Police files on sex abuse at Gordonstoun where Prince Philip and Prince Charles were educated have vanished
- Official police files on allegations of sex abuse at Scottish school missing
- Files on teacher accused of sexually assaulting pupils cannot be found
- Derek Jones accused of fondling boy, 12, and taking naked photos of him
- Scotland’s Crown Office confirmed files on the 1990 case had disappeared
Official police files on allegations of sex abuse at the former school of Prince Philip and Prince Charles have vanished, it has emerged.
Scotland’s Crown Office said files on the case of a teacher accused of sexually assaulting children at £32,000-a-year public school Gordonstoun in the Scottish Highlands could not be found despite being passed on by the police.
Derek Jones, a former English teacher at Aberlour House, Gordonstoun’s junior school, was accused of fondling and taking naked photographs of a pupil in 1990.
Scotland’s Crown Office said files on the case of a teacher accused of sexually assaulting children at Gordonstoun (pictured) in the Scottish Highlands could not be found despite being passed on by the police
The child, then aged 12, claimed he remembered trying to struggle against Jones, as he was sexually assaulted in his dormitory bed while under the effect of the painkillers given to him by the teacher.
When the boy told his parents about the incident, they went to the headmaster of Aberlour House, who investigated and referred the matter to Police Scotland.
Jones was questioned twice by police before being sacked by the school and files were sent to the Procurator Fiscal, Scotland’s prosecution service.
However, Jones was not prosecuted with the victim’s family claiming the school school promised that he would never teach again and urged them not to press charges.
The victim’s family accepted to leave the case but changed their mind last year and decided to go to the police about the assault – only to find that Jones had been able to teach again in Essex and Kenya.
It emerged that another man, who wishes to remain anonymous, also claimed he was groomed and sexually assaulted by Jones when he was aged 12.
However, the victims discovered last year that the alleged abuser could not be brought to justice because he had died in a car crash in Kenya five years after the assaults allegedly took place.
Gordonstoun was home to a number of royal pupils, including a young Prince Philip, pictured in the school grouns in 1939 (left) and Prince Charles (right), who is seen returning to London from the summer term in 1963
One victim sent a freedom of information request to Police Scotland in a bid to get the force to divulge any information on Jones, but the request was rejected on the grounds of privacy and cost.
He now plans to appeal the rejection, telling the Observer: ‘If there has been a tradition of abuse and cover-up anywhere children are looked after by people who aren’t their parents, it needs to be known by the public.’
His bid for information also revealed that official files on the case passed to the Procurator Fiscal’s office by police had either gone missing or been destroyed.
The Procurator Fiscal’s office told the Observer: ‘We do not have a record of a case against Derek Jones on the system and we are unable to establish at this stage if we did receive a report from the police and if so what the reason was for not prosecuting.’
The office added that while files of this nature would normally be kept on record, it was unable to confirm whether further documents relating to allegations of sex abuse at Gordonstoun had also gone missing.
Despite claims of the missing files, police in Elgin insisted the files were passed to the prosecutor by officers, and confirmed it had record of the reference number from one of the original complainants.
Prince Andrew is pictured with the Queen and Prince Philip on his arrival at Gordonstoun School in Elgin
Gordonstoun, pictured in 1962, was launched by Dr Kurt Hahn in 1934 and Aberloun was found in 1936
Jones is one of a number of teachers involved in historic sexual abuse allegations at Aberlour House and Gordonstoun in Moray. Aberlour House was the preparatory school to Gordonstoun, and had its own headmaster and governors, until the school’s merged into one site in 2004.
Other allegations of abuse include the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Last year, Gordonstoun maths teacher Samuel Henley admitted having child pornography on his computer.
The 32-year-old was sacked from the school after images of naked boys as young as eight engaging in sexual acts were discovered on his computer.
One of the pictures was headlined ‘sweet boys kissing’ and included images of 10 to 12-year-old boys engaging in sexual activity. There were also videos on the computer of young teenage boys performing sex acts on one another.
None of the children involved in his case were believed to have been students at the 600-pupil Scottish campus.
As well as Prince Charles, Gordonstoun boasts a number of famous alumni including Prince Phillip, Prince Andrew and Zara Phillips, as well as the children of Sean Connery and David Bowie.
Prince Charles reportedly hated his time at the school, frequently being bullied because he was heir to the throne.
He was apparently put in a basket and left naked under a cold shower as part of an initiation ceremony at the age of just 13, and often wrote home to explain how he hardly got any sleep because he was often hit in the night.
Writer and novelist William Boyd, who was a pupil at the school at the same time as Prince Charles in the 1960s, likened it to ‘penal servitude.’
Gordonstoun welcomed a police probe and said it is ‘absolutely right’ that any allegation of abuse is ‘thoroughly investigated’.
A spokesman added: ‘We have recently taken a number of steps to address any allegations of historic abuse pro-actively, including writing to former students urging them to come forward if they were affected.
‘We will continue to help any former student as best we can.
‘Making sure our students are happy, healthy and safe is a real focus for everyone at Gordonstoun today.
‘It is at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all our students.’
The school also added that it was ‘deeply disappointing’ to learn that Jones had been able to teach again abroad after being sacked by Gordonstoun following the abuse allegations in 1990.
THE SCHOOL WITH A HISTORY OF ROYAL ALUMNI AND STRICT RULES
Gordonstoun was founded with just three pupils in 1934 by Dr Kurt Hahn, who arrived in the UK after fleeing Germany a year earlier.
In 1935, pupil numbers increased at the school and Dr Hahn signed a lease with the Gordon-Cumming family for the Gordonstoun estate.
The following year, Dr Hahn founded Aberloun – the preparatory school for Gordonstoun to cater for children from the age of seven. The two sites merged in 2004.
In the 1970s, children were subjected to freezing cold dormitories with no central heating and were often left shivering with windows left open.
Historically, the school was known for its cold showers and early morning runs, as well as punishments where pupils were forced to run around their houses. Challenging outdoor activities are still practised.
Today the school sits in 200 acres in Scotland and has primary and secondary facilities. It is one of the last remaining full boarding schools, and houses 600 male and female pupils.
Prince Charles was a pupil at the school in the 1960s, while Prince Edward was head boy in 1982.
Prince Andrew went to the school in the 1970s and became known for his hockey skills, while the school was also attended by Prince Philip and Zara Phillips.
Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter was also a pupil, along with the sons of Sean Connery and David Bowie.