Teacher’s 13-year jail term for abuse applauded by victims

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Victims of pervert primary school teacher Richard Giles Taylor clapped amidst gasps as he was jailed for 13 years. Taylor, who was found guilty of multiple allegations of sexual assaults on boys and girls, showed no visible emotion as sentence was passed with lesser concurrent terms on the remaining charges.

Judge Steven Coupland said Taylor was employed as a primary school teacher for 28 years. To his employers, many teachers and parents, he was a good, respected teacher, he added.

But he also used that trusted position to touch a number of children in his care, all under the age of 12 years, and some significantly younger than that. “You, for a significant period of time, on numerous occasions in relation to numerous children, abused the trust placed in you for your own sexual gratification,” said the judge.

Read more: Bulwell teacher flicked bra and put hands up boy’s shirt as he sexually assaulted multiple victims

Taylor put his hand up shirts and stroked the skin of the backs of children, touched their necks in the collars of their shirts, and sometimes played with their bra straps under and over their clothes. He also touched the breasts of some children.

“It was, in my view, implicit grooming,” added the judge, and he often committed his offences in “plain sight”. Taylor would allow some to stay indoors at playtime and reward them with stickers for good behaviour. He asked one victim about the colour of her underwear.

After damning allegations were made by children, Taylor’s lies were believed over them, and he carried on abusing and, said the judge, he had a compulsion, “a compulsion you were unable to stop”.

Taylor was convicted of 11 charges, all at the same Nottingham school, where he touched his victims. The 55-year-old, of Exchange Road, West Bridgford, denied all the charges at his Nottingham Crown Court trial earlier this year.

When he was seen by police regarding the allegations, he made an opening statement denying them, saying he had not committed any offences and had not sexually assaulted any children in his care. He then exercised his right to remain silent.

He is now on the sex offenders’ register for life, will be on a sexual harm prevention order on release, and, under the disclosure and barring service, will be disqualified from working with children and vulnerable adults. City Council Leader, Councillor David Mellen, had said: “Our thoughts are with the survivors of Taylor’s abuse and we hope that his conviction provides them with some comfort.

“His breach of a position of trust was appalling and we will continue to offer support to survivors. We have provided ongoing support to the schools to ensure their safeguarding measures are sound.”

The charges he was convicted of were:

Count 2: Indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 years, on at least two occasions, where he placed his hand inside her polo shirt and touched her chest area over clothing.

Count 3: Indecent assault, on at least two occasions, on a girl under the age of 14 by flicking her bra strap inside her clothing.

Count 4: Sexual assault where, on at least two occasions, he touched a child under the age of 13 by touching her under her bra.

Count 5: Sexual assault, on at least two occasions, touched a girl under the age of 13, by placing his hand up her shirt and rubbing her.

Count 7: Sexual assault, on a least two occasions, touched a child under the age of 13 by rubbing his hand over and under his clothing.

Count 8: Sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 by placing his hand under her clothing and touching her chest area.

Count 9: Sexual assault of a child under 13 where he placed his hands under her clothing.

Count 10: Sexual assault of a child under 13, on at least two occasions by placing his hand under the back of her school shirt and tickling her.

Count 11: Sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13 by putting his hands up the back of her school shirt.

Count 12: Sexual assault on a boy, on at least two occasions, where he put his hand up his school shirt.

Count 13: Sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13, on at least two occasions, he rubbed his hand up her back and rubbed her neck.

He was found not guilty on count 6 and count 17, both allegations of sexual assault. The jury could not return a verdict on a charge of indecent assault, at a different school, and four further sexual assaults, and the judge ordered that these charges should lie on file.

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