Knotley Hall, Chiddingstone

Knotley Hall, Chiddingstone

Social worker at children’s home near Tonbridge was ‘father figure’ to boy he allegedly abused

A JURY has been told a social worker at a children’s home in Chiddingstone was viewed as a father figure by the boy he allegedly abused.

Richard Gallacher, 58, is on trial at Maidstone Crown Court for a string of sex offences against seven boys during the 1980s and 1990s.

He was a resident social worker at Knotley Hall, near Tonbridge. He has pleaded not guilty to 13 indecent assault charges and to two others involving serious sexual offences.

The ex-Barnardos boy giving evidence – now in his 40s – who for legal reasons cannot be named, claims Gallacher abused him for three years when he was at homes at Knotley Hall and at another home in Croydon.

Kent & Sussex Courier 19/03/14

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