He was a teacher they called Un­cle. But to th­ese men, he is still a mon­ster 17 years later

Si­mon Rocker and Josh Jack­man in­ves­ti­gate as abused pupils speak out and pen­sioner is jailed

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

FOR SOME of the board­ers at the ex­clu­sive Carmel Col­lege, a Satur­day night treat was of­fered. A se­lect group of half a dozen or so young boys would be in­vited up to watch Match of the Day in the flat of teacher Trevor Bolton, who would give them fizzy drinks and crisps.

Bolton had ar­rived in 1968 at the Jewish school, se­cluded in a pleas­ant ru­ral cam­pus near Ox­ford, to teach French. He was 31 and be­came master of the ju­nior board­ing house, look­ing af­ter boys aged from 10 to the ages of 13 or 14.

He would of­fer a re­as­sur­ing hug to those who were bul­lied or home­sick.

One former pupil re­called be­ing “taken un­der his wing” when he was un­happy; the boy felt out of place at an in­sti­tu­tion where other pupils ar­rived in a chauf­feur-driven Rolls-Royce while he came from mod­est cir­cum­stances.

But be­neath Bolton’s kindly ve­neer lurked more sin­is­ter de­signs. Over the course of 20 years, un­til he was asked to leave, he took ad­van­tage of the boys he had be­friended, some as young as 11, and re­peat­edly abused them. One re­called that while the other boys were watch­ing the foot­ball in the house­mas­ter’s flat, Bolton would put him on his lap and fon­dle him.

As Bolton, now 78, was jailed for 19 years, two of his vic­tims waived their anonymity to speak out. One de­scribed the ex­pe­ri­ence as lib­er­at­ing, adding it was “al­most like slay­ing the bo­gey­man”.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence at Ox­ford Crown Court,PeterGluck­ste­in­from­north-west Lon­don, had de­scribed how Bolton had smug­gled him out of the boys’ dor­mi­tory and into his flat. He would slip his hand in­side the boy’s py­ja­mas. “I was scream­ing for it to stop,” he said.

The en­trepreneur and fa­ther of two was abused from the age of 10.

“I’ve strug­gled,” he said. “He taught me to equate in­ti­macy, sex and af­fec­tion with a trans­ac­tion. It was sex for Jaffa Cakes.

“For some years I didn’t think about it at all; I blocked it out. And then when I did start to think about it, and start to havether­a­py­todeal­withit,Iwasem­bar­rassed, ashamed.”

Now aged 56, Mr Gluck­stein added: “I look at my two lit­tle girls and I think: ‘How can any­one do this? That’s not go­ing to hap­pen to me, is it?’ And of course it won’t, but there’s that lit­tle bit that wor­ries, so that’s a rea­son to come for­ward — to stop the cy­cle.”

Asked in court why he did not re­port any­thing sooner, he said that “Un­cle Trevor” was the teacher in charge — “the per­son I was sup­posed to turn to if I had any prob­lems”.

Oth­ers re­counted ly­ing naked in the master’s bed with him. One 11-yearold said that Bolton used to bathe him from “head to toe” and say “this is what fa­thers do”.

Only later did he re­alise that what was go­ing on was wrong. Bolton was “a preda­tor”, he said. “He used his power and ma­nip­u­lated me into a po­si­tion for his own sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Most pupils were too em­bar­rassed to tell any­one. One de­scribed his fam­ily as hav­ing a “stiff up­per lip” and not be­ing in­clined to talk about such things. In an­other in­stance, Bolton in­vei­gled him­self into the boy’s fam­ily and even helped to pay the school fees.

It was not as though abuse was un­known at the school. The court heard that two teach­ers were dis­missed af­ter com­plaints from boys.

Bolton’s luck ran out fi­nally in 1988. The head­teacher Philip Skelker — Pe­ter Gluck­stein to­day, and at Carmel Col­lege re­ceived a let­ter from the par­ents of a former pupil; it en­closed an­other let­ter, ap­par­ently writ­ten by Bolton to their son while he was at the school which, among oth­ers, imag­ined what the par­ents would think of the teacher if they saw him dressed in shorts.

The head was “trou­bled” and, af­ter he dis­cussed it with the chair­man of gov­er­nors, Bolton was sacked.

Mr Skelker even sent a copy of a let­ter to the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence ask­ing for Bolton to be black­listed but was “ap­palled” to learn that he had found a job at an­other school.

And it took al­most 25 years be­fore he was even­tu­ally ex­posed, long af­ter the col­lege’s clo­sure in 1997. An­other of his vic­tims had told his wife about what he

He­taught metoe­quate in­ti­macy witha trans­ac­tion. It was sex for Jaffa Cakes. I look at my lit­tle girls and

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