Hugh Henry, 82, a former teacher at Caldicott Preparatory School has died just hours before he was due to be sentenced for historic sex offences.
Henry was due to be sentenced on 6th February for gross indecency with a child, an offence which he admitted.
It is believed that Henry jumped in front of a train in Buckinghamshire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fellow teacher John Addrison, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of indecency with or towards a child, and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, at Aylesbury Crown Court in November 2012. He will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Ex-headteacher of the school, Peter Wright, was convicted of ten charges of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child. The jury sitting at Amersham Crown Court found that he had abused five boys between the ages of 8 and 13 between 1959 and 1970. He was sentenced on Thursday to eight years imprisonment. He will also remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.
In sentencing Wright, Judge Johannah Cutts QC said:
“These offences were so serious that it is beyond question that only a custodial sentence can be justified. I have to sentence you for multiple offending against each of these victims. This was prolonged activity, the boys were groomed by a master at a school responsible for their care.”
“I heard evidence that you were an inspirational teacher, both of French and of rugby. You taught French and also coached sport, predominantly, rugby. You were clearly charismatic and charming to boys and parents alike but there was a darker side to your tuition of these boys.Boys craved your attention and strove for your praise. From those, you picked out boys for your individual sexual attentions.”
Jurors at Wright’s trial were told that he was at the centre of a paedophile ring at the school.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is one of the former-pupils of the school. Following Wright’s conviction, he said “I am shocked and appalled by the gross betrayal of trust and violation of childhood innocence that has been shown to have taken place at Caldicott.”
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