October 2016

Former Widnes school teacher who abused boys in the 1970s caged for a year


A FORMER teacher who indecently assaulted boys at a Widnes school during the 1970s has been jailed for a year.

Michael Wilde, 67, of HMP Forest Bank, appeared at Chester Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, October 21.

Recorder Patrick Thompson sentenced Wilde to 12 months behind bars for 10 offences of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14.

Wilde had already been sentenced to two years in prison last year after pleading guilty to five offences of indecent assault against two boys while working as a chemistry teacher at Wade Deacon Grammar School.

Maria Masselis, prosecuting, told the court that there were three victims – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – as part of the second prosecution against Wilde, and they came forward as a result of his earlier conviction.

Ms Masselis said that one charge was over an indecent act which took place at the school during a chemistry lesson.

Six of the 10 offences were related to a second victim – who Ms Masselis said Wilde had abused on ‘about 40 occasions’ – and took place during cricket practice.

Three further offences related to a third victim whom the prosecution said the defendant would use the opportunity to abuse for ‘anything between 20 seconds and one minute’.

Ms Masselis said that the third victim did not feel that justice had been done by the initial prosecution.

The prosecution read out extracts from a victim personal statement from the second complainant which said Wilde abused his position of trust.

Ms Masselis said: “He will never be able to rid himself of the pain and the shame of what happened to him.”

Jeremy Rawson, defending Wilde, said he had a medical condition and had a pacemaker installed in January 2010.

He added that his client assisted in a teaching capacity with prisoners who have difficulty reading and writing.

Mr Rawson said: “He accepts his guilt and accepts consequences must follow.”

Reacting to what the prosecution said Wilde had told police in interview, the judge said: “I don’t accept for one minute that he was a young and naive teacher. He was 23 years of age. 23 is a grown man.

“In fact, his victims were young and naive.”

Sentencing, the judge told Wilde that he had used his position to gain access to young boys and abuse them for his own sexual gratification.

He said that Wilde had no regard to the potential effect the assaults may have had on the boys in later life and decribed the defendant’s behaviour as ‘shameful’.

The judge added: “Parents trusted you with the most precious things in the world, which was their children.

“You were interested only in your own sexual desires.”

September 2015

Former teacher jailed for sexually abusing two schoolboys

A FORMER chemistry teacher has been jailed after admitting sexually assaulted two pupils at a Widnes school in the 1970s.

Michael Wilde, 66, from Drake Close, Warrington was sentenced to two years at Chester Crown Court on September 28 after pleading guilty to five counts of indecent assault of a boy under the age of 14 at an earlier hearing.

Wilde had admitted assaulting the two boys while he was a teacher at a grammar school in Widnes between September 1972 and July 1974.

The boys were aged 12 and 13 at the time.

Police began an investigation after the two victims came forward independently of each other last year.