Nottingham Crown Court is currently hearing the case of Roger Caffrey, a former primary school deputy head teacher who allegedly raped and indecently assaulted some of his pupils.
Facing a total of 17 charges which he denies – 14 counts of indecent assault and three counts of rape – Caffrey, 69, is alleged to have committed the offences against seven girls under 16, some believed to be as young as nine.
The offences are said to have taken place between 1978 and 1995, mainly at North Gate primary school but also at Caffrey’s home, where two former pupils are alleged to have been raped by him.
Prosecuting QC, Miss Abigail Husbands, told the court how Caffrey would call one of his young pupils up to read at the front of the class but would instead indecently assault her – a practice that, allegedly, continued for some time.
Speaking Out About Abuse
During the early stages of the trial, the prosecution told the jury how Caffrey gained the trust of the pupils’ mothers, making it more difficult for them to say anything.
Caffrey is also alleged to have told the children that nobody would believe them if they spoke out.
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The trial of Roger Caffrey at Nottingham Crown Court continues.
Helen Gierc is a serious injuries solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester, specialising in child abuse cases.
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