Former housemaster jailed for sexual offences against boys - Oxfordshire

23/10/2015

A former teacher appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Friday, 23 October 2015, and was jailed for a total of 19 years after being convicted of a series of non-recent sexual offences against boys in Oxfordshire.

Trevor Bolton, aged 78, of Kestrel Way, Clacton-on-Sea, was found guilty by a unanimous jury on Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 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).  On 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 at Oxford Crown Court 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 to 16 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 and sentence serve 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 and today's sentence 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: "The length of these sentences reflect the severity of Bolton's crimes.

"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.

"I would like to thank their bravery and patience. They have waited a long time to see justice be done.

"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."