Repton School sued for for failing to protect pupil from a ‘rapist’

Teenager tries to sue prestigious £33,000-a-year Repton School for failing to protect her from a ‘rapist’

  • Police called to Repton School after 16-year-old said she was attacked
  • 17-year-old arrested on suspicion of carrying out sex assault in a park
  • But the pupil’s alleged victim now wants to sue school for negligence
  • Roald Dahl and Jeremy Clarkson were former pupils at the top school

A teenager is trying to sue a private boarding school over claims it failed to protect her from an alleged rapist.

Police were called to £33,000-a-year Repton School in Derbyshire after the 16-year-old said she was attacked.

A 17-year-old pupil was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the sex assault in a park close to the prestigious school, where Roald Dahl and Jeremy Clarkson were former pupils.

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Four former teachers at Sussex boarding school charged with sexual offences

Men who taught at Christ’s Hospital boarding school face total of 36 counts over alleged offences between 1980 and 1996.

Four former teachers at a West Sussex boarding school have been charged with a range of sexual offences including rape against 15 alleged male and female victims across a 16-year period.

The accused, all men in their 60s who taught at Christ’s Hospital school near Horsham, face a combined total of 36 counts relating to alleged offences between 1980 and 1996. They were arrested last November.

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UK child abuse inquiry: three Catholic boarding schools ‘should form case study’

Three prominent Benedictine boarding schoolsAmpleforth, Downside and Worthshould be examined as a combined case study for the UK child sex abuse investigation into the Catholic church, a preliminary hearing has been told.

The work of the archdiocese of Birmingham and its schools should also feature as a complementary case study, according to the lawyer in charge of the Catholic church strand of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA).

Setting out her recommendations for hearings planned in November, Riel Karmy-Jones QC proposed that an examination of a fourth school should be delayed because of an imminent criminal trial involving a former teacher.

Inquiries into allegations at Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Scottish Highlands should also be restricted to the movement of English monks transferred to the institution, Karmy-Jones suggested, because a separate Scottish inquiry into child sex abuse would deal with any offences committed there.

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Boarding school priest accused of ‘horrific’ sex abuse

A Catholic priest who repeatedly sexually abused a teenage student breached his position of trust in a “spectacular and horrific” way, a court has heard.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, is accused of subjecting the teenage boy to repeated sexual abuse when he worked as a teacher at St Joseph’s College in Upholland, Lancashire, in the late 1970s.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the boy, aged between 13 and 14 at the time of the allegations, said he would be struck with a strap if he did not attend Higginbottom’s living quarters, where much of the abuse was alleged to have happened, at appointed times.

The boarding school, which has now closed, was attended by boys aged 11 to 18, many of whom were considering a career in the priesthood.

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Former Ongar boarding school teacher arrested over historic sex offences found dead

A 65-year-old former teacher arrested over historic child sex offences at a former boarding school in Ongar has been found dead before charges could be brought against him.

John Stagg, a former teacher at Elmbridge School in Fyfield, was originally arrested on October 28, 2015, before a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on charging Stagg with five counts of buggery and eight counts of indecent assault.

While a decision was made to charge Stagg, he was found dead before that could take place.

Stagg, who was also a former music teacher at one of Birmingham’s top grammar schools, had already been jailed for two-and-a-half years for seducing and sexually abusing his teenage pupils at that school in 1998.

He taught at King Edward VI School for Boys in Aston and encouraged his victims to come back to his flat in Erdington where he plied them with drink and drugs and showed pornographic videos.

Another former teacher of Elmbridge School has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault in relation with claims made by former pupils.

Retired Brian Truan, 80 and of Church Road in Peldon, near Colchester, was charged in connection with an investigation by Essex Police into allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse at the former boarding school.

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USA: the dangers of boarding at a “progressive” school

Report: Officials hid decades of sex abuse at boarding school

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A grand jury report issued Wednesday found that teachers at a Bucks County boarding school sexually preyed on children for half a century while administrators turned a blind eye.

No charges were expected, mostly because the crimes alleged at the culturally progressive Solebury School in New Hope occurred too long ago.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub compared preying on children at the $55,000-a-year school to “fishing in a barrel” under previous leaders and said they were willfully blind to the situation. One complaint still could be prosecuted before the legal deadline, but the 27-year-old accuser does not want to press charges, Weintraub said.

The report describes nine teachers or officials who engaged in sexual relationships with students at the school from the 1950s through 2005. School leaders repeatedly failed to report the alleged sexual abuse to police or child welfare officials, the report said.

They also failed to discipline the abusers or enforce boundaries at the 90-acre campus, which was described as having a relaxed environment in which students and teachers called each other by their first names, socialized together and sometimes formed close friendships. Some of the perpetrators are dead, and the statute of limitations has run on the other alleged incidents, but Weintraub hopes the report will “expose how these crimes were allowed to occur and how they were concealed for so long.”

“This was child predation under the guise of progressive education. It’s unconscionable,” the prosecutor said.



Former boarding school head dies in car crash the day before historic sex offences trial

A man who died in a car crash over the weekend has been named as a former head teacher, who was facing rape and sex abuse charges.

Graham Priest, 54, died on Saturday night after crashing into the back of a parked lorry “at considerable speed” on the A249 near Sittingbourne, where he lived.

The ex-boarding school head died just days before he was due to stand trial at Northampton Crown Court for rape and a string of historic sex offences.

Priest was the headteacher of Falcon Manor boarding School, near Towcester, Northamptonshire, before it closed in 1999.

He was charged with raping a woman over 16 in 1988 and three counts of indecent assaults on girls and two on women aged over 16, between 1995 and 1998.

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I faced the teacher who abused me when I was nine

James was repeatedly raped by two paedophile teachers at boarding school. His evidence was key in bringing the men to justice. He and his partner, Emily, talk about how the lasting trauma of the abuse has affected the whole family.

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