Neil Turner, 67, of Worthing, West Sussex was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on 5th August 2020 to 28 months imprisonment after admitting to sexual assaults on six schoolboys in the 1980’s and also on an adult with learning disabilities. These victims felt able to come forward following Turner’s conviction in 2017 for similar sexual assaults on three boys.
These latest charges bore many similarities to the previous charges against Turner, revolving around his self-confessed foot fetish.
Judge Jeremy Gold QC said “You have a foot fetish which has led you to sexually touch a number of youngsters and a vulnerable young adult who no doubt trusted and admired you. Because they trusted you, they found themselves in a situation where you could teach them and you took advantage of that situation for your lustful benefit and to their disadvantage, resulting in their long term psychological damage. This sort of behaviour to young people has life-long effects.”
The court also heard that Turner was sacked by Shoreham College in 1989 after he received a caution for assaulting a minor. Despite this caution he was still permitted to continue as a choirmaster at his local church although he was purportedly banned from contact with children.
Turner was sentenced to four months imprisonment in relation to each victim to be served consecutively – a total of 28 months. He was already on the Sex Offender Register in relation to the 2017 convictions.
David Hawkins, a specialist in child abuse law said “We see this all to often, where people who are outwardly respectable use their positions of power and authority to groom and abuse vulnerable people. The people who came forward in this case showed immense bravery in making Turner pay for his crimes against them. There may well be other people out there who were affected by Turner’s actions and I would encourage anybody affected to speak to the Police.”
If you or a loved one has been affected by the issues in this case, or any issues concerning child abuse, please contact our award winning Child Abuse team, who will be happy to speak to you in confidence about your legal rights.
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