Sex ‘monster’ boarding school head caged for raping pupils and throwing twisted ‘abuse parties’

Sex ‘monster’ boarding school head caged for raping pupils and throwing twisted ‘abuse parties’

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19 May 2016ย  Jack Backwell

Philip Batten, now 70, was convicted of a horrific history of sex crimes, which led one man to kill himself

Philip Batten was found guilty of raping young boys at the school he worked
Philip Batten, 70, was convicted of the rape and abuse of pupils at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Reigate, Surrey.
He abused six boys over 11 years either by plying them with alcohol or inviting them to a club called “The Cherries”, where he would play sex games with them, the court heard.
Batten also visited them in their dormitories and he even filmed the abuse, the judge was told.
Judge Neill Stewart said today: “The court cannot undo the grotesque harm you have caused.”
Guildford Crown Court heard victim statements on how the pupils, now men, have struggled to come to terms with the horrific abuse.
Batten outside court before his sentencing
One man tragically committed suicide last year aged 41, after telling his mother what he had been through.
The former pupil was described by his mother as “a happy child” when he first joined the school before his personality changed and he underwent terrible periods of depression.
He finally divulged the secret to his mother and the pair underwent counselling before the ex-pupil took his own life, Judge Stewart said.
Other emotional impact statements from victims were read to the court. One ex-pupil said: “There is no pill to dampen the psychological ripples that have traversed my life.”
Another said: “I just hope I can spend one night where I forget the monster living at the end of the hall who would not listen when I said ‘no’.”
During the trial, Prosecutor Siobhan Molloy told the jury Batten had beaten another pupil and split another boy’s head open by throwing a black chalkboard eraser at him.Philip Batten
Batten, of Taunton, Somerset, was convicted of a horrific history of abuse
The jury heard that Batten also had his own elite group of pupils whom he called the “Cherries” who were plied with booze and made to engage in sexual activity including oral sex.
Miss Molloy added: “He reserved the more sadistic attacks for ‘lesser types’ who were not members of the elevated group: The Cherries.”
Michael Haynes, defending, said his client had since undergone a sexual offences programme and described his own crimes as “detestable, abhorrent, reprehensible” and “a betrayal”.
Batten, of Wood Lane, Stogumber, in Taunton, Somerset, who waved to his family as he was led away to the cells by security staff, was now facing civil charges the court heard.
Judge Stewart said: “There is no sentence I can pass that can reflect the impact this has had on the victims. He hid under his hood as he left court
“Your victims were particularly vulnerable because of the age disparity. Some were children of service personnel stationed overseas, and others had troubled backgrounds.
“Your entering their dormitory was akin to entering the child’s home. On occasion you acted with other adults, and you used alcohol and drugs on occasion.
“We have heard that there was also filming involved on some occasions.
“This was an exceptionally grave breach of a high degree of trust which was placed in you. You had the responsibility of a parent to safeguard and nurture these children. Instead, you groomed and manipulated them.
“You truly were a sexual predator, and for 30 years or more you tried to get away with it. The court cannot undo the grotesque harm you have caused.” source MIRROR
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3 thoughts on “Sex ‘monster’ boarding school head caged for raping pupils and throwing twisted ‘abuse parties’

  1. If there had been a mandatory reporting law in place when these crimes were committed, every teacher at the school that suspected or knew what was going on would have had to declare it or face prosecution. As it stands, there is no such law and so these crimes will continue on and on. Professional codes of disclosure are not enough.

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