Ex-home chief denies abuse claims

A former local authority home superintendent has denied sexually abusing boys.

Alexander Jones, 65, has denied 16 charges of indecently assaulting boys between 1974 and 1979.

Exeter Crown Court heard Jones, from Plymouth, is accused of abusing four boys at the home.

The boys at Endsleigh House in Camborne, run by Cornwall county council education department, were aged from nine to 16 and had emotional and behavioural problems, the jury was told.

Jones allegedly caned one boy on his naked bottom and twice molested him and caned another and then asked him to drop his trousers.

He also hit another boy on the bottom with a shoe and molested him, and caned and sexually abused a fourth boy.

Mr Ford said it was a feature of the case that the boys would do what they were told.

In court Jones denied all the allegations, denied touching any boy indecently, and said he always had a witness when canings took place.

He added that all canings were entered in a punishment book which was open to inspection.

In cross examination, he denied Mr Ford’s suggestion that he took pleasure from the canings, or that he got some pleasure from making boys expose their bottoms before or afterwards.