Man jailed for sexual offences against children - Oxford and Kidlington

05/06/2015

A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Friday, 05 June 2015, and was jailed for five years for a number of sex offences against children in Oxford and Kidlington.

John Collier, aged 70, of Leafield Road, Cowley, was sentenced after being found guilty by a jury on Friday, 08 May 2015, of four counts of indecent assault on a boy (aged between 7 and 11).

The charges are in relation to offences committed between September 1971 and July 1975 at North Kidlington Primary School and September 1977 and July 1978 at St Ebbes First School Oxford where he was a teacher at the time.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "This case involved sexual activity between a teacher, who is now 70-years-old and retired, and three boys, who were aged 7-11 at the time of the offences, which occurred between September 1971 and July 1978 in Oxford and Kidlington.

"As a teacher, John Collier abused his position of trust and took advantage of his status to prey on young boys and sexually abuse them for his own sexual gratification. 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.

"Collier denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct, but on Friday, 8 May 2015, at Oxford Crown Court, he was found guilty by a jury of four counts of indecent assault on a boy after a 4-day trial despite his denials.

"The conviction 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 victims and their families, of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and sentence gives some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Investigating officer Detective Constable Sarah Berry from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: "I am happy with the sentence handed to Collier for offences which took place more than 40 years ago. This case came about after a number of victims and other witnesses came to the police with information about Collier and this conviction is wholly due to their compelling evidence and bravery in coming forward.

"These offences took place in Oxfordshire primary schools in the 1970s. Thames Valley Police takes offences of this nature extremely seriously and will investigate the crimes no matter how long since they took place.

"This sentencing also sends a message to offenders that your crimes are not necessarily buried in the past, you could still face a lengthy sentence."