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Paedo teacher sentenced for indecently assaulting, raping young boys


A man who was sexually assaulted by his schoolteacher more than 45 years ago has told how anger at the prospect of his assailant getting away with it prompted him to finally come forward.


It follows convicted paedophile Graham Butterworth being handed an additional two years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of further historical sex offences against young boys.

The 71-year-old is already serving an 11-year jail term after his conviction by a jury at Leicester Crown Court, last year, of nine counts of indecently assaulting one boy, aged between 12 and 15, and one count of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old, between 1977 and 1983.

The retired schoolteacher, formerly of Lewis Way, Countesthorpe, appeared recently at the same court by video link from prison.

On this occasion, he admitted to 10 further counts of indecent assault on five victims under the age of 14.

Brian, which is not his real name, was one of the men abused by Butterworth as a child who came forward after reading about the original case in the Leicester Mercury.

After Butterworth's latest sentencing, he said: “I was angry at reading that Butterworth’s victims were primarily teenagers – and the suggestion that it was somehow linked to him struggling with his sexuality.

When he abused me I was a schoolboy of 10 or 11 and he was my teacher. He has shown no remorse.

He added: “What he did has affected me greatly. I went from being a boisterous lad to being withdrawn and lacking confidence. He thought he’d got away with it scot-free but he hasn’t.”

The offences for which Butterworth was jailed for 11 years occurred at his home address and were unconnected with his role as a schoolteacher at Coleman Road Infant and Junior School, in Evington, Leicester.

However, the earlier sexual assaults he has now pleaded guilty to relate to his time working as a schoolteacher elsewhere.

Speaking after the hearing, Andrew Baxter, of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “These allegations came to light when further victims of Graham Butterworth’s abuse came forward when they heard about his conviction in 2016."

He said they looked in detail at the new allegations and decided there was sufficient evidence to prosecute Butterworth for these further offences.

“And, although he was serving a lengthy sentence imposed in 2016, it was in the public interest to put these before a jury.”

Detective Constable Jamie Carr, who was the investigating officer in the case, described the former schoolteacher's crimes as an "abuse of trust".

He said: “Butterworth abused his position of trust for many years and indecently assaulted young boys.

Police said that two of the five victims had contacted detectives following Butterworth’s conviction for the other crimes last September.

The latest prison sentence will run consecutively, in addition to the 11-year term he is already serving.

During last year's trial, Butterworth’s barrister claimed that his behaviour stemmed from hiding and suppressing his homosexuality.

The court also heard that he had “primarily targeted teenage boys” and that his offending was not linked to his job as a schoolteacher.

Det Con Carr said: “This conviction is a testament to the victims’ courage throughout the process. This was in no way easy for them especially because the offences took place so long ago.

He added: “We always take reports of this nature seriously, no matter how long ago the offences may have occurred, and would encourage anyone who has been a victim to come forward.”

Mr Baxter, of the CPS, said: “I would encourage all victims of sexual abuse to come forward and tell the police what has happened, regardless of how long ago the abuse took place.

“Whilst we cannot guarantee to prosecute every allegation, we can guarantee that we will take your allegations seriously and consider all the evidence carefully.

“In this case, these further allegations demonstrated a repeated pattern of abuse and a breach of the trust placed in Butterworth as a school teacher.

“Thanks to the determination of the victims to come forward and the reporting of Butterworth’s original trial, he has been brought to justice for the full extent of his offending.”


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