Former Schoolteacher is Sentenced After Sexual Abuse Confession

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Jacob Shaw

Solicitor Graduate, Abuse

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TW: This article covers themes of sexual abuse

Peter Jenkins, also known as Peter Greenham, sexually abused four young girls between 1984 and 2005. Sadly, his crimes didn’t come to light until January 2020, when he suddenly confessed to having carried out the horrific abuse.

Mr. Jenkins has admitted to police that his perverse interest in grooming young girls started when he was a teenager, with his first assault on a 12-year-old girl taking place while he was a student at university. He then went on to sexually abuse a 16-year-old girl who babysat for him and his wife, as well as two pupils at the school he later worked in.

After pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court, Mr. Jenkins has now been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his offences. This was achieved with contributions from the women Mr. Jenkins abused who courageously provided supporting evidence for his prosecution.

In this article, we’ve looked at the police response to Mr. Jenkins’ confession as well as how you can get help if you’ve been affected.

Our Child Abuse Solicitors have supported many victims of child abuse to rebuild their lives and get the justice they deserve. We understand that talking about abuse can be extremely traumatic, but our patient and empathetic Solicitors are here for you should you decide to speak out.

Everything you tell us will be handled with complete confidence. If you decide to take legal action, we can look at handling your case on a No Win, No Fee basis or you might be entitled to Legal Aid – ask us for details when you get in touch.

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What Has the Police Response Been?

Following Mr. Jenkins’ initial confession, West Midlands Police set about investigating the details of the abuse he committed. This involved contacting the women Mr. Jenkins identified “out of the blue” to find out more about their respective experiences.

Investigating officer on the case, DC Gemma Rowan said: "We know that Jenkins groomed these girls at a time in their lives where personal circumstances made them vulnerable and he used his position of power and trust to abuse them."

Gemma Rowan also explained that their first enquiries were carried out during the pandemic, so many people were already feeling vulnerable and isolated. As a result, police officers made sure each of the women were supported and as comfortable as possible throughout the investigation.

We’re pleased to see this empathetic approach from West Midlands Police as it will have undoubtedly been incredibly difficult for the women affected to relive their memories so many years after the abuse the abuse took place.

 

Is it Ever Too Late to Report Abuse?

We know that a lot of people who suffered abuse a long time ago are hesitant to report it, as it can feel like too much time has passed for anything to be done. But as we’ve seen in the case of Peter Jenkins, it’s never too late to report your experience and pursue a form of justice.

Although Mr. Jenkins reported his own crimes to the police, the statements of each of the women he abused contributed significantly to his sentencing. DC Gemma Rowan stated that “it is testimony to the strength and power of these women that they supported this successful prosecution”.  

The long-lasting effects that would have been inflicted onto the children who were abused will be something that will never be forgotten. Along with their mental distress, their physical and psychological stress will live with them forever. We commend the children in the case for standing up and speaking out about these heinous crimes of this individual and hope this can bring a sense of well-deserved justice – and that it encourages other survivors of childhood abuse to come forward and seek legal action.

 

How Can Simpson Millar Help You?

If you’ve suffered at the hands of an abuser, even if it took place a long time ago, our Abuse Claims Solicitors can help you. We’ve helped many survivors get justice and compensation after they’ve courageously come forward.

We know that taking the first step to talk isn’t easy, so we’ll do everything we can to make things as smooth as possible for you. And if you decide to make a claim for compensation, one of our Solicitors will be happy to talk through your options with you.

As well as making sure you’re fairly compensated for your suffering, our experienced Abuse Solicitors can help you access a large network of support and survivor groups, so you’ll never be short of any further help and support you need.

If you’ve been affected by Peter Jenkins in the past, please don’t hesitate to speak out, by calling us on 0808 239 1287. Our compassionate and understanding Solicitors are just a phone call away, and will be with you every step of the way.

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If you’ve been affected by this case or suffered any abuse as a child, our Abuse Solicitors could help you. Our team has years of combined experience and will approach your claim with the sensitivity and understanding it deserves.

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Jacob Shaw

Solicitor Graduate, Abuse

Areas of Expertise:
Abuse Claims

Jacob proudly holds a First-Class law degree from Lancaster University, which he achieved in 2021. Before joining Simpson Millar, he gained experience as a Legal Assistant at another law firm, dealing predominantly with Personal Injury cases. His duties there included assisting with claimant road traffic accident cases, and public liability and employer's liability matters.

His commitment extends beyond the courtroom. At the age of 17, he was already volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Morecambe, assisting with a range of issues, from employment and benefits to consumer disputes. Recently, he was involved in a fundraising initiative for the National Association of People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC). Jacob also participated in a sponsored walk in August 2023, aiming to further contribute to this worthy cause.

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Coventry Telegraph. (2022, August 15). Teacher who abused teenage girls. Retrieved from https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/teacher-who-abused-teenage-girls-24767972?int_source=nba

BBC News. (2024, January 13). Ex-teacher jailed for sexually assaulting four victims, including 12-year-old. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-62552526

ITV News. (2022, August 15). Ex-teacher jailed for sexually assaulting four victims, including 12-year-old. Retrieved from https://www.itv.com/news/central/2022-08-15/ex-teacher-jailed-for-sexually-assaulting-four-victims-including-12-year-old

Simpson Millar. (n.d.). How to report being abused to the police. Retrieved from https://www.simpsonmillar.co.uk/media/abuse-claims/how-to-report-being-abused-to-the-police/

Simpson Millar. (n.d.). Suing an individual abuser. Retrieved from https://www.simpsonmillar.co.uk/abuse-claims-solicitors/suing-an-individual-abuser/

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