Teachers, support staff and volunteers convicted of child abuse

Unfortunately, it has come to light that a large number of teachers, support staff and volunteers have been convicted for child abuse offences carried out. The list below highlights a number of these cases that have been documented.

Ampleforth Abbey and Ampleforth College – North Yorkshire

Peter Turner, formerly known as Father Gregory Carroll was ordained as a priest in 1969 and went on to teach at Ampleforth in the late 70’s and early 80’s.  Turner was sent to work in a parish in Workington in 1987 after confessing to church authorities about having sexual contact with a pupil at Ampleworth.

Turner was jailed for four years in September 2005 after he admitted offences against 10 pupils at the school between by 1979 and 1987.  The sentence was later reduced to 12 months.

Recently, Turner, now in his eighties, admitted to a string of sexual offences committed more than 30 years ago.  He pleaded guilty to eleven counts of indecent assault, two counts of buggery and one count of gross indecency with a child.  His offences were against three boys aged between 9 and 12.  Turner was sentenced to 20 years 10 months

 

Axwell Park Approved School – Blaydon on Tyne

Peter Howarth taught at Axwell Park School from 1966 to 1973.

Howarth died in 1997 while in prison for sex assaults on boys.  Following a further investigation, it came to light that Howarth would have faced 30 claims of abuse from 19 people.  The sexual abuse offences were all against boys aged between 11 and 12 and 14 and 16. Howarth was jailed in 1994 for sexual attacks on boys.

William Burnett was jailed in 2016 for abuse.  Burnett admitted to police that he had tied boys up with their school ties.  He was found guilty of 15 charges of indecent assault.  Burnett was jailed for 15 years (which was later reduced to eight years by the Court of Appeal).

 

Aycliffe Assessment Centre

In 1988 Rod Ryall, former house master, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault, two counts of gross indecency and one of buggery with boys aged 14 to 17.

Martyn Locklin, a house parent, was convicted of two indecent assaults against one teenager, one serious sexual offence, two counts of rape and one of indecent assault against a third boy.  All the offences took place between 1988 and 1996.  Locklin was sentenced to ten years in prison.  It is believed there are more victims of Locklin who are yet to come forward.

 

Banham Marshall College

This school was formerly known as the Old Rectory.

In 2007 George Robson, head and owner, was convicted of child cruelty.  The offences took place between 1974 and 2004.  He was subsequently given a suspended sentence and died of heart failure the following day.  Notwithstanding his death, more than 80 former pupils have already successfully brought claims for compensation.  There are more claims against the insurers and Robson’s estate which have yet to be settled.

 

The Bryn Alyn Community

Consisted of several children’s homes:-

Bryn Alyn Hall

Gatewen Hall

Pentre Saeson Hall

Bryn Tyrlon Hall

Cotsbrook Hall

Gwastad Hall

Bryntirion Hall

Chevet Hey Community Home

In 1995 John Ernest Allen, who ran the community was convicted of six offences of indecent assault against six young males. He received a total sentence of 6 years.  Then in 2014 Allen was convicted of 33 sexual offences against 19 boys and 1 girl and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 11 years.  In 2020, following more victims coming forward, Allen was sentenced to a further 14 years in prison having been found guilty of 16 charges of indecent assault, two of illegal sex acts and two of trying to carry out other illegal sexual acts.

In 1976 Anthony David Taylor was convicted of two offences of indecent assault upon boys staying with the Bryn Allen Community.  He was fined £20 for each offence.

In 1986 the ex-deputy head teacher, Iain Muir, was convicted of an offence of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 for which he was sentenced to 6 months in prison.

 

Buckfast Abbey Preparatory School Buckfast

In 2007 William Manahan, an ordained priest, known as Daddy Prior and Fther Philip, pleaded guilty to 8 charges of sexually assaulting pupils.  The victims, all under 13 at the time, were abused by Manahan between 1971 – 1978.  Manahan, aged 80, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Also in 2007 Paul Couch, a monk at the Abbey, was convicted of two serious sexual offences and 11 indecent assaults against boys at the school and was jailed for 10 years 9 months.

 

Burnside House Skipton

In 2017 Care Worker Stuart Thornton was convicted of six counts of indecent assault on a male under 14, two counts of gross indecency with a child, two counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery.  Thornton was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

 

Caldicott Prep School Buckinghamshire

In 2014 Roland Peter White, former head teacher, was convicted of abusing five pupils between the age of eight and thirteen.  White was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Hugh Henry, former teacher, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of indecency with or towards a child and two counts of gross indecency with a child but died before the sentencing hearing took place.

