Two charged with historic offences at Ashdown House

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TWO men have been charged with a series of sexual offences against pupils at an East Sussex boarding school in the 1970s and 1990s.

Maurice Victor Clive Williams, 71, retired, of High St, Barcombe, East Sussex, has been charged with four offences, two of indecent assault and two of gross indecency, all with a girl under 16 between 1989 and 1993.

Martin Haigh, 66, unemployed, of Lavender St, Brighton, has been charged with eleven offences, five of indecent assault and six of gross indecency, all between 1972 and 1978.

Four of the indecent assault charges against Haigh involve one boy and the fifth charge involves another boy. Two of the gross indecency charges involve the boy subject of the four indecent assault charges, two involve a second boy, one involves another third boy and one involves a fourth boy. All the boys were aged under 16 at the time of the alleged offences.

The offences are alleged to have occurred while both men were employed as teachers at Ashdown House School near Forest Row. None of the offences are alleged to have been committed jointly.

The charges, authorised by the CPS, follow an investigation by East Sussex child safeguarding detectives.

Williams and Haigh are due to appear on police bail at Brighton Magistrates Court on 21 April.

Police emphasise that there are no current or recent safeguarding issues at the school in relation to this case.

A third man, now aged 68, arrested in Tadley, Hants, in January 2015 on suspicion of gross indecency, has been stood down from his police bail while the CPS consider the evidence in relation to him.

 

March 22nd, 2016 by