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Two men charged with sexual assault at London children's home in 1980s


Kay Scudder, a prosecutor in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit of CPS London, said: "Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service into allegations of child sexual assault committed against seven residents of the Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, London, we have today authorised charges against two individuals; John Stingemore, aged 71, and Tony McSweeney, aged 66.

"John Stingemore, who was in a day-to-day management position at the children's home, has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault, two counts of taking an indecent image of a child, and one count of conspiracy to commit buggery. The charges date between 1980 and 1981 and relate to six boys who were aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the alleged offending.

"Tony McSweeney, who was a trainee Catholic priest at the time, has been charged with three counts of indecent assault and one count of taking an indecent picture of a child. The charges dates between 1980 and 1981 and relate to two boys aged 11 and 15 at the time of the alleged offending.

"Tony McSweeney has also been charged with three counts of making an indecent image, contrary to the Protection of Children Act 1978, on or before 15 January 2013. He faces a further count contrary to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 for the alleged possession of 12 indecent images.

"The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the CPS legal guidance on rape and sexual offences and the DPP's interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual assault. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"John Stingemore and Tony Sweeney will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 4 September 2013.

"Criminal proceedings are now underway and these defendants have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."


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