Friday, February 29, 2008

Jersey - Channel TV names top people caught up in the child abuse scandal

Clockwise from top left: Phil Mourant, John Rodhouse, John Le Marquand, Charles Smith, Reg Jeune, Jim Thompson

Channel Television and various newspapers have named a number of people who should perhaps have known, or might have known, what was going on.

Reg Jeune, former Finance Minister, was president of the education committee from 1971 to 1984, when police claim abuse was at its worst.

Mario Lundy, Jersey's present education director, worked at Haut de la Garenne for two years.

John Le Marquand, was education committee president in the early 1960s.

Herbert Wimberley, is a former director of education.

Patricia Thornton, is a former children’s officer.

Colin Tilbrook, is a former headmaster at Haut de la Garenne.

Phil G Mourant, is a former education committee president.

Charles Smith, is a former children’s officer.

John Rodhouse, is a former director of education.

Terry Streetle, was a children's officer in 1986.

Jim Thomson, now dead, became superintendent at the home in 1979.

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Carl Denning was quoted by The Sun as saying a boy died mysteriously in the Haut de la Garenne sick bay used by staff and their pedophile friends.

Mr Denning, 49, said he suffered sexual abuse at the Haut de la Garenne home in St Martin, Jersey, from the age of five until he was eight.

He said two of his friends who suffered sexual abuse killed themselves at the home, but staff at the home did nothing. (Jersey abuse 'led victims to suicide' The Australian)

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One alleged victim of the Jersey home, Steve, has told of how he received a sinister warning from a former childcare worker urging him not to "dredge up" the past.

Steve said: "This person had suggested I have a good life, a very good job, a family, I've left the island, it's all in the past and that dredging it up won't help matters – it will cause more problems.

"I said I'd already spoken to the police about it and she said 'well I know that' but if they speak to you again, certainly about the remains it would be in my best interests to say: 'I've told you all I know and keep a low profile'."

Another individual has claimed he was molested for three years from aged six by an officer in the Jersey Sea Cadets. (Further abuse claims in Jersey care home)

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