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Ex-warden appears in Jersey court

Haut de la Garenne
Haut de la Garenne is a former children's home in Jersey

The former warden of a Jersey care home has appeared before magistrates, facing three charges of indecent assault.

Gordon Claude Wateridge, 76, will reappear on 9 June. He formerly worked as a warden at the Haut de la Garenne care home.

The allegations came to light as part of the ongoing investigation into historic abuse on Jersey. The inquiry was launched more than 18 months ago.

Mr Wateridge has yet to enter a plea to the magistrates' court.

The former warden was born in Croydon and lives in the Jersey parish of St Clement.

Although he worked at Haut de la Garenne, his arrest is unconnected with the discovery of a fragment of a child's skull at the former children's home and the ongoing forensic search there.


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