SEVEN men have appeared in court following an investigation into allegations of abuse of young men at a former detention centre.
The men, who are all former staff members at Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, December 19).
Christopher Onslow, 71, John McGee, 73, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70 and Neil Sowerby, 61, face charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences.
David McClure, 62, Alan Bramley, 69, and Kevin Blakely, 65, face charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse only.
Their addresses cannot be reported for legal reasons.
No pleas were entered and all seven men were released on unconditional bail to attend Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday, January 16.
The investigation – named Operation Seabrook – was launched in August 2013 and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.
So far, more than 1,500 men have contacted the Operation Seabrook team to report allegations of either sexual or physical assaults while detained at Medomsley from the 1960s to when the centre closed in 1988.
Anyone who believes they are a victim and has not already contacted the police should call Durham Constabulary on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org