November 2006

Teacher jailed for sex act on boy

A games teacher has been jailed for four years after he admitted committing a sex act on a pupil.

At an earlier hearing, Neil Quentin Binder, 43, who now lives in Buckinghamshire, admitted sexually touching a boy under the age of 16.

A FORMER house master at a prestigious private school has been jailed for four years for the serious sexual abuse of a young pupil.

Neil Binder, 43, who had been given a warning over his favouritism towards the boy, carried out sex acts on the youngster in the flat where he lived on school premises.

At Cambridge Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, 08 November) a far-reaching restriction order banning publication of the name of the school, its location, the age of the boy and date of the offence was upheld in the interests of maintaining the anonymity of the victim.

As reported in later editions of yesterday (Wednesday, 08 November)’s News, Binder, a career teacher who has never been in trouble with the law before, admitted a single charge of sexual activity with the child.

Sara Walker, prosecuting, told the court Binder, a former games teacher, had been warned about showing favouritism towards the boy in the past and told to stay away from him.

He molested the boy after inviting him in to his accommodation.

Afterwards, Binder told him: “It was only a bit of sex.” He added:

“Please do not tell anyone. It can just be between me and you.”

When he was arrested, Binder, most recently living at Brackley Road, Hazelmere, Buckinghamshire, at first denied committing any indecency, but owned up shortly after.

Claire Matthews, mitigating for Binder, who has a long history of teaching, coaching and working with children, said he “hung his head in shame” over what he had done.

“He expresses a degree of disbelief that, at 43 and never having troubled the courts before and having a successful career, he finds himself sitting where he is today (Thursday, 09 November),” she added.

Sentencing him to a four-year jail term with an extended 18-month licence to ensure sex offender treatment, Judge Jonathan Haworth also banned Binder from ever working with children.

“It is difficult to imagine a more vulnerable victim or a more responsible position than the one you held,” the judge told him.

“It is clear you had shown particular interest in this boy. It is clear from the pre-sentence report (from the probation service) there is some evidence of grooming in this case.

“The offence you committed was simply quite dreadful. It was a gross breach of trust.

“You went completely against school rules and invited him in to your flat where you sexually assaulted him and did so in a manner that clearly had a significant impact upon him.

“The school can bear no blame because there were rules in place designed precisely to prevent this sort of thing happening and you broke those rules quite deliberately.”

In a statement after the case, Det Con Sherrie Nash, from Cambridgeshire Police’s Child and Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said:

“We are satisfied with the court result today (Thursday, 09 November) and praise the bravery of the victim who has come forward to allow a full police investigation into these matters.”