‘Appalling breach of trust’ from paedophile policeman
A former Nottinghamshire policeman convicted of child abuse has been told by a judge what he did was an ‘appalling breach of trust’.
Shamed Anthony Critchley showed no emotion as he was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday at Nottingham Crown Court.
The decorated officer met his victim after an incident at the family home
Judge Rosalind Coe said Critchley’s position of trust, as an officer of the law, had appealed to the boy as well as the attention he showed towards him.
“What you did was undoubtedly an appalling breach of trust,” she said.
Now aged 64 and of Riseholme Avenue, Wollaton, Critchley was a police officer during the 1970s.
The offences were committed while he was off duty.
He performed a sexual act on the boy on three occasions and, on another occasion, he exposed himself and asked the child to perform a sexual act but he refused.
Judge Coe gave Critchley two years for three offences of indecent assault as well as six months for indecency with a child, all to run concurrently.
He must also sign the sex offender’s register.
The judge said the defendant had taken the boy on trips through a shared hobby after meeting him.
“He was understandably confused by what you did. It has been with him his whole life.”
She told Critchley he had led an otherwise “blameless life”, had had a significant career and was responsible for his elderly mother.
But she said she had reached the conclusion only a prison sentence was justified – given the abuse of trust in his role at the time as a policeman.
Barrister Justin Wigoder defended Critchley at a trial in May where he was eventually convicted on all four charges.
Addressing the packed courtroom, Mr Wigoder had urged the judge to impose a suspended prison sentence.
He stressed that his client, who denied all the allegations, was the sole carer for his 93-year-old mother who knew he had been “convicted of something”.
“She has not been told precisely what. She is desperately concerned; the family are concerned.”
Notts Police Officer Found Guilty of Sex Offences
A former Nottinghamshire Police officer has today (26 May, 2016) been found guilty of historical sexual offences.
Anthony Critchley, 64, of Riseholme Avenue, Wollaton , was charged with three counts of indecent assault on a child and one of indecency with a child. The offences were committed whilst off-duty in the early 1970s against a boy in his early teens.
Critchly denied the offences but was found guilty following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Sentencing was adjourned until 22 June 2016.