Acclaimed teacher Anne Lakey jailed for eight years for underage sex — A former high-flying headteacher has been jailed for eight years for having sex with two underage boys in the 1980s. Anne Lakey, 55, from Stanley, County Durham, had won national acclaim for improving schools, but her successful career hid a sordid past. She took the virginity of two boys aged 13-14 and another aged 15 when she was in her late 20s and working as a history and RE teacher in Sunderland. Police believe there could be more victims of Lakey.
Accused youth worker from Poole repeatedly denies abusing school boys — A POOLE teaching support worker has refuted allegations he abused two boys while employed at different schools. Repeatedly, in answer to defence barrister Michael Hall, Graham Gilmour replied “absolutely not” if there was any truth to the allegations. The case against the 43-year-old rests on the testimony of two boys who claimed they were victims of historic sexual abuse while attending Greggs School in Southampton and Chandlers Ford-based Lakeside School, a special education unit catering for children with behavioural problems.
Cabin Hill Prep: ‘Ongoing investigation’ into allegations of rape and sex assault between boys at school, judge hears — Sex abuse police are conducting an “ongoing investigation” into allegations of rape and sex assault between boys at top school Cabin Hill Prep, a judge heard today. The revelation came at Downpatrick Crown Court as defence QC Kieran Mallon pleaded with Judge Brian Sherard to treat the case against a 28-year-old internet pervert as unique and “exceptional.”
Church apology over sex abuse ex-priest Colman McGrath — The Catholic Church has apologised after a retired priest admitted indecently assaulting three teenage boys in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Colman McGrath, 76, abused two boys who were training to join the priesthood at Blairs College in Aberdeen and a boy at his parish in Langside, Glasgow. The offences were committed between August 1972 and September 1982. At Glasgow Sheriff Court, McGrath was told to carry out 200 hours unpaid work as part of a community payback order. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register and told he would be supervised for three years.
Former BA pilot Bartle Frere jailed for 12-and-a-half years for abusing boys — A VICTIM abused by a former pilot from West Dorset has spoken of his relief that the ‘sexual predator’ is now behind bars. Bartle Frere, 51, of Shipton Gorge, has been convicted of a string of child sex offences, including eight counts of abusing a boy from the area. The former British Airways pilot has now been jailed for more than 12 years. Frere was convicted on Tuesday of 16 counts of arranging or committing sex offences following trial.
He abused boy while training in Rome… yet he was still allowed to prey on kids for 40 more years — The Catholic Church has been accused of “protecting their own” rather than the child abuse victims of notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth. Decades of failures by individuals and Church institutions to deal with Smyth and prevent further abuse are currently under examination by the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI).
Sex crimes against males in Cumbria double over five years — SEX crimes against boys and men in Cumbria have more than doubled in the past five years. The majority of victims were aged between 11 and 20; but of the 358 incidents reported to police 101 were men over 40, three were pensioners aged between 71 and 80 and 38 were children under 10. Eight of the perpetrators were women and 102 men, with 10 people cautioned or given a final warning, 82 charged, eight summonsed and two died.
Vatican abuse tribunal has much work to do — Even for an institution that measures its history in centuries, not decades, the Vatican’s move toward sanctions against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests seems glacial. So when news arrived last week that Pope Francis has approved the creation of a church tribunal to do just that, embracing the recommendations of a papal commission led by Boston’s archbishop, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, you could imagine a Greek chorus of abuse victims responding: “It’s about time.’’
Why are our universities blocking men’s societies? — A male Durham University student was so moved by the suicide of a close male friend that he felt compelled to start a society for other men who may need support – only to find it blocked by the Student Union this week for being too “controversial”. When Adam Frost, 21, a third-year Italian and French student, proposed the Durham University Male Human Rights Society, he was ridiculed on campus, with remarks such as “Isn’t this a bit like starting a society for white people’s rights?”
Wrongful rape conviction, 17-year prison term ‘makes my stomach turn,’ advocate says — A University of Michigan Law School professor who has devoted his career to tracking wrongful convictions says the 17 years that a teen spent in prison after being framed for child rape by a convicted murderer is among the most egregious examples he has seen. “This case is just one that makes my stomach turn,” said Samuel Gross, a researcher, author and editor of the National Registry of Exonerations. “(Quentin Carter) was convicted of an outrageous, horrible crime against a 10-year-old girl. That’s a horrible burden.”