In 2012 John Addrison, pleaded guilty to offences of indecent assault and indecency with a child and was sentenced to five years in prison.

 

Castle Hill Children’s Home Ludlow

In 1991,former head teacher, Ralph Morris was convicted of 8 sexual offences against male children aged 11 to 16 between 1984 and 1989.  He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for offences including rape and indecent assault.

Senior teacher, John Duggan, was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for indecently assaulting pupils and perverting the course of justice.

 

Chelfham Mill School Barnstaple

In February 2018 Peter Weyman, the school’s handyman/groundsman, admitted eleven offences of indecency.  He was jailed for a total of 17 years.  He was also put on the Sex Offender’s Register for life and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which restricts any future contact with children.  Weyman had moved to Devon from South Yorkshire, where he had also abused a boy over more than two years.

 

Chetham’s School of Music Manchester

In 2013 former director Michael Brewer, was found guilty of five counts of sexually assaulting a pupil at the school, aged 14 and jailed for 6 years.  His former wife Hilary Kay Brewer was also found guilty of one charge of sexual assault.

 

Christ’s Hospital School Horsham

In 2018 James Husband was convicted of five charges of indecent assault on the girl.

The school’s s and former head of house, Gary Dobbie was convicted of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12.  Dobbie was also taught at Shrewsbury School.

Peter Webb and Peter Burr were both jailed after admitting committing offences at the school between the 1960s and 1980s.

Sports coach Ajaz Karim was found guilty in 2018 of assaulting six girls between 1985 and 1993.

 

Danesford Community Home

Brian Hudson, a member of staff was sentenced to 4 years in prison 1995 for child abuse.

 

Dromenagh School Buckinghamshire

In 2015 Gifford Hugh Jones, a member of staff at Dromenagh pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 years and five counts of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 years.  The incidents leading to the charges occurred in the 1970s and 1980s.  Jones was jailed for eight years and six months.

 

Druids Heath Approved School Birmingham

In 2004 Colin Jeneson was convicted of 8 charges of abuse.  The incidents occurred between 1969 – 1976 whilst Jeneson was a teacher at Druids Heath.

 

Dyson Hall Secure Unit

Phillip Savage was previously found guilty of sexual offences against boys at Liverpool’s Diocesan Hall Assessment Centre and jailed for 15 years.  In 2015 Savage was jailed for 15 years for a further 13 years for sexual offences against boys at Dyson Hall.

 

Feversham Special School Newcastle

In 2011 Kevin Brown, senior member of staff was sentenced to six years in prison for offences of indecent assault.  The charges related to incidents that took place throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.  Brown was then sentenced to a further 6 years in 2014 for offences of indecent assault having abused a further seven boys.

In 2014 John Leslie Duncan, also a former senior member of staff, was jailed for 15 years for various offences including buggery, indecent assault and indecent with a child.  Duncan also worked as a social worker at the Dr Barnado’s home at Shotley Park in Consett before moving to Feversham in 1986.  Previously, in 2001 Duncan was sentenced to nine years in jail after admitting sexually abusing two boys. Duncan later died in prison in 2019.

 

Garth Hill School, Bracknell

In 2020 former PE teacher Graham Tattersall was convicted of one count of attempted rape, seven counts of indecent assault and four counts of indecency with a child.  The offences took place between 1979 and 1991.  Tattersall was jailed for 12 years.

 

Hawkseley Church School

In 2019 Iain McDowall, a former teacher, was found guilty of sexual assault of a female child under 13, assault by penetration of a female child under 13 and sexual assault of a female child under 13.  He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to remain on the sex offender’s register indefinitely.

 

Hazelwood Children’s Home Nottingham

In 2019 Michael Robinson, former head, was convicted of five charges of indecent assault and one charge of taking an indecent photograph of a child.  In 1984 Robinson moved and went on to work for Rotherham Social Services and also in Manchester. It is also believed that prior to working at Hazelwood Robinson worked at Repton Lodge children’s home in Worksop.

It is alleged that incidents continued at the home following Robinson’s removal.

In 2018 David Gallop, former social worker, was jailed for 21 months after admitting two charges of indecent assault against a 16 year old boy who was living at Hazelwood.

