A former teacher has been jailed today for committing sexual offences against underage girls in the 1990s.
Simon Clague was due to stand trial on 28 February, but made a late plea change to admit eight counts of indecent assault against three girls who were all under the age of 16 at the time of the offences.
The 55-year-old also admitted a further count of gross indecency against one of the victims.
Clague, of The Pastures, Repton, was charged with the offences in 2019 after the now adult victims came forward. The trial was then delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
He appeared at Derby Crown Court this afternoon (3 March) and was jailed for seven years and eleven months. and must serve at least two-thirds of the sentence. He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Detective Sergeant Steve Judge, who led the investigation said: “The (now) women who Clague abused, when they were just children, have shown real courage and patience throughout the police investigation and subsequent wait for trial.
“I would like to commend their bravery in reporting this non-recent sexual abuse to us, and this case clearly shows that we can, and will, pursue an investigation no matter how long ago the offending occurred.
“Clague was in a position of trust and manipulated this to begin sexual relation with girls, who he knew were under the age of consent.
“It is important that cases such as this are brought to the public’s attention as it shows that such offending will not be tolerated.
“My message to anyone reading this who may have also suffered sexual assault or abuse, whether now or in the past, is please speak to someone. There is help available, whether you wish to involve the police or not.
“If you do feel able to contact us, we will always listen, investigate and support you through the process.”
If you have been affected by a similar crime, whether recent or non-recent, and would like some support you can contact SV2 – a Derbyshire based organisation who support victims of sexual violence.
Online www.sv2.org.uk or via their advice line 01773 746 115 (open 7 days a week 8am – 5pm).
You can contact Sv2 regardless of whether you wish to report an incident to police.
If you do wish to report something to us, you can do so via the following contact methods.
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
Phone – call us on 101.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.