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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 13:24 GMT
Housemaster on trial for sex assaults
Ty Mawr school, Gilwern, Abergavenny
Ty Mawr school closed in 1991 following a police inquiry
A former housemaster at an approved school in Monmouthshire has gone on trial accused of abusing boys in his care.

Michael Doggett, 57, worked at the council-run Ty Mawr school in Gilwern, near Abergavenny.

The 112-pupil boarding school - which was Home Office-approved - was closed in 1991 following a joint investigation by police and social services.

Mr Doggett, of Bwlch in Powys, faces charges of sexual abuse and cruelty involving young boys in his care.

'Position of authority'

He was arrested during Operation Flight - an inquiry led by Gwent Police inquiry into allegations of abuse at a number of children's homes.

Newport Crown Court was told on Tuesday that Mr Doggett frequently lost control and used his position of authority at the school to abuse boys for his own satisfaction.

His victims were often vulnerable as a result of family problems, the jury was told.

Mr Doggett denies 17 charges and the case is likely to last a month.

Last September, former Ty Mawr headmaster Ralph Taylor was cleared of assaulting pupils at the school by caning them.

bedroom at Ty Mawr
Newport Crown Court heard boys were abused at the school
A jury acquitted him of eight charges of child cruelty and seven charges of assault.

Earlier in the year, two other teachers were jailed for a total of 23 years.

A judge at Newport Crown Court jailed 66-year-old Barrie Alden, the former deputy principal at the Ty Mawr School near Abergavenny for 15 years after a jury convicted him of 10 offences against pupils.

Ex-housemaster John Wright, 56, from Talgarth in Powys, was sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of six counts.

The offences happened between 1966 and 1983.

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