A former schoolteacher has been given an eight-year prison sentence for sexually abusing young girls.
David Farlow was jailed following trial at Teeside Crown Court for a string of “vile” offences against three girls under 14.
Farlow, 68, had pleaded guilty to repeated indecent assaults against two girls – one of whom was only nine years old – but had denied a third charge of rape against another young girl.
The offences took place in Stockton-on-Tees between 1965 and 1980 and, during the trial, the court heard how the three survivors had kept the assaults a secret for more than 40 years. As Judge Stephen Ashurst said: “The truth is now out and the dark shadow that has been hanging over these women may be beginning to lift.”
Police Fear There Could Be More Victims
Cleveland Police said they are pleased with Farlow’s sentence, saying they hope it reassures all survivors of abuse – “whether recent or decades ago” – that the police will always treat their complaints very seriously.
Appealing for other survivors to come forward, Cleveland Police said they “appeal to anyone else who believes they have suffered abuse or assault by Farlow to contact police in complete confidence.”
“We know he worked as a teacher and interpreter in the Staffordshire area many years ago and fear there may be other victims.”
Last year, Staffordshire Police reported almost 500 reports of child sex abuse in the county and said that the “culture of silence” is over as more and more brave survivors of abuse have the confidence to speak out.
Efa Schmidt is a personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London who specialises in child abuse cases.
Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of abuse lawyers are currently representing more than 800 survivors of abuse, including many people who were abused at their former school by teachers and other people in positions of trust.
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