A former teacher at Combs Hill residential school (Dewsbury) and Royd Edge School (Meltham) is facing historic sexual abuse charges for offences that allegedly took place at these two Yorkshire schools.
Steven Scholes appeared in Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 19th January charged with 19 offences against children, including 7 of indecent assault and 1 attempted buggery. Further charges are expected to be brought.
This latest prosecution is a result of a recent police investigation into abuse at children’s homes. The investigation follows on from Operation Clyde, which concluded in 2001 and looked into allegations of child abuse that took place in several homes in the Kirklees area. These included Rivendell, Royd Edge, The Combs, Nortonthorpe Hall and The Mount. Many of these homes were closed down and 3 members of staff have already been convicted of sexual abuse offences upon children.
The award winning Child Abuse Compensation team at Switalskis are already representing survivors of abuse at Kirklees Homes and are ready to help victims. The team, which is led by child abuse law expert David Greenwood, have a wealth of experience assisting people from across the UK who have experienced abuse in children’s homes.
Mr. Scholes will appear in Leeds Crown Court on 16th February 2016.
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