Former housemaster found guilty of sexual offences against boys - Oxfordshire

22/10/2015

A former teacher has been convicted at Oxford Crown Court of a series of non-recent sexual offences against boys at in Oxfordshire.

Trevor Bolton, aged 78, of Kestrel Way, Clacton-on-Sea, was found guilty yesterday, Wednesday, 21 October 2015, by a unanimous jury, of six counts of indecency with a child (contrary to the Indecency with Children Act 1960) and 15 counts of indecent assault on a male (contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 1956).  Today, Thursday, 22 October 2015, he was further convicted, by a majority verdict, of three counts of buggery (contrary to the sexual Offences Act 1956) and a further count of indecent assault following a three week trial.

The offences took place at Carmel College, Mongewell Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire between 1968 and 1988 when Bolton was employed as a teacher and housemaster at the college. The college has since closed. The eight victims, all male, were aged under 16 at the time of the offences.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved sexual activity between a former school housemaster/French teacher, who is now 78-years-old, and eight schoolboys, who were aged 10 to16 at the time of the offences, which occurred between 1968 and 1988 in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

As a housemaster, Trevor Bolton lived in a flat above the boys dormitories. He abused his position of trust and took advantage of his status to systematically prey on vulnerable or homesick young boys by inviting them to his flat to watch TV and smoke. He then abused them for his own sexual gratification. It is only due to the great courage of the victims that the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.

"Bolton denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct, but was found guilty of 25 sexual offences after a three week trial at Oxford Crown Court despite his denials.

"The conviction serves as an important message to people who have been the victim of such crimes or those that know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward and that time is no barrier to justice.  The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact, on the victims and their families, of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction gives some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Detective Constable Trish Coyne of Oxfordshire Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: "I would like to thank the bravery and patience of the victims in this case. They have waited a long time to see justice be done.

"While the offences took place some time ago, and despite the fact that Bolton's eight victims are successful individuals, every single one of them has admitted the offences have had an impact on them well into their adult lives.

"He was in a position of trust with these children and he abused that trust in the worst way possible.

"I would like to say to both victims and perpetrators that it does not matter how long ago these offences took place, we will investigate them and bring offenders to justice."

Bolton will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court tomorrow, Friday, 23 October 2015.