Former primary school teacher who abused his position “in the most appalling way” by sexually abusing two young girls has been sentenced to 14 years in prison of which he must serve half and sign the sex offenders' register for life
Stephen Higgitt, 60, was convicted at Truro Crown Court last month of six charges, two counts of assault on a child under 13 by penetration relating to the younger victim, three assaults by penetration and one charge of sexual assault.
Higgitt arrived at the court to be sentenced today carrying with him several large bags and a guitar.
Prosecutor Heather Hope previously told the court that the instances involved Higgitt touching the victims’ private parts and breasts.
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"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.
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Abuse Survivor, St Georges School, Norfolk