Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Paedophile ex-choir teacher jailed

Paedophile ex-choir teacher jailed for sex assaults on pupils-->A FORMER teacher from North Yorkshire has been jailed for four and a half years for a string of sexual assaults on pupils.-->
Paedophile ex-choir teacher jailed for sex assaults on pupils
Douglas Hogg taught at St Paul's Cathedral Choir School in London

Published Date: 11 May 2009
A FORMER teacher from North Yorkshire has been jailed for four and a half years for a string of sexual assaults on pupils.
Stephen Douglas-Hogg, 50, adex-choiritted 13 counts of indecent assault on five boys aged under 14. The history and languages master, of Filey, sexually groomed his "favourites" at St Paul's Cathedral Choir School where he taught during the 1980s.At Southwark Crown Court, Judge Michael Gledhill QC labelled Douglas-Hogg a "paedophile" who used his authority to strike fear into his victims, who were too afraid to report what happened.Taking advantage of his role as a "father figure" at the school, Douglas-Hogg touched the genitals of the boys as they lay in bed. He also invited some to his room and made them undress.The judge told Douglas-Hogg: "You have breached the high trust that so many placed with you. You were one of the father figures of the school. You breached that trust. You had your favourites and those were the ones you abused. You are a paedophile."The judge said he had no doubt that Douglas-Hogg was a good teacher, but with his "strict discipline" his victims were frightened of him. In addition, he could sometimes be charming and his pupils did not always know that what he was doing to them was wrong.The judge also condemned Douglas-Hogg for forcing the victims to re-live their ordeal in the trial because he failed to plead guilty straight away. He said Douglas-Hogg showed no remorse and added: "You should be a broken man; regrettably, I have serious doubts as to whether or not you actually are."It can be reported for the first time that his first trial has been scheduled for last October but was postponed after Douglas-Hogg attempted suicide. Police officers found him unconscious in a hotel room surrounded by empty paracetamol bottles.Some of his victims and their families broke down in tears during the hearing. Afterwards, a statement was issued on behalf of the three victims who had to give evidence in the trial.It read: "We have had to live with this for so long and what happened to us has devastated our families and friends. Finally the man who pretended to be a father figure has faced justice. We hope that this case will give others the courage to speak out about abuse they have suffered."The judge also made an order prohibiting Douglas-Hogg from working with children under the age of 16 and told him he would have to sign the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.In his sentencing he referred to victim impact statements which laid bare the life-long effects of his actions on his former pupils and their families.One said his actions "came close to wrecking his adult life".Another detailed the loss of childhood and innocence, the judge said."From the age of eight onwards my life became dominated by fear, intimidation, bullying and emotional deprivation," the statement said.The judge spoke of the moving moment when a victim broke down in the witness stand.He said: "I only hope that, by giving evidence, he will be helped in a cathartic way to put your abuse of him in the waste bin and move on."Judge Gledhill attacked Douglas-Hogg for initially denying the allegations and implying the boys had made it up.

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