November 2020

Man sentenced to four years for child sexual assault

A former teacher who was found guilty of an historic sexual assault on a child that happened in the mid-1980s has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Robert Buckley, aged 76, of Upper Marsh Lane, Hoddesdon, appeared at Huntingdon Crown Court in Cambridgeshire after previously being found guilty of one count of indecent assault on a child.

Buckley assaulted the girl, who was under the age of ten at the time, in the summer of 1985.

He was deputy head teacher at Sheredes Primary School and the victim was a pupil, however the assault did not take place at the school.

Buckley left the school in the mid-1990s and his crime did not come to light until 2018, when the victim – now a woman aged in her 40s – reported it to police.

An investigation was carried out, fully supported by the team at Sheredes Primary School. Buckley was later arrested and charged.

The inquiry found that more recently he was also a well-known volunteer at the Boys’ Brigade in Hoddesdon.

He was immediately suspended from the organisation after the allegation was made and his membership was cancelled when he was convicted earlier this year.