Man charged with sex offences - Thatcham

28/08/2014

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man with eleven non-recent sex offences against children.

Robert Neill, aged 62, of Park Lane, Thatcham, was charged yesterday, Wednesday, 27 August 2014, with six charges of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14, four charges of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14, and rape of a male under 16.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1993 and 2003 while Neill worked as a teacher at The Kennet School in Thatcham.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Robert Neill.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge the man with eleven sex offences.

"The charges relate to non-recent sex offences, which allegedly took place between 1993-2003 at a school in Thatcham.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Neill has been released on bail to appear at Newbury Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 11 September 2014.

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