January 2019

Former teacher from Abergavenny jailed after sexually abusing teen girl with autism

A former teacher has been sent to prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl with autism.

Richard Hill, aged 65, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child and was sent to prison for 12 months at Worcester Crown Court last week.

Giles Nelson, prosecuting, said the two offences took place in Herefordshire in summer 2013, when Hill was 60.

Hill, of Blorenge Road, Abergavenny, had built up trust with the girl and also her family, Mr Nelson said.

In summer 2013 he took the victim to a car park in Herefordshire at around 6.30pm in his car.

He tried to kiss her and put his tongue in her mouth. The victim said she was scared and confused.

Mr Nelson said: “This is an extremely vulnerable individual. She then saw the defendant behaving normally in front of her mother as if nothing had happened. It was very hard to understand.”

In September of the same year Hill took her out in his car and drove into the countryside.

They sat on a bench and Hill pulled her onto his lap. He kissed her neck and rubbed her body over her clothing.

It wasn’t until years later that the victim told someone she trusted about what had happened.

Hill retired from being a teacher in 2014.

The court heard a pre-sentence report had been carried out and Hill appeared to deny what had happened during the report meeting.

Judge Jim Tindal said: “What does surprise me is that someone of this man’s intelligence is trying to weasel his way out of it with the probation service. It dissipates any source of remorse in his plea.”

Judge Tindal said the defendant abused the trust placed in him. He said the second offence meant he would be sent to prison. He said: “This was the opportunity you took to manhandle her in a secluded area.”

“Here, we are concerned with the specific targeting of a particularly vulnerable child, not only because of the grooming behaviour, but also her disability.”

Hill was given 12 months in prison, put on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for at least five years.