May 2019

Popular teacher’s career ends in disgrace as he is jailed for eight years for sex offences

A “popular and charismatic” founder of a Lincolnshire choir has been jailed for eight years after being convicted of sex attacks on a teenage boy.

Andrew Clingo, who was musical director of the Handful of Harmonies Choir and is a former primary school teacher, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

He was also barred from working with children and other vulnerable people after being found guilty at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday, Friday, May 17.

The court heard that his victim had been severely affected by the abuse he suffered and had twice attempted his own life.

The victim’s father in a victim impact statement described Clingo as “a monster”.

He added: “My family has been torn apart by the evil acts committed by Clingo.”

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told Clingo: “This boy was vulnerable and specifically targeted by you. There was a significant amount of grooming.”

Andrew Clingo, 43, of Barleyfield, Langtoft, near Bourne, denied three charges of sexual assault but a jury took just 90 minutes to consider the evidence before returning guilty verdicts.

Clingo taught at the Fulbridge School in New England, Peterborough, and Bourne Abbey School, as well as running a Stagecoach Theatre School in Northampton and a local drama group.

He claimed to the jury during his trial that his victim was over the age of consent when the incidents happened.

But his evidence was rejected by the jury who found him guilty of sexually assaulting the boy between October 1, 2007 and March 1, 2009 when his victim was aged 14 and 15.

Mark Watson, prosecuting, told the jury: “Andrew Clingo is a popular, charismatic man. He is somebody heavily involved in his local community and is well-respected.

“He runs a drama group and at the time had a franchise with the Stagecoach schools.

“It is that charisma, charm and popularity that allowed him to abuse this boy.”

Mr Watson said that Clingo made his first move towards the boy when giving the teenager a lift in his car.

During the journey, the vehicle stopped at red traffic lights and Clingo kissed the boy.

Clingo subsequently moved on to a higher level of abuse and performed sexual acts on the boy, said Mr Watson.

After a complaint was made to police, Clingo was interviewed and told officers that there had never been any sexual behaviour between himself and the boy.

Mr Watson said the victim had been severely affected by what happened.

“Essentially he struggles to put into words the impact because of the length and depth of the abuse that he has suffered,” he said.

May 2019

Former Peterborough primary school teacher who abused teenage boy told to expect ‘substantial’ jail sentence

The founder of a Lincolnshire choir and former Peterborough primary school teacher who abused a schoolboy has been told he faces a ‘substantial’ jail sentence

Andrew Clingo denied three charges of sexual assault but the jury at Lincoln Crown Court took just 90 minutes to consider the evidence before returning guilty verdicts.

Clingo ,43, of Barleyfield, Langtoft, near Bourne, was granted bail to await sentence on 17 May.

Judge Simon Hirst, in adjourning sentence, told Clingo “Please be under no illusions at all. A substantial custodial sentence awaits you on 17 May.”

As well as teaching at a Peterborough primary school, Clingo ran a theatre School in Northampton and a local drama group. 

But his version was rejected by the jury who found him guilty of sexually assaulting the boy between 1 October 2007 and 1 March 2009 when his victim was aged 14 and 15.

Mark Watson, prosecuting, told the jury “Andrew Clingo is a popular, charismatic man. He is somebody heavily involved in his local community and is well respected. He runs a drama group. It is that charisma, charm and popularity that allowed him to abuse this boy.”

Mr Watson said that Clingo made his first move towards he boy when giving the teenager a lift in his car. During the journey the vehicle stopped at red traffic lights and Clingo kissed the boy.

Clingo subsequently moved on to a higher level of abuse and performed sexual acts on the boy, said Mr Watson.

After a complaint was made to police Clingo was interviewed and told officers that there had never been any sexual behaviour between himself and the boy.