A 63-year-old Houma man was arrested after sexually abusing a child, authorities said.
sabato 29 aprile 2017
Ex children's television presenter sentenced for child rape
A former children's television presenter from Devon has been jailed for four years for sexually assaulting a child almost 60 years ago.
John Earlewas deputy head at a school in Okehampton when he carried out the attacks on a nine year old boy.
The 87 year old presented programmes for youngsters in the 1960s and 1970s. Today he has been handed a prison sentence at Exeter Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent assault between 1957 and 1961 at an earlier hearing.
Speaking afterwards, investigating officer Detective Constable Martin Pearse said the police welcomed the sentence and hoped it gave others the confidence to report abuse.
Prosecutor Richard Crabb said the abuse started one night when Earle, who was the son of the school’s headmaster, came intoIain Peters’ dormitory and picked him up out of his bed and carried him to his own room in the school before abusing him.
Afterwards he gave him some buttered toast which was seen as a “treat”.
Peters said the offences had affected his education and his job prospects, adding that he had always carried out dangerous and low-paid jobs.
Earle, who started his television career on a show called Treasure House before working on the BBC children’s science programme Tom Tom, entered court using two walking sticks and used a hearing loop to listen to the case against him.
His appearances as a Jackanory storyteller marked the end of his television career and in the intervening years he has written books about Dartmoor and ran an expedition centre there, becoming an expert on trekking on the moors.
Nicolas Gerasimidis, for the defence, said the offences were an “aberration” for Earle as a man and that he had had access to a “vast number of young people” in the years since the offences but there had been no repetition.”
Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Martin Pearse read out a statement on behalf of Mr Peters, who said the “terrible burden of shame” that had blighted his life had now been lifted.