Caldicott School: Child Sexual Abusers and Timeline

Pupils at Caldicott School, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire suffered child sexual abuse over a number of years and a number of abusers. It is now a charity [4], as are many “public” schools.  It is not known what the status of the school was when child sexual abuse offences were being committed by its teachers and covered up by the school.

Known abusers so far were

  • Peter Roland Wright, former Caldicott pupil [23], was finally charged and convicted in 2014. Previous attempts to indict him failed in 2003 due a Judge deciding it was too great a the length of time since offences and the defendants health. A stay on that indictment meant he only faced charges from new victims who came forward. He was sentenced to 8 years?. He was tried with offences from 1964-1970 [3]. Victims were mainly 11-13 years old [3]. He was at the school from 1952 -1993, the last 25 years as Headmaster. Wright, and when Headmaster covered up Marton Carsons abuse [1] See also Court Appeal Roland Peter Wright 5 August 2014 Court of Appeal  [3] Peter Wright still lived at a cottage overlooking the school after he retired, before his recent vacation in prison.
  • peterwrightold                                         Peter Roland Wright – Serial Child Abuser
  • Hugh Edward Henry admitted 13 counts [3] including two counts of incitement to gross indecency and eleven counts of indecent assault [9] [12]. He is thought to have been at Caldicott between 1958-1963  and offences on one boy were from 1962-63 [12]. He committed some of his offences at his bedsit and on a school skiing trip with Peter Wright. He was also charged with offences at Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross. Little else is known of his offending, where else he worked and any other possible offences. He killed himself by walking in front of a train before sentencing. [12]
  • John Addrison, another former Caldicott pupil [34], was charged in 2012 with offences at Caldicott between Jan and July 1978 and at Moor Park School, Ludlow between 1985 and 1988 and sentenced to roughly 5 years.  It is also not clear what he did straight after leaving Caldicott; when he started at Moor Park school or what he did after being dismissed from Moor Park School in 1988, although he was teaching in 2010 [2]. It is not known if he committed further offences after 1988. Also see Government UK National College for Teaching and Leadership  Mr John Addrison: Professional Conduct Panel outcome Panel decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education [2] pdf download, and reproduced in Appendix 1 below
  • Martin Carson, a science teacher, was found to be committing child sexual abuse offences at Caldicot in 1973, but it was covered up by the school and he received just a 5 year ban from teaching [6]. Carson was charged with two charges of buggery, eight charges of indecent assault and one count of possessing indecent photographs. He pleaded guilty in 2003 and was sentenced to just 2 years in prison. Details are lacking of offences, when employed at Caldicott. Carson resumed his career in 1980 at prep school in Eastbourne where he was appointed Head of Pastoral care [38] and he taught at Harrodian School, Bath, at the time of the video Chosen in 2008. It is not known if the committed further offences at these school or elsewhere [6]
  • David Keith Geddes, another teacher, was acquitted of offences between 1975-77 after a retrial [14] [28]
  • George Hill Peter Wrights deputy in the 1970s killed himself which probably saved him from facing charges [33]

There is a good summary of legal outcomes on the Mandate Now website [28] The Caldicott Trials and Outcomes [28] where there is also a video interview of Tom Perry with Jon Snow.

mandatenow2-2The number of victims on which they were convicted is very low about 25 to 30. There are likely to be many more victims of these abusers at Caldicott and other schools, who have valuable information.

2008 Channel 4 Real Stories Chosen [1]

The powerful film Chosen won a Bafta was made by True Vision and can also be viewed on their website [29]. It largely features three survivors of abuse at Caldicott.

On the Real Stories website [29] there is also more information, links to Andrew Norfolk’s valuable press articles on Caldicott and an interview with Tom Perry by Jon Snow [29].

My respect goes to the courageous survivor whistleblowers Tom Perry, Alistair Rolfe and Mark Paige. I have only watched the moving video Chosen twice. I may have missed some useful information, please feel free to point it out.

Haing watched and been inspired into action by the film, author Simon Astaire wrote his book Mr Coles to bring attention to the abuse and preparatory boarding schools [25]

A follow video was planned, but I am not sure if it has been released. One of the film whistleblowers Mark Paige, has sadly died of cancer since the original film and before he saw justice done. See Channel 4 short video [29] which is well worth viewing.

Summary

Taking all the evidence to hand into account about Caldicott, there appears to be a pattern of systemic child sexual abuse 0ver 50 years by at least 6 perpetrators.

There is also a pattern of systemic cover up over at least 40 years at Caldicott.

1963 cover up 1 of Hugh Henry’s child sexual abuse [33] He left the school and later the Education officials were informed but Polcie were not told. He was not convicted for another 50 years, leaving him free to abuse and ruin lives all that time.

1973 cover up 2 of Martin Carson’s child sexual abuse [6] [33] He was dismissed after the matron and a teacher blew the whistle on Carson and he admitted to being a serial child abuser. Wright as Headmaster orchestrated the cover up. The Ministry was informed and he was banned from teaching for 5 years but worked for at least 2 more schools and leaving him free to abuse and ruin lives for another 30 years before being convicted but receiving only 3 years.

2000’s early, cover up 3 of sexual abuse of a boy. The teacher concerned was suspended and did not return. It is alleged that the headmaster Simon Doggart and the now Lord Justice Scott Baker, then a Chairman of the Board of Governors at the school did not follow the schools correct procedures and failed to report the abuse to police or social services. ie. covered up the abuse [8] The DfEE, Education Department, equivalent was informed who are responsible for warning other employers.

Possible Abuse Networks

Hugh Henry also worked at Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross where he also abused [31]

Addrison also worked at Moor School Ludlow where he also abused [2]

Carson resumed his career in 1980 at a Prep school in Eastbourne where he was appointed Head of Pastoral Care [38] He also worked at Harrodian School Bath. It is not known whether he abused at these schools. He also had a friend who abused on a school trip to Arran [1].

Both Addrison and Geddes worked at the same school in Kenya [34] No information is available on which school it was or whether abuse was committed.

Known abusers need to be checked out to find out where else they worked and what abuse they perpetrated at these other schools and which other child abusers they were connected to.

Both Wright and Addrison were ex pupils of Caldicott. Did they develop their aberrant behaviour whilst pupils at Caldicott. Abuse had been going on since the 1940’s under headmaster Shewell Cooper [45]. Was Addrison even abused as a pupil by Peter Wright?

Judicial Cover up?

The person who only passed a 2 year prison sentence on Carson for offences which carried a maximum of life imprisonment was Judge Roger Connor. Judge Connor was the same man that that later blocked Peter Wrights prosecution [33]. This judgement not only prevented Wright being prosecuted on those charges but was used as precedent for 8 years as the reason for refusal of the CPS to bring more charges in other cases [36]

Connor has been criticised for having a conflict of interest in that he knew the then Chairman of Governors of Caldicott, the man who is now Lord Chief Justice Scott [38] They live near each other in Bucks and both play golf at nearby golf clubs. Connor, interestingly is now Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire [38]

Connor ruled that the alleged acts happened so long ago that the accused would not be able to defend himself. Wright was described by the judge as a “retired headmaster of good character”. Judge Connor said the long delay in bringing the case to court had “clearly made it significantly more difficult” for Wright to put forward his defence. Wright’s lawyers had claimed that his capacity to remember detail was “diminished by his advancing age and the deteriorating state of his health – he suffered a heart attack six years ago”.

Also, there was “reason to believe the evidence of the complainants, or at least some, has been contaminated as a result of the manner in which the case has been investigated and the leading part played by Mr Perry”. The judge went on: “Human memory is a frail thing. This case depends almost entirely upon the memory of individuals about events many years ago.” He was therefore not convinced that “any useful purpose would be served” by allowing the case to go before a jury. At this point I should declare an interest. I taught at Caldicott from January to July 1963 and knew Wright [23]

If a lawyer could explain why Judge Cutts could not overturn Judge Connors stay, I would be grateful [33]

Caldicotts Reaction

The school stated in 2014 [14]  “Caldicott shares the public abhorrence that adults in a position of trust and responsibility at the school abused children in their care during the 1960s and 1970s. “We apologise fully both to those who gave evidence of their abuse and to any others who might have been reluctant to come forward. “Thirty years on, Caldicott is now a very different school … our policies are fully in line with current legal requirements and these policies, which were developed with guidance from police and child protection regulators, are constantly being updated in conjunction with changes in the law.”

This apology appears lacking in sincerity, compassion, and proportionality.

  • It fails to acknowledge the scale and effect of the abuse
  • It fails to acknowledge the time period of abuse was not limited to the 60s and 70s but covered more than 50 years
  • It fails to acknowledge the deliberate cover ups
  • It fails to acknowledge that child protection policies in 200os in place were not followed
  • It fails to acknowledge any duty to the victims and survivors to help their healing and for reparations and compensation

Other Schools

Caldicott is far from alone in perpetrating sexual abuse on pupils and covering it up.

Schools and other institutions, whatever their legal entity, in which child sexual abuse has been perpetrated find reasons not to tell the appropriate authorities about that abuse. Not least thsi is because they themselves may be culpable.

Although abuse was certainly not exclusive to “public” schools, ie private schools, it may have thrived there due to the ability of these schools to go under the radar of regulatory oversight and to cover up and not report offences to the Police or Social Services.

Andrew Norfolk has exposed some other private schools where abuse has happened in an article of typical depth and quality [41]

This list reproduced below of course does not include all the schools were abuse occurred.

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  • Bedford Modern School, Bedfordshire
  • Beeston Hall Prep, Comer, Norfolk
  • Belmont Abbey School, Herefordshire
  • Birkdale School, Sheffield , S Yorkshire
  • Blue Coat Prep School, Birmingham
  • Boundary Oak Prep School, Fareham
  • Buckfast Abbey Prep School, Devon
  • Caldicott prep School, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire
  • Clayesmore Prep School, Blandford Forum, Dorset
  • Clifton College Prep School, Bristol
  • Crookham Court, Newbury, Berkshire
  • Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire
  • Downside School, near Bath, Somerset
  • Dulwich College Prep School, London
  • Gayhurst Prep School, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire
  • Gilling Castle Prep School, Ampleforth
  • Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree, Hertfordshire
  • Hereford Cathedral School
  • Holmwood Prep School, Colchester, Essex
  • Junior King’s School, Canterbury, Kent
  • King Edward’s School, Birmingham
  • The Kings School, Rochester, Kent
  • Knossington Grange Prep School, Oakham, Leics
  • Lambrook Prep School, Ascot, Berkshire
  • Leeds Grammar School
  • Lichfield Cathedral School, Staffordshire
  • Lord Wandsworth College, Hook, Hampshire
  • Malsis Prep School, Skipton, North Yorkshire
  • Moor Park Prep School, Ludlow, Shropshire
  • Moreton End Prep School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • Nevill Holt Prep School, Market Harborough, Leics
  • Old Ride Prep School, Bradford on Avon Wiltshire
  • The Oratory School, Reading, Berkshire
  • Papplewick Prep School, Ascot, Berkshire
  • Pennthorpe School, Horsham, West Sussex
  • Quainton Hall Prep School, Harrow, London
  • Redrice School, Andover, Hampshire
  • Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire
  • The Royal School, Wolverhampton
  • St. Bede’s College, Manchester
  • St Benedicts School, Ealing, London
  • St George’s School, Wicklewood, Norfolk
  • St Joseph’s College, Dumfries
  • St Mary’s Hall Prep School, Stonyhurst, Lancashire
  • St Michael’s Prep School, Barnstable, Devon
  • St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, London
  • St Peter’s Prep School, Seaford, East Sussex
  • Sidcot School, Winscombe, Somerset
  • Stoke Brunswick Prep School, East Grinstead, West Sussex
  • Vernon Holme Prep School, Canterbury, Kent
  • Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire
  • West Hill Park School, Tichfield, Hampshire
  • Winterfold House Prep School, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Others mentioned in the article are

  • Lords Wandsworth College – Patrick Nott assaulting
  • Old Ride Prep School, Wiltshire and Lambrook Prep School Berkshire- Peter Hamilton Legg assaulting
  • Gilling Castle Prep School and nearby Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire  Junior House- 3 Priests assaulting
  • Salisbury Prep School assault on Richard Dawkins
  • a Kent Prep school at which John Hurt was assaulted
  • Shrewsbury School and Fettes College, Edinburgh. Anthony Chenevix-Trench accused by Paul Foot at Shrewsbury.
  • Bradfield College Berkshire – Richard Ingrams resigned, excess flogging. Also at Shrewsbury
  • Harrow, Sedburgh, Durham, Eton, Marlborough, Millfield, Oundle, Tonbridge,

inschooljpg-2Many questions need answering about the duty of care that they should have shown to the children, and to the parents -the fee payers / parties to the contract. It also raises questions about what the child protection policies of “public”/private/ independent schools are, whether they are followed and what they should be. It raises questions about what duty there is on local councils, inspection bodies and central government in respect to private schools.

Even if only minority of pupils from Caldicott were abused, then it is a significant number just from one feeder Preparatory school to the likes of Eton, Harrow and Marlborough [23]. The list above shows some of the many abusive Prep Schools. Is it any wonder that the leaders of our country, who unfortunately come predominantly from a few selct independent schools, are prone to aberrant sexual behaviour?

Mandate Now [18] “is a pressure group, formed by Caldicott survivor Tom Perry, amongst others, that seeks the introduction of law requiring staff who work in ‘Regulated Activities’ to report concerns about the welfare of children, and vulnerable adults, to the Local Authority. Mandatory reporting of suspected or known child abuse is a vital component of a functioning child protection system in institutional settings.” Mandatory Reporting is a vital issue if the self interest of abusing institutions is to be overcome.

Alex Renton has written on some of these issues and has many useful links  A series of stories on abuse in boarding schools and other child care institutions [19] as does the Boarding Concern blog and website [20]

To help expose child sexual abuse, the connections and the network between child abusers needs to be shown. Timelines need to be done for every school, childrens home and abuser. This can be done by victims and survivors and the truth can come out totally independently of the IICSA child sexual abuse inquiry or the police.

Timelines are simple, they just take time! Please consider helping to create one for the abuse you know about and send it anonymously if necessary to me. There are enough victims of abuse, if everyone did even a part of a rough or partial timeline of their experiences at a school, childrens homes or abusers we would have enough information to put together the national child abuse jigsaw. This Guide may help 10 Steps on How to Research Child Sexual Abuse in your area – A Rough Guide [5]

For the truth to come out it only relies on victims and survivors putting in their pieces of the jigsaw of child sexual abuse and then it being put together.

My respect to all victims, survivors and whistleblowers. It is completely your choice as to what is the correct decision – whether and when to tell someone else about your abuse, whether it is best to go the the police and go through the courts, or whether to join a survivors network, whether to communicate your feelings through song, art, writing or some other way.

If anyone does know want to email me in confidence on abuse@cathyfox.33mail.com.

Caldicott Timeline

c. 1930 Peter Wright born [3]

c. 1931 Hugh Henry born [9]

1935 – 1942 Guesstimate of Peter Wright attending Caldicott as pupil

1940 Story from ex pupil “I was at Caldicott school in the late 1940s under headmaster Shewell Cooper. Probably what happened in those pre-war days was fairly mild compared to the later Wright era, nevertheless several of the masters were obvious paedophiles then and various things went on like (unbelievably !) special boys being invited to the headmaster’s bathroom for cold baths in the mornings before breakfast- and certain master’s hands sliding up boy’s shorts – on a daily basis in the classroom and in front of the entire class ! The parents of course basically unaware of what was going on ! Us boys were actually quite aware of it all – I remember recounting events to my disbelieving parents ! (Lots more stories of those days …) Comments at bottom of article [45]

1952 Peter Wright employed at Caldicott school (to 1993) [3]

1958-1963 Hugh Henry thought to have been at Caldicott [12] where he committed child sexual abuse

1959 Sept 26 John Addrison born [2]

1963 School Cover up 1 Hugh Henry found on bed of 12 year old at 2.30am [33] He left the school and later the Education officials were informed but Police were not told. He was not taken to court convicted for another 50 years, leaving him free to abuse and ruin lives all that time.

1964-72 Approximate time of John Addrison attending Caldicott as pupil

1964-1970 Peter Wright was offending and was later charged for offences in this period in [3]

1968 Peter Wright appointed Headmaster of Caldicott [33]

1973 School Cover up 2 Cover up of Martin Carson’s child sexual abuse [6] [33] He was dismissed after the matron and a teacher blew the whistle on Carson and he admitted to being a serial child abuser. Wright as Headmaster orchestrated the cover up. The Ministry was informed and he was banned from teaching for 5 years but worked for at least 2 more schools and leaving him free to abuse and ruin lives for another 30 years before being convicted but receiving only 3 years.

1973 Nov Teacher who had whistleblown on Martin Carson, showed a letter he had written to Education Officials statign that Carson had admitted to anal rape of two pupils. Wright the child abuser, now Headmaster tried to cover it up and ordered the teacher to deny the abuse to so as not to involve the school. [33]

1973 Peter Wright married! [33] Judge thought no abuse after this time []

1975-1977 Offences alleged to have been committed at Caldicott by Keith Geddes, who was found not guilty

1978 Jan 1 – 1978 Jul 31 John Addrison employed at Caldicott as student teacher [34] and later tried for indecent assault and gross indecency offences against males under 16,  in this period of time [2]

1980 Carson resumed his career in 1980 at unnamed Prep school in Eastbourne, where he was appointed Head of Pastoral care [38]

1985 – 1988 Addrison taught at Catholic Moor Park School, Ludlow as History teacher, when Derek Henderson was Headmaster [34] [46]

1985 Dec 5 – 1988 Jul 31 Offences John Addrison charged with committing offences in this time period at Catholic Moor Park School [2] [34] 

1988 John Addrison dismissed from Moor Park School  [2]. Headmaster was Derek Henderson who sent him to see School Governor who was friend of Addrison family. He left promising he would not teach again and the child abuse was hushed up [34]

1993 Peter Wright retired from Caldicott [3], but lived in a cottage next to the school overlooking it

2000’s early. School Cover up 3 Sexual abuse of a boy. The teacher concerned was suspended and did not return. It is alleged that the headmaster Simon Doggart and the now Lord Justice Scott Baker, then a Chairman of the Board of Governors at the school did Fnot follow the schools correct procedures and failed to report the abuse to police or social services. ie. covered up the abuse [8] The DfEE equivalent was informed who are responsible for warning other employers.

