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CPS may call for longer sentence for York teacher Richard Oldham
PROSECUTORS may appeal against the six-month jail sentence given to a York primary school teacher who admitted a series of sex offences.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that in some circumstances, it could refer a case to the Attorney General’s office for his consideration as to whether to appeal against the sentence as unduly lenient.
A spokeswoman said the CPS was currently considering whether the case of Richard Oldham met that criteria.
The head of a charity for child abuse victims said on Monday that the punishment handed to Oldham by a judge at Leeds Crown Court seemed a ‘catastrophically lenient sentence for such vile crimes.’
Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, claimed six months was ‘nothing’, and it ‘just sent out the worst kind of message to people contemplating abusing children.’
Oldham 32, formerly of Murton Garth, Murton, and latterly of Holsworthy in Devon, admitted taking footage on his mobile phone while he was teaching and also admitted touching two pupils inappropriately and possessing hundreds of indecent images of children.
As he passed the six-month prison sentence for Oldham’s 23 offences, Judge Jameson told him: "I know that for you that will be a very severe punishment.”
Police called him "every parent's worst nightmare’ and a ‘predatory paedophile.’
The NSPCC said yesterday that a good teacher commanded the unquestioning trust of pupils and parents, however talented they might be at teaching.
“We doubt many parents will be sad to see him removed from the classroom and put in jail,” said a spokesperson. “Sentences should always reflect the severity of the crime and the breach of trust that has occurred.”
Joe Cocker, City of York Safeguarding Children Board manager, said Oldham had betrayed the trust of his pupils, their parents, his colleagues and profession. He commended the commitment and professionalism of all those involved in the investigation for bringing Oldham to justice.