Ex-Carmel teacher guilty of sex abuse

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

A FORMER teacher has been found guilty of 21 counts of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing boys at a Jewish board­ing school over a 20-year pe­riod. Trevor Bolton, 78, of Clacton-on-Sea in Es­sex, was charged with 25 counts of in­de­cency and sex­ual as­sault com­mit­ted on eight Carmel Col­lege stu­dents aged 11 to 15 while he taught at the now-closed school be­tween 1968 and 1988.

The jury at Ox­ford Crown Court found him guilty on six counts of in­de­cency with a child, and 15 out of 16 counts of in­de­cent as­sault on a male per­son.

They failed to re­turn a ver­dict on an­other count of in­de­cent as­sault and three counts of other sex­ual of­fences, and, at the time of go­ing to press, were con­tin­u­ing their de­lib­er­a­tions. Bolton had de­nied the charges. Three vic­tims sit­ting in the pub­lic gallery be­came vis­i­bly emo­tional as the ver­dicts were handed down, with one shed­ding tears.

Ear­lier, the jury had heard how Bolton used his po­si­tion of author­ity as head of the ju­nior boys board­ing house at the Ox­ford­shire school to lure vul­ner­a­ble, home­sick boys into his liv­ing quar­ters.

He plied them with bis­cuits and soft drinks and al­lowed them to watch films be­fore en­gag­ing in non-con­sen­sual sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties.

One of the vic­tims said that Bolton had stolen his child­hood.

The al­le­ga­tions had emerged af­ter the wife of one of the vic­tims posted her hus­band’s de­scrip­tions of abuse on Face­book, lead­ing to other ex-pupils com­ing for­ward with their sto­ries.

Sum­ming up for the jury, Judge Ian Pringle noted that two vic­tims had tes­ti­fied that Mr Bolton may have at­tended their bar­mitz­vahs. “He be­friended my par­ents and be­came a trusted fam­ily friend,” one of them had said.

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