2001 Apr Victim Tom Perry complained to Police about abuse at school  [6] [23]

2001 Peter Wright accused of offences from 1964-1970 [3]

2001-3 2 year Police investigation [3]

2003 Apr 1 Daily Telegraph Ex-prep school teacher jailed for child abuse [6] Carson  charged with two charges of buggery, eight charges of indecent assault and one count of possessing indecent photographs. Carson sentenced by Judge Roger Connor to two years on each count of buggery, six months for each count of indecent assault and seven days for the indecent material, all to run concurrently.

2003 May 6 Peter Wright charged with offences against 5 boys at Aylesbury Crown Court  [3] [11]

2003 Sept 25 Listed as Abuse of Process hearing for Peter Wright, perhaps  R v. Roland P Wright, Case No. T2003/0089 in Aylesbury Crown Court [11]

2003 Sept 26 Application on behalf of Peter Wright succeeded that indictment should be stayed [11]

2003 Sept 26 Pre trial Abuse of Process Hearing Peter Wright [28]

2003 Sept 26 Court Application Ruling on behalf of Peter Wright judged successful by Judge Connor. Wright had applied to stay the indictment which contained 13 counts of indecent assault and three of gross indecency with a child on the grounds of abuse of process [3]  Principal grounds on which he did so were that the complainants had waited more than 30 years, in one case 38 years, before making the complaints; that in the one case where two witnesses gave evidence of the same incident, there were substantial differences between the two accounts; that the police investigation had taken “an unconscionable amount of time”; that evidence might now be unavailable; that the defendant’s own capacity to remember detail and therefore give convincing evidence was said to be diminished by his advancing age (he was then 73) and his deteriorating health; and that there was some contamination of the evidence deriving from the fact that some of the complainants had discussed their allegations against the defendants with one another. He concluded that the defendant could not have a fair trial. It should be noted that at that time the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 enabling the prosecution to seek leave to appeal against a terminatory ruling of this kind had not yet come into force. [3]

2003 Nov 15 Telegraph 40 years on ex-pupils accuse the head. But a judge says it’s too late [23]

2007 Dec 17  Parliament Publications [11] Question to Secretary of State for Justice Maria Eagle re Peter Wright and what procedures are  being put in place to make give evidence easier for children.

2008 Sept 30 Guardian Silence in School [8] Did Headmaster and Chair of Governors mishandle abuse?

2008 Sept 31 [7]  Powerful Bafta winning Channel 4 documentary on Caldicott School featuring 3 survivors of child sexual abuse which names Peter Wright and Martin Carson [29] [1].

2010 May 12 Mail Online Clegg’s old school hit by child-abuse storm [24]  Civil court action has been launched by five of Wright’s alleged victims. Not known how far this has proceeded. Lawyer Peter Garsden.

2010 Jul Peter Addrison ceased teaching [2]

2010 CPS reviewed Peter Wright’s case. The Crown Prosecution Service had decided on a number of previous occasions that there should be no further charges [3] Advice of the principal legal adviser Alison Levitt [33] to the Director of Public Prosecutions was now sought [3]

2011 Apr 23 Mail Scandal of child abuse in prep schools must be addressed, says author Simon Astaire [25] Author wrote novel Mr Coles, based on Caldicott film

2011 Dec 5 CPS blog Two men charged with sexual offences against former pupils [10] Peter Wright, Hugh Henry by CPS Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework Unit lawyer

2011 Dec 5 Peter Wright charged with offences against a further seven complainants [3]

2011 Dec 5 BBC Two ex-teachers charged over 50-year-old sex offences  [9] Peter Wright at Caldicott and Hugh Henry at Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross

2011 Dec 21 Peter Wright and Hugh Henry at magistrates court [9]

2012 Jan 5 Peter O’Brian signed his witness statement, confirming abuse by Hugh Henry at Gayhurst School  [30]

2012 Feb 17 Thames Valley Police Two men appear in court in connection with sex offences – Buckinghamshire [26] 

2012 May 11 Hugh Henry pleaded guilty [28]

2012 Peter Wright trial first proceeded [3] with Judge Cutts. Co-defendant, Hugh Edward Henry, pleaded guilty to 13 counts on the indictment but committed suicide prior to sentence. Peter Wright’s defence applied to stay the new proceedings as an abuse of process [3]  Prosecution applied for an order, in the event that the abuse application failed, for the stay imposed by Judge Connor to be lifted and the older allegations to be joined to the indictment containing the fresh ones; alternatively. for the stayed allegations to be admitted as bad character evidence in the trial pursuant to section 101(1)(d) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Wrights eventually trial took place in May and June 2013 [3]

In her ruling Her Honour Judge Cutts QC rejected the defence application for a stay, also rejected the prosecution application for the stay imposed by Judge Connor to be lifted but granted the prosecution application to be permitted to adduce the allegations which were the subject of the 2003 stay as bad character evidence at the new trial. [3]

A co-defendant, Hugh Edward Henry, pleaded guilty to 13 counts on the indictment.

2012 Aug 2 BBC Man on Caldicott Preparatory School sex abuse charges [16] re David Keith Geddes faces four counts of indecent assault on a child under 16 at Caldicott School between 1975 and 1977 Bailed to appear before Aylesbury magistrates on Aug 28

2012 Aug 9 BBC Ex-Moor Park School worker on 1980s child sex charges [17] Already charged with 4 offeences at Caldicott, John Addrison now charged with seven counts of indecent assault on three children at Moor Park School, Ludlow, Shropshire, between 1985 and 1988. He is due at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on 28 August.

2012 Aug 28 David Geddes Aylesbury magistrates hearing  [16]

2012 Aug 28 John Addrison due to appear at High Wycombe magistrates [17]

2012 Sept 11 John Addrison pleaded guilty [28] convicted of offences at Caldicott and Moor Park School at Crown Court Aylsbury [2]  Imprisonment for a period of 5 years and a Sex Offenders Notice was imposed against him for life [2]

2012 Oct 9 Keith Geddes appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court. Trial date set for 19 Nov [15]

2012 Oct 12 CPS Man to face trial for child sex offences – Buckinghamshire [15]  re David Keith Geddes on alleged offences of indecent assault against a male under 16 against three boys between 1975 and 1977 while he was working as a teacher at Caldicott. This was on the advice of the Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

2012 Nov 19 Trial of David Keith Geddes, scheduled for a week. Geddes is believed to have been acquitted [15]

2013 Jan 14 – 31 Trial 1 of Keith Geddes, hung Jury  [28]

2013 Mar 13 – 25 Trial 2 of Keith Geddes acquitted [28]

2013 May 1 – June Peter Wright Trial 1, acquitted on three counts but the jury disagreed on the 12 remaining counts involving five complainants [3]. He was retried in November 2013.

2013 Oct 31 Peter Wright retrial was due to take place before Judge Cutts in Nov 2013. Both sides sought to renew the applications they had made 12 months earlier. Previous rulings confirmed. Once again the judge refused the defence application for a stay and the prosecution’s cross application to lift the 2003 stay. On the issue of calling the five complainants whose allegations formed the subject matter of the charges stayed in 2003 to give bad character evidence, it appears that no new argument was put forward and the judge adhered to her previous ruling. Trial lasted 7 weeks. [3]

2013 Nov 14 Guardian Prep school teacher abused pupils 50 years ago, court told [42] John Pryce QC told the jury that 12 former pupils have accused him of abuse or said they witnessed him abusing others between 1959 and 1970. Wright, the jury was told, joined the school in the 1950s, taught French and rugby and was promoted to headmaster in 1968. Wright denies 12 offences relating to five victims, including 10 indecent assaults and two charges of indecency with a child

2013 Nov 13 – Dec 6 Peter Wright Trial 2 Guilty on all 12 counts [3]

2013 Dec 17 CPS blog Former headteacher of Caldicott School convicted of child sexual abuse [43] Former headteacher, Roland Peter Wright, has today been convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault involving 5 victims over a period of 11 years. This follows earlier convictions for fellow former teachers John Addrison, Edward Carson and Hugh Henry.

Ruth Bowskill, Temporary Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said:”This case marks the end of a series of prosecutions of four teaching staff involved in the serious sexual abuse of a number of children at Caldicott school in Buckinghamshire committed over a period of a decade. Roland Peter Wright has never shown any contrition for his behaviour or apologised for his conduct; at all times he has sought to evade responsibility for what he did. I would like to pay tribute to the victims and witnesses in this case for their strength and tenacity in coming forward and giving evidence on matters which must have been extremely distressing still years after the events took place. ” More at  [43] 

2013 Dec 18 The Times Andrew Norfolk Prep School paedophiles allowed to avoid Justice [32]

caldicott_page_12013 Dec 18 The Times Andrew Norfolk p6-7 Model English Prep School that hid a dark heart of depravity [33] 

caldicott_pages_6__72013 Dec 18 Guardian Ex-prep school headteacher convicted of child sex offences [13] Peter Wright and George Hill abused Ian Mcfadyen

2013 Dec 19 The Times A life ruined by Caldicott paedophile [35]

1_cald_times_ian2013 Dec 20 BBC  Updated article with “At a trial in March 2013, Mr Geddes was cleared by a jury of four counts of indecent assault on a child under 16” [16]

2013 Dec 20 The Times p17  The smiles that hid long reign of sex attacks by Caldicott teachers [34] 

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2013 Dec 20 The Times  Leader The smiles that hid long reign of sex attacks by Caldicott teachers [46]

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2013 Dec 20 Mail Online Paul Bracchi Cover-up that let the head of Nick Clegg’s prepschool get away with abusing boys for decades [38] 

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2013 Dec 22 The Times [39] Louise Tickle My abuser’s caught but justice fails me  Tom Perry’s story, first whistleblower to tell Police. His search for jsutice and how he achieved it, with a film. By 2010 Det Constable Andy Alexander had joined the unit and moved things forward. tom  “My confidence in the institutions of state and government is now zero. My children, since they were very young, have had to live with a father consumed with rage. They have not come through those years unscathed. Court.. is all about tactical sparring, with the defence reinterpreting simple facts into a story you do not recognise.”

01cal_stime2014 Jan 20 The Times Andrew Norfolk 130 Private Schools in Child Abuse Scandal [40] 

Teachers at 130 independent schools have been implicated in child sexual abuse.

0322014 Jan 20 The Times p9 Closed Worlds where Abusers Groomed Boys with Impunity [41]  sort next link

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2014 Feb 5 Mail Online PE teacher, 82, at Nick Clegg’s old prep school killed after being hit by a train two days before he was due to be sentenced for abusing young boy [12] Hugh Henry

2014 Feb 6 Peter Wright sentencing.  Concurrent sentences, the longest of which was 8 years’ imprisonment. He appeals against those sentences by leave of the single judge.The single judge refused leave to appeal against conviction. He wrote:

“The evidence of the five earlier complainants was clearly admissible even though the charges relating to them had been stayed on the issue of whether you had committed the offences now charged or whether your only association with the complainants concerned was innocent. The judge, of course, retained a discretion to exclude the evidence under section 101(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 but as to that she took into account all the relevant considerations in paragraph 7 on page 15 of her careful ruling on 22 October 2012 and it is not properly arguable that she came to the wrong conclusion.”[3]

2014 Feb 6 BBC Nick Clegg’s ex-headmaster jailed for abusing boys [14]  Peter Wright. “It seems your new role, marital status and residence brought these offences to an end.” Another former teacher, John Addrison, 54, from Slough, was convicted of child sexual offences at Caldicott and sentenced to five years jail in 2012. A fourth Geddes was  acquitted. A statement from the school said: “Caldicott shares the public abhorrence that adults in a position of trust and responsibility at the school abused children in their care during the 1960s and 1970s.” and more

2014 Feb 6 The Times [44] Caldicott school head jailed for eight years for abusing boys [paywall]

2014 Jul 2 Addrison signed statment of agreed facts admitting allegations and convictions [2]

2014 Aug 5 Roland Peter Wright 5 August 2014 Court of Appeal Judgement Transcript [3]

This Judgment transcript contains much useful information and is recently published on this blog [3]. The grounds for appeal put forward on the renewed application relating to the conviction is that the trial judge was wrong to admit the evidence of bad character. The court, dismissing the appeal, held that prima facie all evidence that was relevant to the question whether the accused was guilty or innocent of the offence charged was admissible and if evidence of previous allegations was in principle admissible, notwithstanding that a defendant had been acquitted of charges based of those allegations in a previous trial, there was no reason in principle why evidence relating to allegations that had never been tried because of a stay of proceedings for abuse of process should not be admissible. [3]

Relating to appeal against sentence brought on the grounds of the defendant’s age (he is now 84) and his state of health. Mr Wright has a long standing back problem which despite surgery causes him constant pain. He is unable to walk without sticks and his mobility is restricted. He has difficulty with stairs. He cannot dress himself without assistance. He is hard of hearing. We accept that prison life will bear harder on him than it would on an inmate in better health. [3]

Save to the extent that old age and poor health are to be taken account, the delay in historic abuse cases in bringing the offender to justice is not generally a factor which mitigates the sentence he must receive. This is because, while the abuser maintains a facade of respectability, the victims continue to suffer. Lord Woolf, Chief Justice, giving the judgment of this court in  R v Milberry  [2003] 1 Cr App R 25 said:

“The fact that the offences are stale can be taken into account but only to a limited extent. It is after all always open to an offender to admit the offences and the fact that they are not reported earlier is often explained because of the relationship between the offender and the victim which is an aggravating factor of the offence. A different factor that could cause the court to take a more lenient view than it would otherwise is the consequences which results from the age of the offender. … the court is always entitled to show a limited degree of mercy to an offender who is of advanced years, because the impact that a sentence of imprisonment can have on an offender of that age.” [3]

See [3] for more reasoning but they decided that the judge’s figure of 8 years made proper allowance for the defendant’s age and the state of his health and in those circumstances the appeal against sentence must be dismissed.

2014 Aug National College for Teaching and Leadership Professional Conduct Outcome for John Addrison imprisonment for a period of 5 years and a Sex Offenders Notice was imposed against him for life. Mr John Addrison was prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England [2]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] 2008 Real Stories Chosen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoOzqebOU1k

[2] 2014 Government UK pdf download National College for Teaching and Leadership  Mr John Addrison: Professional Conduct Panel outcome Panel decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/346164/Prohibition_order_Mr_John_Addrison.pdf     See also Appendix 1 below

[3] 2014 Aug 5 Cathy Fox Blog Roland Peter Wright 5 August 2014 Court of Appeal https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/roland-peter-wright-5-august-2014-court-of-appeal/

[4] Caldicott School website http://www.caldicott.com/ Caldicott Boys’ Preparatory School Caldicott Trust Ltd, Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, Bucks SL2 3SL
Registered Company 936838  |  Charity number 310631

[5] 2015 May 25 cathy fox blog 10 Steps on How to Research Child Sexual Abuse in your area – A Rough Guide https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/researching-child-sexual-abuse-in-your-area-a-rough-guide/

[6] 2003 Apr 1 Daily Telegraph Ex-prep school teacher jailed for child abuse http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1426287/Ex-prep-school-teacher-jailed-for-child-abuse.html

[7] Wikipedia Caldicott School https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caldicott_School

[8] 2008 Sept 30 Guardian Silence in School https://www.theguardian.com/education/2008/sep/30/publicschools.childprotection

[9] 2011 Dec 5 BBC Two ex-teachers charged over 50-year-old sex offences http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-16037078

[10] 2011 Dec 5 CPS blog Two men charged with sexual offences against former pupils http://blog.cps.gov.uk/2011/12/two-men-charged-with-sexual-offences-against-former-pupils.html

[11] 2007 Dec 17  Parliament Publications -Hansard? Statement on R v Roland P Wright http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071217/text/71217w0041.htm#07121824001126

[12] 2014 Feb 5 Mail Online PE teacher, 82, at Nick Clegg’s old prep school killed after being hit by a train two days before he was due to be sentenced for abusing young boy http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2552175/Top-prep-school-PE-teacher-82-killed-hit-train-two-days-sentenced-abusing-young-boy.html

[13] 2013 Dec 18 Guardian Ex-prep school headteacher convicted of child sex offences https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/18/headteacher-convicted-historic-child-sex-offences

[14] 2014 Feb 6 BBC Nick Clegg’s ex-headmaster jailed for abusing boys http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26073155

[15]  2012 Oct 12 CPS Man to face trial for child sex offences – Buckinghamshire http://www.cps.gov.uk/thames_chiltern/cps_thames_and_chiltern_news/man_to_face_trial_for_child_sex_offences___buckinghamshire/

[16] 2012 Aug 2 BBC Man on Caldicott Preparatory School sex abuse charges http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-19096822

[17] 2012 Aug 9 BBC Ex-Moor Park School worker on 1980s child sex charges http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19193065

[18] Mandate Now website http://mandatenow.org.uk/ @mandatenow

[19] Alex Renton Boarding schools – abuse and redress A series of stories on abuse in boarding schools and other child care institutions https://alexrenton.com/boarding-schools-abuse-and-redress/

[20] Boarding Concern blog and website http://www.boardingconcern.org.uk/blog/

[21] Operation Greenlight https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/

[22] Operation Greenlight Brain https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-541

[23] 2003 Nov 15 Telegraph 40 years on ex-pupils accuse the head. But a judge says it’s too late http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1446771/40-years-on-ex-pupils-accuse-the-head.-But-a-judge-says-its-too-late.html

[24] 2010 May 12 Mail Online Clegg’s old school hit by child-abuse storm http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1276388/Richard-Kay-11-May-2010.html

[25] 2011 Apr 23 Mail Scandal of child abuse in prep schools must be addressed, says author Simon Astaire http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379914/Simon-Astaires-novel-Mr-Coles-based-real-life-abuse-prep-schools.html

[26] 2012 Feb 17 Thames Valley Police Two men appear in court in connection with sex offences – Buckinghamshire https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-2474 Det Sergeant Joe Banfield

[27] Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross http://www.gayhurstschool.co.uk/

[28] Mandate Now The Caldicott Trials and Outcomes http://mandatenow.org.uk/tom-interviewed-by-jon-snow/ includes Tom Perry interview with Jon Snow

[29] True Vision Chosen http://truevisiontv.com/films/details/97/chosen

[30] 2015 Feb 6 The Globe and Mail A film spurred me to confront my childhood nightmare 54 years later http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/a-film-spurred-me-to-confront-my-childhood-nightmare-54-years-later/article22848315/

[31] c. 2016 Jan Mandate Now Peter O’Brian former pupil of Gayhurst was abused by a teacher who then moved to Caldicott, speaks to CBC https://audioboom.com/boos/4141525-peter-o-brian-former-pupil-of-gayhurst-was-abused-by-a-teacher-who-then-moved-to-caldicott-speaks-to-cbc

[32] 2013 Dec 13 The Times Andrew Norfolk Prep School paedophiles allowed to avoid Justice http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/Caldicott_page_1.pdf

caldicott_page_1[33] 2013 Dec 13 The Times Andrew Norfolk Model English prep school that hid a dark heart of depravity http://truevisiontv.com/upload/websites/39/wysiwyg/Caldicott_pages_6__7.pdf

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[34] 2013 Dec 20 The Times  p17 The smiles that hid long reign of sex attacks by Caldicott teachers http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/3_Caldictoot_Times.pdf

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[35] 2013 Dec 19 The Times A life ruined by Caldicott paedophile http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/1_Times_Ian_piece.pdf

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[36] 2013 Dec 19 The Times Power and Abuse The Caldicott headmaster shockingly abused his pupils. They have been let down by teachers and the legal system http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/1_Caldicott_The_Times_leader.pdf

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[37] Private Eye? http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/1_Caldicott_Chosen.pdf

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[38] 2013 Dec 20 Mail Online Paul Bracchi Cover-up that let the head of Nick Clegg’s prepschool get away with abusing boys for decades http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/1Caldicott_Mail_Online.pdf

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[39] 2013 Dec 22 The Times My abuser’s caught but justice fails me  http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/1_Cal_S_Times.pdf . It’s all about tactical sparring, with the defence reinterpreting simple facts into a story you do not recognise.

