Man jailed for child sex offences - Crowthorne

24/07/2012

A 46-year-old man has today, Tuesday, 24 July 2012, been jailed for 11-years after being found guilty of a string of sex offences against boys following a trial at Reading Crown Court.

Bruce Roth, of Alderman Willey Close, Wokingham, was found guilty of 17 sexual offences against five boys, committed over a period of more than 20 years.

Roth, a maths teacher and housemaster, assaulted the boys while they were in his care at King's School in Rochester, Kent, and Wellington College, Crowthorne, between 1987 and 2009. The boys were all aged between eight and 15 when the abuse took place.

Roth left King's School in 1994.

Thames Valley Police first arrested Roth in October 2010 after one of the victims reported the abuse.

An investigation was launched and a further four victims came forward after the allegations were reported in the media.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the serious abuse of vulnerable young children.  Bruce Roth was a trusted teacher at the schools where the complainants were pupils.  The young age of the victims greatly increases the seriousness of the offences.

"Not only did he breach the trust of the pupils at the school, their parents and the staff, he also abused his position of authority in order to gain access to these vulnerable victims.  It was only due to the great courage of all the victims that Mr Roth's abuse was brought to light, and the full extent of his behaviour revealed.

"The CPS takes all allegations of rape and sexual offences seriously and has specialist rape prosecutors who have expertise in dealing with sexual offences cases.  We work with the police and the courts to ensure that victims are given the best possible support during the court process.  Cases of rape and other serious sexual offences are among the most difficult cases that we deal with and need to be dealt with very sensitively.  We will continue to vigorously prosecute all such offenders and particularly those who target young and vulnerable victims.

"The sentence imposed today recognises the seriousness of the offences and the vulnerability of the victims.

"I hope that today's outcome gives some sense of closure to the victims involved, so that they can now put this unpleasant episode behind them and move on with their lives.  Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Detective Constable Stephen Middleweek, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit based at Windsor said: "This has been a long and complex investigation, which has resulted in five victims coming forward to report the abuse Roth subjected them to.

"Roth was in a position of trust and abused this position to target young boys, touching them in their beds, in his classroom and his living quarters.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victims; the bravery they have shown has been remarkable considering the ordeal they have been through. I hope that today's result will go some way towards helping them put this traumatic experience behind them.

"We have worked closely with the schools involved, in particular Wellington College, and I thank them for their open approach and assistance during the investigation."