Crime

Historic child sex abuse case goes to Crown Court

Chandler has appeared at Southwark Crown Court. Image: Google Maps

Chandler has appeared at Southwark Crown Court. Image: Google Street View

A historic child sex abuse case involving a 53-year-old woman has today gone to court.

Former teacher Carol Chandler allegedly molested a pupil at St Paul’s School in Barnes, south west London.

The abuse is said to have taken place at the top independent school between 1983 and 1985.

The school’s alumni include Chancellor George Osborne.

Chandler, from Shropshire, is charged with three counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency on a male under the age of 16.

The male is thought to have been under the age of 14 at the time the incident took place.

She arrived at London’s Southwark Crown Court for a brief hearing and spoke only to confirm her name.

Chandler has been charged as part of Operation Winthorpe.

This is the name of Scotland Yard’s investigation into allegations of abuse at St Paul’s School and its preparatory school, Colet Court.

The school now features an extensive child protection document which can be found on their website. Image: Screenshot from http://www.stpaulsschool.org.uk/resource.aspx?id=222745

The school now features an extensive child protection document which can be found on their website. Image: Screenshot from http://www.stpaulsschool.org.uk/resource.aspx?id=222745

Chandler has been released on bail with the condition that she does not contact directly or indirectly any of the prosecution witnesses.

She is due to next appear at the same court on July 9th for a plea hearing.

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