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[40] 2014 Jan 20 The Times Andrew Norfolk 130 Private Schools in Child Abuse Scandal http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/Independent_schools_page_1_20_Jan_2014.pdf

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[41] 2014 Jan 20 The Times p9 Closed Worlds where Abusers Groomed Boys with Impunity http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/Independent_schools_pages_8-9_20_Jan_2014.pdf

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[42] 2013 Nov 14 Guardian Prep school teacher abused pupils 50 years ago, court told https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/14/prep-school-teacher-peter-wright-accused-sex-abuse-caldicott

[43] 2013 Dec 17 CPS blog Former headteacher of Caldicott School convicted of child sexual abuse http://blog.cps.gov.uk/2013/12/former-headteacher-of-caldicott-school-convicted-of-child-sexual-abuse.html

[44] 2014 Feb 6 The Times Caldicott school head jailed for eight years for abusing boys http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article3997735.ece

[45] Operation Greenlight  Caldicott Preparatory School https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/south-east-england/buckinghamshire/caldicott-preparatory-school/

comment re previous head Shewell Cooper re abuse

[46] 2013 Dec 20 The Times  Leader The smiles that hid long reign of sex attacks by Caldicott teachers http://truevisiontv.com/uploads/websites/39/wysiwyg/3_Caldictoot_Times.pdf

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[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

 

Appendix 1

Government UK pdf download National College for Teaching and Leadership  Mr John Addrison: Professional Conduct Panel outcome Panel decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education August 2014  [2]

2 Contents
A. Introduction
3
B. Allegations
3
C. Preliminary applications
5
D. Summary of evidence
7 Documents
7 Witnesses
8
E. Decision and reasons
8
Panel’s recommendation to the Secretary of State
12
Decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State
15
3
A.
Introduction
A Professional Conduct Panel (“the Panel”) of the National College for Teaching and
Leadership  (“the National College”) convened on 12 August 2014 at 53- 55 Butts Road,
Earlsdon Park, Coventry, CV1 3BH to consider the case of Mr John Addrison.
The Panel members were Ms Alison Walsh (Teacher Panellist and Chair), Mr John Speller (Teacher Panellist) and Mr Martin Greenslade (Lay  Panellist).
The Legal Adviser to the Panel was Mrs Luisa Gibbons of Eversheds LLP Solicitors.
The Presenting Officer for the National College was Ms Louisa Atkin of Browne Jacobson Solicitors.
Mr Addrison was not represented.
Convened as a meeting, neither the Presenting Officer nor Mr Addrison were present.
The meeting took place in private and was not recorded, save for the public
announcement of the Panel’s findings of fact and finding on conviction, at any time, of
relevant offences.
B.
Allegations
The Panel considered the allegations set out in the Notice of Meeting dated 1 August 2014
It was alleged that Mr John Addrison was guilty of having been convicted at Aylesbury Crown Court of the following
relevant offences:
Professional Conduct Panel decision and recommendations, and decision on behalf of the Secretary of State
Teacher: Mr John Addrison Teacher ref no:81/61179
Teacher date of birth: 26 September 1959
NCTL Case ref no: 0010569
Date of Determination: 12 August 2014
Former employer: Dismissed from Moor Park School in 1988
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i)
Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 05/12/85 and
31/07/88. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 3 years (concurrent).
ii) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 05/12/85 and
31/07/88. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 4 years (concurrent).
iii) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 05/12/85 and
31/07/88. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 3 years (concurrent).
iv) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 05/12/85 and
31/07/88. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 18 months (concurrent).
v) Gross indecency with a child (boy) under 16. He committed this offence between
05/12/85 and 31/07/88. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 16 months
(concurrent).
vi) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 05/12/85 and
31/07/88. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 2 years (concurrent).
vii) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 01/01/78 and
31/07/79. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 2 years (concurrent).
viii) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 08/09/86
and 31/07/88. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 4 years (concurrent).
ix) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 08/09/86 and
31/07/88. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 4 years (concurrent).
x) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 01/01/78 and
31/07/78. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 5 years and a Sex
Offenders Notice was imposed against him for life.
xi) Indecent assault on Male under 16.
He committed this offence between 01/01/78 and
31/07/79. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 2 years (concurrent).
xii) Gross indecency with a child (a boy) or young person under 16. He committed this
offence between 01/01/78 and 31/07/79.
He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 16 months (concurrent).
xiii) Indecent assault on Male under 16. He committed this offence between 01/01/78
and 31/07/79. He was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 2 years (concurrent).
In a Statement of Agreed Facts signed by Mr Addrison on 2 July 2014, he
admitted thefacts of the allegations and that they amount to convictions, at any time, of relevant
offences.
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C.
Preliminary applications
Should the Panel proceed with a Meeting?
The Panel considered at the outset whether the allegation should be considered at a
public hearing at which the parties would be entitled to attend, or a private meeting
without the parties present. The Panel considered the interests of justice.
The facts of the allegation have been admitted. This case relates to criminal convictions and this
Panel must not re-examine the facts of the case behind the convictions.
Mr Addrison has requested a meeting and the Panel has the benefit of Mr Addrison’s
representations. Inview of these factors, the Panel was of the view that justice would be adequately served
by considering this matter at a meeting.
These matters have already been aired in a public arena and the Panel considered that the cost of convening a hearing would be disproportionate in this case.
The Panel carefully considered the public interest. The Panel noted that if the case
proceeded in a meeting, there would be a public announcement of the Panel’s decision.
The Panel also had in mind that if a hearing was convened, there would be a cost to the
public purse, which may not be justified if the matter could be determined in a meeting.
The Panel also had regard to the delay that would be caused by convening a hearing and
considered it to be in the public interest to reach a final determination in this matter
without further delay. The Panel therefore decided to proceed with a meeting, but noted
that it could, at any stage of the meeting, reconsider this issue.
Jurisdiction
The Panel considered as a preliminary point whether the Panel had jurisdiction to
consider the case. It is apparent that at the time of some ofthe offences for which Mr Addrison was
convicted he was employed as a teacher at Moor Park School. The question is whether
he is now subject to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of State as he was dismissed from
Moor Park School in 1988; he states he has not taught since then and is currently in
prison.
The issue for the Panel to determine was whether the phrase “is employed or engaged to
carry on teaching work” within section 141A and regulation 2 encompasses the situation
in this case.
The Panel was advised that the legal meaning of an enactment is the meaning that
corresponds to the legislator’s intention in passing the enactment. The Panel was
advised to consider the words used in section 141A and regulation 2 in the context of the
enactment as a whole, and the Panel’s attention was specifically drawn to section 141D
which applies where an employer has ceased to use the services of a teacher or the
teacher has ceased to provide those services.
The Panel was advised to consider whether it was of the view that the legal meaning of
the phrase “is employed or engaged to carry on teaching work” was plain and
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The Panel has also taken account of how the teaching profession is viewed by others.
The Panel considered that Mr Addrison’s behaviour in committing the offence could affect
the public confidence in the teaching profession given the influence that teachers may
have on pupils, parents and others in the community.
The Panel has noted that Mr Addrison’s behaviour has ultimately led to him receiving a
sentence of imprisonment which is indicative of the seriousness of the offences committed.
This is a case involving an offence involving sexual activity which the Guidance states is
likely to be considered a relevant offence.
The Panel has taken into account a report of a Consultant Psychologist which sets out the
background to Mr Addrison committing the offences and which concluded that Mr
Addrison was not a risk to the public. The Panel also noted that Mr Addrison has
undergone life training to address his problems over a period of 2–3 years and that he
had appropriate intervention consisting of 50 therapy sessions. The Panel also noted
that he has complied with an undertaking given to Moor Park School not to return to
teaching.
Although the Panel finds this evidence to be of note, the Panel has found the
seriousness of the offending behaviour that led to the conviction is relevant to the
teacher’s ongoing suitability to teach.
The Panel considers that a finding that these convictions are relevant offences
is necessary to reaffirm clear standards of conduct so as to maintain public confidence in
the teaching profession.
Panel’s recommendation to the Secretary of State
Given the Panel’s findings in respect of conviction of relevant offences, it is necessary for
the Panel to go on to consider whether it would be appropriate to recommend the
imposition of a Prohibition Order by the Secretary of State.
In considering whether to recommend to the Secretary of State that a Prohibition Order
should be made, the Panel has to consider whether it is an appropriate and proportionate
measure, and whether it is in the public interest to do so. Prohibition Orders should not
be given in order to be punitive, or to show that blame has been apportioned, although
they are likely to have punitive effect.
The Panel has considered the particular public interest considerations set out in the
Guidance and having done so has found all of them to be relevant in this case, namely
the protection of pupils, the maintenance of public confidence in the profession, and
declaring and upholding proper standards of conduct.
In light of the Panel’s findings against Mr Addrison, there is a strong public interest
consideration in respect of the protection of pupils given the serious convictions of
13 indecent assault of children.
Although the Panel has taken into account a report of a Consultant Psychologist
which sets out the background to Mr Addrison committing the offences and which concluded that Mr Addrison
was not a risk to the public, the Panel considered the offences to be of such gravity and to be so linked to his behaviour
towards pupils that the Panel considered that pupils would continue to require protection.
Similarly, the Panel considers that public confidence in the profession could be seriously
weakened if the offences for which Mr Addrison has been convicted were not
treated with the utmost seriousness when regulating the conduct of the profession.
The Panel considered that a strong public interest consideration in declaring proper
standards of conduct in the profession was also present asthe conduct found against Mr
Addrison was so contrary to the conduct expected of a teacher.
Notwithstanding the clear public interest considerations that were present, the Panel
considered carefully whether or not it would be proportionate to impose a Prohibition
Order taking into account the effect that this would have on Mr Addrison.
The Panel balanced the public interest considerations both in favour of and
against prohibition as well as the interests of Mr Addrison, the Panel took further account of the
Guidance, which suggests that a prohibition order may be appropriate if certain
behaviours of a teacher have been proven. In the list of such behaviours, those that are
relevant are:
serious departure from the personal and professional conduct elements of the
teachers’ standards:
misconduct seriously affecting the education and/or well being of pupils, and
particularly where there is a continuing risk;
actions or behaviours that undermine fundamental British values, law, or
demonstrate deliberate intolerance and/or lack of respect of the rights of others;
a deep-seated attitude that leads to harmful behaviour;
abuse of position of trust (particularly involving vulnerable pupils) or violation of the
rights of pupils;
other deliberate behaviour that undermines pupils, the profession, or the school;
sexual misconduct, e.g. involving actions that were sexually motivated or of a
sexual nature and/or that use or exploit the trust, knowledge or influence derived
from the individual’s professional position;
the commission of a serious criminal offence, including those that resulted in a
conviction or caution, paying particular attention to offences that are ‘relevant
matters’ for the purposes of The Police Act 1997 and criminal record disclosures.
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Even though there were behaviours that would point to a Prohibition Order being
appropriate , the Panel went on to consider whether or not there were sufficient mitigating
factors to militate against a Prohibition Order being an appropriate and proportionate
measure to impose, particularly taking into account the nature and severity of the
behaviour in this case.
The convictions relate to indecent assaults on a number of pupils at the two schools in which he worked
and he cannot therefore be said to have had a good history. This was a deliberate pattern of behaviour and there is no evidence that Mr Addrison was acting under duress.
The Panel also noted that Mr Addrison has undergone life training to address his problems over a period of 2–3 years and that he had appropriate intervention consisting of 50 therapy sessions. The Panel also noted that he has complied with an undertaking given to Moor Park School not to return to teaching.
The Panel were also pleased that Mr Addrison had pleaded guilty in the criminal court, and that the pupils did not have to experience the trauma of giving evidence.
The Panel also noted that there is no evidence of Mr Addrison having repeated any of the offences after 1988.
However, the Panel has decided that the seriousness of the offences for which Mr Addrison has been convicted is such that on balance, the Panel is of the view that Prohibition is both proportionate and appropriate.
Accordingly , the Panel makes a recommendation to the Secretary of State that a Prohibition Order should be imposed
with immediate effect.
The Panel went on to consider whether or not it would be appropriate for them to decide to recommend that a review period of the order should be considered. The Panel were mindful that the Guidance advises that a Prohibition Order applies for life, but there may be circumstances in any given case that may make it appropriate to allow a teacher to
apply to have the prohibition order reviewed after a specified period of time that may not be less than two years.
The Guidance indicates that there are behaviours that, if proven, would militate against a review period being recommended.
These behaviours include serious sexual misconduct, e.g. where the act was sexually motivated and resulted in or had the
potential to result in, harm to a person or persons, particularly where the individual has used their professional position to influence or exploit a person or persons.
The Panel has found that Mr Addrison has been responsible for such sexual offences. Although Mr Addrison has stated that he has reformed his character since these events, the Panel did not consider that the commission of such offences could be compatible with a return to teaching. The Panel therefore felt the findings indicated a situ ation in which a  review period would not be appropriate and as such decided that it would be proportionate in all the circumstances
for the Prohibition Order to be recommended without provision for a review period.
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Decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State
I have given very careful consideration to this case and to the recommendation of the
panel in respect of both sanction and review.
This case is a very serious one involving a number of convictions that the panel has
found to be relevant. These are very serious convictions and have resulted in custodial
sentences. In addition they are for sexual misconduct and indecent assault on a male
under 16.
I have taken into account the public interest as well as the interests of Mr Addrison. I
have also taken into account the need to be proportionate.
In my view these are very serious offences and I support the recommendation of the
panel that Mr Addrison be prohibited.
I have given careful consideration to the matter of a review period. The advice published
is very clear on this matter and these convictions clearly fall into those where a review
period is unlikely. I have considered this and support the recommendation of the panel
that there be no review period.
This means that Mr John Addrison is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and
cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or
children’s home in England.
Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that
Mr John Addrison shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.
This Order takes effect from the date on which it is served on the Teacher.
Mr John Addrison has a right of appeal to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court
within 28 days from the date he is given notice of this Order.
NAME OF DECISION MAKER: Alan Meyrick Date:13 August 2014
This decision is taken by the decision maker named above on behalf
of the Secretary of State.
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Roland Peter Wright 5 August 2014 Court of Appeal

Roland Peter Wright, serial child abuser and ex headmaster of Caldicott School, appealed against sentencing and conviction but both were dismissed.

Hugh Edward Henry, co defendant, pleaded guilty but he killed himself before sentencing and did not feature in this appeal, execpt by a mention. It is not known whether Henry was actually sentenced.

Redaction

Some reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance – normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and relatives from unnecessary detail and to stop the gratification of those who seek salacious details.

In addition to the obvious “victims redaction” to protect victims details, there may also be “assault redaction” across most of the spectrum of abuse. The assaults often are left in the charges, but mainly redacted when repeated with reference to the individual. I have also redacted unnecessary detail of assaults.

Redaction may obscure sometimes the legal reasons behind the appeal, but should make no large difference to the vital information for researchers that these documents contain. That vital information is mainly names of the perpetrators, past addresses, institutions where assaults occurred, the actual charges the perpetrators faced, and dates – on which newspapers are pathetically inaccurate and this information enables the links between people and places and abuse at various times to be ascertained.

Some transcripts may have been subject to automatic reading software and whilst effort has been made to correct these, the text should not be regarded as definitive.

If you think that the balance is not correct or that a particular redaction needs reconsideration, please say.

Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog [1]

Index of Court Appeals on this blog [2]

 

[2014] EWCA Crim 1790 No: 201400324 C4

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL CRIMINAL DIVISION

Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Tuesday , 5 August 2014

Before Lady Justice Hallett DBE

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COURT OF APPEAL CRIMINAL DIVISION

Mr Justice Bean

Mr Justice Foskett

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Ms J Bickerstaff QC and Ms T Shroff appeared on behalf of the Appellant

Mr J A Price QC appeared on behalf of the Crown

JUDGMENT  (As Approved)

1. Mr Justice Bean : From 1952 until 1993 Roland Peter Wright was employed at Caldicott Preparatory School. For the last 25 of these 41 years he was the headmaster. The boys at the school were from 6 to 13 years old. In 2001 it was alleged that he had been abusing a number of boys in the period 1964 to 1970. Following a 2-year police investigation he was charged with offences against five boys. When the case reached the Crown Court he applied to stay the indictment which contained 13 counts of indecent assault and three of gross indecency with a child on the grounds of abuse of process.

2. By a ruling given on 26 September 2003, His Honour Judge Connor granted the application. The principal grounds on which he did so were that the complainants had waited more than 30 years, in one case 38 years, before making the complaints; that in the one case where two witnesses gave evidence of the same incident, there were substantial differences between the two accounts; that the police investigation had taken “an unconscionable amount of time”; that evidence might now be unavailable; that the defendant’s own capacity to remember detail and therefore give convincing evidence was said to be diminished by his advancing age (he was then 73) and his deteriorating health; and that there was some contamination of the evidence deriving from the fact that some of the complainants had discussed their allegations against the defendants with one another. He concluded that the defendant could not have a fair trial. It should be noted that at that time the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 enabling the prosecution to seek leave to appeal against a terminatory ruling of this kind had not yet come into force.

3. Following the imposition of the stay further complainants came forward one by one. In 2008 a documentary drama called Chosen appeared on Channel 4 television [future post]. It concerned alleged abuse by the defendant at the school. The Crown Prosecution Service decided on a number of occasions that there should be no further charges.

4. In 2010 there was a review of the case by the prosecution and the advice of the principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions was sought. On 5 December 2011 the defendant was charged with offences against a further seven complainants. The defence applied to stay the new proceedings as an abuse of process. The prosecution applied for an order, in the event that the abuse application failed, for the stay imposed by Judge Connor to be lifted and the older allegations to be joined to the indictment containing the fresh ones; alternatively. for the stayed allegations to be admitted as bad character evidence in the trial pursuant to section 101(1)(d) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

5. In a careful and detailed ruling Her Honour Judge Cutts QC rejected the defence application for a stay, also rejected the prosecution application for the stay imposed by Judge Connor to be lifted but granted the prosecution application to be permitted to adduce the allegations which were the subject of the 2003 stay as bad character evidence at the new trial.

6. That trial proceeded before Judge Cutts and a jury in 2012. A co-defendant, Hugh Edward Henry, pleaded guilty to 13 counts on the indictment. He committed suicide prior to sentence. In Mr Wright‘s case, where the trial took place in May and June 2013, the defendant was acquitted on three counts but the jury disagreed on the 12 remaining counts involving five complainants. The retrial of those charges was due to take place before Judge Cutts in November 2013. On 31 October 2013 both sides sought to renew the applications they had made 12 months earlier. The judge observed:

“I accept that I have the power to hear such applications at this time. Indeed it is incumbent upon me in every case but especially in a case with allegations as old as these to keep the fairness and propriety of the proceedings under constant review. Counsel have confined their submissions to changes that each alleges have occurred since the last trial. I confine my ruling in the same way.”

7. Once again the judge refused the defence application for a stay and the prosecution’s cross application to lift the 2003 stay. On the issue of calling the five complainants whose allegations formed the subject matter of the charges stayed in 2003 to give bad character evidence, it appears that no new argument was put forward and the judge adhered to her previous ruling.

The evidence at the trial was succinctly summarised by the judge in her sentencing remarks as follows. The defendant was a comparatively young man in his 30s when these offences took place. He taught French and also coached sport, predominantly rugby. It is clear that he was looked up to and admired by the boys and was an inspirational teacher, both of French and of rugby. But regrettably that was not the whole story. There was a darker side to his tuition of these boys. He fostered an environment whereby those good at sport were the elite in the school. From those he picked out boys for his individual sexual attentions. They were invited to the defendant’s room, often with others, to watch television (one of only two in the school at that time). Witnesses described this as almost a touch of home in an otherwise austere environment; some were invited to go on holiday with him, which he paid for. But for such attention there was a price. When he exacted that price, which was a sexual price, boys did as they were told. Some felt confused, some felt flattered by the attention, many felt it was just what happened to get Mr Wright‘s attention. The boys he chose were aged primarily 11, 12 or 13 years.

9. The first two counts alleged that between 1959 and 1960 the defendant went into the senior boys’ dormitory as the boys were getting ready for bed. On several occasions he asked the boy named in those counts, then in his last year at school, so aged 12 or 13, to come to his room. When the boy did so some 5 or 10 minutes later he was able to watch television there, which he considered a great privilege. But somewhere between three and six times the defendant [assault redacted].

10. Counts 3 to 7 all concerned another boy. He was one of the sporting elite who was invited into the defendant’s room to watch television. He was given whisky on some of these occasions. Long after he was asleep in his dormitory in his penultimate year the defendant would come and wake him, telling the boy to come to his (the defendant’s) room. When he did so various sexual activities took place. The defendant caused the boy to [Assault redacted]. The defendant would also lie [Assault redacted] . This conduct happened on numerous occasions and at least once with another boy in the bed.

11. As to count 8, the boy concerned, another of the sporting elite, then aged 12 or 13, would be told to come to the defendant’s room in the mornings while the defendant was still in bed. He stood by the defendant’s bed and on at least 10 occasions the defendant [Assault redacted].

12. The boy involved in counts 9 to 11, another of the sporting elite, aged 12 or 13, was invited to go on a fishing holiday with the defendant. Under the guise of speaking about the next day’s itinerary the defendant invited him into his room and [Assault redacted]. Thereafter, once back at the school, the boy would be asked once a week or so to take the defendant tea in bed. The defendant [Assault redacted]. On another occasion at the defendant’s cottage he was in bed with this boy and another. The defendant caused the boy [Assault redacted]. On another occasions he abused this boy at the cottage.

13. Count 12 involved very similar activities with another 12 or 13 year old boy among the sporting elite.

14. The trial lasted some 7 weeks. Ms Bickerstaff QC, for the defendant, has told us that of 25 prosecution witnesses, 15 were giving evidence of bad character.

15. Mr Wright was convicted on all 12 counts on the indictment. He was sentenced on 6 February 2014 to concurrent sentences, the longest of which was 8 years’ imprisonment. He appeals against those sentences by leave of the single judge. We shall come to the question of sentence later. However, the single judge refused leave to appeal against conviction. He wrote:

“The evidence of the five earlier complainants was clearly admissible even though the charges relating to them had been stayed on the issue of whether you had committed the offences now charged or whether your only association with the complainants concerned was innocent. The judge, of course, retained a discretion to exclude the evidence under section 101(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 but as to that she took into account all the relevant considerations in paragraph 7 on page 15 of her careful ruling on 22 October 2012 and it is not properly arguable that she came to the wrong conclusion.”

16. The grounds put forward by Ms Bickerstaff on the renewed application relating to the conviction is that the trial judge was wrong to admit the evidence of bad character.

17. In the case of  Smith  (reported under the name of another appeal with which it was heard:  R v Edwards & Rowlands  [2006] 2 Cr App R 4 at page 62) the police arrested the appellant in March 1998 in connection with complaints by [A] of rape and indecent assault, and by [B] of gross indecency with a child. In June of the same year the Hampshire Constabulary wrote to the appellant to tell him no further action would be taken against him in relation to those offences. Fresh allegations were made about 5 years later against the appellant by A of rape and by [D] of gross indecency with a child, and in 2005 he was tried on an indictment containing nine counts of sexual offences including the three for which he had been arrested in 1998. At the trial the judge granted an application by the defence that proceedings on those three counts should be stayed as an abuse of process in view of the terms of the letter from the Hampshire Police. The Crown applied to adduce the evidence of A and B which would have supported the stayed counts and some further allegations made by A about a series of indecent assaults which occurred when she was aged between 5 and 9. The judge rejected the submission that the evidence was admissible through Gateway C of section 101(1) of the 2003 Act as important explanatory evidence but acceded to the submission that it was evidence capable of establishing a propensity on the part of the appellant to commit the offences charged within the meaning of section 103(1), and that the evidence was admissible through Gateway D of section 101(1).

18. Mr Smith was convicted of five counts of gross indecency with a child, namely D, but acquitted of the remaining count of rape against A. He appealed against conviction on the ground that the admission of the evidence of the allegation supporting the stayed counts was unfair because he was, in effect, being tried on the charges that had been stayed. It was contended that an allegation which was untested by judicial or quasi-judicial finding was not evidence of a defendant’s bad character within the opening words of section 101 of the Act.

19. This court, dismissing the appeal, held that prima facie all evidence that was relevant to the question whether the accused was guilty or innocent of the offence charged was admissible and if evidence of previous allegations was in principle admissible, notwithstanding that a defendant had been acquitted of charges based of those allegations in a previous trial, there was no reason in principle why evidence relating to allegations that had never been tried because of a stay of proceedings for abuse of process should not be admissible. The appellant had not effectively been tried on the charges that were stayed because the jury had been required to return a verdict in relation to those charges. Although there might be doubt as to whether the making of an allegation was capable of being evidence of a non-defendant’s bad character since, if the allegation were to be admitted, there would have to be an investigation of relevant matters, those considerations did not apply to evidence of a defendant’s bad character since the relevance or probative value of such evidence depended on the assumption that it was true. Whether or not the allegations were true was a matter for the jury. Accordingly, the judge was correct to exercise his discretion as he did.

20. Ms Bickerstaff seeks to distinguish this case on the grounds that the stay was granted on the basis of a promise by the police not to prosecute, making it unfair to try the defendant, whereas in the present case Judge Connor’s ruling had been because in his opinion the defendant could no longer have a fair trial.

21. We do not accept that the ratio of  Smith  is so limited. This court held that there was no reason in principle why evidence which had never been placed before a jury before because of a stay for abuse of process should not be admissible. That applies equally to both types of stay.

22. In the present proceedings Judge Cutts, in her careful and impeccably reasoned ruling in 2012, to which she adhered in 2013, ruled that the evidence was plainly admissible as relevant to an important matter in issue in between the defendant and the prosecution, namely whether he sexually abused the schoolboys in his care. As to whether it would have such an adverse effect on the fairness of the trial that she should not admit it in evidence, she held that it would not.

23. She noted that in contrast to the case of  R v O’Dowd  [2009] Cr App R 16 , a rape trial in which previous unconnected allegations were permitted to be adduced on the grounds of propensity, this evidence contained allegations of sexual misconduct in the same time period, at the same school and in similar circumstances as the indicted charges. It was not evidence of propensity but similar evidence negating the defence of innocent association. She held that any issue of contamination could be dealt with during the trial.

24. As to a defence argument that it would be unfair to admit the bad character evidence because some of the stayed chargers were more serious in nature than the indicted ones, she held that the difference in seriousness was not so great that it would be unfair to the defendant to admit the bad character evidence.

25. We agree entirely with Judge Cutts’ rulings, both for the reasons she gave and also because we consider that the decision of this court in  Smith  , which is binding on us as it was on her, is effectively indistinguishable. The renewed application for leave to appeal against conviction is refused.

26. We turn to the appeal against sentence, which is brought on the grounds of the defendant’s age (he is now 84) and his state of health. Mr Wright has a long standing back problem which despite surgery causes him constant pain. He is unable to walk without sticks and his mobility is restricted. He has difficulty with stairs. He cannot dress himself without assistance. He is hard of hearing. We accept that prison life will bear harder on him than it would on an inmate in better health.

27. Save to the extent that old age and poor health are to be taken account, the delay in historic abuse cases in bringing the offender to justice is not generally a factor which mitigates the sentence he must receive. This is because, while the abuser maintains a facade of respectability, the victims continue to suffer. Lord Woolf, Chief Justice, giving the judgment of this court in  R v Milberry  [2003] 1 Cr App R 25 said:

“The fact that the offences are stale can be taken into account but only to a limited extent. It is after all always open to an offender to admit the offences and the fact that they are not reported earlier is often explained because of the relationship between the offender and the victim which is an aggravating factor of the offence. A different factor that could cause the court to take a more lenient view than it would otherwise is the consequences which results from the age of the offender. … the court is always entitled to show a limited degree of mercy to an offender who is of advanced years, because the impact that a sentence of imprisonment can have on an offender of that age.”

28. In the subsequent case of Attorney General’s Reference Nos 37 and others of 2003, reported at  [2004] 1 Cr App R(S) 84 , this court said, referring to the observations of Lord Woolf in  Milberry  :

“It is important to emphasise the word ‘limited’ used by the Lord Chief Justice in the last sentence, and sentencers should be careful not to make too great an allowance in this regard thereby shrinking from what is their duty, however unpleasant it may be to perform.”

29. Reverting to the facts of the present case, Judge Cutts said this:

“For many years those you abused kept their silence. No doubt you believed and hoped that they always would. During your trial I heard the reasons for that:

a. Boys felt they could never tell parents who had thought they were doing right by their sons in sending them to the school, many of such parents admired you;

b. Some felt a sense of guilt as they looked back at their young selves and in some way felt complicit in what had happened;

c. Some felt fear and embarrassment of what would happen if they spoke about it.

It is sadly all too frequent that those who are abused in childhood consider in adulthood that because they failed to say something and did as they were told they are in some way responsible for what happened. I wish to make it absolutely clear that no man should feel guilt or consider he was complicit in any way. All were children in the care of an adult who had little but his own sexual gratification in mind.”

30. The judge said that she took into account the positive aspects of the defendant’s life and of his work as a teacher and a headmaster but she added:

“The aggravating features of these offences are significant. With all boys this was prolonged activity, the boys were groomed by a master at a school responsible for their care. Some boys were awoken at night and told to come from their beds to your room. You caused many of them to ejaculate and to masturbate you to ejaculation. You were offending between 1959 and 1970. It is difficult to think of a more serious breach of trust.”

31. We agree with all these observations of the learned judge. She had sat through a lengthy trial and was well placed to assess the seriousness of what the defendant had done. If the defendant had been younger and in better health a significantly longer total sentence than 8 years would have been justified. In our view, the judge’s figure of 8 years made proper allowance for the defendant’s age and the state of his health.

32. In those circumstances the appeal against sentence must be dismissed.

Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog [1]

Index of Court Appeals on this blog [2]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/newspaper-stories-index-timeline/

[2] Index of Court Appeals EWCA on this blog https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/a-timeline-of-court-and-ewca-documentation-on-cathy-fox-blog/

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Sentences For Child Sexual Abusers

Many people, perhaps most do not know understand the sentencing for child sexual abuse offences, and many think that sentences for child abusers are lenient, especially for “historical” offences.

I asked Natasha of the excellent Researching Reform blog whether she knew anyone who could explain the sentencing to throw a bit of light on the matter for victims, survivors and non lawyers.

Natasha, very kindly, volunteered to write a blog on this, which is reblogged below or can be checked out on her blog [1] 

The Guidelines are here – 2014 Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines for Sexual Offences [2]

Researching Reform Are Sentences For Paedophiles In Non-Recent Child Abuse Cases Too Lenient? [1] 

For our column over at legal publisher Jordans this month, we look at the way in which convicted paedophiles in non recent child abuse cases are sentenced. Concerns raised by politicians, charities and survivors about the sometimes shockingly lenient terms convicted paedophiles receive have prompted calls to review the law in this area.

In our article, we outline the background to sentencing in cases of recent and non recent child abuse, explore research and policy in this area and look at why sentences may seem completely inappropriate in the face of some of the most awful crimes imaginable.

You can check out our article on Jordans’ website, or read it below:

Sentencing Paedophiles In Non Recent Child Abuse Cases – Are Courts Too Lenient?

Type in the phrase “lenient sentences for child sexual offences” into a search engine like Google and the results for the UK alone are astounding.

From government ministers to child welfare charities, the concern expressed over unduly lenient sentences in recent child sexual abuse cases continues to mount. So much so, that in 2015, several paedophiles and rapists who initially escaped jail saw their sentences increased on appeal. And in that same year, an international report published by Net Clean found that 64% of organisations interviewed felt that laws around the world, including the UK, were not suitable for child sexual abuse crimes, either because they were outdated or limited regarding the need for international cooperation. Police forces and investigators taking part in the report also expressed concern that sentences for child sexual abuse were still far too lenient, despite the fact that sentencing levels for sex offences in the UK have increased.

This apparent disregard for the severity of child abuse as reflected by low level sentencing, has deeply affected survivors of non recent abuse who feel unsure about the kind of justice they can expect. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 makes it clear that offences like rape or penetration of a child under 13 or anyone older, carry the same maximum jail term, that of life imprisonment, but whilst concerns about leniency in the sentencing of offenders on child abuse charges exist in both recent and non recent child sexual abuse cases, are both types of abuse treated the same when it comes to sentencing in practice?

Unlike other areas of the law, there are no time limits set as to when child sexual offences can be prosecuted, which has allowed victims and survivors of non recent abuse to come forward. Delays in reporting were previously treated with suspicion, but after many years of campaigning and research, it is now understood that a postponement in reporting is not indicative of a false allegation. In fact, delays in making a complaint of child sexual abuse should not affect the way the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) investigates these claims or enforces the law, at all. If enough evidence is gathered, the CPS should then consider prosecuting an individual if they feel it is in the public interest and there is a realistic prospect of conviction. This allows cases of non recent abuse to be examined and where possible lead to the securing of convictions for those guilty of child sexual abuse. In this way, cases of recent and non recent abuse are treated equally.

However, a question arises as to which piece of legislation will be used for prosecution purposes in non recent cases of child abuse, and here differences begin to set in. The starting position when an offender is sentenced is that he or she should be sentenced according to the law at the time the offence itself was committed, rather than the law in existence at the time of sentencing. This principle is also reinforced by Article 7 of the European Convention of Human Rights. As a result, individuals charged with historic sexual abuse offences are likely to be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 1956, whilst any incident alleged to have occurred after 1 May 2004 will be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. If it is not possible to work out whether the abuse took place before or after 1 May 2004, then the old law will apply if it attracts a lesser maximum penalty. This is done to prevent the law from being retroactive, but it causes other difficulties, as we will see below.

