Head of Children’s Homes Accused of 49 Counts of Paedophilia*
By Dominic Herbert
Former head of children’s homes, John Allen has been charged with 14 new allegations in North Wales including rape, indecent assault and a serious sexual offence. Allen has been charged with 14 new allegations including rape, indecent assault and a serious sexual offence.
A court was told that another eight alleged victims had come forward, bring the total to 23.
Allen, 72, was remanded on conditional bail after the hearing Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday and his defence barrister indicated he would deny the offences which now total 49.
The charges span from 1968 – 1991 and involve both men and women.
Allen, of Ipswich, was the head and founder of the Bryn Alyn Community which at one time ran a number of children’s homes in North Wales.
The original charges involved 15 complainants aged 7 – 15 at the time.
He was arrested by officers from Operation Pallial, probing allegations of historical child abuse in North Wales.
The National Crime Agency said: ”These additional offences allegedly took place against seven boys and one girl, aged between 12 and 15 years old, and are believed to have taken place between 1972 and 1991.”