Man charged with sexual offences from 1970s - Kidlington and Oxford

24/07/2014

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man with non-recent sexual offences from the 1970s.

John Collier, aged 69, of Leafield Road, Oxford, was charged yesterday, Wednesday, 23 July 2014, with three charges of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14.

The charges relate to incidents against two boys in the 1970s, when Collier was a teacher at North Kidlington Primary School and St Ebbe's Primary School, Oxford.

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 John Collier.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge the man with three charges on indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14.

"The charges relate to incidents against two boys, which occurred in the 1970s, at schools in North Kidlington and Oxford.

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

Collier has been released on bail to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court on Friday, 08 August 2014.

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