A PE teacher who indecently assaulted five girls during the 1970s and 1980s has been sentenced to 15 years in prison today (1 December).
Richard Hilary, 67, targeted five girls whilst working at a school in Farnborough and attending Winchester Athletics Club.
The victims, aged from 11 to 15, were groomed by Hilary and urged to engage in sexual activity with him. On another occasion, Hilary photographed one of the victims naked in his bath.
Some of the victims kept diaries which detailed the extent of Hilary’s abuse, most of which took place on the school grounds, his trial at Winchester Crown Court heard.
Rob Welling, from the CPS, said: “Richard Hilary abused his position of trust as a teacher to indecently assault young girls he had responsibility for. Hilary was described by many of his victims as a popular and dynamic teacher, a fact he exploited as he groomed the girls into performing sexual acts for him.
“The CPS was able to use the teenage diaries of his victims which made clear Hilary’s crimes at the time they happened and provided compelling evidence to put before the jury.
“I commend the victims who reported Hilary and supported this prosecution.”
Notes to editors
- Rob Welling is a Senior Crown Advocate for CPS Wessex.
- Richard Hilary (dob 27/11/1950) denied 14 counts of indecent assault but was convicted by a jury.