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Old 20-01-2014, 12:35 PM   #4
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Teachers at 130 leading public schools - including Marlborough and Eton - have been implicated in child sex abuse cases, it has been revealed today.

Over the past 20 years, teachers at 62 independent schools have been convicted of sex crimes. The crimes range from indecent assault to gross indecency and buggery, against 277 male pupils.

The schools include Haberdashers' Aske's, Wellington College, King Edward's School Birmingham, Ampleforth, and The Oratory School, Reading, The Times reports.

Among 20 other schools where a male teacher has been convicted of possessing child abuse images are Eton, Marlborough, Millfield, Oundle and Tonbridge.

And the Downside School, in Somerset, appears in both categories.

A further 36 private schools have also been linked to child abuse, including unresolved prosecutions, actions for damages after an alleged abuser has died, teachers convicted of abusing boys who are not connected to their school. It also included police investigations that led to arrests but no charges.

In some cases schools where teachers allegedly abused boys cannot be named, as their identification is protected by law. The Times reports that they include two leading London public schools.

Earlier this month, the Mail revealed that dozens of victims came forward in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Some of the country’s leading institutions, including those attended by Nick Clegg, Boris Johnson and Tony Blair, face accusations of covering up abuse for decades. The allegations include rape.

Lawyers acting for the alleged victims are demanding up to £400,000 in compensation for the years of abuse they suffered.

Those seeking redress include former pupils at Beeston Hall, a £21,000-a-year prep school in Norfolk.

Mervyn Rush, 68, who taught science at the school in the 1970s, was jailed for 14 years in August last year after pleading guilty to 18 charges of sexual abuse against ten boys aged between eight and 12.

With compensation claims of up to £400,000 per victim, the financial repercussions of these historical cases could cause the closure of some prep schools, Tony Little, head of Eton College said at the time. 'It is possible [some will have to close] but it is absolutely right this problem is exposed,’ he said.

Some 20 former pupils of Ashdown House in East Sussex, which was attended by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Homeland actor Damian Lewis, claim that staff committed ‘very serious abuse’ on children aged between seven and 13 during the 1970s. The £23,000-a-year boarding school is a feeder school for Eton and Harrow.

Liz Dux, head of the abuse department at Slater & Gordon, said: 'Sadly these sickening figures do not shock me at all. It has been clear for some time now that there has been a culture of silence around the abuse of children and vulnerable people in our society for many decades.

'We look after more than 70 victims of Savile and after spending time with these victims it has become apparent that better legislation would have helped protect people.

'The mandatory reporting of abuse would stop vile predators like Savile in their tracks. The time has come for action to stop hideous crimes like the ones we hear about on a far too regular basis. Silence gives abusers free rein and surely as a society we cannot allow that any longer.'

The Independent Schools Council (ISC), is responsible for 1,223 schools which educate 80 per cent of Britain's private-sector pupils.

It said 'abuse of trust by a small number of predatory individuals' was 'a matter of the very deepest regret'.






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