Former Deddington teacher found guilty of historic sexual abuse

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A former primary school headmaster has been convicted of a series of historic sexual offences against children.

William Duxbury, aged 88, who now lives in Plymouth, was today (October 14) convicted of 12 counts of indecency with a child and four counts of indecent assault at Oxford Crown Court.

Mr Duxbury’s offences took place during the 1980s when he worked at Deddington Primary School.

Last year victims reported to police that Mr Duxbury had sexually abused them during their time at the school.

Thames Valley Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit investigated the incidents, interviewing the victims, and served Mr Duxbury a summons in connection with the offences on January 4.

The charges relate to 10 victims, who were involved in abuse instigated by Mr Duxbury when they were pupils at Deddington primary school.

Investigating officer, Det Con Jo-Anne Holland, of the Thames Valley Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “The conviction of William Duxbury reflects the serious nature of his crimes which abused the trust of those who were too young to fully understand the sexual offences he was committing.

“His victims, who are now adults, have shown incredible bravery throughout this investigation, and have been extremely courageous in providing details about very distressing incidents which occurred when they were children.

“I would like to thank them, and other people who came forward to provide us with details about Duxbury’s crimes which led to this conviction.”

Mr Duxbury was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court for sentencing on Monday, October 17.