In June 2017 retired teacher, Harvey Franks, 76, pleaded guilty to three offences of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14. The offences took place in 1974.

Franks was already serving a 15 year sentence handed to him in August 2016 for historic rape and sexual assault offences against young boys. Following the trial at Croydon Crown Court, he was sentenced in July 2017 to a further two years in prison.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Tony Roper praised the victim for bravely coming forward to report the crimes despite suffering extreme distress and pain throughout his life as a result of the offences.

Detective Constable Roper also stated his wish to reassure the public that “no matter the length of time that has passed…the Met will thoroughly investigate non-recent offences and support and work with the victims throughout.”

Farleys been contacted by one of the victims of Harvey Franks to represent them in connection with the abuse. In respect of the offences which took place when he was a teacher, the local authority which ran the school are likely to be vicariously liable i.e. legally responsible for the acts of Mr Franks.

In some cases, it is also possible to bring a claim against the abuser themselves and sometimes this is the only option, provided that they have sufficient assets, such as owning their own property.

Additionally victims may be entitled to make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which is a government funded body which compensates victims of violent crimes, including sexual assault. These claims should be made within 2 years of the matter having been reported to the police.

I have found that over many years of acting on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, making a claim through the civil courts often helps our clients to feel that justice has been done and enables them to obtain the treatment they may need to make a real difference to their lives.

If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of abuse at the hands of Harvey Franks it may be difficult to talk about what has happened. However, our team is extremely experienced and will speak to you in the strictest confidence. If you do not feel able to talk about what happened, I can be contacted by on our specialist abuse line 0330 134 6430 or by email.