Social worker faces teen rape charges

A SOCIAL worker specialising in vulnerable children has appeared in court accused of raping a youth in his care during the 1990s.

Peter Fordham, aged 39, faces allegations of rape and gross indecency against a boy aged between 12 and 14 when he was his principle carer.

It is alleged Fordham, of Ashley Way, Weston Favell, Northampton, subjected the youth, who is now aged in his mid-20s and cannot be named, to four rapes and an act of gross indecency while working at the county council-run St John’s Centre, Tiffield.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at Tiffield, near Towcester, Castleton in Derbyshire, Southampton and Northampton.

Fordham, who only spoke to confirm his name, was not required to enter pleas to the charges he faces. Deputy Circuit Judge Michael Mott adjourned the case until a plea and case management hearing in March and released him on bail.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council confirmed Fordham was suspended from his role as a principle social worker.