Former Deddington C of E Primary School teacher jailed
A FORMER school headmaster who ‘traumatised’ and treated children he abused as ‘tools to excite him’ was jailed for five years today.
William Duxbury was sentenced after jurors convicted the 88-year-old of 12 counts of indecency with a child and four counts of indecent assault.
The court heard how Duxbury committed the offences in the 1980s while he was headmaster at Deddington C of E Primary School.
Judge Zoe Smith said the paedophile arranged pupils boy, girl, around the table with their hands ‘in or on their underpants’.
The judge added Duxbury moved a hinge on a cupboard door and watched children from inside through a gap.
She said: “You selected the same children respectively and if questioned you were able to blame you were searching for things from the cupboard. The children now know as adults that you were masturbating.
“You treated these children as tools to excite you as you masturbated.” The court also heard how Duxbury “rubbed himself” in gym lessons while children were doing exercises.
Judge Smith added: “All these children have been traumatised by your behaviour towards them. Many decent families were happily raising their children.
“You left the village having turned many lives upside down.
During the trial, prosecutor Kim Preston revealed 17 former pupils had come forward to give evidence about the paedophile’s crimes.
Defending, Kate Fortescue said Duxbury said two character references said Duxbury was a teacher ‘people looked up to’.
Duxbury had no previous convictions.
Sentencing, Judge Smith said: “You have ongoing medical issues. You did not plead guilty and each of these complaints has had to relive the horror of their childhood experience on public from the witness box.”
Duxbury was sentenced to a total of 60 months imprisonment. He was placed on the sex offenders register and handed a sexual harm prevention order.
Former Deddington head teacher guilty of abusing pupils
VICTIMS abused at the hands of their former headmaster wiped away tears as the pensioner was convicted of historic sex crimes.
Sighs of relief echoed across the public gallery as William Duxbury heard his fate at Oxford Crown Court.
Jurors unanimously convicted the 88-year-old of four counts of indecent assault and 11 counts of indecency with a child.
The jury of five men and seven women found the defendant guilty by a majority of a further count of indecency with a child.
Duxbury was acquitted of one count of indecent assault by jurors.
The pensioner, of Mewstone Avenue, Wembury, Plymouth, denied abusing school children while he was headmaster of Deddington C of E Primary School in the 1980s.
Taking the stand earlier this week, he claimed it was possible his victims had conspired together to invent the allegations, hoping to get compensation in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.