 

Headlands Children’s Home Penarth

Former member of staff Cyril Samuels was jailed in 1999 having been found guilty of 4 counts of indecent assault and another 11 counts of serous sexual assault.  He was ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release.

 

Kesgrave Hall School

Alan Stancliffe was convicted in 1982, 1999 and again in 2007 of indecently assaulting five boys at Kesgrave Hall School where he had been a teacher from 1978 to 1980.  Stancliffe died in 2014 whilst on bail facing a fourth set of child sex allegations.

In 2016, former care staff member John McKno admitted the sexual abuse of five boys, all under 16 and one under 14 at Kesgrave Hall, Beam College and St Michael’s College.  He was jailed for 14 years.

 

Kimbolton School Cambridgeshire/Giggleswick Senior School

Former teacher, Simon Ball was jailed for 12 years for sexual offences against two pupils.  Ball was also put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and issued with a life-long Sexual Harm Prevention order.  Ball pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13-17, one count of making indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing indecent photographs of a child.  Ball was found guilty of a further four counts of engaging in sexual activity whilst in a position of trust and one count of indecent assault.  Ball had previously been given a warning in 2001 for inappropriate behaviour.

 

Kingsway Junior School Watford

In 2016 former teacher, Terence Back was found guilty of indecent assault of three pupils and was sentenced to six years in prison.

 

Knowl View School Rochdale

In 2014 David Higgins was jaled for 14 years having been convicted of seven serious sex offences.  Prior to that, in 2002 Higgins was jailed having been convicted of indecently assaulting two boys.  In 1983 he had been convicted of indecently assaulting two children in Skipton whilst working as a youth worker.  He received a non-custodial sentence for that offence.

 

Leeds Grammar School

Christopher Slater, former teacher, admitted 7 of offences of indecent assault and in 2015 he was sentenced 4 years and 4 months in prison.  The incidents of abuse took place between 1976 and 1972.  Prior to this, in 2000 Higgins was jailed for 3 ½ years for promming and performing sex acts on an 11 year old boy.  In 2018 Slater pleaded guilty to sex offences committed against a further victim who was a pupil at the school.  Slater was given an 18 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for these offences.

 

May Lodge Children’s Home Scarborough

Maurice Berry, the officer in charge at the home was jailed for 13 years following convictions for rape and sexual abuse.  Berry also worked at Scawby Grove Children’s Home.

Raymond Vasey, former care worker was jailed for 17 years for raping and sexually abusing young girls at May Lodge.

 

Medomsley Detention Centre

Neville Husband was jailed in 2003 for eight years for abusing five teenagers at the unit.  In 2005 Husband admitted four more counts of abuse and his sentence was increased by a further two years.  Husband died in 2010.

Leslie Johnson was also convicted of sexual offences against inmates and was sentenced for six years in jail for the offences.  Johnson has also since died.

Numerous applications for compensation have already been made by former inmates relating to abuse suffered at the hands of both Husband and Johnson but also a number of other former officers.  The Ministry of Justice is believed to have already paid out over £3.5 million in damages.

 

Oakwood School Stowmarket

In 2015 Eric de Smith, former head, was convicted of seven charges of sexual assault or indecency against pupils at the school. His crimes were committed against several boys in 1970s and 1980s.

Gerald West, former teacher, admitted two child cruelty charges as did Michael Watts, also a former teacher.

Numerous pupils of the school have received compensation from the Council for the abuse they suffered whilst at the school.

 

Penhill Assessment Centre Cardiff

In 2001 Anthony Burke, former teacher, was convicted of serious sexual assaults on three boys at Penhill aged between 13 and 17.  Burke was sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison.

Numerous former pupils have already obtained compensation as a result of the abuse suffered at Penhill.

Ratcliffe Road Children’s Home Leicester/Broome House Didsbury

Frank Beck, former officer in charge of a number of children’s homes in Leicestershire was sentenced to five life sentences in 1991 following allegations of abuse spanning 1974 to 1986 at Radcliffe Road, the Beeches and the Popular Children’s homes.  Beck died in prison.

 

Ripon Cathedral Choir School

Ian Atkinson was found guilty of eight charges of indecent assault and a charge of indecency with a child and downloading indecent images of children.  He was jailed for 12 years and placed on the sex offenders register for life.  The charges related to two boys under 14 and the offences took place in the early 2000s.

In 2017 Robin Davidson admitted four charges of indecent assault on two boys under 14 in the 1970s and was jailed for two years.

