Man Charged Over Historic Sexual Abuse

A 69-year-old man from Norfolk has been charged with 16 sexual assaults against three children at schools in Suffolk and Devon.

Detectives from Suffolk Police's Operation Garford, which was set-up specifically to investigate allegations of abuse at the former Kesgrave Hall boarding school, arrested the man in May 2014.

Further allegations were then later received relating to another defunct educational establishment known as Beam College, in Great Torrington, Devon.

John McKno, of Alby Hill, Alby, in North Norfolk, was charged yesterday evening, Tuesday 24 March.

The alleged offences include eight incidents at Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk, between 01/03/1986 and 30/03/1987:

  • Two counts of gross indecency with a boy under 14; two counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14; and one count of buggery with a boy under 16 (all relating to one victim)
  • Three counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 (all relating to one victim)

And eight incidents at Beam College, Great Torrington, Devon, between 01/01/1978 and 30/12/1979:

  • Four counts of buggery with a boy under 16; four counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 (all relating to one victim)

McKno has been released on police bail to appear at Ipswich Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 14 April.

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