MILITARY boarding school was last night at the centre of a police
investigation after a female pupil was allegedly groomed for sex
over the internet.
staff at the Queen Victoria School,
Dunblane, contacted police
over fears that the 13-year-old boarder had been targeted by a
paedophile over a number of months.
A man was yesterday
arrested and charged with the alleged incident.
A spokesman for Central
Scotland Police said: "Following an operation
by Central Scotland Police's computer
crime unit officers arrested a 53 year-old man
at an address in High Wycombe at
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allegations were received of indecent behaviour towards a juvenile." The
spokesman added: "Computer equipment and other items were
seized during the operation and will now be examined."
swooped on the school earlier this week to seize computers believed
to have been used by the girl after staff discovered the alleged
The man is expected
to appear at Stirling Sheriff Court
on Thursday on charges including lewd and libidinous behaviour
and offences under the Telecommunications Act.
Meanwhile the Scottish
Daily Mail can reveal that the school - for
the children of Scottish service men and women - has been at the
centre of four other police investigations
in the past year.
It recently emerged
that detectives are looking into two separate claims that male
teachers had "inappropriate relationships" with female
pupils. In another incident, a boy was allegedly attacked by a
gang of other pupils.
The two teachers
involved in the police investigations
lecturer James McNally and computing
head John Lawrence. The men
were suspended earlier this year amid allegations they had inappropriate
relationships with girl pulpils.
The procurator fiscal
is considering what action to take.
Last May, a 14 year-old
boy claimed he had been the victim of an attack by six other boys
in a common room.
The fourth police
investigation at the school involved a gap-year student who was
forced to leave his post as a member of the house staff after
he was found guilty of lewd and libidinous behaviour.
In addition, there
are two internal investigations taking place at the 270-pupil
school - whose £4 million annual running costs are
met by the taxpayer and where parents pay minimal fees.
These involve assistant
head Lynn Smith and housemistress Ann
MacDougal, suspended after they were criticised
in an inspectors' report in February.
And a member of the
school's domestic staff is considering taking the school to a
tribunal after allegations of bullying. One member of staff,
who asked not to be named, said: "Look beyond the school's
very good pipe band, which is well known, and there are serious
problems. There is a culture of things happening which would
seem incredible at any other school. What is going on gives
great reason for concern about pupil welfare, both as regards
the action of staff and pupils." The insider said staff
were amazed that the February report generally praised the school
and its leadership.
The insider said:
"It smacks of a cover-up.
But many staff are reluctant to speak up because they are paid
very good salaries by the taxpayer."
A spokesman for Central
Scotland Police said: "Investigations have
been carried out into a number of alleged complaints.
Reports have been submitted to the procurator fiscal."
A spokesman for the
Ministry of Defence, which is responsible
for the running of the school, was unable to comment.
Brian Raine (no pun intended),
could not be contacted for comment yesterday.
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