Suffolk: Former teacher sentenced to five years for historical child abuse


A FORMER teacher has been sentenced to five years imprisonment at Ipswich Crown Court today after previously admitting sexually abusing children.

Alan Brigden, 68, committed the offences in 1977 and 1980 respectively, while he worked at St Georges School based at Wicklewood, Norfolk before it moved to Great Finborough, Suffolk.

During a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court, in June 2012, Brigden admitted 14 sexual assault charges.

The offences included six counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency with a child and four charges of assault with intent to commit a serious sexual assault.

The prosecution team, including the CPS and Police extradited Brigden from Holland, where he lived, to face the charges.

Speaking after todays court hearing, Prosecuting lawyer Jan Brewer from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "We are pleased this case has reached a positive conclusion. The case demonstrates how seriously we and the other authorities take child abuse cases, and that historical cases will still be dealt with and prosecuted rigorously through the court system.

"The CPS takes its public protection role very seriously and we are pleased that we were able to achieve this outcome for the victims in this case, who ultimately just wanted to be believed. We thank them for coming forward and we hope now they can put this ordeal behind them and move on with their lives."