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Ex-head teacher jailed for 8 years for abusing five boys

2014-02-06 16:28:05

Roland Peter Wright
Mr Wright abused five boys at Caldicott
Preparatory School between 1959 and 1970

The former headmaster of a school attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg by has been jailed for eight years for sexually abusing pupils.

Roland Peter Wright, 83, of Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire, abused five boys at Caldicott Preparatory School between 1959 and 1970.

He was found guilty of assaulting five pupils aged between eight and 13.

His sentencing went ahead despite the death of another former teacher who had been due to appear with him.

Hugh Henry, 82, apparently threw himself under a train on Tuesday.

Judge Joanna Cutts QC told Wright: "These offences were so serious that it is beyond question that only a custodial sentence can be justified.

"I have to sentence you for multiple offending against each of these victims.

"This was prolonged activity, the boys were groomed by a master at a school responsible for their care."

Mr Clegg, who was a pupil at the school from 1974 until 1980, spoke of his concern at the news of Wright's conviction at Amersham Crown Court in December.

"I am shocked and appalled by the gross betrayal of trust and violation of childhood innocence that has been shown to have taken place at Caldicott," he said at the time.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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