Cell Doors Ringing
The British courts set cell doors ringing across the UK with some high profile cases of abuse.
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for child sex offences.
Watkins, 36, from Pontypridd, pleaded guilty to 13 child sex offences at Cardiff Crown Court in November.
He admitted the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 but pleaded not guilty to rape.
He also admitted conspiring to rape a child, three counts of sexual assault involving children, seven involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.
Watkins was sentenced alongside two women, mothers of the abused children, known as Woman A and Woman B, who also pleaded guilty to child abuse charges.
Woman A was sentenced to 14 years and Woman B was sentenced to 17 years.
It is expected Watkins will serve a minimum of 20 years in jail and a further six years on licence.
“Sadly it shows that there were two sides to your character and sadly it’s the darker side that brings you here today.”
A retired teacher who admitted 14 sex offences against boys at a former school in East Sussex has been jailed for eight years.
Christopher Robin Jarvis, 70, of Eastbourne, had previously pleaded guilty to a number of counts of indecent assault and gross indecency.
The offences took place between 1964 and 1977 at St Peter’s Preparatory School, Seaford, which closed in 1982.
Jarvis was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Monday.
Judge Guy Anthony told him: “Sadly it shows that there were two sides to your character and sadly it’s the darker side that brings you here today.”
Det Con Hannah Elmer, of Sussex Police, said: “During his time there he targeted young and vulnerable boys who were powerless to say no to him.
“He systemically groomed each of his victims, becoming someone who they liked and trusted. He was then able to use this, and his position as a teacher, to his advantage by getting the boys on their own and sexually abusing them.
“This was a complex and distressing case during which each victim showed great courage in coming forward and re-living events which had occurred many years before.
“Thanks to their strength we have been able to investigate this to a positive outcome and have provided many others with some form of closure. This investigation shows that all such incidents, no matter how historic, can be investigated and justice served.”
Jarvis was charged following allegations made in October 2012.
He taught at St Peter’s, which was an independent school for boys, between 1962 and 1982.
The current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Stop Abuse Campaign’s Andrew Willis were pupils at St Peter’s.
“The position of trust held by these men, the young age of the victims and their vulnerability at the time of the abuse greatly increases the seriousness of these already grave offences.”
The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s former headmaster was facing jail yesterday after being convicted of sexually abusing pupils over a decade at one of England’s leading prep schools.
Roland Peter Wright molested five young boys at Caldicott Prep School after luring them to his room to watch television and drink whiskey in his bed.
He taught French and sport at the all-boy school and targeted older pupils, aged 12 to 13, who were gifted athletes.
Now the 83-year-old paedophile faces jail after being found guilty on 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child between 1959 and 1970 at Aylesbury Crown Court.
Wright was headmaster of the prestigious school – which is a popular ‘feeder’ school for Eton and Harrow and charges annual fees of £20,000 – for 25 years, retiring in 1993.
The Deputy Prime Minister spent five years at the Buckinghamshire school from 1975, several years after the abuse occurred.
Mr Clegg said the nature of the abuse would “disturb everyone”.
“I am shocked and appalled by the gross betrayal of trust and violation of childhood innocence that has been shown to have taken place at Caldicott,” said Mr Clegg.
Wright – also known by his middle name Peter – will be sentenced at a later date.
The offences on boys aged between eight and 13 spanned from September 1959 to August 1970.
The jury heard how Wright ran the school’s rugby team and would choose a favourite child who would be given rides in his sports car.
He would also invite them to his bedsit to watch television and drink whisky.
The trial heard Wright would invite children into his room where they would be abused.
One former pupil said in evidence at the trial in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, that Wright created an atmosphere where boys wanted to please him.
‘Boys like me and a lot of others fell for Peter Wright. We had a crush on him,’ he said.
‘What we wanted was his approval.’
Fellow teachers John Addrison, Edward Carson and Hugh Henry were also previously convicted of child sexual offences at the school.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Wright and the other teachers’ position of responsibility increased the seriousness of the crimes.
In the United States laws known as statutes of limitations protect pedophiles and child molesters like these men from prosecution. The Stop Abuse Campaign supports the Child Victims Act, an act to remove statutes of limitations and allow every victim the opportunity to have their day in court.
All the available research shows that pedophiles are not constrained either by their advancing years or need for Viagra. Society is better off protected from them, jail is the right place for child abusers.