Three men charged with sexual abuse at Swaylands School, Kent

Three men have been charged with more than 50 counts of abuse at a school in Kent over a 26-year period.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at Swaylands School, in Penshurst, between 1967 and 1993.

The three men, aged 73, 70 and 61, are accused of abusing "multiple victims" at the school, which taught pupils with special educational needs and is now closed.

Kent Police said the charges followed a "lengthy and complex investigation".

David Hennessy, 73, of Westfields, Narborough, near King's Lynn, has been charged with 16 counts of indecent assault.

Colwyn Baker, 70, of Morningside, Edinburgh, has been charged with 29 counts of indecent assault and five serious sexual assaults.

Nigel Putman, 61, of Kings Road, Slough, has been charged with three counts of indecent assault.

All three will appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on 11 March.

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