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Fleetwood Weekly News - 21 June 2010
Teacher caged for sex attacks


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A TEACHER who molested a teenage girl more than 25 years ago has been put behind bars.

Graham Wilcock subjected his victim to numerous sexual assaults while he was a 25-year-old teaching assistant at Emmanuel Christian School in Fleetwood.

He would later become deputy head teacher in charge of the senior school.


The attacks spanned two years in the 1980s from when the girl was 13 to 15 years old.

His victim kept the assaults secret until the 1990s when there was an inquiry into his actions and he was sacked from the school but not barred from teaching.

Last year the woman – now in her 30s – contacted police after seeing a picture of her attacker and deciding she wanted the offences brought into the open. The 50-year-old was doing charity work in Romania when he was informed detectives wanted to speak to him regarding the abuse but returned to the UK to admit his guilt.

Sentencing Wilcock at Preston Crown Court, Judge Christopher Cornwall told Wilcock: "As you worked at a church school there was an extremely unpleasant element of hypocrisy to your whole life at this time. "This is a deeply distressing case."

Hilary Banks, prosecuting, told the court how Wilcock's crimes had escalated to sexual touching but had begun with the more innocent act of putting a fatherly arm around her shoulders.

In a victim impact statement, she said she felt like she had a duty to bring it to the attention of the police as other women may be at risk.

Kevin Donnelly, defending, said Wilcock showed genuine remorse, the crimes were some time ago and there had been no re-offending.

Wilcock, who was staying in Normoss after returning from Romania, was jailed for four years
, placed on the sex offenders register for life and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order was made to restrict any contact with children under 16.

Emmanuel Christian was housed in the Emmanuel Church buildings on Lofthouse Way from 1979 but moved to Singleton in the 1980s before its present location on the former-Fylde Farm site at Normoss.

The school was the first in the UK to use Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), a method aimed at re-introducing Christian standards into the classroom.
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http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/ne...cher-1-3043626
The Gazette - 4 February 2011
Sentence cut for sex abuse teacher


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A FORMER Fylde coast school teacher who was jailed more than two decades after abusing a teenage pupil today had his sentence cut by appeal judges in London.

Graham Wilcock
subjected his victim to numerous sexual assaults while he was a 25-year-old teaching assistant at Emmanuel Christian School in Fleetwood.

The 51-year-old would later become deputy headteacher in charge of the senior school.

The attacks spanned two years in the 1980s from when the girl was 13 to 15 years old.

Wilcock was called back from his home in Romania to face the justice system after his now adult victim finally decided she wanted police involved.

Wilcock, who was staying in Poulton Road, Blackpool, after his return to the UK, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at Preston Crown Court last June after pleading guilty to six counts of indecent assault.

But today, three Court of Appeal judges said his “unusually strong mitigation” meant the sentence should be reduced to three years and four months.

Mr Justice Wyn Williams told the court how Wilcock’s dealings with the then 13-year-old Fleetwood schoolgirl had begun with a fatherly arm around her shoulders.

But he had taken it further, kissing and molesting her, while often humiliating her and putting her down by making fun of her appearance, over two years.

He left the school in the 1990s when the victim became aware he was still working there and reported what had happened to her years earlier.

The school took advice from the Department of Education and Employment and sacked Wilcock, but did not inform the police as the victim had not asked for their involvement.

Wilcock then moved to Romania, where he worked for charitable organisations until 2009, when the victim decided it was then time to go to the police.

He was traced by a detective, agreeing to return to the UK, where he immediately admitted everything he was accused of.

Mr Justice Wyn Williams, sitting with Lord Justice Jackson and Judge Brian Barker, said: “The appellant admitted what he had done when challenged by his employers.

“He returned voluntarily from Romania to face the charges that, by then, he must have known were coming, and he admitted the substance of what was alleged against him at the first available opportunity.

“All of that clearly points to the fact his remorse in this is utterly genuine.

“It is also clear the period of offending with the complainant was otherwise completely out of his normal character.

“There is no suggestion he has behaved in any way that is similar towards any other young girl.”
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