several former English boarding school teachers have gone on trial accused of child abuse and sexual abuse spanning more than a decade.

Eight suspects have been charged in connection with an alleged sex abuse scandal at Rhydd Court School in Worcestershire, western England, between the late 1970s and early 1990s.

Five men and three women, aged between 51 and 82, appeared at Worcester Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit child abuse - assaulting, abusing, neglecting or abandoning a child with the intent to cause unnecessary suffering or harm between 1979 and 1991.

Each also faces a number of separate, individual charges ranging from indecent assault, conspiracy to commit sexual offenses and gross indecency.

 The defendants spoke only to confirm their dates of birth and addresses during the brief hearing, where no pleas were entered or made.

Half appeared via video and half attended the court in person from homes across the country, including Worcestershire, South West England, Scotland and the East Midlands of England.

Half appeared via video and half attended the court in person from homes across the country, including Worcestershire, South West England, Scotland and the East Midlands of England.

He was also charged with indecently assaulting a second boy under the age of 14 between January and October 1990.

Cynthia Moore, 81, of Bude, Cornwall, is accused of conspiring to commit a sexual offense with a boy under the age of 16 between January 1990 and July 1991.

 He is also charged with complicity in the indecent assault of a boy under 16 and child abuse between 1987 and 1991.

Marie Handy, 51, from Tewkesbury, Gloustershire, is accused of indecently assaulting a boy aged under 14 between September 1987 and July 1991.

Michael Connor, 69, of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm between 1987 and 1991.

He also faces one count of indecent assault and conspiracy to commit a sex offense and conspiracy to commit indecent assault.

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