Former prison officer facing charges of sex abuse at centre near Thornbury

July 16 2021
Former prison officer facing charges of sex abuse at centre near Thornbury

A MAN was due to appear in court today to face sex abuse and misconduct charges relating to a former juvenile detention centre near Thornbury.

Patrick Devaney, of County Down in Northern Ireland, has been charged following an investigation into what Avon and Somerset Police described as "allegations of non-recent sexual abuse" committed at Eastwood Park in the 1970s and 1980s.

The 79-year-old former prison officer has been charged with misconduct in a public office and two counts of indecent assault against a boy under the age of 16. 

Eastwood Park, in Falfield, was operated as a male juvenile detention centre, then a young offenders institution before being converted into a women's prison in 1996.

Devaney was due to appear at Bristol Crown Court today.