April 2017

Former deputy head jailed for sex offences

A former deputy headteacher from Stratford has been jailed for a string of sexual offences against boys in the 1980s.

David Hutchings, 73, of Swan Court was jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

Hutchings had already pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault of a child under 14 and one charge of gross indecency with a child under 16 at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that Hutchings committed the offences against two boys whilst he was deputy headteacher at Winterfold House School in Chaddesley Corbett in the early 1980s.

March 2017

Man admits sex offences against two boys when he was a teacher

A 72-year-old former teacher at a Worcestershire boarding school has been warned he is facing jail after admitting sex offences against two boys.

David Hutchings admitted five offences against two boys carried out when he was at Winterfold House School, in Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, in the 1980s when it took boarders.

Hutchings, of Swan Court, Stratford, admitted indecently assaulting one of the 13-year-old boys by getting into bed with him and cuddling and kissing him. He also admitted gross indecency with the same boy.

A pre-sentence report was ordered and Hutchings, who entered Worcester Crown Courtwalking with the aid of a stick, will have to register immediately as a sex offender.

The court heard he was of previous good character.

Judge Robert Juckes, QC, told Hutchings he had committed offences punishable by a prison sentence. He said one of the boys wanted to make a victim impact statement on the effects the offences have had on him.

Hutchings was granted bail to return to court for sentencing on April 27.