A RETIRED woodwork teacher has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after he was convicted of sexually abusing two boys in his room at a Warwickshire school in the 1980s.
Roland Midgley had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to four charges of indecently assaulting two boys while he was a woodwork teacher at Kineton High School.
But after deliberating for almost five hours the jury found the 72 year-old, of Warwick Road, Southam, guilty of the charge he faced in relation to one of the boys, who was 13 at the time.
And after a further hour, the jury convicted him of two offences against the other boy when he was aged 12 and 13, but not guilty of one charge in relation to the same boy.
The jury had heard the fondling offences took place in the 1980s when Midgley was a woodwork teacher at Kineton High School, where he had worked from 1967 until he retired in 2000, and was also head of years one and two.
When one of the victims was asked what prompted him to report matters so many years later, he explained he was taking part in a discussion about school in the 1980s on a social media site – and when Midgley’s name was mentioned, it brought it back to him.
He said that at first, feeling anger and upset, he sought help from a support organisation, and later decided to report matters to the police.
Years later, in 1999, the second victim had complained to the police, but prosecutor Graeme Simpson said Midgley was not charged at the time, and the matter lay dormant.
“But during the police investigation into the later allegations it came to light again, and the defendant was charged in relation to both men,” added Mr Simpson.