School worker’s 20 sex charges

Peter Merrick, 65, charged with 20 counts of indecent assault and rape against three boys at the William Henry Smith School, Rastrick, in the late 70s and early 80s. He appeared at Calderdale Magistrates Court on Tuesday June 21
Peter Merrick, 65, charged with 20 counts of indecent assault and rape against three boys at the William Henry Smith School, Rastrick, in the late 70s and early 80s. He appeared at Calderdale Magistrates Court on Tuesday June 21

THIS man appeared in court charged with abusing boys at the William Henry Smith School, Rastrick.

Peter Merrick, 65, faces 20 counts of rape, sex assault and gross indecency between 1977 and 1984.

The pupils were all under 16 when the abuse allegedly took place at the Rastrick school, set up in 1961 for boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Former school worker Merrick, of Overseal, Derbyshire, spoke only to confirm his name and address at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court.

His case was sent to Bradford Crown Court.