Susan Bramwell, 58, from Sycamore Close in Endmoor, Cumbria, a former school matron at a school in Ripon, North Yorkshire abused the boy over a period of about 6 months in the 1980’s and has been jailed for two years and 8 months and placed on the sex offenders register for life at York Crown Court.

Bramwell admitted to two counts of gross indecency and two counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 years.

It was not until 2000 the victim told his wife about the “disturbing experience” at school and in 2018 Bramwell was reported to police after her victim, who is entitled to anonymity, read about a similar case in the news. Bramwell groomed the boy by getting him to go into her room at night when she worked at the school.

Speaking after the case, Det Con Alison Morris, from the non-recent abuse investigation team, said:

“I have nothing but praise and respect for the victim in this case as he bravely sought justice for the terrible experiences he was forced into by Susan Bramwell – or Susan Ackernley as she was known at the time. She not only abused her position of trust as a school matron, she systematically groomed a vulnerable young child for her own sexual gratification which resulted in self-harm at the time and a lifetime of emotional turmoil for the victim.”

Det Con Alison Morris added:

“Bramwell is now facing up to the consequences of her sickening actions and this case demonstrates once again that it is never too late to report child abuse and secure justice. We are here to help you. You do not have to deal with such personal devastation alone.”


If you have been a victim of child abuse and would like to speak to one of our specialist abuse lawyers in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can advise you on the available options for pursuing a civil damages claim. Jordans successfully represent and secure compensation for numerous victims of abuse and are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. Our abuse team can be contacted on 0800 9555 094 or 0330 300 1103.

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