Roger Dodds, 81 was sentenced to 16 years in prison in February 2017 for sexually abusing colleagues and teenagers who he saw in relation to grant payments, whilst working at Sheffield’s Council Education Department between the years of 1975 to 1993.
The Council has been ordered to pay £91,000 in compensation to a former employee, Richard Rowe who was abused by Roger Dodds in the 1970’s. It is expected that he will receive a similar sum in compensation for his loss of earnings.
Since Dodds’ conviction many more victims have come forward. Richard Rowe “was the victim of surprise attacks by Dodds in the late 1970’s and whilst he conceded that there was some comfort in the 16 year jail sentence he said that it could have been stopped a lot sooner.” Rowe stated that,” All the staff knew it was common gossip but the seniors chose to ignore it.”
Sheffield Council has apologised and accepted responsibility. The Council stated that it “had made a lot of changes in policies, practices and procedures”. The Council commissioned a report on Dodds’ conduct in 2008. The report concluded that the Council was “complicit and allowed Dodds to operate apparently without sufficient challenge, accountability or consequences.”
Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault should contact their local police force or call the NSPCC helpline on 0800 800 500.
At Jordans we have a specialist team with many years of experience in brining civil cases against employers and local authorities. We can ensure that your case is handled sensitively and you secure the best level of compensation for those responsible for your traumatic experiences. We would encourage you to contact us if you need advice and assistance in pursuing a case.