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Jersey and Scotland child abuse cases

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    Child s remains discovered in abuse care home 2/24/08 By Joanna Vallely The investigation began in November 2006 after Jersey Police noticed links
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2008
      Child's remains discovered in 'abuse' care home 2/24/08 By Joanna Vallely
      The investigation began in November 2006 after Jersey Police noticed links
      between victims in a string of sexual offence convictions involving officers
      from the island's Sea Cadet Corps, and cases from several island institutions –
      including Haut de la Garenne. The alleged physical and sexual abuse against
      children is believed to date back to the 1960s, and attacks at Haut de la
      Garenne may have taken place over three decades, although police said the bulk
      of them focus on the 1970s and 1980s. Built at the turn of the 20th century,
      Haut de la Garenne served as a school and as an orphanage before becoming part
      of Jersey's childcare provision. Until its closure in the 1980s, it housed
      up to 60 young people with special needs. It is now a 100-bed youth hostel,
      run by the YHA, attracting tourists keen to explore the only part of Great
      Britain to be occupied by the Nazis. Police said more than 140 potential
      victims had contacted a helpline since they went public about the investigation at
      the end of last year. Many distraught victims were said to have expressed
      anger that their complaints had not been heeded at the time. From those
      contacts, within a month police had identified more than 70 alleged victims, and at
      least 20 suspects. At that point, faced with such a major inquiry, Jersey
      Police requested specialist help from the UK. Deputy Chief Police Officer Lenny
      Harper admitted to the BBC in December that the allegations ranged "from
      pretty severe physical and mental abuse right through to the most serious sexual
      crimes that you can imagine"....The case has echoes of the child abuse
      committed in Scottish care homes such as Kerelaw, in Stevenston, Ayrshire. It was
      claimed as many as 40 staff members at Kerelaw preyed on vulnerable
      youngsters, sometimes with the full knowledge of co-workers and superiors, amid a
      culture of fear and collusion. Kerelaw opened in the 1970s, originally only for
      boys, but later taking girls. Some youngsters had committed offences; others
      were sent there because of unruly behaviour or difficulties at home. The school
      was closed after an investigation by the Care Commission and education
      inspectors in 2004. Former art teacher Matthew George, 57, and care worker John
      Muldoon, 53, were brought to justice in 2006, facing charges going back more
      than 30 years. George was jailed for 10 years for sexually or physically
      abusing several boys and a girl, while Muldoon was given a 30-month prison term
      on indecency charges involving three girls....A lawyer representing about 1,000
      victims of historic abuse in children's homes in Scotland said he "fully
      expects" a "time-bar" rule to be swept aside following a House of Lords ruling
      last month. Cameron Fyfe, who said that on his books he has 1,000 former
      children's home residents claiming abuse, added he expects the time bar north of
      the Border to be overturned at the Court of Session next month.

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