 

Riseley Church of England School

In 2016 Paul Turner, a piano teacher, was convicted of indecent assault and gross indecency on a boy in the 2000’s.  Turner was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

 

Riverside Children’s Home Rochester

Former Social Worker Joseph Hopkins was found guilty of rape, nine indecent assaults and two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm.  The incidents leading to the convictions occurred between 1981 and 1985

 

Rosehill Care Home

Six men were prosecuted for the systematic abuse of former residents, including Ronald Hall.  He was jailed for 11 years for 21 counts of sexual and physical abuse.  Hall’s Deputy Ian Gray, was given a 14 year sentence for serious sexual abuse.

Other members of staff were also prosecuted but for lesser offences.

Over 150 victims of abuse at these homes have already successfully made claims for compensation.

 

Royal Northern College of Music Manchester

In 2014, music teacher, Duncan McTier, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and one of attempted indecent assault.  He was given a three-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work.  The offences took place between 1985 and 1994.  McTier taught at various prestigious music schools.

 

Royd Edge Children’s Home

In 2016 Stephen Scholes, former teacher, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of abuse including committing acts of indecency with children, indecent assault and attempted buggery between 1972 and 1996.  Scholes was sentenced to six years in prison.  Scholes was also a Scout Leader in Huddersfield.

 

Scawby Grove Children’s Home

In 2002 Michael Brizzalari, former care worker was jailed for 15 years having been convicted of 17 counts of indecent assault, 3 counts of rape and 1 of buggery.  The incidents leading to the convictions occurred between 1983 – 1992.

Maurice Berry, former worker at the home was jailed for 13 years for rape and sexual abuse following incidents of abuse whilt he worked at May Lodge Children’s Home.

In 2002 James Bernard Littlewood was convicted in respects on counts of buggery and doing an act of cruelty to a child or young person under 16.  He was sentenced to a total period of 13 years in prison.  Littlewood also worked at St Camillus School.

 

Sedbury Park Approved School

Geoffrey John Ward, a residential care worker and the housemaster, Gerald Rex Sweatman both pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault against male children.

 

Shadwell Children’s Home Leeds

In March 2017, ex-Deputy Principal, Melvyn Blake, was sentenced to 16 years in prison having been found guilty of serious sexual offences against four boys.

Leonard Lake was also convicted of 2 counts of indecent assault and received a two year prison sentence.  In 1993 Lake was convicted of similar offences and had served a prison sentence.

 

Shepshed High School Loughborough

In 2020 Nigel Bristowe, former maths teacher, was jailed for five years having pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault of a 15 year old girl.

 

St Ambrose College Altrincham

Alan Morris, former chemistry teacher and church deacon was jailed for 9 years in 2014.  Morris was found guilty of historic sex offences against pupils at the school.  Morris became a Deacon at the Church of the Holy Aggels in Hale Barns.

 

Skircoat Lodge Children’s Home Halifax

In 2001 Malcolm Osric Phillips, who ran Skircoat Lodge for nearly 20 years, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for repeated abuse of children his care.

Andrew Shalders, social worker, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for offences against children at Skircoat Lodge.

Terrance O’Hagan, who also worked at Dobroyd Castle Approved School in Todmorden, was charged with abuse of children at Skircoat Lodge but he died before conviction.

 

St Bede’s Catholic School Manchester

Monsignor Thomas Duggan, Father Charles Mullholland and Father Hamilton were all named as abusers but died before being brought to justice.

Father William Green, a former member of staff, admitted 27 sexual assaults on boys and in 2007 was jailed for six years for the offences.  Green also served at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Wigan.

Numerous former pupils have already brought claims against the Catholic Diocese of Salford for the treatment they were subjected to whilst at the school.

 

St Benedicts School for Boys Reading

Andrew Soper, known as Father Laurence, former headmaster, who later became Abbot of Ealing Abbey, was convicted of 19 charges of rape and other sexual assaults against 10 boys in 2017 and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Father David Pearce, was sentenced to 8 years in prison in 2009 for abusing 5 boys in his care over a 36 year period.

John Maestri, teacher, admitted 5 indecent assaults against children in 1980s.

In 2010 John Skelton, also a teacher, was convicted of indecent assault against two victims in 1983.

 

St Gilberts Approved School Worchestershire

The school was run by the De le Salle Brotherhood.  The Deputy Headmaster, Brother Maurice, had been convicted of six counts of sexually abusing boys at St gilberts but was reinstated as a teacher after being given a sentence of three years probation on condition he spent a year in a hospital.

