Vicar/Magistrate/Teacher jailed for sexually abusing girl - Oxfordshire

22/11/2013

A disgraced vicar, magistrate and music teacher has today, Friday, 22 November 2013, been jailed for sexually abusing a young girl ten years ago.

Christopher Tadman-Robins, 66, has begun a two and a half year jail sentence still proclaiming his innocence.

He was ordained as a Church of England vicar in 1989, but in the last twenty years has only conducted occasional services in West Oxfordshire. He sat as a magistrate at the former court in Witney, Oxfordshire and also taught music and was a former musical director of the Northern Ballet. But Judge Philip Bartle QC said his good character and contribution to society did not spare him from an immediate custodial sentence.

He told Tadman-Robins: "Your victim was aged from 10 to 12 and you were in your 50s. The impact on her of these offences has been devastating. She has suffered untold stress and has self harmed.

"Your actions took away her innocence, which is something from which she will never recover."

Tadman-Robins, from Upper End, Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire was convicted by a jury at Luton Crown Court in October of five charges of indecent assault. He was found not guilty of a sixth charge.

The offences were committed in Oxfordshire between March 2002 and April 2004, and the girl was not a pupil of his. She reported the abuse when she was an adult, and she told the jury he had kissed her passionately and touched her intimately.

In a victim impact statement she said had suffered low self esteem, panic attacks and had needed medication and therapy. She also said having to give evidence at his trial was "devastating."

Tadman-Robin's lawyer urged the court to suspend the sentence, saying there had been no other allegations of impropriety.

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