As the courts must reconcile old legislation and sentencing guidelines with modern life, seeking justice in cases of non recent child sexual abuse becomes a more complicated matter. For example, the current sentencing guidelines for non recent child abuse tells us that an offender must be sentenced in accordance with the sentencing terms applicable at the date of sentence, but the sentence will be limited to the maximum sentence available at the date of the commission of the offence. If the maximum sentence has since been reduced, the lower maximum will be applicable. This offers a possible reason as to why sentences for historic child sexual abuse may end up being lesser than those sentences for recent child sexual abuse.

Mitigating factors also play a role in reducing sentences in child sexual abuse, both recent and non recent, however there is an inherent unfairness when we look at one particular mitigating factor allowed in non recent child abuse cases not available for cases involving current or recent abuse. The sentencing guidelines for non recent abuse explain that where there is an absence of further offending over a long period of time, especially combined with evidence of good character, the court would be allowed to treat this as a mitigating factor.

Setting aside the difficulties in defining ‘good character’ in this context, this mitigating factor is hugely misleading and could be responsible for terrible miscarriages of justice. For instance, where a twenty year old has committed sexual offences against children for thirty years but stops due to a lowered libido, and stands trial when he is perhaps seventy years of age, those twenty years of non offending could potentially be taken into account and viewed as a mitigation of crimes which still spanned decades.

This mitigating factor then, could also offer some insight into why sentencing of non recent child abuse offenders could be relatively lower still than those being sentenced for recent child abuse, especially when combined with a judge’s ability to take into account the offender’s age at the time of trial, and if an elderly offender looks frail or unwell. The court may also take the view that it is not in the public interest to jail an elderly offender who no longer poses a threat to society at large. This view of course, does not take into account the need for justice sought by victims and survivors of abuse.

Other mitigating factors which apply to both recent and non recent child sexual abuse offences include the maturity of the offender at the time of the incident or incidents, any admissions the offender made around the time of the events, which were not properly investigated and an early guilty plea. These points if raised and accepted by the court could also reduce sentences in child sexual abuse cases.

Evidence has always been a problematic area in child sexual abuse cases, both recent and non recent. Child abuse usually happens behind closed doors, and by the time a child comes to the attention of child protection or medical professionals, if they ever do, signs of abuse may have long gone. These issues are aggravated in non recent cases of abuse, as evidence is even less likely to exist after long periods of time, and many children do not come forward until they have become adults as a result of the shame and sometimes deep trauma they experience. This affects a realistic prospect of conviction profoundly, especially where allegations simply come down to the victim’s word against the accused’s. Without robust evidence a victim of child abuse would at best secure a minimal sentence against their abuser, and at worst, be unable to mount a case at all. Less access to evidence then, could also reduce an offender’s sentence and explain why some sentences remain low despite the severity of the crimes outlined.

An even more disturbing trend in lenient sentencing of non recent child abuse cases has been highlighted by a recent case which featured two men, aged 59, both charged with non recent sexual offences against young girls. Here, the Court of Appeal interpreted S.236A of the Criminal Justice And Courts Act 2015 to mean that custodial sentences for historic child abuse allegations should be lowered, rather than include an additional period on licence. It has been argued that the Court of Appeal has misinterpreted Parliament’s intentions, but the ramifications of the judgment may be far-reaching and result in future sentences for non recent abuse set lower than they should be.

Whilst variations within non recent child abuse sentences can be understood through reasonable mitigation principles and a lack of evidence brought on by the passage of time, there are very real concerns about the way offenders of non recent abuse continue to be sentenced and which bolster the view that unmerited leniency has managed to find its way into the system. It is our duty to explore these gaps and try to develop the law so that it better serves survivors and victims of abuse.

A thank you to Cathy Fox, who invited us to write an article on this topic. You can follow her very informative blog here. 

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness[G]  and Meditation[H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma[J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] 2016 Sept 14 Researching Reform Are Sentences For Paedophiles In Non-Recent Child Abuse Cases Too Lenient? https://researchingreform.net/2016/09/14/are-sentences-for-paedophiles-in-non-recent-child-abuse-cases-too-lenient/

[2] 2014 Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines for Sexual Offences https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Final_Sexual_Offences_Definitive_Guideline_content_web1.pdf

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

 

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Childrens Mental Health – A Government PR Exercise

Natasha Devon was appointed as the schools mental health champion. It turned out that the Department for Education plotted to get rid of her for being too forthright in her social media postings [@NatashaDevonMBE]

Below I have reblogged her blog from Sept 9 Natasha Devon blog Report [2] and below that is the Guardian article of the same date that details her treatment Guardian DfE emails show officials wanted to silence mental health tsar [1] 

Mental Heath is extremely important issue but is still surrounded by a taboo, although that is lessening. The mental health of children perhaps even more important, as children are still developing and patterns for life are being set down. Childrens mental health is perhaps also an indicator of the health of the society that the children are brought up. The way the government regards and treats mental health and the people who are vulnerable is a measure of that government. It appears that this government exposes its mental health policy as a public relations exercise.

Many victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are no strangers to the mental health problems brought on by being abused by those in positions of power over them.

Natasha Devon is one of the people with passion and morals to fight for those maybe less able to fight for themselves, through no fault of their own. Thankyou Natasha Devon

Natasha Devons Blog Report [2]

In July 2016 I was given what I now realise was the largely meaningless, tokenistic role of government ‘Mental Health Champion’. Almost immediately the news was announced people began ringing and emailing me – People in real distress, people who had been campaigning for years to achieve a relatively simple change which would dramatically improve their mental health, or would have prevented the loss of a loved-one to suicide and people who wanted me to come and see the wonderful work they were doing in schools.

I also at this time sought to fill in the gaps in my own knowledge, since I took the role of Mental Health Champion seriously and had been told by the DfE it was an opportunity to ‘influence policy’. At Self-Esteem Team we work with 12-18 year olds and, in collaboration with our four experts, we teach teenagers universally relevant skills for the promotion of good mental health. We might discuss specifically the four most common mental illnesses in under 21s: anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders, but our remit doesn’t tend to extend beyond this.

I was not, last summer, sufficiently well informed on mental health in children under the age of 12, psychosis, or the impact of bullying. I set about doing training with Mental Health First Aid England and consulting with the Anti Bullying Alliance as well as interviewing educational and paediatric psychologists to ensure I had a level of understanding which would allow me to ‘influence policy’ in the most productive way possible.

When the Department for Education unceremoniously chucked me in May, I felt that it wasn’t just me who had been cast aside – It was all the people who had given up their time and expertise and who had shared their personal experiences with me. And it was a feeling I found difficult to live with. I had been compiling a report for DfE on ‘best practice’ in schools but, assuming they no longer wanted it, I changed the nature of the report to reflect all the aspects of policy, particularly within education, which I understood to be detrimental to pupil and teacher mental health and my recommendations for how this could be changed.

Last week, I submitted my report to Norman Lamb and to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Commission. I also gave the report to the excellent Cathy Newman at Channel 4, who prepared a package about its contents which aired during the news this evening and to the Guardian, who are publishing excerpts on their education pages tomorrow.

In order to make my report topical and newsworthy, I included a section which revealed the details of a Subject Access Request I’d conducted after leaving DfE. These are extracts, mostly from inter-departmental emails, which reveal not only the extent of their contempt for me, but (in my opinion) how the issue of mental health is being used more broadly within government as a PR exercise and vote-winner, as opposed to something which requires tangible and immediate action. Some details from the SAR are in this week’s Times Educational Supplement, as well as in the Guardian’s piece.

But I’m also determined that the ‘Thick of It’ management style at the DfE and the (hardly shocking) news that Tory politicians apparently don’t have much of a moral compass doesn’t detract from what needs to be done. So I have reproduced below the section of my report where I give my recommendations.

If you would like to see the report in full (all 20,000 words of it) which contains details of the experts I sought guidance from in order to arrive at these conclusions, leave your email address and details of the organisation you represent (if appropriate) in the comments section below. I also welcome any feedback you have.

Please share this blog far and wide and let’s hope that something positive comes out of the whole murky experience of my dalliances with DfE.

Recommendations

  1. PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education) made mandatory, given time within the curriculum, specially qualified teachers and an appropriate budget.
  2. Ofsted use wellbeing criteria to analyse whether schools have found ways to meet children’s basic emotional needs (as defined in the report), as well as providing tier 1 and 2 support (as defined in the report) for children struggling with their mental and emotional health.
  3. However, new Ofsted wellbeing criteria should not be implemented until schools have been given appropriate resources, time and budget to implement these systems.
  4. Ofsted stop counting incidents of bullying in schools records.
  5. DfE research and implement ways to provide therapeutic and other interventions in schools for children in emotional distress who do not meet the criteria for CAMHS (and that is not ‘peer mentoring’).
  6. Government research and release up-to-date, nationwide mental health statistics.
  7. Government examine the impact of its education policy on pupil and teacher wellbeing objectively, using not only a range of independent experts but also randomly selected teachers and school staff from throughout the country, who work in both the state and independent sectors.
  8. Equal number of teachers given Mental Health First Aid training as physical first aid, either in-school or as part of their teacher training if entering the profession.
  9. A specially-appointed ‘point of contact’ in all schools for mental health in the same way as there is for safe guarding.
  10. Government ring-fence remaining investment into young people’s mental health to ensure Local Authorities do not spend it on other things.
  11. NHS examine provide more extensive ‘interim support’ for children and young people waiting for a CAMHs appointment.
  12. State schools given a budget to invest in supplementary support for their PSHE or wellbeing programmes, perhaps as part of the Local Transformation Plan initiative.
  13. Independent enquiry into the impartiality of all government advisors.
  14. DfE be honest on appointment of new Mental Health Champion i.e. admit that is merely a comms role and way to generate extra publicity for DfE initiatives, in order to manage public expectation.
  15. More investment into Educational Psychology, which has been cut recently and is fundamental in understanding how to tailor interventions according to the unique needs of every child;
  16. More importance placed on role of Teaching Assistants, who are key in providing pastoral care and often mediate the elements of school culture which are not conducive to good mental health e.g. larger class sizes and behavioural issues.
  17. Find a way to quality assure School Counsellors e.g. all must belong to a regulating body.
  18. All English school children to have access to a quality-assured school counsellor (as is the case in Wales and Northern Ireland).
  19. CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) follow up missed appointments with lots of appropriate reassurance and not allow young people to ‘drop off the radar’.
  20. CAMHS offices made more welcoming for children and young people and CAMHS workers trained specifically in how to deal with children and young people.

DfE emails show officials wanted to silence mental health tsar

Natasha Devon has obtained emails revealing education department worked against her because she criticised policy

Natasha Devon.
The government was more worried about her Twitter comments than the mental health crisis among young people, says Natasha Devon. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

Devon, who was dropped from her role after she repeatedly argued that the government’s own education policies were contributing to poor mental health among young people, said the DfE emails confirmed her fears that the department had been trying to silence her.

In March, two months before her role was axed, one DfE official wrote that although they wanted to avoid the appearance that the department was dropping her because of her criticism, “it cannot be feasible that she continues”.

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Child Abuse at University College School Hampstead, Jonathan Self, Janner and IPSO

University College School Hampstead will probably not be grateful to Daniel Janner for keeping the school in the news over child abuse allegations.

Daniel Janner took a dislike to a Mail article from Jun 2015 on grounds of accuracy, privacy and harassment and complained to IPSO in April 2016 who issued their decision on 22 Jul 2016. HT to @mwalkedine for noticing and tweeting it recently.

I would not like to choose between all three parties in terms of their reputations and behaviour, but IPSO, the so called Independent Press Standards Organisations [4] decided in favour of the Mail and against Greville Janners barrister son, Daniel. Their judgement is IPSO 02680-16 Janner v Daily Mail,  see Appendix 1 below or [2]

The original Mail article is 2015 Jun 24 Mail Online Lord Janner and the paedophile ring at his son’s elite school: Labour peer’s link to institution where teachers abused boys  is here [1] and as much as will copy is reproduced in Appendix 2 for reference.

The article revolves around the revelations in a chapter in Will Self’s 2001 book where he names three of his abusers. One was a politics teacher, Michael Densham, a second was another teacher at the school Tony Ford, whilst a third was a former pupil Basil Moss. Another two in the child abuse network were not named but described as two teachers from the UCS junior school. Apparently it generated a few headlines at the time, but they are not known at the present time.

The 2015 Mail article said that Greville Janner MP was a regular visitor to the school, which his son Daniel (Danny) Janner attended, and Greville had been a close friend of Michael Densham since 1968. Densham also had driven a coachload of boys to Leicestershire to campaign in elections for Greville Janner. Janner also invited its pupils on guided tours of Parliament.

The paper asks “First, did Janner pursue relationships with any of the many, many boys he met via University College School? And second, was he a member of a wider paedophile ring whose members included Mike Densham, Tony Ford and a smattering of UCS colleagues?”

It goes on “Perhaps they would be best pursued by the police.”

Densham committed suicide in 1998 but Tony Ford just disappeared in 1978 after allegations of child abuse. It is not known if the police or IICSA have pursued this child abuse network.

Hampstead, part of the London Borough of Camden, is also where Greville Janner used to live, in the house in which his daughter now lives. Articles on Janner on Operation Greenlight are here [7] , cathy fox blog articles on Janner are here [5].

This teacher in an unknown Hampstead Junior School was let off child sexual abuse in 2012 – Ham and High Hampstead teacher walks free after sexually abusing nine-year-old girl  [6].

Hampstead was also the location for alleged ritual abuse at a primary school [8]

Hampstead is also where Joginder Sanger lived. He was exposed as getting rich from asylum seekers when a boy Rossi Matuvovo went missing from the Thornecliffe Hotel which Sanger owned in 2004.  Standard Revealed: the asylum tycoon [11] Sanger also owns the Washington Mayfair Hotel which has links to Vaz’s dubious visits [12] [HT @cassandracogno]

Hampstead is also the location of 790 acres of Hampstead Heath [13], where many an MP has taken an evening stroll and met new people. The Heath is managed by City of London Police Force but an anomaly means the Heath has its own private 12 strong Constabulary, not subject to Freedom of Information laws, who work with the Met Police [13] .

 Police ready to investigate historic sex abuse claims against West Hampstead tennis coach [14]

Daniel Janner says that his father did not commit any child abuse [10] David Henke argues against this [9]. The bottom line is how Daniel Janner know his father did not abuse children? Has he proof on each and every occasion? He obviously has not, but he is trying to use all the methods he can to stop investigations and comment on his father. Mind you, he does have a large financial interest in doing this!

Camden also has much to be questioned on child abuse Cathy fox blog Camden posts [15]  and Scepticpeg CAMDEN SOCIAL SERVICES & A DANISH CULT?  [16] 

David Aaron0vitch, aka Corporal “Don’t Panic” Jonesovitch, child abuse denialist for the rich, famous, establishment and “elite” and Professor of Self Importance also lives in Hampstead. No doubt he is sharpening his pencil…”couldn’t happen in Hampstead, I live there, I would know about it, nothing to see here…deny, dont panic, deny, dont panic, deny, moral panic, aaargh.. nothing to see I tell yer.. I would know..I used to be a commie but MI5 are better…satanic rhymes with panic I can use that ad infinitum, dont panic, dont satanic panic..I know best…everyone else is stupid..dont panic, whats cognitive dissonance to do with me? Its panic I tell you, you bunch of ignorant trots and fools…Hampstead is lovely, I live there…many rich people do…couldnt happen here, not in my backyard, dont panic…that lovely Janners was my friend you know…

Corporal Jonesovitch often writes for the Times – the child abuse deniers paper of choice, owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Jonathan Self’s chapter that relates to child abuse at University College School is included below.

self1 self2 self3 self4 self5 self6

A possibility for the gay club on Finchley Road mentioned on page 90 where Densham took Jonathan Self could be Le Cage D’Or,  which had a room upstairs called Shane’s. It was behind former John Barnes department store (closed 1981) near Finchley Road tube station.  Below is a map of the relative positions with the school. [HT @cassandracogno]

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Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] 2015 Jun 24 Mail Online Lord Janner and the paedophile ring at his son’s elite school: Labour peer’s link to institution where teachers abused boys http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3138264/Lord-Janner-paedophile-ring-son-s-elite-school-Labour-peer-s-link-institution-teachers-abused-boys.html

[2] IPSO 02680-16 Janner v Daily Mail https://www.ipso.co.uk/rulings-and-resolution-statements/ruling/?id=02680-16

[3] 2002 via Amazon Jonathan Self Self Abuse https://www.amazon.co.uk/Self-Abuse-Jonathan/dp/0743230973/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473194051&sr=8-1&keywords=jonathan+self+self+abuse

[4] Wikipedia IPSO https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Press_Standards_Organisation

[5] Cathy Fox Blog articles on Janner https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=janner

[6] 2012 Oct 25 Ham and High Hampstead teacher walks free after sexually abusing nine-year-old girl http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/crime-court/hampstead_teacher_walks_free_after_sexually_abusing_nine_year_old_girl_1_1669170 via [6a] Operation Greenlight https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-8929

[7] Operation Greenlight Greville Janner https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-2881

[8] Aangirfan 2016 Feb 1 COVER-UP OF SATANIC CHILD ABUSE IN HAMPSTEAD’; SECURITY SERVICES INVOLVED? http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/satanic-child-abuse-in-hampstead.html

[9] 2016 Sept 6 David Henke Blog Daniel Janner is wrong to say all allegations of child sex abuse against his father must be fabricated https://davidhencke.com/2016/09/06/daniel-janner-is-wrong-to-say-all-allegations-of-child-sex-abuse-against-his-father-must-be-fabricated/

[10] 2016 Aug 1 Leicester Mercury Greville Janner’s son: my father did not sexually abuse children http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/greville-janner-s-son/story-29573508-detail/story.html

