Friday, June 13, 2008

Ex-policeman arrested in Jersey child abuse probe


On 12 June 2008, a 50-year-old ex-police officer was arrested in connection with the child abuse investigation at the former Jersey children's home, Haut de la Garenne, and elsewhere in Jersey. (Ex-policeman held in Jersey child abuse probe)

The man was arrested on suspicion of "serious crimes."

Reportedly he worked as a volunteer at the home before leaving the force to work with the Jersey children's service.

The man is the fourth arrested as part of the inquiry and the third to be connected with Haut de la Garenne.

Police have excavated four secret underground chambers at the building, referred to as punishment rooms by some victims, and have found shackles, a large blood stained bath and children's teeth.

26 teeth have been found in the cellars and one was found in a cistern in the courtyard.

Police said tests on the teeth revealed that most were "very unlikely to have come out naturally before death".

Police have also found at least 30 charred human bone fragments and in one cellar found the haunting message "I've been bad for years and years" scrawled on a wooden post.

Of the bone fragments unearthed, tests have shown that some were cut while others were burnt, indicating that homicide had taken place with the victims' bodies possibly cremated in a fireplace.

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