Former pupil at school which is at centre of child abuse probe claims he was drugged and assaulted by a Coalition minister when he was just 14
- Man alleges he was given a pill which made him feel ill
- He said he woke up naked but has no memory of alleged attack
- Says he reported alleged incident to police, who will not question politician
- Also alleges he was abused by two other men as a young pupil
PUBLISHED: 02:07, 6 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:50, 6 November 2014
A former pupil at a school being investigated by police over historic child abuse allegations has claimed he was drugged and abused by a minister serving in the Coalition government when he was just 14-years-old.
The man, who has not been named, is said to have told police officers that the politician had given him a pill wrapped in paper, which had made him feel ill, before he woke up in bed naked.
However, he claims that police were reluctant to investigate further and did not question the minister because of his role in Government.
Claims: A former school pupil has claimed he was drugged and abused by a minister serving in the Coalition government when he was just 14-years-old
He told The Mirror‘s Tom Pettifor that he could remember nothing of the alleged assault, but had awoken with the ‘feeling’ that he had been assaulted.
He said: ‘I went to bed and felt bloody awful. I don’t remember anything after that. The police asked me if I was of the opinion that he abused me while in that condition and I said yes.’
The man, who the newspaper have called Thomas and who lives in the Midlands, said he has suffered depression, repeated nightmares, and has attempted suicide because of the alleged incident.
He said he had reported it to police investigating sex abuse at a school in the 1980s a year ago, but has been told that officers have no plans to question the politician.
Campaigner: Thomas has spoken about his claims to Labour MP Tom Watson (pictured), who has previously raised concerns in parliament about allegations of a high-level UK paedophile network
He claims he was told by the officer heading the investigation this was because he has no memory of the alleged incident, and that another person could have assaulted him.
Thomas has also alleged that he was assaulted by two other men on a number of occasions, as well as the single alleged assault by the politician.
When asked if he had been to the school the minister told the newspaper: ‘Not only have I never been investigated, but there has been no allegation made and nor are there any grounds for any allegation.’
Thomas has spoken about his claims to Labour MP Tom Watson, who has previously raised concerns in parliament about allegations of a high-level UK paedophile network.
Mr Watson has said he will write to Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders and ask that the minister at the centre of Thomas’s allegations be questioned about his knowledge of the school.
‘Allegations of extreme cases of violent and sadistic abuse have been made about this institution and I’m very surprised that the police do not want to interview everyone who was there,’ he said.
Police said three people have reported abuse said to have taken place at the school. Thomas is the only one to accuse the minister, who he says assaulted him only once.
A spokesman said they were treating two individuals as suspects but no arrests have been made.
Last week Fiona Woolf became the second chairman of the beleaguered inquiry into historic child abuse to quit the role.
Mrs Woolf stood down on Friday after victims unanimously attacked her appointment over her links to the Tory peer Leon Brittan, who is accused of failing to act on a dossier of child abuse allegations as Home Secretary in the 1980s.
Her resignation came after the first choice to head up the inquiry, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, quit the role in July because he late brother Michael Havers was Attorney General in Margaret Thatcher’s government.
Investigation: Last week Fiona Woolf (pictured) became the second chairman of the beleaguered inquiry into historic child abuse to quit the role, standing down after victims attacked her appointment over her links to Tory peer Leon Britton, who is accused of failing to act on child abuse allegations in the 1980s