February 2015

Seven years for serial sex abuse

A former housemaster, arrested on Mull over the serial sex abuse of boys in his care, was jailed for seven years at Guildford Crown Court yesterday and ordered to be put on the sex offenders’ register.

The court was told that victims of Alan Lavers, 50, were called ”the Church Boys” because of where he took them as a special treat. Lavers pleaded guilty to 17 specimen charges of indecent assaults against five boys, but the court was told some of them were subjected to assaults three or four times a week for four years.

Lavers, of Newport, Isle of Wight, was in charge of 30 boys suffering from varying degrees of epilepsy and associated illnesses at a hospital school in Lingfield, Surrey

The abuse, in the 1970s, involving boys as young as eight, took place in his flat. One victim jumped from a first-floor window to escape. Miss Emma Broadbent, prosecuting, said: ”All the victims have told of the problems they have faced since their abuse. Some suffer panic attacks, have difficulties forming relationships and all still feel angry.”

Lavers was working in a sheltered home for the elderly on Mull when he was first arrested, and at first denied the offences. He was later re-arrested.