Former Mansfield primary school teacher who sexually assaulted three boys sentenced to 15 years in prison

Richard Anthony King
Richard Anthony King

A  former Mansfield primary school teacher who sexually assaulted three boys aged between seven and 13 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Richard Anthony King, formerly of Sadler Street in Mansfield, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Wednesday, September 19) having been found guilty of six sexual offences following a five-day trial.

The 70-year-old, who used to be a teacher at the Robin Hood Primary School in Mansfield, was arrested in August 2016 after a victim came forward and the investigation led to more victims being identified.

The court heard how King abused the three boys on several occasions in the late 70s and early 80s taking advantage of them on camping trips and getting them to sit on his knee before sexually assaulting them.

Detective Constable Nicola Limbert said: "King committed some horrific crimes, completely abusing his position of trust. We're really pleased with this sentencing result as it shows how seriously these crimes are taken no matter how long ago they happened. I'd like to thank the team who worked on this case and the victims who had the strength to come forward and talk about the abuse they endured thirty years on."

If you or anyone you know may have been a victim of non-recent sexual abuse, please contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.