Man jailed for child sexual offences - Bicester and Old Stratford

16/01/2015

A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Friday, 16 January 2015, and was jailed for 12-and-a-half years for committing sexual offences in Bicester and Old Stratford, Northamptonshire.

Terence Sturgeon-Clegg, aged 63, Annick View, Irvine, Scotland, was found guilty by a jury on 17 November 2014, of 11 counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency and three counts of child cruelty following a six-week trial.

The offences were carried out in Bicester and Old Stratford, Northamptonshire, between 1964 and 1989.  There were six victims, who were all under the age of 16 at the time of the offences.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case concerned non-recent sexual and physical abuse of six victims by a man, who is now 63-years-old, between 1966 and 1987. The very young age of some of the victims at the time greatly increases the seriousness of the offences.

"Terence Sturgeon-Clegg took advantage of his circumstances to prey on young children for his own sexual gratification and to exercise power and control. The sexual and physical abuse was regular and sustained. The sexual offences spanned 20 years (mid 60s to mid 80s) and the child cruelty included frequent beatings, was sadistic and spanned 10 years (1977-1987). 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.

"Sturgeon-Clegg has shown no remorse and denied the offences saying they were "utter rubbish," but on 17 November 2014, after a six-week trial at Oxford Crown Court he was convicted by a jury of 16 out of 21 counts.

"This was a challenging case where we essentially asked the jury to understand and then disregard all of the 'myths and stereotypes' often applied in sexual abuse cases such as lengthy delay in reporting, reporting of other abusers but not this one, and failing to report when the opportunity was made available. Due to the hard work and dedication of the prosecution team a just outcome has been achieved for the victims.

"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 because 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 profound effect and emotional impact on the victims and their families of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. The past has caught up with him and I hope that the convictions and sentence gives some small comfort to the victims. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Natalie Thompson of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit based at Banbury, said: "I would like to commend the victims for their courage in coming forward. This has been an extremely difficult period for them, but I hope they feel a sense of justice at today's sentence.

"This has been a lengthy investigation which has now concluded and will hopefully enable the victims to rebuild their lives.

"Thames Valley Police takes reports of child abuse extremely seriously and will fully investigate all allegations presented to us."