April 2015

Former Black Country teacher repeatedly molested schoolgirl aged 9

Wyn Lloyd Davies

A former Black Country teacher has been jailed for indecently assaulting a young female pupil almost 40 years ago.

Wyn Lloyd Davies repeatedly molested the girl – who was nine-years-old at the time – when he worked at Pool Hayes Primary School, Willenhall, in the 1970s.

The woman, now 47, reported the attacks to West Midlands Police in October 2012 having been inspired to secure justice by high-profile ‘historic’ sex abuse cases such as the Jimmy Savile investigation.

Detectives trawled council records from 1977-78 but found no mention of the name provided by the victim – which she struggled to recall exactly – but managed to identify Davies from an old school yearbook album with help from the then headteacher.

Police computers showed a complaint made against the 63-year-old from 2004 and, from that, officers tracked him to an address in Aintree Road, Blackpool, where he was arrested at the end of 2013.

He admitted teaching at the school but denied abusing the girl – but detectives showed that accounts provided by the woman and the headteacher corroborated the allegations and a jury found him guilty on four counts of indecent assault.

And at Worcester Crown Court on Friday he was jailed for four years.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Richard Boulter from the Public Protection Unit, said: “The abuse started with inappropriate touching but escalated to more serious assaults…the complainant told us how Davies would often assign her tasks that would isolate her from class mates. That’s when he carried out the assaults.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of historic cases we investigate…victims may only feel ready to talk about abuse they suffered many years after the incidents and, whenever they do feel ready, the police and wider support services are here for them.

“We have Public Protection officers who are specially trained to deal sensitively and compassionately with sex offence victims; they are able to support and guide them every step of the way from initial report to court conclusion.

“And our message to offenders is simple: they cannot rest easily because we could come knocking at any time.”

DC Boulter said the victim believes she was singled out by Davies – who also worked as a private tutor for some time during the early 80s – but he’d like to hear from anyone else who may have suffered at his hands.

“We have a successful track record of bringing historic sex offenders to justice even if the crimes they’ve committed are many years, even decades in the past,” he added. “We’re determined sex offenders won’t escape punishment and we’d encourage any victims to contact us so that we can take action.”

DC Boulter can be contacted at West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit in West Bromwich police station on the 101 number.