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Pervert ex-teacher from Oswestry jailed for 10 years for sex abuse

By Deborah Hardiman | Oswestry | Crime | Published:

A former teacher from Oswestry has been jailed for a total of 10 years for historic sex offences against young girls.

Gordon Fleming

Gordon Fleming, aged 66, was yesterday sentenced for the crimes which he admitted carrying out against his victims in the 1970s and 1980s.

He was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court for 34 counts relating to 35 victims.

The jail term was welcomed by Chief Inspector Steve Davies, who led the police investigation.

He said: “This is a significant custodial sentence passed down to a perpetrator of non-recent sexual offending. The sentence recognises the control and long-lasting harm caused to victims by an individual who betrayed his position of trust to sexually abuse children.

“I would like to thank all those who were affected for their courage in coming forward which led to the sentence today. We continue to work with our partners to make sure the best level of support is given to survivors of sexual abuse.”

The force said the safety, welfare and protection of vulnerable people was an absolute priority and that anyone affected by abuse should not suffer in silence.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “Fleming has caused incalculable harm to his numerous victims, abusing his position as a teacher to target children in his care for sexual exploitation. His victims should be commended for coming forward and having the bravery to report what happened to them in the past.”

“It is vitally important that victims of non-recent child sexual abuse know that they will be listened to and that justice can be served.”

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One survivor of Fleming’s criminal behaviour has spoken of her relief after the ex-primary school teacher was finally jailed for a string of historic sex offences against pupils at schools in North Wales.

The woman, now aged in her 40s who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she is determined to move on with her life after being abused by him when she was about 10 years old. She described how the abuse she suffered had a significant impact on her life and has affected her relationships with her husband, family and children. She has also experienced repeated nightmares and flash backs throughout her life since then.She said: “I am relieved that Fleming pleaded guilty and spared me and other survivors the pain and distress of a protracted court case.”

While it cannot change the past, I am glad we have now seen justice done and hope that it will go some way to giving us the peace to move on with our lives.

“I hope that by speaking out, others who have suffered abuse by those who were supposed to be in a position of trust will feel they can come forward and that justice can be done, even after so many years.”

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Fleming, from Oswestry, abused the children over a six-year period in the 1970s and 1980s. Last month he pleaded guilty to indecent assault against 11 girls under the age of 13 while teaching at schools in North Wales, meaning that he has now pleaded guilty to 35 counts of indecent assault against young girls. He previously pleaded guilty to 24 counts of indecent assault.

Judge Geraint Walters had told him to expect a “significant prison sentence”.

“This represents a serious breach of trust for a junior school teacher abusing so many young girls.”

Fleming had previously been convicted of similar offences, at Chester Crown Court. He will also be put on the sex offence register.

Dyfed Powys Police launched an inquiry after several of his pupils reported what happened to them while they were in his classroom.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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