Teacher jailed for non-recent sexual offences
We are urging people it is never too late to report sexual assault after the jailing of a former teacher.
Peter Toner, 60, of Queenslie Street, Glasglow committed the offences against two children, between 1987 and 1993. Toner was teaching at St John’s Beaumount Preparatory School, Old Windsor at the time the offences took place.
The trial, which concluded on Wednesday, 6 June heard how Toner’s actions had had an effect on the two victims, and how they would always have to live with his actions.
Detective Constable Helen Flower, who investigated the case said:
“Toner completely abused his authority as a teacher, and abused his victims trust for his own gain, which is utterly disgraceful. When we arrested Toner, we found him to be in possession of indecent images which he was also charged for.
“I would strongly urge everyone that it is never too late to report sexual assault to us. If you have been sexually assaulted, no matter when it happened, and no matter what the circumstances are, please contact us."
Peter Toner was sentenced to three and a half years after he was found guilty at The Old Bailey, of four counts of indecency with a child and three counts of indecent images.
• If you have been the victim of a sexual offence or know someone who has please report it to Surrey Police immediately via 101 (or 999 if it is an emergency).
• Support and advice is also available from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) via www.nspcc.org.uk or their helpline on 0808 800 5000.
• If you are concerned about your own online behaviour, or that of someone you know, make contact with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation's “Stop It Now” anonymous helpline on 0808 1000 900 before your activity becomes a problem.
• Visit www.surrey.police.uk/cse for more information and advice on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
What is CSE?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), is the sexual abuse of a young person aged under 18 involving exploitative situations and relationships. The sexual activity often takes place in exchange for money, alcohol, drugs, or presents such as clothing or mobile phones.
A common feature is that the child or young person does not recognise the coercive nature of the relationship and does not see themselves as a victim of exploitation. Victims can be targeted in person or online and are often targeted because they are already vulnerable in some other way.
What do you do if you have concerns about someone that you know?
If you are worried that someone you know may be being groomed or exploited, tell someone that you trust and consider talking to us about it. If you feel you can tell us about it, we will take action to bring offenders to justice and offer you support.
You can call us on 101, but in an emergency always dial 999. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.