Former choir master jailed for sexual abuse offences

A 68-year-old former choir master who sexually abused two boys has been jailed for eight-and-half years.

Richard Lucas, of Victoria Road in Warmley, was convicted of 11 counts of indecent assault on two boys. The offences happened in the 1980s and 1990s. He was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court earlier today (April 9).

Lucas met the victims through his position as choir master at the All Saints United Church in Longwell Green and also in his capacity as a private tutor.

Both of the victims were abused over the course of several months.

Investigating officer DC Clare Ball said: “Richard Lucas was calculating and used his position of trust to select boys he could manipulate and abuse.

“Both victims said the abuse they suffered robbed them of their childhoods, affected their education and continues to impact on them in their adult life.

“I’d like to thank both of them for the incredible resilience they’ve shown in reliving their ordeals and for supporting our investigation.

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring an abuse claim.

"Your help in pursuing and fighting my case is greatly appreciated, not by just myself but my whole family. Only through the progression of the case have I found it easier to talk about it and this has helped deal with something I had locked away since the day I left the school. It has allowed me to talk about my experiences far more openly and without the stigma of shame I had felt for so long.
Once again thank you sincerely for your time and patience in dealing with my case."

Abuse Survivor, St Georges School, Norfolk



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