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Former Sheffield Council worker Jailed

Posted on: February 7, 2017

A former education official, Roger Dodds aged 81, has been jailed after admitting to assaulting four men and a young boy aged under 14 between 1970 and 1990.
At his previous position at Sheffield Council Roger Dodds was responsible for providing grants to college and university students. Dodds allegedly abused his position of trust to abuse the teenagers, forcing them to engage in sexual acts in order to get their grants. He reportedly lured one of his victims by promising a meeting with Sebastian Coe the Olympic athlete who Dodds claimed to know.

One of the victims said that he was subjected to assaults over an 18 month period and allegedly informed council colleagues what was happening to him but was told by them to stay quiet.

Dodds is also believed to have abused a number of his colleagues whilst working in the council’s education department.

During the 1980s Roger Dodds was investigated by the council following complaints made by his colleagues and was moved to a different post. The council failed to report his activities and the complaints to the police. There were more allegations made against him in 1993 and this lead to a second council investigation, again, this information was not passed onto the police and the council instead gave him early retirement and an enhanced pension. Dodds was initially arrested in 2008 following complaints but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to take any further action against him. In 2014, following a new allegation, the Crown Prosecution Service took the decision to charge him with all of the complaints. He has now been sentenced and jailed for 16 years.

Uppal Taylor Solicitors are specialist solicitors acting for victims of childhood abuse and maltreatment. If you wish to speak to a solicitor in confidence then please contact us.