October 2016

Perverted teacher who sexually abused boy jailed


A perverted former teacher who sexually abused a boy at a school where he taught in the 1970s, has been jailed for more than six years.

John Thompson was sentenced to six years and six months behind bars at Derby Crown Court after he was found guilty of the historical sex offences.

The 77-year-old former teacher, turned Baptist minister, had denied sexually touching the boy over a four-year period at Crich C of E Junior School 40 years ago.

The pensioner, of Tutbury Road, Burton, faced charges of six counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency with the pupil.

Following his trial, a jury of six men and six women at Derby Crown Court took just over three hours to reach a unanimous verdict against Thompson.

The man said his experiences at the hands of Thompson “destroyed my life” and that he did not come forward until 40 years after the alleged abuse as he was “ashamed and embarrassed with myself”.

Giving evidence he said: “He has destroyed my life and taken my dreams. He has left me in fear. I came to expect it (the abuse) as the norm.

“I went to school and would do maths, English, whatever other subjects I was doing and them I did that (was abused by Thompson) which I thought was normal.

“I just wish I had told somebody and I could perhaps have had a better chance of life.

“But I just kept it bottled up because I was scared at what other people would say, that they would laugh at me.”

Thompson, a father-of-four boys, lived in Crich and taught at the school where he was a third year teacher between 1968 and 1981.

The court was told how he left teaching in 1981 to study theology and he later became employed as a Baptist minister.

The jury heard how Thompson had a previous conviction for sex charges against underage girls but not boys.

They were told how he studied to become a Baptist minister in Manchester and then worked at Babington Hospital, in Belper, Crich Baptist Church, a church in Sutton-in-Ashfield and then became a minister in Burton in 1988.

He attended voluntary interviews with the police where the allegations made by the alleged victim were put to him.