Former Nottinghamshire primary school teacher convicted of historic child sex offences against pupils

A former Nottinghamshire teacher has been convicted of historic child sex offences against pupils at a primary school.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 12:35 pm

David Allen has been brought to justice after two victims contacted Nottinghamshire Police to report indecent assaults which took place when they were at school in the 1980s.

An eight-year-old boy was in Allen’s class at the school where he taught when he was escorted out of the room and attacked.

During the course of the initial investigation, a second victim of Allen’s also came forward to complain about him.

A former teacher has been sentenced after two victims contacted Nottinghamshire Police to report indecent assaults when they were pupils at a primary school.

The second victim was aged nine and the offences against him occurred in the school playground.

Both victims were at the same school at the same time.

Allen, 62, of Occupation Road, Huddersfield, admitted two counts of indecent assault on a child under the age of 14 years and was given a two-year sentence, suspended for two years at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

He must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and has been disqualified from working with children.

Allen was voluntarily interviewed by officers after the two victims contacted police independently in September 2019 and February 2020.

Det Con Jo Cox paid tribute to his victims’ bravery in seeking justice ‘after many years’.

"Their ongoing strength and courage is a true credit to each of them and I’d like to commend them for trusting the police service with their complaints,” she said.

"The incidents will have had a massive impact on them and has continued to do so throughout their lives. 

"Allen was in a position of trust. His sentencing will never make up for what happened.

"I also hope this sentence gives encouragement to any other survivors of abuse that they can come forward and we will investigate and seek justice for them - even if the abuse happened a long time ago.

"Nottinghamshire Police takes reports of such matters seriously and investigate them, working with the Crown Prosecution Service to put a robust case to the courts. Reporting of such matters should not be deterred by time delays or the community standing of those responsible."

There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to survivors of sexual abuse in Nottinghamshire.