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by Otter
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie sentencing hearing
Replies: 93
Views: 5967

Re: Dobbie sentencing hearing

max_ratcliffe wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:30 pm
Very interesting insight, Otter. Obviously based on a detailed knowledge of the system. Are you a criminologist yourself?
Not a legal expert, but I used to work for the Probation Service and encountered a number of these kinds of people in person.

Now I work in animal rescue. Much nicer clients!
by Otter
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie sentencing hearing
Replies: 93
Views: 5967

Re: Dobbie sentencing hearing

And regardless of how long he's locked up, if he ever leaves prison he will be on the Sex Offenders' Register for life. All aspects of life for people on it are highly restricted and monitored. An RSO (registered sex offender) who leaves prison is nowhere near as "free" as someone who leaves prison ...
by Otter
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Here's a hypothetical
Replies: 160
Views: 9844

Re: Here's a hypothetical

harryh wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:52 pm
The Doc is still teaching!
Great man.
Ah oops, I found a reference in a Blue in 2016 mentioning his retirement. Amazing that he is still teaching and no doubt making a mark on people’s lives.
by Otter
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Here's a hypothetical
Replies: 160
Views: 9844

Re: Here's a hypothetical

I had Dr Stuart for English UF and GE. Absolute legend. One of the small group of teachers I consider really influential even though I stopped English after GCSE. Great teacher and even better human. Amazingly he only retired in 2016! I haven’t thought about him for a while; always brings a smile to...
by Otter
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie
Replies: 58
Views: 4979

Re: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie

And a victim of this chaplain.

If, as others have claimed, she gave evidence in person at trial, real shame there was nothing they could arrest her for upon arrival in the country.
by Otter
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Here's a hypothetical
Replies: 160
Views: 9844

Re: Here's a hypothetical

Ashley, it could be a good idea telling Sussex Police about your recollections. Even if you didn’t personally witness anything illegal. You might have some information that no one else has told them, which could be useful to any ongoing investigations. If anecdotes on here are true, I don’t think it...
by Otter
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie
Replies: 58
Views: 4979

Re: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie

The disgusting female Chaplain that ignored that poor girl is even worse. Is it now established who this is? She was the only teacher/staff member I straight up hated, of all my 3 schools. You know how you remember having certain teachers you really disliked, you thought you "hated" them, but when ...
by Otter
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 58
Views: 7163

Re: Vikki Askew

I think I’ll leave the previous comment to stand to speak for itself, given the swear-filter blocked it out - but just to be clear this is unbecoming and not normally acceptable on this forum thank you. I totally understand Tim's response, given how a post about his late wife and then an innocent, ...
by Otter
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Michael Porteous
Replies: 19
Views: 1776

Re: Michael Porteous

LHA wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:12 pm
Sort of interesting that at the time the allegation was made he was living in Thailand (not sure if extradited or if he was just arrested on a trip home)
In another news article it said he was living in Thailand at the time of his arrest, and was arrested on a family visit to the UK.
by Otter
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Here's a hypothetical
Replies: 160
Views: 9844

Re: Here's a hypothetical

Not casting judgment/opinion in any direction but just stating for factual information in case anyone wasn’t aware, O’Meara died on 1 April 2006. I didn’t know that. Despite my teenaged assumption that all of my teachers were ancient in the 90s, I imagine he was actually relatively young when he pa...
by Otter
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Here's a hypothetical
Replies: 160
Views: 9844

Re: Here's a hypothetical

Not casting judgment/opinion in any direction but just stating for factual information in case anyone wasn’t aware, O’Meara died on 1 April 2006.
by Otter
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie sentencing hearing
Replies: 93
Views: 5967

Re: Dobbie sentencing hearing

A teacher who taught at my primary school was convicted of the following in 2015. Assault of 7 victims over a 15-year period between 1970 and 1985. Victims aged 7-12. Sentence: 21 years. Aged 74 at time of sentencing. I know the victims were younger, but still a lot of disparity in sentencing. I tho...
by Otter
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie sentencing hearing
Replies: 93
Views: 5967

Re: Dobbie sentencing hearing

My understanding is that paedophiles remain a danger well into old age. Yes. Prolific violent offenders slow down as they age. Whereas a serial killer or other violent offender will usually abort an attack if they think they’ll be caught, a sex offender will offend even if they know they’ll be caug...
by Otter
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Trial of Gary William Dobbie
Replies: 328
Views: 18060

Re: Trial of Gary William Dobbie

my understanding is that once an allegation of sexual misconduct is known to have been made against a teacher, he/she should be suspended immediately. There’s a category of jobs called “notifiable occupations” to which this applies: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-notifiable-occupati...