The Wokingham Paper

Ex-teacher guilty of child sex offences

Graham Tattersall worked at Garth Hill School in Bracknell between 1979 and 1991. He has been given a 12-year jail sentence

A FORMER school teacher who sexually assaulted teenagers has been jailed for 12 years.

Graham Tattersall, who worked at Garth Hill School in Bracknell between 1979 and 1991, was found guilty of historic abuse against a number of female victims aged between 12 and 16.

Reading Crown Court heard that the offences took place in school classrooms, at his former home, and in his car when he was meant to be taking victims to their homes.

The 68-year-old, of Church Street, Windsor, was convicted by unanimous jury verdict on Friday, October 30, of one count of attempted rape, seven counts of indecent assault and four counts of indecency with a child.

He was found not guilty of one count of rape.

At a hearing on Thursday, November 5, Tattersall was sentenced to a total of 12 years’ imprisonment.

His crimes came to light when a victim reported an offence to Thames Valley Police in 2017 and an investigation was subsequently launched. This led to a number of other victims to come forward, and Tattersall was arrested in July 2018, and charged with the offences on 17 January this year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Alethea Cox, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit based at Windsor police station, said: “Tattersall offended against children at various points between 1979 and 1991, and this was while he was in a position of trust as a teacher at the school.

“We have conducted a thorough three-year investigation into the offences that came to light, and I am pleased that we have been able to bring the right verdict for all of the victims.

“This has been an emotive case for all the women, who had buried the things that happened to them and attempted to move on with their lives.

“I would like to thank them all personally for coming forward and putting their trust in the police to bring Tattersall to justice.”

She also urged other people who had similar experiences to come forward: “These convictions show that despite the passage of time, we will believe victims of sex offences and will investigate offences and support victims throughout the process,” she said.

“I would like to urge anybody who has felt unable to report similar such incidents from the past to please come forward.

“Even if it has been many months, years, or even decades since offences took place, it is never too late for an investigation, and we will continue to work hard for all victims to bring offenders to justice.”

DC Cox added: “Tattersall will now have to serve a term of imprisonment to reflect upon his actions, and I hope that the conviction and subsequent sentence will serve as some form of closure for all of his victims.”

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