Former Yorkshire teacher accused of sexual assault on young boys


January 27, 2016 | By Kieran Chatterton |

January 27, 2016 | By Kieran Chatterton |

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.

To speak to a member of our specialist team in confidence, call 0800 138 4700.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice, and the law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice on their own particular circumstances.

Kieran Chatterton

Kieran is a solicitor in our Child Abuse Compensation team and is based in our Wakefield office. He qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and joined Switalskis in April 2013. Kieran's profile

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