Pae­dophile ex-teacher jailed over sex as­saults

In­de­cent at­tacks in­cluded one on a seven-year-old girl

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

A 71-year-old for­mer Uxbridge teacher has been jailed for six years for in­de­cently as­sault­ing three chil­dren, the youngest of which was a seven-year-old girl.

Ter­ence Peter Back was a teacher at White­hall Ju­nior School in Cow­ley Road and his of­fences date back to 1974.

Back, of Bex­hill on Sea in Sus­sex, was jailed at Isle­worth Crown Court on Wed­nes­day for in­de­cent as­sault on a seven-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl.

He was sen­tenced to two years for each of­fence, and will serve a min­i­mum of three years.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Emma MacDon­ald, from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Child Abuse In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team said: “I hope that Back’s con­vic­tion will help ease the painful mem­o­ries of his vic­tims.

“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.”

Back was con­victed of the of­fences in June and was ar­rested in 2014 af­ter a fe­male for­mer White­hall stu­dent made an al­le­ga­tion against him to po­lice in 2013.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched and he was ques­tioned by po­lice in May 2013, when he de­nied the of­fences.

A sec­ond wit­ness was traced by po­lice and pro­vided an ac­count, and po­lice were led to Kingsway Ju­nior School in Wat­ford, where Back also taught.

Two more vic­tims were found with these of­fences dat­ing back to the 1980s, and wit­nesses and pupils gave sim­i­lar ac­counts of Back’s crimes.

He was ar­rested and in­ter­viewed in April and June 2014 be­fore fi­nally be­ing charged on Septem­ber 8, 2015.

Back was also found not guilty of gross in­de­cency against a seven-year-old girl.

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