Ex-teacher guilty of his­toric as­saults

71-year-old’s of­fences be­gan in 1974

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER teacher at an Uxbridge ju­nior school has been con­victed of the his­toric in­de­cent as­sault of three for­mer pupils – aged be­tween 7 and 11.

Ter­ence Peter Back, 71, of Bex­hill-on-Sea, Sus­sex, was found guilty of in­de­cent as­sault on a fe­male who was aged seven at the time and in­de­cent as­sault on a male aged 11 at the time.

He was also found guilty of in­de­cent as­sault on an­other girl who was aged 11 at the time.

How­ever, the courts found him not guilty of a count of gross in­de­cency against a fe­male aged seven at the same time on Thurs­day June 2 at Isle­worth Crown Court.

Back was a for­mer teacher at White­hall Ju­nior School, in Uxbridge, and Kingsway Ju­nior School, in Wat­ford.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in 2013 when a for­mer fe­male pupil of White­hall Ju­nior School made an al­le­ga­tion to po­lice con­cern­ing Back, her for­mer teacher.

The of­fences she al­leged amounted to gross in­de­cency and in­de­cent as­sault and dated back to 1974.

Back was in­ter­viewed un­der cau­tion by po­lice on May 2 2013 and de­nied the of­fences.

A fur­ther wit­ness, an­other fe­male pupil, was traced and pro­vided a wit­ness ac­count.

En­quiries led po­lice to at­tend Kingsway Ju­nior School, in Garston, Wat­ford, where a fur­ther two vic­tims were iden­ti­fied and traced, both who pro­vided in­for­ma­tion to po­lice.

Of­fences at this school dated back to the early 1980s.

The in­for­ma­tion given to po­lice by the wit­nesses and pupils gave sim­i­lar ac­counts of Back’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Back was ar­rested and in­ter­viewed in re­la­tion to th­ese al­le­ga­tions on April 28 2014 and June 27 2014.

He was charged on Septem­ber 8 2015.

DC Emma Mac­Don­ald, of the Met’s child abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, said: “This was a lengthy en­quiry and the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice autho­rised numer­ous charges against Back in 2015. There were sim­i­lar­i­ties in the ac­counts of the wit­nesses – pupils of Back’s who did not know each other and who at­tended dif­fer­ent schools, miles apart.

“Although this was a pro­tracted in­ves­ti­ga­tion, I wish to thank the wit­nesses for their full sup­port.

“They have shown such brav­ery re­liv­ing painful mem­o­ries to the team and at court.

“Giv­ing ev­i­dence can be very daunt­ing, but wit­nesses are sup­ported through­out the process.

“Even though th­ese types of cases can take some time, po­lice will perse­vere and try to bring the of­fender to court so jus­tice is done.

“I hope that Back’s con­vic­tion will help ease the painful mem­o­ries of his vic­tims.”

Back will be sen­tenced at Isle­worth Crown Court on Thurs­day June 30.

n FOR­MER SCHOOL: White­hall Ju­nior School in Uxbridge

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