claim.


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Schools

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Charities

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Private companies

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Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

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National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

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Perpetrators

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Children’s Homes

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Religious Institutions

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Foster Carers

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