Five individuals indicted for purported mistreatment of minors at Edinburgh Academy

Procurator fiscal will receive reports on the five individuals suspected as former staff members at Edinburgh Academy, a prestigious private school, according to Police Scotland.

Police Scotland stated that five men, aged between 69 and 90, have been arrested and charged in relation to historical child abuse cases at the Academy, known as one of Scotland’s most esteemed private schools.

Former pupils of the Academy have been providing testimonies of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse as part of the Scottish child abuse inquiry, leading to increased scrutiny of the school in recent months.

Reports on the five men will be submitted to the procurator fiscal, while a sixth man, aged 74, will also be reported to the procurator fiscal, as announced by the police.

These charges, stemming from an extensive investigation by the police and influenced by the testimonies presented during the inquiry, pertain to alleged abuse incidents that took place at the school between 1968 and 1992.

DI Colin Moffat expressed gratitude towards those who have come forward to assist in the investigation, assuring that all reports of such crimes, regardless of when or by whom they were committed, will be listened to and thoroughly investigated.

The Edinburgh Academy Survivors group, in a statement, thanked Police Scotland for taking decisive action and also extended gratitude to the survivors who provided evidence during the inquiry. The group highlighted the lifelong harm caused by childhood abuse and its tangible consequences.

Recent developments include members of the group testifying about their experiences at a hearing, after former teacher John Brownlee was deemed unfit for trial due to ill health. Brownlee, at 88 years old, faced 37 allegations of violence and torture against 35 schoolboys between February 1967 and December 1987, during his tenure at the Academy. An examination of facts hearing, where witnesses will provide evidence about their experiences at the school, has been scheduled for March of next year, expected to last approximately 15 days.

In August, former Academy pupils, including broadcaster Nicky Campbell, provided 14 challenging days of evidence during the inquiry. The school’s current management issued an apology for the “brutal and unrestrained” historical abuse.

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