[11] 2014 Oct 5 Standard Revealed: the asylum tycoon http://www.standard.co.uk/news/revealed-the-asylum-tycoon-6943075.html Joginder Sanger and missing boy Rossi Matuvovo

[12] 2016 Sept 6 Mail Keith Vaz’s brief encounter with young man at a London hotel: Scandal-hit MP is seen on CCTV enjoying an half-hour rendezvous at four-star establishment (where it’s said he goes for ‘a wash’) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3775550/Keith-Vaz-s-brief-encounter-young-man-London-hotel-Scandal-hit-MP-seen-CCTV-enjoying-half-hour-rendezvous-four-star-establishment-s-said-goes-wash.html

[13] Wikipedia Hampstead Heath https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampstead_Heath

[14] 2015 Jun 11  Ham High Police ready to investigate historic sex abuse claims against West Hampstead tennis coach http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/crime-court/police_ready_to_investigate_historic_sex_abuse_claims_against_west_hampstead_tennis_coach_1_4107520

[15] Cathy fox blog Camden posts https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=camden

[16] 2016 Sept 22 Scepticpeg CAMDEN SOCIAL SERVICES & A DANISH CULT? https://scepticpeg.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/camden-social-services-a-danish-cult/

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

Appendix 1

Decision of the Complaints Committee 02680-16 Janner v Daily Mail

Summary of Complaint

  1. The Hon Daniel Janner QC complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation that the Daily Mail breached Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 3 (Privacy) and Clause 4 (Harassment) of the Editors’ Code of Practice in an article headlined “Lord Janner and the paedophile ring at his son’s elite school: Labour peer’s link to institution where teachers abused boys”, published online on 24 June 2015.
  2. The article reported that in the 1970s, there were four paedophile teachers at University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, which it referred to as a “paedophile ring”. It reported that the ring had been “exposed” in 2004 in the autobiography of a former pupil, who had named two teachers that he said had sexually abused him, who were also named in the article. The article reported that one of the named teachers met Lord Janner in 1968, when Lord Janner sent his son, the complainant, to the school, who was also named in the article. The article reported that the teacher would take pupils to Lord Janner’s constituency to spend a day working in his campaign office. It also reported that a former pupil recalled Lord Janner inviting pupils on guided tours of Parliament, and that other pupils had said that he regularly gave lectures at the school to the teacher’s pupils. The article quoted an unnamed former pupil, who described Lord Janner and the teacher as “thick as thieves”, and reported that a named former teacher at the school had confirmed that the two men were well-acquainted.
  3. The article reported that the Director of Public Prosecutions had announced that the police had sufficient evidence to charge Lord Janner with 22 “paedophile offences”, but that he would not face trial on these charges on account of his dementia. It also reported that a Member of Parliament had used Parliamentary privilege to claim that Lord Janner had molested a named nine-year-old boy, but that the Janner family maintained Lord Janner’s innocence, and would “doubtless” respond to this claim by pointing out an inconsistency in the allegation. The article questioned whether Lord Janner pursued relationships with any boys he met at UCS, and whether he was a member of the “paedophile ring” at the school.
  4. The complainant said that he was unaware of the two named UCS teachers committing any sexual offences, and asserted that there was no “paedophile ring” at the school. The complainant did not dispute that one of the named teachers organised for pupils to canvas for his father in Leicester, or that the teacher invited his father to give talks at the school. However, he denied that his father was personal friends with this teacher, and said that his father was not involved in any paedophile ring at the school. The complainant said that his father met the teacher through him in 1970, rather than 1968. The complainant said that the allegation that his father had molested a nine-year-old boy was false.  He said that the article’s reference to his attending UCS was intrusive, especially given it was in the headline and sub headline to the article, and that he felt harassed by the article.
  5. The newspaper said that the existence of a paedophile ring at UCS had been well documented in the autobiography of the former pupil, who described being sexually abused by two teachers, one of whom was subsequently sacked by another school for sexual abuse, and another of whom disappeared from UCS after being accused of abuse. The newspaper said that the allegation that Lord Janner had molested a 9-year-old boy was raised in Parliament using privilege, and that the article both highlighted the apparent inconsistency in the allegation, and made clear the Janner family’s position that Lord Janner was innocent. The newspaper said it had a number of sources who confirmed that Lord Janner and one of the named teachers were friends, and noted that it was not in dispute that this teacher had organised trips for pupils to visit Lord Janner’s constituency, and that Lord Janner had given lectures at UCS.  The newspaper said that the article only made peripheral reference to the complainant, and did not link him to the paedophile ring. The newspaper said that the fact the complainant attended UCS was not private information, and noted that this information was available on his publicly accessible professional profile.
  6. The newspaper offered to remove reference to the complainant from the headline, and from one of the picture captions. It also offered to amend the article to refer to the paedophile ring as “alleged”.

Relevant Code Provisions

  1. Clause 1 (Accuracy)
  2. The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
  3. A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published. In cases involving the Regulator, prominence should be agreed with the Regulator in advance.

iii. The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.

Clause 3 (Privacy)

  1. Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications.
  2. Editors will be expected to justify intrusions into any individual’s private life without consent. Account will be taken of the complainant’s own public disclosures of information.

Clause 4 (Harassment)

  1. Journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit.
  2. They must not persist in questioning, telephoning, pursuing or photographing individuals once asked to desist; nor remain on their property when asked to leave and must not follow them. If requested, they must identify themselves and whom they represent.

iii. Editors must ensure these principles are observed by those working for them and take care not to use non-compliant material from other sources.

Findings of the Committee

  1. The Committee noted the complainant’s position that he was unaware of there being a “paedophile ring” at UCS, and that it was inaccurate to claim that there was one. However, a former pupil had alleged that he had been abused by two teachers while he was a pupil at the school, and the complainant did not dispute that one of the teachers allegedly involved disappeared from UCS after being accused of abuse, or that the other teacher was subsequently sacked from another school for sexual abuse. The article made clear the basis on which this historic allegation was being made. The Committee did not establish that it was misleading to refer to there being a “paedophile ring” at UCS, in this context. This aspect of the complaint did not raise a breach of Clause 1.
  2. The Committee noted the complainant’s position that the allegation that Lord Janner had molested a 9-year-old boy was false. The article did not report this as fact but explained that this was an allegation made in Parliament and subject to privilege, and it was not suggested that this was an inaccurate report of Parliamentary proceedings, which the newspaper was entitled to report. In addition, the article made clear that Lord Janner’s family maintained that he was innocent, and noted the apparent inconsistency in the allegation. This aspect of the complaint did not raise a breach of Clause 1.
  3. The Committee noted the complainant’s position that Lord Janner was not friends with the named teacher, or that they were “as thick as thieves”. However, the complainant did not dispute that the teacher took UCS pupils on trips to Leicester to canvas for Lord Janner, or that the teacher invited Lord Janner to speak at the school. In these circumstances, it was not significantly misleading to report that the two men were friends, or to report a former pupil’s opinion that they were “as thick as thieves”. This aspect of the complaint did not raise a breach of Clause 1. The article’s reference to the two men meeting in 1968, rather than 1970, was not a significant inaccuracy in the context of the article, and did not raise a breach of Clause 1.
  4. The complainant did not dispute that Lord Janner had met the teacher through him, and the fact that the complainant had attended UCS was not in itself private information, and was published as part of his profile in a leading legal directory.  The Committee did not consider that the article’s reference to the complainant was intrusive or gratuitous, and there was no breach of Clause 3.
  5. The fact that the complainant felt harassed by the publication of the article did not raise a breach of Clause 4, which generally relates to the conduct of journalists during the news-gathering process.

Conclusions

  1. The complaint was not upheld.

Remedial action required

N/A

Date complaint received : 30/04/2016
Date decision issued: 22/07/2016

 

Appendix 2

Lord Janner and the paedophile ring at his son’s elite school: Labour peer’s link to institution where teachers abused boys

  • Four paedophile teachers abused boys at University College School in 70s
  • Led by politics teacher Michael Densham, the ring were exposed in a book 
  • Son of Lord Janner attended the school along with other famous alumni

Lord Janner, whose son attended the University College School in Hampstead, where four paedophile teachers used their positions to abuse teenage pupils 

Lord Janner, whose son attended the University College School in Hampstead, where four paedophile teachers used their positions to abuse teenage pupils

To upwardly mobile residents of Seventies North London, an old boy’s tie from University College School, Hampstead, was the ultimate social calling card.

An exclusive institution, with Edwardian architecture and picturesque games pitches, it admitted only the brightest boys, and was rightly famed for creative, sporting and academic prowess.

The ranks of ‘Old Gowers’, as alumni are known, included a host of the great and good, from athlete Roger Bannister to film star Dirk Bogarde and the celebrated mountaineer Chris Bonnington.

Despite its fee-paying status, UCS was (and still is) run according to a liberal philosophy that included a statutory ban on religious education and a refusal to acknowledge, in any formal way, differences of ethnic or cultural background.

This made it the favourite public school of the local area’s social elite, who — in time-honoured tradition — were happy to overlook any principled opposition to private education when it came to the treatment of their own children.

The roster of pupils duly contained the offspring of many Labour grandees, including both sons of the party’s former Prime Minister, Harold Wilson.

A few years later, UCS would educate the likes of Tristram Hunt, the son of a Labour peer (and now Shadow Education Secretary), Jonathan Freedland, the Left-wing commentator, and Ian Katz, a former Guardian journalist who is editor of BBC2’s Newsnight.

Yet behind its historic red-brick facade there lay a troubling secret. For throughout this heady era, the UCS staff room was home to four paedophile teachers, who used their positions of authority to prey on teenage pupils.

The ring, led by politics teacher Michael Densham, was sensationally exposed in 2004 by the writer and entrepreneur Jonathan Self, who had attended the school with his brother, Will, the novelist.

In an autobiography titled Self Abuse, Jonathan revealed that he had ‘suffered repeated sexual abuse by two of the masters at UCS senior school for most of the three years I spent there’, from 1970 onwards.

The book devoted an entire chapter to this catalogue of exploitation, saying it began on a school trip when he was ‘barely 13 years old’ and Densham plied him with alcohol until he was ‘vomiting drunk’.

‘He begged me to take off all my clothes and get into bed with him,’ Self recalled. ‘What started as, effectively, a rape continued much in the manner of an illicit affair.’

The teacher, then in his 30s, would typically take his victim to ‘restaurants, pubs and a gay club in the Finchley Road’, before ending their liaisons by forcing him to have sex in his car (‘short and hurried’) or in a bedroom of his home in Ealing, ‘a drawn-out business’ Self found ‘abhorrent’.

Over the course of the abusive relationship, Self says that Densham introduced him to several other paedophiles connected to UCS, including former pupil Basil Moss, who ‘was always kissing me and pinching my bottom’, and two teachers from the UCS junior school ‘who made a similar nuisance of themselves’.

Self was then raped by yet another professional associate of Densham’s called Tony Ford, a UCS art teacher, who ‘became so insistent I have sex with him that in the end I gave in’.

‘I wouldn’t keep harassing you,’ Self recalled Ford saying on the day he finally consented. ‘But I know you have done it with Mike and it just isn’t fair that you won’t do it with me.’

This troubling saga generated a smattering of ugly headlines when Self’s book was published, just over a decade ago.

Yet, perhaps due to the fact that Densham and Ford were no longer around (one disappeared, one committed suicide, in murky circumstances) no proper police investigation was conducted.

Instead, to the presumed relief of the authorities at UCS, the saga of the Seventies paedophile ring was allowed to slide quietly into history. That was then, however.

The ring, led by politics teacher Michael Densham, pictured, was sensationally exposed in 2004 by the writer and entrepreneur Jonathan Self, who had attended the school with his brother, Will, the novelist

The ring, led by politics teacher Michael Densham, pictured, was sensationally exposed in 2004 by the writer and entrepreneur Jonathan Self, who had attended the school with his brother, Will, the novelist

Today, things could be about to change. For, more than 40 years after Self was abused, events only a few miles from leafy Hampstead are about to return this sordid chapter in the public school’s history to the top of the news agenda.

To blame is Greville Janner, the former Labour MP, who has been splashed across the front pages in recent months.

The 86-year-old peer, a flamboyant amateur magician ennobled by Tony Blair, is at the centre of heated public debate over claims that for decades he was a prolific abuser of young boys.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders announced in April that the police had sufficient evidence to charge him with 22 paedophile offences, including 16 indecent assaults and six acts of buggery.

She added, however, that he will not face trial on a single one of the charges, involving nine separate children from 1969 to 1988, on the grounds that he is suffering dementia, which means he is ‘not fit to take part in any proceedings’.

The decision has sparked huge controversy, not least since dozens of further alleged victims have since come forward. The ruling is being reviewed, and an announcement regarding whether it will be overturned is expected imminently.

Police in Scotland are also looking into claims that Janner abused boys north of the border. Since they operate under a separate legal system to England, the peer could, in theory, face prosecution there.

The ongoing scandal further deepened this week when Labour MP Simon Danczuk used Parliamentary privilege to claim Janner had ‘violated, raped and tortured’ children inside the Houses of Parliament, molesting a nine-year-old boy, Paul Miller, at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster.

Miller, who has given a signed statement to police, believes he was targeted after Janner began visiting his school, Braunstone Frith Primary, in Leicester.

He says he was then abused when the MP invited eight of its pupils to visit him at the Commons in 1969.

The Janner family — who have always proclaimed the peer’s innocence — would doubtless respond to Miller’s claims by pointing out that Janner was not elected to Parliament until 1970.

Either way, it’s nonetheless intriguing — not to say somewhat troubling — to discover that Braunstone Frith Primary wasn’t the only school on Janner’s radar during this murky period in his personal history.

During the late Sixties and Seventies, I can reveal that Janner just happened to be a regular visitor to the classrooms of University College School, where his circle of close acquaintances included a bespectacled teacher by the name of Michael Densham.

An exclusive institution, with Edwardian architecture and picturesque games pitches, University College School admitted only the brightest boys, and was rightly famed for creative, sporting and academic prowess

An exclusive institution, with Edwardian architecture and picturesque games pitches, University College School admitted only the brightest boys, and was rightly famed for creative, sporting and academic prowess

The two men met in 1968, when the future MP for Leicester West, who lived in Hampstead, decided to send his son, Daniel, to UCS.

They proceeded to forge a friendship which, according to several former pupils and members of staff, saw Janner build close links with Densham and his teenage pupils, visiting the school to lecture them on a regular basis.

Intriguingly, in light of this week’s revelations, he also invited its pupils on guided tours of Parliament.

What is more, during three General Election campaigns, one in 1970 and two in 1974, the paedophile teacher would even drive bus-loads of UCS sixth-form boys to Leicester to spend day after day working in Janner’s campaign office, and canvassing on his behalf.

‘Denham and Janner were as thick as thieves,’ is how one former pupil puts it.

‘He was constantly coming into school to do things such as lecture Mike’s politics society or help out his A-level class with projects.

‘You don’t think much of it at the time, but Densham was a showy bastard, who was well known for groping pupils and making dodgy sexual remarks.

‘With the benefit of hindsight, it does all look very, very suspicious.’

Paul Manski, a lawyer who left UCS in 1973, says: ‘Greville Janner came to school quite regularly to speak. I can recall two or three lectures while I was in the sixth form. They took place in a downstairs theatre called the Crypt, next to the cricket nets.

‘There were also quite a lot of times when Densham organised visits by boys to his constituency during elections.’

A friend of Manski, who went on one such Leicester trip, says: ‘It was sold to us as a chance to see a typical day in the life of a constituency MP.

‘I remember being shown around the offices of a local newspaper, going to his surgery and doing some canvassing, which was odd as I wasn’t really a Labour supporter. Greville Janner was perfectly friendly, and he and Densham were clearly close.

‘Densham was drawn to famous people and was an inveterate name-dropper. He always used to claim to be on first-name terms with Harold Wilson, too.’

Michael Alsford, a teacher at UCS from 1967 until 2005, confirms that Densham and Janner were well acquainted. He describes his former colleague as a ‘brilliant teacher, but obviously a flawed man’, and says that Densham would ‘take groups of boys up to Leicester West to help with canvassing at election times’.

Densham was drawn to famous people and was a inveterate name-dropper. He used to claim to be on first-name terms with Harold Wilson, too

‘We had plenty of elections in the Seventies, and I clearly remember Mike talking about it.’

Another former student recalls joining Janner on a private tour of the Commons.

‘I was a few years below his son, Danny, and met the MP when he came to speak to Densham’s class. We had a chat, and he then sent me a letter asking me to visit, so I did. Lots of other pupils went on similar tours.

‘Obviously, we all thought at the time that he was just being kind. But given what we now know, the whole thing does seem very dubious.’

All of which poses a couple of pressing questions. First, did Janner pursue relationships with any of the many, many boys he met via University College School?

And second, was he a member of a wider paedophile ring whose members included Mike Densham, Tony Ford and a smattering of UCS colleagues?

Perhaps they would be best pursued by the police.

In a statement this week, a UCS spokesman said it ‘takes the welfare and protection of its pupils as a matter of the utmost importance, and if the police were to contact the school we shall give them every assistance’.

One person who won’t be able to help them, however, is Michael Densham. Forced out of UCS in July 1980, after several complaints about his conduct, he was subsequently sacked by a primary school in Ealing, West London, after being caught sexually abusing a paperboy.

At around the same time, he inherited hundreds of thousands of pounds on the death of his well-to-do parents, but spent it all, in the words of a friend, on ‘boys, holidays and nightclubs’ in little more than a year.

Finding himself destitute, he began stealing money from former friends, was jailed in the late Eighties for credit card fraud and eventually committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on February 11, 1998.

As for Ford, the second named member of the UCS paedophile ring, he was suspended one Thursday in 1978, amid allegations that he had groped a teenage pupil.

He walked back to his nearby flat, packed a suitcase and drove away, never to be seen again by friends, colleagues or family members.

‘Tony just disappeared,’ says Alsford. ‘Police refused to investigate, so his mother hired a private investigator. But they never found any trace of him.’

