Sunday 28 November 2021
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Former Nottingham primary school teacher jailed for sexual abuse of pupils in the 1980s

A retired primary school teacher who abused his position of trust in order to repeatedly abuse two pupils decades ago has been jailed.

Pensioner, Roger Thorne, aged 75, committed the offences at Scotholme Primary School in Hyson Green, Nottingham, over a five year period in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

His victims both recounted similar episodes where Thorne would contrive a reason to get them on their own before sexually abusing them.

One of them told police how Thorne would keep her in class during assembly before taking her to a curtained reading corner and abusing her.

The other recalled how Thorne would abuse her at his desk after she was made to sit or stand next to him.

Thorne, who was convicted in 2005 of nine sexual offences committed at another school in Nottingham, was accused of four counts of indecent assault.

Each count related to multiple incidents of assaults against each girl.

Thorne, formerly of Sturgeon Avenue, Clifton, denied the allegations but was convicted by a jury on both counts earlier this month.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday) he was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail.

Detective Sergeant Lee Kirk, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thorne is a predatory sex offender who used his privileged position as a school teacher to abuse two young girls in his care.

“His actions represented an appalling abuse of trust and have had a significant impact on the lives of his victims.

“It is thanks to their courage and perseverance that Thorne has finally been brought to justice today and I would like to thank them both for bringing this abuse to our attention.

“As this case demonstrates it really doesn’t matter how long ago sexual abuse happened. What matters is that it happened at all.

“So if people come forward to us with historical allegations of this nature we will listen to them, we will investigate their complaints and we will do whatever it takes to get justice for them.”