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School worker in court over child sex offences

Published July 6, 2013 by misty534

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A SCHOOL sports coach was remanded in custody today on child sex charges after a hearing at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court.

Glyn Thompson did not enter a plea in relation to allegations of five offences under the Sexual Offences Act, including assault with penetration and sexual activity with a child.

The allegations date back to 2011 and 2012, when the defendant was working at Stoneyholme Primary School in Burnley, and relate to one teenage girl who was not a pupil at the school.

Thompson, 31, of Padiham Road, Burnley, wore blue jeans and a light grey sweatshirt as he stood in the dock, and sat with his head in his hands throughout the hearing.
Thompson’s parents were in court to see the chairman of the bench, Mr Trevelyan, inform Thompson that his application for bail had been refused.

The case will now be heard at Burnley Crown Court on July 24.

did not enter a plea in relation to allegations of five offences under the Sexual Offences Act, including assault with penetration and sexual activity with a child.

The allegations date back to 2011 and 2012, when the defendant was working at Stoneyholme Primary School in Burnley, and relate to one teenage girl who was not a pupil at the school.

Thompson, 31, of Padiham Road, Burnley, wore blue jeans and a light grey sweatshirt as he stood in the dock, and sat with his head in his hands throughout the hearing.

 Thompson’s parents were in court to see the chairman of the bench, Mr Trevelyan, inform Thompson that his application for bail had been refused.

The case will now be heard at Burnley Crown Court on July 24.

 

Lancashire Telegraph

Retired schoolteacher confessed child sex crimes to priest

Published May 29, 2013 by misty534

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A victim of a retired schoolteacher has spoken of her anger after it was revealed he made two confessions to priests that he had sexually abused children – years before being brought to justice.

 

Believing he was on his deathbed, John Davis, 75, of Fensway, Hutton, confessed his crimes to a hospital priest several years before the victims found the courage to report the offences to police.

Davis, who taught at St John Southworth’s RC High School in Grimsargh, then went on to confess to a priest at church when he recovered from his illness and was released from hospital.

He later pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault on several young girls.

Judge Heather Lloyd sentenced Davis, of Fensway, Hutton, to six years in prison after Preston Crown Court heard a harrowing account of the sexual abuse he meted out on the teenaged girls – who were not pupils at the school.

After the case, one of his victims said: “I think it is absolutely disgusting that somehow he feels he can speak to a priest and that makes it all right.

“I think he thought if he was going to die he would make his peace with God. I think maybe he should have tried to make his peace with his victims.

“When I confronted him he said I should forgive him because that is what Catholic people do but you can’t forgive somebody who has never shown any remorse.

“I have lived with this for 30 years and the impact on my life is always there. I feel like he has given me a life sentence.

“I will have to live with this till the day I die. To me it is typical of the Catholic church and I feel utterly let down.

“He will believe that he has confessed and been absolved and he will go to heaven.

“It is a comfort to me that the police and the court system have taken this extremely seriously. it will always be there but now he has been given a custodial sentence maybe I can start to leave it behind me”

The court heard Davis, who uses a wheelchair and has a number of health problems, including heart disease and diabetes, made his confession when he was seriously ill and feared he might die.

But when he was arrested he told officers “it was something and nothing” and although he did not deny the abuse had taken place said the girls had been mistaken about how often it had happened.

Judge Loyd said: She said: “To anybody looking from the outside you must have seemed to have been a normal, respectable man, but from the moment you began this abuse this semblance of normality and respectability was effectively a sham.

“At the time you were a churchgoing man and at some time before your victims called the police you confessed to a priest.”

“At the time all this occurred you had a responsible job. You were teaching other people’s children having them in your care and control but from 1979 until your retirement from school you were behaving in an abusive, criminal fashion.

“The fact you were a teacher, a churchgoer and outwardly respectable can only have fuelled concerns that if there was a complaint it would not have been believed.”

 

Lep.co.uk

Heathfield Community College paedophile teacher told police he was looking at them for ‘research’

Published May 23, 2013 by misty534

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A paedophile teacher found with 14,500 sick images of children told police he was looking at them for research purposes – so he could get them taken down from the Internet.

But science master Melvyn Carter, who taught at East Sussex County Council-run Heathfield Community College at the time of his arrest in August 2011, eventually admitted this was a lie.

He confessed he had been looking at such images for “several years”

while continuing to work as a teacher.

Carter has now been jailed for 15 months.

The 69-year-old left the school, in Cade Street, Heathfield, in November 2011, five months after he was initially arrested.

Pupils at the school yesterday spoke of their shock.

One former student,who asked not to be named, called Carter “sick”.

Another student added: “I can’t believe it.”

Heathfield head teacher Alan Powell said: “Melvyn Carter previously worked at the college as a cover supervisor and, before that, as a teacher.

“As soon as we were made aware of these allegations we took immediate action.

“He was dismissed from his post in November 2011 following an internal personnel investigation and we referred the case to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

“None of the offences he was charged with in any way relate to the school or to any pupils from the school. Nor had any previous concerns of this nature been raised about him.”

Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Carter was a teacher at Heathfield Community School when he was arrested in August 2011 but he resigned shortly afterwards.

“There was no evidence of any link between the school and his offending, which was carried out on his home computer.”

At Lewes Crown Court Carter, of Malvern Way, Hastings, was also served with a ten-year sexual offence prevention order severely restricting his access to children and computers and will have to register as a sex offender on his release from prison.

 

By Anna Roberts

Teacher caught with 2500 indecent images of children struck off

Published January 17, 2013 by misty534

A secondary teacher has been banned from the profession after being caught with almost 2500 indecent images of children on his computer.

Peter McFarlane was previously placed on the sex offenders register after he was convicted of the offence at Airdrie Sheriff Court last year.

The former history teacher at Cumbernauld High School was struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland this week over the offence.

Mr McFarlane was also found to have breached the standards of his profession with a previous criminal conviction, after he slashed the tyres and seats of a car with a knife in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire, in August 2010.

The 48-year-old was convicted of driving while more than twice the drink drive limit during the earlier offence.

In its findings, the teaching watchdog noted that Mr McFarlane had appealed against his conviction in respect of the indecent images offence, but the move had been refused.

The council’s fitness to teach panel stated: “The offences in respect of which the respondent has been convicted are serious and demonstrate that the respondent’s conduct has fallen significantly short of the standards expected of a teacher.”

It added: “The panel was of the view that the respondent’s convictions (in particular the conviction for possessing indecent photographs of children) demonstrate conduct that is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered teacher and the nature of the respondent’s conduct means that the Respondent is unfit to teach.”

Mr McFarlane did not attend the council hearing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, while he has 14 days in which to lodge an appeal against the decision to remove him from the teaching register.