Eight men charged over alleged abuse at children’s home
ALLEGATIONS OF CRUELTY STEM FROM BETWEEN 1981 AND 1997
EIGHT men have been charged in connection with allegations of historical abuse at a former Coventry children’s home.
The charges relate to allegations of abuse on youngsters at Wisteria Lodge, in Earlsdon, between 1981 and 1997, and all of those charged worked at the former home.
Wisteria Lodge was situated in Earlsdon Avenue South and was demolished in 2009. The eight men are:
■ Phillip Barnett, 64, of Hartington Crescent, Coventry, charged with three counts of child cruelty between 19811986;
■ Russell Garner, 58, of Orchard Street, Bedworth, charged with two counts of child cruelty between 1989-1995;
■ Ivan McChleery, 76, of Greens Road, Coventry, charged with two counts of child cruelty between 1993-1995 and two counts of indecent assault between 1996-1997;
■ Pat Duignan, 59, of The Riddings, Canley, charged with four counts of child cruelty between 1988-1990;
■ Peter Moore, 72, of Winston Ave, Wood End, is charged with three counts of aiding and abetting an indecent assault on a child between 1995-1997;
■ David Saunders, 64, of Sibton Close, Bell Green, is charged with one count of child cruelty between 1993-1994;
■ David Fox, of 74, of Abbey Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, is charged with one count of child cruelty in 1989;
■ Alan Todd, 72, from Coventry, is charged with seven offences of child cruelty, one rape of a child and three indecent assaults between 1983 -1995.
All are due to appear at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on October 26.
Det Insp Wes Martin, who is leading the investigation, said: “These charges follow a long investigation by my officers, who have worked closely with the local authority and partners.
“Anyone who has been the victim of abuse, no matter how long ago, can contact Police on 101 and report their concerns.”
If you have been affected by this story then contact Safeline on 01926 402498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively contact the Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) on 024 7627 7777, email email@example.com or text 07936 816130.