Former Thorp Arch Grange staff sentenced to 46 years for child sex abuse crimes

by Kieran Chatterton, Solicitor

Roy Lovatt and Roy Allen have been sentenced to a total of 46 years for child sex crimes at Leeds Crown Court. Lovatt was a housemaster at Thorp Arch Grange, Wetherby, while Allen was the director of education. Between them both, they were found guilty of 21 counts of sexual abuse, including rape. Mr Lovatt was sentenced to 28 years and Mr Allen to 18 years. Their lawyers said they will probably die in prison.

Three other men, Mr Schoon, Mr Poles and Mr Whiley, were acquitted of all charges.

In sentencing the two men, the Judge said that they were guilty of the most serious sexual offences on the most vulnerable children in society, who were placed in their care by the Courts. They had breached that trust in the most serious way imaginable.

Police investigations into the two men have been going on for over 5 years and the civil claims for compensation against Leeds City Council have been held up behind the criminal trials. Switalskis Solicitors represent many people who were abused by these men and the convictions will come as a great relief for the survivors of abuse. To many it will represent a real sense that justice has been done.

Some people have had their cases put on hold for several years, however, it is not too late to bring a claim for compensation. We believe that there is still a large number of victims of these men who have not spoken to anyone about what happened to them. It is still possible to bring a claim against the Council and we hope that victims will feel encouraged to come forward and seek advice.

We are representing many victims of abuse at Thorp Arch and other homes in the area, and our team has built up a great deal of experience pursuing such claims. We pride ourselves on being sympathetic and sensitive to how difficult it is to talk about such difficult memories from the past. If you would like to speak to a member of our specialist team in confidence, call: 0800 138 4700.


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