 

St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf

In Father Neil Gallanagh, resident chaplain, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two pupils and received a 6 month suspended prison sentence and a fine of £1,500.  The diocese of Leeds employed Gallanagh despite him having ben caught abusing children more than a decade earlier while working at Craigbane Church, an offence for which he was fined £30.  It is understood that some victims have already achieved out of court settlement for the abuse they suffered.

 

St John’s Children’s Home, Erdington

In 2008, Gilbert Lewis, residential social worker, was convicted of indecent assault against 5 victims and was sentenced to 5 years in prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

 

St Vincents Children’s Home Formby

In 1994 Principal, Alan Langshaw, admitted 30 specimen charges of what would now be rape, indecent assault and gross indecency with a child and was jailed for 10 years.

Former staff member, Edward Stanton was sentenced to 13 years in prison for offences against boys in his care at St Vincents.

A number of cases have been successfully brought by victims of abuse at St Vincents.

 

St Williams Approved School/Community Home Market Weighton

In 2016 James Carragher, the former principal of the school, was convicted of abusing 7 boys and found guilty of 21 indecent assaults and three serious sex offences and was sentenced to nine years in prison.  In 1993 Carragher was convicted of a number of offences against boys in his care and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Anthony McAllen, former chaplain, received a 2 ½ year sentence in the 1990s for sexual offences.  In 2016 he was jailed for 15 years having been convicted of 11 charges including a serious sexual assault.

In 2014 Albert Marvin, former farmer at the school was jailed for 7 years for sexual abuse, including offences at St Williams.

 

Street Lane Children’s Home/Alverton Assessment Centre Leeds

In 2017 John Foreman, who worked as a houseparent at the home in 1970s was convicted of serious sexual offences committed against boys at the home, including 14 offences of indecent assault.  Foreman was sentenced to 21 years and 8 months in prison.

 

Swaylands School, Kent

In 2015 former care worker Colwyn Baker was sentenced to 20 years in prison for 20 offences.

David Hennessy was jailed for 12 years for six offences.

Nigel Putman was sentenced to 3 years for two offences.

 

Taff Vale Children’s Home, Cardiff

In 2015 Kenneth McEwan, a former care worker, was jailed for 12 years having been convicted of raping a young boy in the children’s home.  McEwan underwent a court-ordered sex therapy programme shortly after his time at Taff Vale as part of a sentence in 1995 for breaking into another Cardiff children’s home getting into bed with one boy and taking another out to sleep in a field with him.

In 1999 Geoffrey Morris pleaded guilty to six indecent assaults, gross indecency and three serious assaults in relation to the children in his care and related crimes that took place at various children’s homes including Taff Vale and the Gorse Place Children’s Home.  Morris was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Brian Johnson, a former social worker who worked at Taff Vale as a team leader, was also convicted of sexually abuse and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

 

Tennal Assessment Centre Birmingham

Four former workers at the home have been convicted for sexual offences against boys at the home.  In 2002 former teacher, Peter Brook, was jailed for eight years after he admitted four charges of indecent assault, one of a serious sexual offence and another of indecency with a child.  The offences all occurred at the home.  Brook also admitted two charges of indecent assault and one of a serious sexual offence while working at Kingswood School in Bristol and one of indecent assault whilst at Troy House School in Monmouth.

In 2001 Arthur Birch was jailed for eight years after he was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault and three of a serious sexual nature against boys at the home.  He died in prison.

Eugene Devoti, was jailed for seven years after he was found guilty of five indecent assaults at the Centre.

In 2002 Terry Goodhall, was jailed for eight years after admitting 15 offences at the home.

A number of cases have already been successfully brought against Birmingham City Council in relation to abuse suffered at the centre.

 

Thorp Arch Grange Children’s Home Leeds 

In 2017 Roy Allen, the school’s director of education was jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of 12 charges.

At the same time, Roy Lovatt, former Housemaster, was jailed for 28 years after being convicted of nine offences.  He had previously pleaded guilty to a further 25 offences.

 

Uplands Children’s Home Bromsgrove

In 2003, Brian Gillam, former manager, was jailed for 12 years for numerous counts ofHaw rape and indecent assault of young girls.

 

Wavekk School Farnborough

Richard Hillary, teacher and sports coach was found guilty of 14 counts of indecent assault against girls who were under the age of 16 and was jailed for 15 years.

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