Damian Cheshire, an 81-year-old former headmaster from Bradford, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault. This comes after Cheshire was already serving a four-year prison sentence since January 2021 for being convicted of nine similar offences against nine female victims. The recent offences occurred between 1971 and 1977 during his tenure at St Anthony’s Primary School in Shipley.
Today, on June 23rd, at Sheffield Crown Court, Cheshire was handed an additional three-year prison sentence. The case was investigated by Detective Constable Nicola Brook, who commended the bravery and courage of the victims for coming forward after such a long time. She hopes that the latest sentence will provide some closure and justice for the individuals who endured these assaults during their childhood.
DC Brook emphasised the dangerous nature of Cheshire’s actions, as he committed multiple indecent assaults against children while working as a school teacher. She encouraged anyone with information about sexual offences against children to report it to the police through the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, individuals can provide anonymous tips to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.
Crimes against children are taken seriously, and the police maintain specialised teams dedicated to investigating such cases. Their unwavering commitment to protecting children underscores the importance of reporting any relevant information to bring offenders to justice and safeguard potential victims.