In April 2017, Gordon Fleming 66 from Oswestry, Shropshire, admitted sexually abusing 24 pupils aged under 13 in the 1970s & 1980s over a 5 year period while teaching at primary schools in North Wales.

Since this time I have been approached and instructed by a number of his victims to represent them in connection with the abuse they suffered at the hands of Fleming and this number continues to grow.

On Friday 15th September 2017 in Swansea Crown Court Fleming was jailed for 10 years for these offences and was told by Judge Walters that he has ‘caused psychological harm to his victims.’

A woman who was abused by Fleming when she was 10 years old said it affected her relationships with her family and she suffered repeated nightmares and flashbacks.

Often in cases of this nature, victims are able to bring claims against the offenders personally, but unfortunately they often lack the assets to make this worthwhile.

As a result of the psychological harm caused, his victims may be entitled to Criminal Injuries Compensation Application (CICA) Award in which I am already assisting a number of his victims with. The CICA is a government funded body for the victims of blameless crimes.

Not only may they be entitled to CICA Awards, but I have also been instructed to present claims against the Local Authority as a result of the abuse suffered by them, which has unfortunately had a profound impact on their lives.

Claims will be presented against the Local Authority as they are legally responsible for the actions of the Teacher.

Unfortunately, all of Flemings victims will have and most probably will undoubtedly still suffer significant psychological harm due to his actions, and for these victims we realise there is unfortunately no getting away from what happened to them in their early years however pursing a claim often helps our clients to bring closure to their ordeal following the sentence to provide the resources to fund medical treatment and therapy they may require.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of abuse at the hands of Gordon Fleming, we appreciate that it is often difficult to talk about what has happened, however our team is experiences and dedicated to speak with you in the strictest of confidence or alternatively you can email me on paul.corrigan@farleys.com

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