Ronald Wotton a terminally ill 73-year-old jailed for five years for historical indecency offences

Primary school pupils made themselves sick with washing up liquid to try to avoid lessons with a teacher who sexually abused them in front of the class, a court has heard. When one child complained about Ronald Wotton to the headteacher at the Roman Catholic school in County Durham, the head did not believe the allegation and made the pupil apologise to the abuser. Judge Howard Crowson, sitting at Teesside crown court, jailed the terminally ill 73-year-old for five years. Wotton, who uses a wheelchair, admitted 17 counts of indecent assault, three counts of indecency with a male and one of indecency with a child over a 12-year period from the late 1960s. He was allowed to retire in 1980 when a new head, who could not ignore the mounting allegations against Wotton, took over. Judge Crowson told Wotton, of Park Lane, Murton, Seaham: “You were sadly operating at a time when, to most of the adult public, it was inconceivable for this type of offending to be committed by a teacher.” If you or a loved one have been subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence. Individuals may be able to pursue the school in respect of a civil claim for compensation.


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