Robin Eric Davidson, 81 years , a choir teacher at the former Ripon Cathedral Choir School has been jailed for two years at York Crown Court for non recent sexual abuse.

Davidson pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault on two boys under the age of 14 years at York Crown Court.

The offences took place whilst he was a teacher at the School. Davidson has also been put on the sex offenders register for ten years.

Detective Constable Kirsty Gallagher of North Yorkshire Police’s Non Recent Abuse Investigation Team made the following statement:

“Davidson was employed in a position of trust and had custody of young boys who were away from the security of their home. Instead of making what was a daunting time for children easier, Davidson used his position to abuse the children for his own sexual gratification.

Thankfully he spared the victims the ordeal of giving evidence in court by pleading guilty to the charges, reliving their experiences again would only add to their distress.

My thanks go to the victims who showed great courage in coming forward. Nothing can change what happened to them, but I hope they can now put the dreadful memories of the past behind them, knowing that justice has been done.

Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, no matter how long ago it happened should feel confident to come forward and report it. We will listen and we will investigate.”

Jordans Solicitors represent victims who suffered sexual abuse as a child whilst attending school. Where a person abuses their position of trust and commits an act of assault, a claim may be possible. We would encourage anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police and contact Jordans to pursue a civil claim.


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