Gordon Fleming, 66, from Oswestry has been sentenced for historic sex offences against young girls.
Gordon Fleming admitted the crimes that he carried out in the 1970s and 1980s. He was sentenced for 34 counts relating to 35 victims at Swansea court for a total of 10 years. He will also be put on the sex offence register. Judge Geraint Walters told Fleming that “This represents a serious breach of trust for a junior school teacher abusing so many young girls. You can expect a significant prison sentence”.
Fleming 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.
Fleming had previously been convicted of similar offences, at Chester Crown Court in 1992. The court heard Fleming was jailed for several years at Chester Crown Court in 1992 for similar charges, while he was headmaster at a village school near Welshpool. The charges Fleming admitted in April 2017 relate to an earlier time when he was teaching at another primary school in north Wales.
Dyfed Powys Police launched the inquiry into Fleming after a number of his pupils reported what happened to them while they were in his classroom. Dyfed Police appealed to girls that Fleming taught at the school between 1976 and 1981 and charges were brought in respect of two dozen former pupils. The Police said “the safety, welfare and protection of vulnerable people was an absolute priority and that anyone affected by abuse should not suffer in silence.”
Chief Inspector Steve Davies, who led the police investigation 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.”
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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