January 2018: The retired teacher from Countesthorpe Graham Butterworth, 71, died in HMP Lincoln last month. His death is being investigated as a potential case of Legionnaires’ disease, officials have confirmed.
Retired teacher jailed for sex offences against young boys
A retired teacher has been jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of a string of sexual offences against boys.
Graham Butterworth, of Lewis Way, Countesthorpe, found guilty of nine counts of indecently assaulting one boy, aged between 12 and 15, and one count of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old following a trial in July.
The 70-year-old was acquitted of four offences of indecently assaulting a pupil, which was alleged to have taken place during lessons at Coleman Road Infant and Junior School, in Leicester, where he formerly worked as a teacher.
Today he was sentenced to 11 years for the indecent assaults which took place in the 1980s.
Officers believe there could possibly be more victims of Butterworth who have not come forward and spoken about what he did to them.
Investigatory Support Officer Grace Clay, the officer in the case from the force’s child abuse investigation unit, said: “Graham Butterworth has been convicted of a number of serious indecent assaults against two victims. He primarily targeted teenage boys, befriending them in the local community and then abusing them.
“The effects of the abuse have been long lasting for the victims, with both experiencing difficulties throughout their adult lives due to the abuse Butterworth perpetrated on them.
“His victims have shown tremendous courage in coming forward and talking about his crimes and I hope they may now be able to begin new chapters in their lives, finally knowing that he has been held accountable for his actions.
“I believe there could be more victims of Butterworth, and I would urge anyone who thinks they may have been abused by him to come forward and contact Leicestershire Police.
“Making that initial contact with the police can be daunting and it may be difficult for you to talk about it, especially if it happened some time ago, but I would like to reassure anyone who does contact us that their report will be treated with the upmost sensitivity and specialist officers will be on hand to support and assist you.”
Butterworth had a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy, on September 22, 2011, in a changing cubicle at Canons Health Club, University Road, Leicester, and was jailed for two years after being convicted by a jury.