October 2015

Boarding school teacher jailed for 19 years


A former housemaster has been jailed for 19 years for sex offences against boys at a renowned Oxfordshire boarding school.

Trevor Bolton, 78, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, targeted his victims over 20 years at the former Carmel College.


Bolton was convicted of 16 counts of indecent assault, six counts of indecency with a child and three other sexual offences.

The sentence was welcomed by police and one of his victims.

Peter, 56, from London, was one of two men who waived anonymity after Bolton’s conviction.

“I’m stunned but glad. I feel even more vindicated,” he said after the sentencing.

Carmel College was founded in 1948 and closed in 1997

It was originally based at Greenham Common, Berkshire, but moved to Mongewell Park in 1952

During its life the school was attended by about 4,000 students – a third from overseas

A 1973 edition of the Observer described it as “the Jewish Eton”

October 2015

Former Carmel College house master convicted of sexual abuse

A teacher has been found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing boys at a prestigious Jewish boarding school.

Trevor Bolton, 78, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, is accused of targeting eight boys over 20 years at Carmel College in Oxfordshire.

He has been convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault and six counts of indecency with a child.

Yesterday, a jury of seven women and five men unanimously found him guilty of 21 sexual offences committed against boys while he was at the school.

And this morning they returned guilty verdicts in relation to three serious sexual assaults and one indecent assault by a majority of 11 to 1.

Oxford Crown Court heard that that Bolton, now of Kestrel Way, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, would invite select groups of boys up to his private flat on campus, where he committed a variety of indecent assaults and acts of indecency against children.

The eight victims, all male, were aged under 16 at the time of the offences.

Bolton is due to be sentenced tomorrow afternoon.