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23 January 2015 | Comment | Article by Alan Collins

Sexual abuse at Olands Assessment Centre in Somerset

Hugh James has been instructed to represent a client who was sexually abused at the Olands Assessment Centre at Milverton, near Taunton, Somerset.

Alan Collins, a solicitor at Hugh James, specialises in abuse claims and has acted before for victims who were sexually abused whilst resident at the Olands Assessment Centre in Somerset. New instructions have now been received.

In 2001 a former care worker named William Rogers but known also as “Big Bill” was jailed for six years for a string of sexual offences on boys at Olands.

The court heard that Rogers treated the centre near Taunton as a “paedophile’s paradise”, carrying out assaults as part of “sadistic” games of torture with boys as young as nine.

Judge Gilbert QC said: “You abused that trust very gravely indeed, you saw them as playthings for your sexual and physical pleasures”.

“The truth is you treated Olands as a paedophile’s paradise, where you submitted the children in your care to sexual abuse, to pain, to bondage, and even to torture for your own perverted pleasure.”

Many of the victims had suffered both physical and psychiatric injures as a result of the sexual assaults inflicted on them by Rogers.

Compensation claims are brought in cases such as this to enable very often victims to finance the medical treatment they need. For further information contact Alan Collins for free initial advice.

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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