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COURT HEARS SOCIAL SERVICES CHIEF FAILED TO ACT OVER PAEDOPHILE

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A former social services director is being prosecuted for misconduct in public office over accusations that he turn...
A former social services director is being prosecuted for misconduct in public office over accusations that he turned a blind eye to a paedophile scandal, says the Western Mail (p9).

Chris Perry formerly of South Glamorgan CC denies the charge.

Swansea crown court heard senior child care worker Alan O'Brien, employed at Taff Vale children's home, killed himself in a fume-filled car in 1989. He died hours before police were due to interview him over allegations of gross indecency with a nine-year-old boy at a swimming pool.

Despite evidence O'Brien owned paedophilic material and had made notes in the form of a diary suggesting children had been sexually interfered with, no one at the local authority investigated the possiblity of abuse at the children's home.

Prosecuting, Mervyn Hughes said: 'One of the questions that ought to have been asked was how O'Brien was able to obtain an appointment to work with children, what were the consequences to others, was there a network of abusers in Cardiff or even Taff Vale?

'Noone did anything to answer those questions and for their part the police did little better.'

The case continues.

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