Just another strange and murky twist in this increasingly unsettling scandal.

 

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More Vaz Sex Sleaze and Government Child Sex Abuse Cover Ups

The Mirror has revealed that Keith Vaz MP uses male prostitutes 2016 Sep 4 Mirror Married MP Keith Vaz tells prostitutes in his flat: ‘Bring poppers’ … ‘We need to get this party started’ [13].

According to the Mail, Keith Vaz MP has resigned from chairing the Home Affairs Select Committee, which oversees the IICSA child sexual abuse inquiry. Vaz was caught paying male prostitutes for sex, being willing to buy cocaine and using poppers [1].

But this froth is not the real scandal. The real scandal with Keith Vaz is the one that corporate media dont tell you as it does not yet fit their agenda.

Many people felt that he was the wrong person to chair the Home Office Affairs Committee, as he was widely seen as being, at the least, a gatekeeper, to prevent proper investigation into child sexual abuse. The committee is also supposed to hold the Police to account. He has not as yet resigned from being a member of that committee, but surely it can only be a matter of time, unless the power behind the cover up of child sexual abuse continues to hold sway.

It has been known for over a year that Vaz was being investigated for child sexual abuse, yet he was allowed to be chair of a very influential committee into child sexual abuse. Why?

The speaker Bercow knew of the investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse and child abuse against Vaz [7] and fellow MPs demanded he step down from the Committee, yet Vaz still was allowed to chair the supposedly prestigious committee. He clearly had a conflict of interests as regard the police and child sexual abuse issues.

The Sun [9] reported on 18 Jul 2015 that an anonymous MP, who was Vaz [7]

  • HAD lads “delivered” to his room at a hotel near a police
    station
  • ABUSED boys at a hospital’s mental health unit
  • LEFT one so terrified he fears for his life if he ever speaks
    out
  • SHOWED an “unhealthy” interest in the two young sons of a local
    councillor
  • DISPLAYED a liking for “young ragamuffins”, and
  • WAS seen as untouchable by police because of his revered
    position.

Mail [2] reported that Andrew Bridgen who had reported Vaz to the Police was receiving a campaign of vilification from Vaz.

It is of interest that Vaz, a fellow Leicestershire MP, was a staunch defender of Greville Janner MP, the child abuser and helped stop a 1990s probe into Janner [14] and perhaps owed his advancement to Janner [10]

It is also of interest that Vaz was a solicitor in Richmond at the time of Elm Guest House , Keith Vaz and the Mystery of Barnes Common [11] which he strangely cannot recall.

When Vaz was renominated for the post in Jun 2015 it was notable that although his opponent Fiona McTaggart talked about child abuse, sexual violence and human trafficking, Keith Vaz avoided this [5] but did manage to mention legal highs

What influence did Vaz have over the agenda of the Home Affairs Select Committee? Did he instigate the inquiry into the woman who accused Leon Brittan of rape to highlight police inadequacies, whilst sidelining all the other accusations against Leon Brittan? [15] 

It also raises the possibility that Vaz released confidential details of child abuse victims deliberately, that he had privileged access to [12]

Vaz seems to have lived a charmed life. Bridgen also accused Vaz of performing political favours for the owner of a brothel in his constituency in which men consorted with underage males, and made further allegations about drink-driving, assault and corruption [2]

He has also been accused of conflict of interest over lobbying for immigration visas [6] and a suspicious £500,000 [4] [3]

Vaz is on the National Security Strategy Committee despite being an obvious security risk and blackmail target. [16]

How has he lived this charmed life?

  • MI5 must have known Vaz was a security risk. They are complicit or useless.
  • Was he yet another child abuser being protected by MI5 for blackmail purposes by those who are really in control of “Britains” unaccountable secret services. Who is really in control of them? If you work for MI5 don’t get angry with my blog, do you know who you really work for?
  • Why was Vaz allowed to chair a committee of such importance to the IICSA child sexual abuse inquiry, when he himself was being investigated for child sexual abuse and he was in charge of holding police to account? Was this part of the government  /Westminster cover up?
  • What are the government guidelines for this sort of case?
  • Did the chairing of this committee whilst being investigated not contravene any standards for professional life or MPs?
  • What do Leicestershire Police and other forces know of the sex life of Keith Vaz and his links to child sexual abuse, and the cover up of Janners child sexual abuse?
  • Did Vaz misuse his powers to keep the Police in line who were investigating him, and also put a brake on investigations into child sexual abuse?
  • Why was Vaz allowed the oppotunity to potential misuse his powers?
  • Whose job was it to see that MPs do not have this conflict of interest?

For the text and most of the pictures of the recent prostitution revelations in case they disappear in the future, check the Appendix 2 and Appendix 3 at the end of this article

Appendix 2 2016 Sept 4 Daily Mail ‘I’m getting very horny. I want you’: Married Labour grandee Keith Vaz ‘met male prostitutes in his London flat and wanted sex drug (after telling them he was a washing machine salesman called Jim)[1]

Appendix 3 2016 Sep 4 Mirror Married MP Keith Vaz tells prostitutes in his flat: ‘Bring poppers’ … ‘We need to get this party started’ [13]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] 2016 Sept 4 Daily Mail ‘I’m getting very horny. I want you’: Married Labour grandee Keith Vaz ‘met male prostitutes in his London flat and wanted sex drug (after telling them he was a washing machine salesman called Jim)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3772784/Let-s-party-started-Married-Labour-statesman-Keith-Vaz-met-male-prostitutes-London-flat-wanted-man-drugs.html

[2] 2015 Dec 26 Daily Mail Tory MP who reported a senior Labour politician over child sex abuse claims says he is being vilified in response http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3375070/Tory-MP-reported-senior-Labour-politician-child-sex-abuse-claims-says-vilified-response.html

[3] 2012 Oct 1 Tory MP asks watchdog to investigate Keith Vaz http://www.channel4.com/news/tory-mp-calls-for-vaz-to-step-down-during-fnancial-probe

[4] 2012 Sept 30 Daily Telegraph Keith Vaz: Secret police probe into Labour MP’s £500,000 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/9577876/Keith-Vaz-Secret-police-probe-into-Labour-MPs-500000.html

[5] 2015 Jun Parliament UK http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/home-affairs-committee/chair-nominations/

[6] 2015 Jun 7 Politics Home Keith Vaz reported to standards watchdog over visa letter https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/home-affairs/news/62826/keith-vaz-reported-standards-watchdog-over-visa-letter

[7]  2016 Sept 4 Order Order Bercow Knew Vaz Was Under Police Investigation http://order-order.com/2016/09/04/244563/ Keith Vaz has been under police investigation for over year on suspicion of financial corruption and historic allegations of sex with minors. Speaker Bercow was informed of this and fellow MPs demanded – Andrew Bridgen in writing – that he step down from his position on the Home Affair Select Committee. The Speaker protected Vaz… It is widely known around Westminster that Vaz – who owes his career to Greville Janner – was the unidentified MP in this Sun front page from last year.

[8] 2015 Jul 19 The Sun on Sunday Cops told:Top Labour MP is a Paedo

[9] 2015 Jul 18 The Sun Cops told: Top Labour MP is paedo https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/61024/cops-told-top-labour-mp-is-paedo/

[10] 2015 Apr 16 Telegraph Greville Janner: Keith Vaz was among MPs who defended Labour peer against child sex abuse allegations http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11543642/Lord-Greville-Janner-will-not-face-sex-abuse-trial-over-severe-dementia.html

[11] 2013 Feb 2015 Spotlight on Abuse Keith Vaz and the Mystery of Barnes Common https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/keith-vaz-and-the-mystery-of-barnes-common/

[12] 2015 Jan 29 Guardian Child sex abuse victims got death threats after inquiry published emails http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/29/child-sex-abuse-victims-emails-commons-committee

[13] 2016 Sep 4 Mirror Married MP Keith Vaz tells prostitutes in his flat: ‘Bring poppers’ … ‘We need to get this party started’ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/married-mp-keith-vaz-tells-8763805

[14] 2015 Apr 25 Guardian Keith Vaz helped kill a 90s probe into the Greville Janner claims: why is he silent now? http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/25/keith-vaz-helped-kill-90s-probe-greville-janner-claims-why-is-vaz-silent-now

[15] 2015 Nov 29 Byline David Henke THE “JANE” DATE RAPE CASE: A FLAWED REPORT FROM MPS ON THE HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE https://www.byline.com/column/22/article/631

[16] Parliament UK Vaz biography http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/keith-vaz/338

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

Appendix 1

Text of [2] 2015 Dec 26 Daily Mail Tory MP who reported a senior Labour politician over child sex abuse claims says he is being vilified in response http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3375070/Tory-MP-reported-senior-Labour-politician-child-sex-abuse-claims-says-vilified-response.html

Tory MP who reported a senior Labour politician over child sex abuse claims says he is being vilified in response

  • Tory MP Andrew Bridgen waived right to anonymity after reporting claims
  • He reported a Labour MP to police over claims of child sex abuse
  • Bridgen says he has become the victim of a campaign of ‘vilification’

Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, waived his right to anonymity as the accuser to speak out against the backlash

Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, waived his right to anonymity as the accuser to speak out against the backlash

A Tory MP who reported a senior Labour MP to the police over claims of child sex abuse said last night that he was the victim of a campaign of ‘vilification’ waged by the prominent individual.

Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, waived his right to anonymity as the accuser to speak out against the backlash he says he has endured since reporting the Labour MP to police.

He says allies of the Labour MP have used a number of techniques to put pressure on him – including printing hundreds of copies of a Mail on Sunday report about Mr Bridgen and distributing them around Westminster.

Mr Bridgen also accuses friends of the Labour MP of bombarding the Commons authorities with Freedom of Information requests to obtain details of the Tory MP’s expenses claims, and says he has been ‘snubbed’ by Speaker John Bercow in the Commons chamber.

Mr Bridgen approached police in July with his allegations and told them that the Labour MP had once been arrested for indecency in a public place with a minor and had assaulted officers.

He also claimed the Labour MP had performed political favours for the owner of a brothel in his constituency in which men consorted with underage males, and made further allegations about drink-driving, assault and corruption.

The Labour MP strongly denies all the claims, which date back to the late 1980s – describing them as ‘false and malicious’.

Last month, this newspaper revealed that Mr Bridgen, who has led the campaign against the controversial HS2 rail project, sold his luxury mansion to the Government department responsible for the scheme for £1.9 million of taxpayers’ money.

Mr Bridgen says he has been 'snubbed' by Speaker John Bercow (pictured) in the Commons chamber

Mr Bridgen says he has been ‘snubbed’ by Speaker John Bercow (pictured) in the Commons chamber

Mr Bridgen says he was forced to sell the eight-bedroom Georgian house because he was getting divorced, and had to take a hit of hundreds of thousands of pounds on the market value.

Now hundreds of printouts of the story – with an added sticker describing Mr Bridgen as a ‘sell out’ – have been posted to MPs in the internal Commons post.

Last month it was announced that an £18 million independent inquiry into child sexual abuse will investigate allegations against politicians both living and dead.

A spokeswoman for the Speaker said: ‘Mr Bridgen has spoken on numerous occasions since July.’ The Labour MP repeated last night that the claims were ‘untrue, defamatory and malicious’.

Appendix 2

2016 Sep 4 Mirror Married MP Keith Vaz tells prostitutes in his flat: ‘Bring poppers’ … ‘We need to get this party started’ [13]

Married MP Keith Vaz tells prostitutes in his flat: ‘Bring poppers’ … ‘We need to get this party started’

Today we can reveal the Labour statesman, a married father of two, is leading a double life paying young male escorts for sex

He is one of the most influential MPs in the House of Commons and is currently overseeing the biggest shake-up of Britain’s prostitution laws in a generation.

But today the Sunday Mirror can reveal Keith Vaz, a married father of two, is leading a double life paying young male escorts for sex.

Mr Vaz last met two Eastern European prostitutes eight days ago, even though he is chair of a powerful parliamentary group probing vice and drugs.

And as the talk ranged from sex to pets, Mr Vaz eventually said: “We need to get this party started.”

He also spoke about having had unprotected sex.

Keith Vaz
Mr Vaz’s exchanges (left) with escorts ahead of their last meeting
Keith Vaz
Mr Vaz’s exchanges (left) with escorts ahead of their last meeting

And ahead of the meeting he had sent a series of texts in which he jokingly called himself one of the men’s “pimp” and “bank manager”.

Mr Vaz paid the escorts in cash.

Money was also paid into a bank account used by one of them by a man linked to a charity set up by the MP.

While chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Mr Vaz has publicly said he was “not convinced” that men who pay for sex should face prosecution.


Mr Vaz at meeting with male escort

Within weeks of a report from the committee, he himself paid money to escorts in a flat he owns near his family home in Edgware, North West London.

Mr Vaz has had at least two meetings with the escorts.

In a 90-minute rendezvous on August 27, the former Minister for Europe offered to cover the cost of cocaine if it was brought to the flat – but said he did not want any himself.

He is currently heading up the committee which has investigated harm caused by the illegal Class A drug.

Mr Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East since 1987, also told the pair to bring along poppers – the sex-enhancing drug.

Keith Vaz
Drink, watch and condom on coffee table in the flat

In Parliament, he defended use of the drug when it faced a ban.

The Sunday Mirror can reveal Mr Vaz first made contact with the two younger men after meeting a fellow escort they knew in London.

At least one meeting took place before Mr Vaz met the pair again eight days ago.

They arrived at the flat, which Land Registry documents show the MP owns and bought in June for £387,500.

It is has no mortgage and is half a mile from his £2.1million five-bed detached family home.

Keith Vaz
Mr Vaz at meeting with male escort

The day before the August 27 meeting Mr Vaz texted the escort: “Try and pick up some poppers.”

On the afternoon of the meeting the escort texted to say he was buying the sex drug and the MP replied: “Great.”

Mr Vaz was then asked for a meeting time, and replied by text: “11pm nice and late. I want a good time please.”

When told a Romanian escort would be joining them, Mr Vaz wrote: “How will this work, do you want me to f*** him first or all together.”

Then he asked: “Does he like poppers. Does he speak English.”

Keith Vaz
Keith Vaz in his flat

Running late, Mr Vaz wrote: “On my way to London shall we meet at 11.30 in Edgware.

“Bring all stuff. Don’t be too late, very sleepy.”

The two escorts arrived at Mr Vaz’s well-appointed block shortly after 11.30pm.

He was wearing a short sleeved shirt, black trousers and his trademark steel-rimmed spectacles.

The escorts – in beach shorts and T-shirts – were clutching a black carrier bag containing items including packets of a Viagra-like stimulant.

Keith Vaz
Mr Vaz on the night of the meet after seeing the two escorts

Mr Vaz immediately began questioning them about the whereabouts of the Romanian escort.

He asked: “What time is he coming? Does he know where to come? Has he seen lots of clients?”

When told another customer had paid the man £900 for sex, Mr Vaz replied: “Really? That’s fantastic… I hope he’s giving you some of the money.”

In the lead-up to sex the men took the Viagra-like drug out of their bag and showed it to the politician.

They explained it was a jelly in mint or watermelon flavours and would boost sexual stamina.

Keith Vaz
MP relaxes on sofa at one meeting at his pad

As the three sat in the living room, Mr Vaz asked: “What about this Romanian? What does he look like? Have you got pictures?”

The men said Mr Vaz handed over $100 and joked it was “a lot” where they come from.

One of the escorts said he was nervous about joining in a foursome.

Mr Vaz replied: “Oh sh**. Oh my God. You have to join in.”

The MP, sounding anxious for a third man to join them, began examining snaps of men on the gay dating app Grindr, shown to him by the escorts.

PA Labour MP Keith Vaz arrives with his wife Maria Fernandez at the Eastern Eye Asian Business Awards at Wembley Stadium.
MP Keith Vaz arrives with his wife Maria Fernandez

It uses GPS data to find men nearby. When shown the profile of an Asian man, the MP replied: “He is fit.”

Then Mr Vaz, who famously turned up at Luton airport to welcome the arrivals on the day Romania joined the EU in 2014, added: “But we like Eastern Europeans, they’re nice.”

When shown another user’s profile Mr Vaz said: “Find out where he is… ”

Then, continuing his jokey chat, the MP said of the older escort: “I feel as if I’m his bank manager.

“Or his mother. He treats me very badly.”

Keith Vaz Labour politician with new bride Maria Fernandez
Keith Vaz with new bride Maria Fernandez in front of Parliament

The conversation turned to cocaine when the escorts spoke again about the Romanian joining them.

They said he liked taking the Class A drug during sex.

The MP was then heard saying that there was no “coke” in the flat.

When told the Romanian may be able to bring the drug, Mr Vaz said: “How much is it going to be?”

When one of the escorts pretended to ring the Romanian and said cocaine was not available, Mr Vaz interrupted: “Ask him how much it is – next time.”

Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning Keith Vaz, Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper
Keith Vaz, Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper at the Labour conference in 2014

And the politician added a little later: “He can buy and I’ll give him the money.” Mr Vaz said he did not want any coke himself.

He then asked the men, who say they do not take illegal drugs either, about the poppers they had brought along.

When the younger escort said he had never used them, Mr Vaz replied: “You’ve never had poppers?”

The escort then asked if Mr Vaz had taken them and the MP replied: “Yeah.”

He said he didn’t “really use them” because of a medical procedure, but added: “I like giving it to people. It’s nice.”

Talk then turned to sex, as the two escorts sat in the lounge sipping their whisky and cokes.

Daily Mirror Keith Vaz and Jeremy Corbyn
Keith Vaz with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Addressing the older man, Mr Vaz said: “You’re a naughty b****r. You taught him so much.”

And he asked: “How many times have you f***** him (the younger escort) today?”

While waiting for a message back from potential matches, the MP then got into a discussion with the escorts about the price of houses in London – before the elder escort interrupted, asking: “What do you want?”

Mr Vaz instantly replied: “You. I’m getting very horny.”

Shortly before the sexual activity, Mr Vaz told them about a recent encounter with another escort they know.

The MP said: “He was OK. He forgot the condom though. I had to f*** him without a condom.”

