Former teacher sentenced for non-recent sexual offences against schoolboy - Windsor

13/01/2017

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 13 January 2017, and was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years for non-recent sexual offences against a boy, which took place between 1 January 1997 and 31 March 1998, at a school in Windsor.

Anthony Brailsford, aged 69, of Rays Avenue, Windsor, was sentenced today after pleading guilty on Tuesday, 06 December 2016, the second day of his trial, to three counts of indecent assault of a male aged under 13.  He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of indecent images of children at an earlier hearing.

Brailsford will also be required to sign the sex offenders' register for seven years.

Bill Khindey, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved sexual assaults by a man, now aged 69, upon a boy in Windsor between January 1997 and March 1998.

"Anthony Brailsford abused his position of trust as a teacher and took advantage of his status to prey on the young schoolboy, aged between 11-13, and abused him for his own sexual gratification.  The abuse took place while the victim stood at Brailsford's desk to have his work marked and included Brailsford touching him inappropriately.  It is only due to the great courage of the victim that the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed.  I would like to pay tribute to him for his strength and tenacity in coming forward.

"Brailsford initially denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct and described his actions as smacking, but on 06 December 2016, on the second day of his trial, at Reading Crown Court, and due to the strength of evidence against him, he pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault.  He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to two counts of possessing indecent images of children.

"The convictions and today's sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, 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 victim and his family, of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify.  I hope that the convictions and sentence gives some small comfort to them.  Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Investigating officer Detective Constable Eddie Hurley, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: "I am pleased that Brailsford pleaded guilty to the offences and spared the victim from having to relive the events of nearly two decades ago.

"I hope this case acts as a reminder to victims that we can bring successful prosecutions no matter how long ago the incidents took place. This is also a reminder to perpetrators that we will catch up with them even if the incidents took place a long time in the past.

"I would like to thank the victim for his bravery in coming forward and reporting these crimes to us and for his support as we brought the case to trial.

"I would also like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service for their support in this case - this has shown that by working closely together we can get positive results."