February 2015

Truro man has been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of raping a young girl and indecently assaulting a boy


Christopher Teague went on trial at Truro Crown Court last Monday accused of a series of sexual offences against the two victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on dates between 2000 and 2010.

Teague, 34, of St Clements Close, who the court heard had learning difficulties, denied two counts of sexually assaulting a girl aged under-13 and one of raping her.

He also denied two counts of indecency with a child and one of indecent assault in relation to a boy

On Thursday, the jury found him guilty of all of the offences.

Joanna Martin, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Teague committed offences against the boy first, when he was aged around 10 to 12.

She said Teague exposed himself and forced the boy to touch him intimately on two occasions and also touched the boy sexually on one occasion.

Ms Martin said the girl was aged under-13 when Teague abused her, some years later.

He touched her sexually and raped her on one occasion, she said.

In interview and during the trial, Teague denied that he had touched either child sexually or that he had raped the girl.

In a victim impact statement, which was read out in court, the girl described how the abuse had had an effect on her relationships and caused her not to show her emotions or open up to anyone.

She said: “I hate Chris for what he has done to me; it has affected my life immensely.”

Piers Norsworthy, for the defence, said Teague had returned to live with his mother and father following the allegations being made.

He said Teague had taken two overdoses in the past two years but was not currently on anti-depressants.

Sentencing Teague to 14 years in prison, Judge Simon Carr, said: “You have shown no remorse for what you have done and no empathy for those you have injured.

Teague was ordered to sign the sex offender’s register indefinitely and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.