18th May 2017

On 30th March 2017 John Blacktop, a former Choir Master, was sentenced to 21 years in prison after being found guilty of non-recent sexual abuse against children over a period of almost 20 years.

The abuse was committed in Lancaster and Stockton on Tees in Cleveland during the 1960s and 1970s and involved five girls who were aged between 5 and 14 years at the time of the abuse.

John Blacktop’s convictions followed a trial at Bradford Crown Court. The jury found him guilty of 33 counts of indecent assault, one count of rape and one count of attempted rape.

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse you should note Police Forces are dedicating ever increasing resources to criminal investigations and prosecutions of offenders. The above prosecution and convictions resulted from a cold case review by Lancaster Police’s Operation Fervent Team. Police Forces may arrange counselling to assist survivors.

Our firm has a number of specialist solicitors in this area of work who act for survivors in claims of compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and directly against the abuser or potentially the organisation the abuser perpetrated the abuse through subject to financial assets or insurance being available to satisfy any compensation award. If you wish to discuss a possible compensation claim please do not hesitate to contact either Richard Hardy or Andrew Freckleton.

Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner