November 2013

Ex teacher jailed for 1970s sexual abuse of 14 year old pupil

A FORMER teacher who sexually abused a pupil 40 years ago has been jailed for 20 months.

Peter Wigg finally admitted his crimes against the then 14-year-old four decades on – having previously served another prison sentence in 2003 for offences against another girl.

The 72-year-old grandfather, of Jasmine Crescent, Princes Risborough, previously pleaded guilty to four offences of indecent assault on a female and two more of committing gross indecency with a child and was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday.

The latest offences against Wigg came from his time teaching science at Brook Modern School in Loughton, Essex, between September 1972 and January 1973.

Gareth Hughes, prosecuting, told the court the abuse happened during the autumn term at the school and after a carol service in Epping Forest when Wigg offered the child a lift home.

The victim – who was in court for the sentencing hearing – reported the abuse to police in November 2012, with Wigg voluntarily going to Aylesbury police station to make a statement in February this year.

Wigg, a teacher for 32 years, was also jailed for 15 months in September 2003 for offences of indecent assault on a 12-year-old girl when he was acting as a home tutor in Essex, the court heard.

His barrister, Naomi Perry, said he had wanted to admit the offences against the 14-year-old in 2003 but on legal advice he did not.

Miss Perry told the court: “It was the most serious breach of trust there can be, that between a teacher and a pupil.

“His hope is that what he has done here, his immediate admissions, will provide her with closure.”

Passing sentence, Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC told Wigg: “You were a teacher with responsibility to her, her parents, the public and your employers to care for her. Instead you interfered with her.

“The offences are too serious to be dealt with other than by immediate custody.”

The judge accepted Wigg felt remorse for his crimes and that his own family had found it in their hearts to forgive him.

But he added: “I have to bear in mind the damage these offences have done to your victim who has described the effects on her over a lifetime in very moving terms.”

Wigg was also ordered by the judge to sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

The court also heard Wigg was involved with a church in the Princes Risborough area, which knew of his notification requirements so they could settle on what role he should play within the church.

October 2013

Paedophile ex-teacher pleads guilty to sex offences against children

A PENSIONER from Princes Risborough has pleaded guilty to a number of sexual offences committed while he was teaching some 40 years ago.

Peter Wigg, 72, of Jasmine Crescent, Princes Risborough pleaded guilty to five counts at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

He admitted four charges of indecent assault on a female and one of committing gross indecency with a child, which related to his time teaching at Brook Modern School in Loughton, Essex.

The retired teacher admitted indecently assaulting the girl who was under 16 between September 1, 1972 and January 31, 1973 by kissing her at school and further in his car at Epping Forest.

Wigg also admitted touching her indecently and kissing her outside his car at Epping Forest.

He denied a further charge of attempting to rape the same girl and that charge is expected to be left on the court file, which will be decided at his next court appearance.

Sentencing was adjourned until November 11.