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This BAFTA award winning film deals with a subject often whispered but rarely spoken about – the sexual abuse of boys by teachers in Britain’s private schools. For thirty years the boys, and the men they became, stayed silent, nursing the dark secret of the abuse they suffered. But in this film, Tom, Mark and Alastair break that silence with spellbinding articulation and breathtaking honesty – telling their stories straight to the camera.
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Following broadcast of ‘Chosen’ in September 08 on both More4 and then again in December on Channel4 (a terrestrial UK broadcaster) – more former pupils made statements to the police about alleged abuse at Caldicott. This included further complaints against Peter Wright and other former teachers including Hugh Henry, the man unnamed in the documentary who abused Mark Payge. Hugh Henry and Peter Wright were subsequently charged on the same indictment. Henry pleaded guilty on 11/05/12 to 10 indictments against 9 complainants from two schools.
He was released on bail to await sentence pending the outcome of the trial of Peter Wright. Media reporting restrictions applied throughout all the trials. David Keith Geddes, another teacher at Caldicott, went to trial on 14/01/13 charged with 5 indictments – it resulted in a hung Jury and a retrial on 11/03/13 again on 5 indictments. He was acquitted.
John Addrison, a former pupil of Caldicott who returned as a gap year teaching assistant, went on trial on 11/09/13 – He pleaded guilty to 13 indictments against 5 boys from two schools including Caldicott.
Peter Wright returned to court on 1/05/13 charged with 13 indictments against 5 new complainants. It delivered a hung Jury and Wright returned for court for retrial on 13/11/13 on 12 indictments. By unanimous verdict he was found guilty of all counts on 6/12/13. The five men whose cases were stayed in 2003 were witnesses of bad character. Reporting restrictions were finally lifted.
Mark Payge had meanwhile developed cancer from which he died on 22/5/13. For sometime Tom was unable to speak to his friend because of the legal process, particularly as Hugh Henry was on the same indictment as Wright. Not until the very end was permission granted. With Mark having returned home, and in a heavily medicated state Tom greeted him – ‘hello big boy, that bad smell Tom Perry is back in your life.’ The briefest of smiles appeared on Mark’s face, everybody saw it. Two days later, Mark died.
Both Wright and Henry were due to be sentenced on the 6/1/14 however on 4/1/14 Henry stood in front of a train close to the Court and was killed www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedophile-hugh-henry-killed-train-3115240 So even had Mark lived he would never have seen Henry sentenced. .
Wright received eight years imprisonment.
More is available here: goo.gl/XcvysM including a some newspaper articles. You may find the chronology in the link helpful. Here is the C4 news report on the day of sentence: www.channel4.com/news/roland-peter-white-sentence-abuse-caldicott-boy-preparatory-jail
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