A former youth leader working for Southwark Social Services in the 80s has been found guilty of three counts of child abuse. John Adler was programme leader of a bike scrambling workshop on the Aylesbury estate, Walworth, south east London during the 80s. Adler, 74, who was living in Peckham at the time of his arrest, was reported to the police in September 2012 after one of his victims made a complaint. He has yet to be sentenced.
Southwark social services arranged for children in their care to attend the workshops run by Adler as part of their rehabilitation.
Adler, who already had convictions for abusing children in the 60s when he began working for Southwark, faces a second trial for more offences in April next year.
Abuse lawyer, Deborah Corcoran, representing one of Adler’s victims in action against Southwark needs to speak to anyone who knew Adler.
“My client was subjected to extensive abuse over a 3 year period. The abuse began when he was 10 years old. I am asking anyone who knew Adler to contact me on 0345 357 9200.”
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