May 2011

Mercy for teacher with ‘secret room’

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Waters pictured in late 80’s

A TEACHER who built a secret room at a Woking school where he indecently assaulted pupils has walked free from court.

Terrence Waters, 68, an art and carpentry teacher at Allen House School, a boys’ school that has since closed, was given a suspended sentence after admitting 12 charges. 

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Judge Michael Addison said Waters was in a position of trust when he committed the seven counts of indecent assault on a male and five of indecency with a child.

The incidents took place in the 1970s and 1980s. The court heard that Waters was told to leave the school following allegations made against him.

Ruby Selva, prosecuting, said Waters, now of Kent Square, Great Yarmouth, organised trips and a photography club.

She said he built a secret room in the loft above the art room and invited boys to it.

The court was told  offences against the boys would happen in the classroom, at Waters’ home and in the ‘secret’ room, telling them that it was ‘their secret’.

He performed sexual acts on the victims and made them reciprocate.

Miss Selva said on one occasion he gave pupils cider, mead and porn magazines and the defendant ‘felt the penis’ of one of the boys.

One of the victims de-scribed the abuse continuing once or twice a week until he left.

He took photos of boys when they were naked.

Miss Selva said another of the victims recalled the abuse when he closed his eyes.

She told the court Waters has been sentenced for further sexual offences, not relating to pupils.

In 1988, he received a five-year sentence for indecent assault, reduced to three-and-a-half years on appeal. 

In 1994, he was sentenced to 10 years for indecent assault, reduced to six on appeal, and he received another 13 months for taking indecent photographs in 2000.

Andrew Thompson, defending, said Waters was not the man he was. He is in relatively poor health, with arthritis, high blood pressure and prostate problems.

He said: “He lives the typical life of a man of his age.

Waters lives with a good friend on the coast.

He said Waters was in regular contact with an agency that looks after sexual offenders and he was concerned he would lose that stability if imprisoned.

He said: “He has given recognition of the damage done to these three men.”

Judge Addison said sentencing was complicated by the fact Waters had been given three long prison sentences since the offences were committed.

He said Waters’s pre-sentence report was ‘unusually favourable’, stating he was a ‘changed man and presented a low risk’.

He said: “I have the greatest sympathy of these complainants who were boys and are now grown up.”

He handed Waters an 18-month prison sentence for each of the counts, which will run concurrently, suspended for two years.

The Azimuth Trust paedophile ring documentary which mentions Waters connection to other paedophiles