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Former teacher Robert Kalton jailed for historic sex offences against pupil

A teacher described as a sexual predator has been jailed for historic sex offences.

Robert Kalton, 88, from Burton upon Trent, launched a campaign of abuse against a former pupil over five years, starting when he was just 11-years-old.

In a statement read out to the court, his victim said: “He occupied a position of trust, and he abused that trust in the worst way possible.”

Kalton, who taught at St Augustine’s Roman Catholic School in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty in November 2023 to four counts of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 and two counts of indecent assault with a man over the age of 16.

Kalton was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court on Thursday 15th February 2024 to four years in prison for six counts of gross indecency relating to the abuse that took place at St Augustine’s Roman Catholic School.

Kalton was already serving a four-year sentence for similar offences when police began their investigation. He has now been convicted of a total of 32 sexual offences against at least six young boys, spanning a period of two decades and at various locations across the UK.

The victim in this case came to police in December 2019 and reported that Kalton had abused him multiple times over a period of five years when he was aged between 11 and 16 years old, with these offences dating back to the 1970s.

Detective Sergeant Rachel Winter of Wiltshire Police said: “Robert Kalton is a sexual predator who used his position of authority as a teacher and member of the Catholic church to systematically abuse young boys.

“The victim in this case has shown immense courage throughout the investigation and legal proceedings. It is their perseverance which has resulted in the conviction.

“This case also highlights that no matter the length of time that has passed, the public should feel reassured that we will thoroughly investigate non-recent offences and support and work with victims throughout”.

If you or someone you know has suffered abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our specialised Abuse Claims team if you would like to discuss your options for seeking justice and compensation.

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