He was then asked how he knew the man was clear of sexually transmitted diseases – and replied: “I didn’t know.”

When asked how long it had been since he last had sex, the MP replied: “Oh ages ago, about three weeks.”

When asked by one of the men whether he wanted to use a condom this time, Mr Vaz – who last year fronted a safe sex campaign in his constituency – said “No”.

Minutes later, the men said they undressed. Mr Vaz then told the younger one: “Take your shirt off. I’m going to attack you.”

The encounter lasted around 15 minutes.

Little more than 24 hours after the encounter the MP was seen back on official duty alongside police at a family fun day.

The MP – who had his face painted as a tiger at the constituency bash in Leicester – re-tweeted snaps to his Twitter page.

Liquid Gold branded poppers
Mr Vaz told the pair to bring along poppers (file photo)

Last night Mr Vaz said: “I have referred these allegations to my ­solicitor Mark Stephens, of Howard Kennedy, who will consider them carefully and advise me on what is published.”

Today, he issued a statement to the Mail on Sunday which said: “I am genuinely sorry for the hurt and distress that has been caused by my actions in particular to my wife and children.

“I will be informing the Committee on Tuesday of my intention to stand aside from chairing the sessions of the Committee with immediate effect.”

It was not immediately clear whether the statement meant Mr Vaz would step down from his chairmanship altogether or just that of some committee sessions.

Neither Mr Vaz’s lawyer nor Home Affairs Committee staff could immediately be reached for comment by Mirror Online.

Fellow Home Affairs committee member Naz Shah told Sky News she had spoken to Mr Vaz and “he has done the right thing” by standing aside as chair.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “Keith Vaz has issued a statement on this matter.

“As with all departmental select committees, Keith was elected to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee by the House of Commons, and his is position is a matter for him and the House”.

Appendix 3

2016 Sept 4 Daily Mail ‘I’m getting very horny. I want you’: Married Labour grandee Keith Vaz ‘met male prostitutes in his London flat and wanted sex drug (after telling them he was a washing machine salesman called Jim) [1]

‘I’m getting very horny. I want you’: Married Labour grandee Keith Vaz ‘met male prostitutes in his London flat and wanted sex drug (after telling them he was a washing machine salesman called Jim)’ 

  • Labour MP Keith Vaz has been recorded talking to two male prostitutes
  • The married MP admits ‘liking’ giving poppers to people to feel good
  • Mr Vaz admitted having sex with one male prostitute without a condom
  • He texted one of the men saying he wanted them and that he was ‘horny’

Mr Vaz, pictured, asked the prostitutes to seek out another man on Grindr for their party 

Mr Vaz, pictured, asked the prostitutes to seek out another man on Grindr for their party

Veteran Labour MP Keith Vaz last night stood down from chairmanship of the Home Affairs Select Committee after he was exposed for paying young men for sex.

The married father-of-two was caught meeting two Eastern European male prostitutes, believed to be Poles, for sex eight days ago and boasting about having unprotected sex, according to a newspaper.

Mr Vaz, 59, has been chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee – which monitors crime, immigration and drugs policy – for nearly a decade. He has previously said he is ‘not convinced’ men who pay for sex should be prosecuted.

The committee is currently overseeing a major shake-up of the UK’s prostitution laws.

The Labour MP for Leicester East since 1987 told The Mail on Sunday in a statement last night that he was stepping aside from chairing the committee.

He also said he had referred the allegations to his solicitor and claimed he had been the victim of a sting operation.

A friend insisted that Mr Vaz, who has one son and one daughter with lawyer wife Maria, was not resigning completely, suggesting he will wait to see if he has enough support among MPs to remain on the committee.

Mr Vaz's messages (in grey) were sent to one of the escorts (whose replies are in blue)

Mr Vaz’s messages (in grey) were sent to one of the escorts (whose replies are in blue)

The MP reportedly told the men, ‘We need to get this party started’ as talk ranged from unprotected sex to pets, according to the Sunday Mirror.

In a series of texts, reproduced by the newspaper, he asked them to bring the sex-enhancing drug poppers to the meeting.

Mr Vaz also reportedly texted one of the men saying: ‘You. I’m getting very horny’, after he was asked what he wanted.

He paid the men in cash following the meeting in a £390,000 flat he owns near his £2.1million family home in Edgware, North London, it was reported.

According to the newspaper, Mr Vaz tried to hide his identity from two male escorts by claiming to be a washing machine salesman. Asked by the men about his work. Mr Vaz reportedly said: ‘These are industrial washing machines, that I sell. Industrial. For big – for hotels.’

Minutes later, as the men said they undressed, one of the escorts asked Mr Vaz: ‘What’s your name, by the way?’ He replied: ‘Jim’ before spelling it out ‘J-I-M.’

The Sunday Mirror claimed Mr Vaz, a lawyer by profession, had at least two meetings with the escorts.

During one 90-minute rendezvous on August 27, the former Minister for Europe offered to cover the cost of cocaine if it was brought to the flat.

However, he said he did not want any himself. The Home Affairs Select Committee is also currently looking into the harm caused by the Class A drug.

The day before the meeting, he is said to have texted one of the escorts telling him: ‘Try and pick up some poppers.’

Poppers, which are not illegal, are widely used as a sex drug.

The newspaper reported that Mr Vaz made contact with the two younger men after meeting a fellow escort they knew in London.

Eight days ago they arrived at the flat, which Land Registry documents show the MP owns and bought in June for £387,500.

On the afternoon of the meeting, the escort texted Mr Vaz say he was buying the sex drug. The MP replied ‘great’, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Later, when he was told a Romanian escort would be joining them, Mr Vaz texted: ‘How will this work, do you want me to f*** him first or all together.’

He asked: ‘Does he like poppers. Does he speak English.’ The men took the Viagra-like drug out of their bag and showed it to the politician.

They explained it would boost stamina during the sex act. Shortly before sexual activity, said to have lasted for 15 minutes, Mr Vaz mentioned another recent encounter with another escort they knew, telling the men: ‘He was OK. He forgot the condom though. I had to f*** him without a condom.’

The married father-of-two admitted having sex with a male prostitute without a condom

Labour MP Keith Vaz allegedly met two male prostitutes at his London flat earlier this month

When asked how he knew the man was clear of sexually transmitted diseases, Mr Vaz replied: ‘I didn’t know.’

Earlier, when the younger escort said he had never used poppers, Mr Vaz replied: ‘You’ve never had poppers?’ The escort then asked if Mr Vaz had taken them and the MP replied: ‘Yeah.’

As the three sat in the living room, Mr Vaz asked: ‘What about this Romanian? What does he look like? Have you got pictures?’

The three men then examined pictures on the gay dating app Grindr. When shown the profile of an Asian man, the MP replied: ‘He is fit.’ When shown another user’s profile, Mr Vaz reportedly said: ‘Find out where he is…’

The conversation reportedly turned to cocaine when the escorts spoke again about the Romanian joining them. They said he liked taking the Class A drug during sex.

Mr Vaz was heard saying there was no ‘coke’ in the flat. When told the Romanian may be able to bring the drug, Mr Vaz allegedly said: ‘How much is it going to be?’

At that point, according to the newspaper, one of the escorts pretended to ring the Romanian.

When he told the MP cocaine was not available, Mr Vaz replied: ‘Ask him how much it is – next time.’ But he insisted he did not want the drug himself.

The MP also joked of the older escort: ‘I feel as if I’m his bank manager. Or his mother. He treats me very badly.’

Mr Vaz married his wife Maria Fernandes in London and the couple have a son and a daughter

Mr Vaz married his wife Maria Fernandes in London and the couple have a son and a daughter

He was photographed dancing with a belly dancer at the Labour Party 'diversity' night in Brighton

The Sunday Mirror published voice recordings of the encounter on its website last night.

A friend of Mr Vaz said that while the politician accepted he had been foolish, he believed he had been the victim of a newspaper sting.

He also suggested he might have been drugged during the encounter with the two men.

The friend added that Mr Vaz had first met the men while they were working as decorators.

Last night Mr Vaz said in a statement: ‘I am genuinely sorry for the hurt and distress that has been caused by my actions in particular to my wife and children.

‘I will be informing the Committee on Tuesday of my intention to stand aside from chairing the sessions of the Committee with immediate effect.’

The scandal is another blow to Jeremy Corbyn’s crisis-hit Labour party, coming less than three weeks before a leadership election which could trigger a historic split.

Mr Vaz, a member of the party’s NEC, played a key role in shoring up Mr Corbyn when he faced a coup against him by moderates in July.

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Tavistock: the best kept secret in America

Good article from 2001 by Byron T Weeks if accurate on Tavistock, home of mind control

AntiCorruption Society

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS AS PERTINENT TODAY AS IT WAS WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN!

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Preface from John Quinn, NewsHawk Inc
This forwarded article was received from Byron Weeks; who in our opinion really has a good firm handle on exactly WHAT is up on many levels with the extraordinarily extensive “control trips” currently being directed against the peoples of the world by elements of the global shadow government.

Weeks, whom I quoted at length in the book PHOENIX UNDEAD, has sent us this compelling look at a globally-active British institute which has had it’s hands in just about every social and political/governmental movement of note throughout much of the world for the past 50 years.

For example, ever wonder who and what is “behind”, let’s say, the CIA? Well, they don’t swear allegiance to America, that’s for certain. Try the British royal family.

This report is the real stuff–solidly researched…

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Inspection Report on Frontier House Childrens Home, Kent run by John Persich

Kent County Council have released a 1995 inspection report into Frontier House Childrens Home, in reply to a Freedom of Information request [1]

The Report is reproduced below. It is report dated 12 Jun 1995 by Geoff Senior, Inspection Officer, Canterbury and Thanet area, after an inspection visit to Frontier House Childrens Home on 6 Jan 1995.

It is a useful document as it gives some facts, supplemented by other answers to the request. Registration for Frontier House was granted from 12 Jan 1993 in the name of John Burdock Persich and Hazel Persich. It was cancelled on 8/11/95 but was appealed by the Persichs, so the ending of registration was finally ratified on the 12/1/96 [1a]. It also gives the dates of several other inspection visits. The Report says it should be read in conjunction with Reports prepared by S Travers, Dover Social Services, which details the joint police/social services investigation into Frontier House. However Kent Council has refused release of these (see later)

Other than Frontier House, there were three satellite units; Elm’s Avenue,
St Mildred’s Road and Redberry Cottage [1a] These must have had separate registrations, and were not covered by my FOI request.

The recommendation of the Report was to cancel the registration of Frontier House, due to physical, verbal and psychological abuse as well as other faults such as punishment by withdrawal of access to parents. However it took a year to do so but it is not clear how quickly the children were protected in this or the satellite units.

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Timeline

1992 Jan 13 Application for registration

1992 Apr 15 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Jun 17 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Aug 17 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Nov 23 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Dec 2 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Dec 16 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1993 Jan 12 Registration granted for 7 children at Frontier House

1993 May 20 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1993 Jul 6 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1993 Aug 2 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1994 Jan 20 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1994 May 3 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1994 May 24 Registration extended to 8 children at Frontier House

1994 Jun 21 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1994 Complaint by young person saying he had been physically assaulted

1994 Oct Strategy meeting between social services and police

1994 Dec 29 Strategy meeting held after former staff member contacted Social Services Customer Care  Manager, Anthony Mort at Springfield, alleging residents were subject to physical and verbal abuse by staff members

1995 Jan 6 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit Reports

1995 Feb 15 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Mar 7 Draft Report sent to Mr Persich

1995 Mar 17 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Apr 21 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 May 16 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Jun 30 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Jul 19 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Oct 23 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Nov 8 Registration cancelling appeal by Persichs [1]

1995 London Programme Children in Danger on Frontier House [2]

1996 Jan 12 Registration cancelling ratified [1]

 

The 1995 Children in Danger programme [2] below, presented by Trevor Phillips features Frontier House. It features at one point, an angry John Persich Junior denying any abuse.

 

Unfortunately many other inspection reports it is said cannot be found, and the strategy meeting reports have been refused under FOI

The full request is available here [1], but here are some extracts.

A. We have been unable to locate any inspection reports per se although we have found a mention of visits within a brief report by Geoff Senior,  Inspection Officer, dated 12th June 1995. This states that Frontier House was subject to announced and unannounced visits on 7 occasions between May 1993 and January 1995. The dates of these visits was recorded as  follows:-  20/5/93; 6/7/93; 2/8/93; 20/1/94; 3/5/94; 21/6/94; 6/1/95. However, as already stated, we have not been able to locate any specific reports relating to these visits. [This actually omitted 6 other visits in 1992]

Q. Please could you send me the Report on the investigation by Kent Council and Police, in approx. 1994.

A. There are several reports provided to Strategy Meetings between February 1995 and October 1995. These reports were written by a Senior Practitioner and are dated as follows;-  15/2/95; 17/3/95; 21/4/95; 16/5/95; 30/6/95; 19/7/95; 23/10/95. I have revisited all the reports by the Senior Practitioner and have decided the entire contents remain exempt from disclosure for the reasons  stated previously [ie. The reports relate to and discuss children at the home, the information contained within them is considered personal data and is exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.] If we remove the child specific information, we would essentially be providing you with blank piece of paper save for the title which in the case of the October 1995 report would appear as follows:-      “

I have therefore put in an internal review as it is difficult to accept that there is no non child specific information in these strategy reports.

If anyone wishes to follow up any information,  it may be worth putting in FOI requests about the satellite units, and what the further response of the council was, to the abuse at the Persich run establishments,  as evidenced in the minutes of the Social Services Comittee and any reports, recommendations and conclusions, to it or other committees, and full council.  Ex residents can apply for their own records via a subject access request under the Data Protection Act to Kent Social Services.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] WhatDoTheyKnow Cathy Fox FOI request to Kent County Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/frontier_house_kent#incoming-854771

[1a] WhatDoTheyKnow Cathy Fox FOI request to Kent County Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/frontier_house_kent#incoming-836865

[2] 1995 London Programme Children in Danger on Frontier House https://youtu.be/e3xiNL5YYrA

[3] 1995  Jun 12 Report of Geoff Senior on Frontier House Childrens Home pdf download via WhatDoTheyKnow https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/337512/response/854771/attach/4/Geoff%20Senior%20report%2012.6.95.pdf

[3a] 1995 Jun 12 Geoff Senior Report on Frontier House Childrens Home cathy fox blog wordpress pdf https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/geoff-senior-report-12-6-951.pdf

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

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Oxendon House Childrens Home Inquiry Report 1994

Oxendon House –  A Case to Answer? Report of the Independent Inquiry Aug 1994 by Brian Roycroft and L A Witham

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I have managed to acquire a digital scanned copy of the 1994 Independent Inquiry Report into Oxendon House. I am extremely grateful to the person who provided the Report and thanks to wizards at Operation Greenlight [4] it is now available as a single searchable pdf [1]  and a perhaps not perfect Open Office doc [1b].

Bedfordshire Councils illegally refused to provide me with a copy via FoI [2] [3]

Oxendon House Childrens Home was near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Emma Romer was the Clerk to the Inquiry helped by John Cooper, barrister.

The Report is split into 4 main parts

Contents, Preamble

Part I Introduction and Background

Part II Account of Events at Oxendon May 1993-Feb 1994

Part III Conclusions

Part IV Recommendations

Appendices 1-16

On first skimming of the Report, it appears, as do many of Brian Roycrofts Reports [6], to be a very watered down version and perhaps misleading version of what actually went on.

Any comments on the Report, analysis of the Report or putting it into context would be gratefully received, either on comments at the end of the article or to me on oxendon@cathyfox.33mail.com

Similarly any stories from victims would be gratefully received in confidence on oxendon@cathyfox.33mail.com

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] Oxendon Report (searchable PDF) https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon-report-searchable-pdf.pdf

[1a] Oxendon Report Searchable open office doc  https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon20report20searchable.odt

[1b] Oxendon report (searchable) open office doc https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon-report-searchable.odt

[2] 2013 Oct 5 Cathy Fox FOI Request to Bedford Borough Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_of_the_public_inquiry_int_2#incoming-437747

The information you requested is part of the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service, and it will have to be consulted on the premises. If you would like to view this report you will need to visit the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service and ask to view the report. Please ask for Martin Deacon and quote reference CC/Pu4/18. To find out how to visit us please see our website http://www.bedford.gov.uk/archive which gives opening times and a map.

[3] 2013 Oct 5 Cathy Fox Request to Central Bedfordshire Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_of_the_public_inquiry_int

Refused

[4] Operation Greenlight https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/

[5] Oxendon House –  A Case to Answer ? Report of the Independent Inquiry Aug 1994  Brian Roycroft and L A Witham

[5a] Oxendon House Report Contents, Preamble and Part I pages 1-22 https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxe0top23.pdf

[5b] Oxendon House Report Part 1 pages 23 -end, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Recommendations, Appendices https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxep20-end.pdf

[6] Cathy Fox Blog post and reports including Roycroft https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=roycroft

 

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

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Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’ Irish Times 13 Aug 2016

Recently I published the appeals of Eamon Cooke [5] [6] [7] and to accompany them an article from the Sunday Times on 2016 Jun 19 Sunday  Times Did this DJ really kill Philip Cairns? [1]

In the interests of searching for the truth and also noting that the Sunday Times appears to have an agenda on child sexual abuse, I now publish this article by Conor Lally which can be found in the Irish Times 2016 Aug 13 Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’  [2]

It is largely about information that Gareth O’Callaghan, a respected investigative journalist, has found out about the Philip Cairns case. He has evidence to suggest Philip Cairn’s death was to do with influential men in South Dublin child abuse ring.

Gareth has the address of a garden where he believes the body could be. At present the Gardai are taking no action with respect to this garden. He has a facebook page Gareth O’Callaghan [3] “Why don’t they just go and dig the garden?” asks O’Callaghan

I don’t suppose the Sunday Times was deliberately misleading people into covering up a Dublin child abuse ring and putting the blame on a dead DJ, were they?

Irish Times Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’

Gareth O’Callaghan does not believe Eamon Cooke played part in boy’s disappearance

by Conor Lally

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