April 2004

Paedophile teacher Geoffrey Allen jailed 

A long running investigation into historic cases of child abuse at a former children’s home resulted in the conviction of a 66-year-old man. Operation Shogun,a joint investigation between Gloucestershire Constabulary and Social Services, originally began in 1998.

Geoffrey Allen of Barbourne Terrace, Worcester is a former teacher at the Sedbury Park School for boys in Gloucester. The school closed down in 1986.

Sedbury Park is now a care home for the elderly

The investigation centred on Sedbury Park School, in Gloucestershire, which was a community home for adolescent boys, under the control of the Gloucestershire Local Authority between 1973 and 1986. The convicted man was employed at the home, which no longer exists.

Allen had denied eight charges of indecently assaulting boys, two charges of buggery and one of attempted buggery.

The origional charges against Allen involved four boys and were said to of had taken place between April 1977 and July 1983. Two others involve one boy and were said to of occcured between November 1993 and November 1996. The charges follow a three-year police investigation into the running of the school after complaints from former pupils who are now adults, some more than 40 years old.

Allen was convicted of one count of indecent assault committed at the Sedbury home and two counts of indecent assault committed in the Worcester area and was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment, and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years