THE FAMILY of the former St John Houghton Catholic School pupil who was sexually abused by pervert Robert Casey has said the teenager has been through ‘hell’.
Casey, 49, a former chaplain at the Kirk Hallam school, wept in the dock at Derby Crown Court last Thursday as he was jailed for 12 months for performing a sex act on the young man against his will.
Judge, recorder Paul Mann QC, blasted Casey’s ‘appalling breach of trust’, after the court heard that the Casey had known the victim since he had started at the school.
Casey, of Ladywood Road, had denied the charge but changed his plea on the day of his trial on April 4.
He was suspended from duties at the Abbot Road school when the allegations first emerged and has since been dismissed.
In a statement read to the court, the victim said he could not sleep, was unable to hold down a job and had dropped out of college because he could no longer focus on his studies after the incident last summer.
“I feel mentally scarred. I can’t believe Rob would do this to me,” he said. I want to get the trial over with.
“I trusted Rob but I will find it difficult to trust anyone again.”
Jeremy James, prosecuting, told the court that after the assault the victim received a ‘plethora’ of texts from Casey pleading with him not to go to the police.
But he did, with Casey denying the charge all the way up to his trial date until a last minute change of heart.
Extracts from 15 letters of support for Casey from teachers and pupils at the Abbot Road school were read out in court by Casey’s barrister Alwyn Jones, in which he was described as ‘inspirational’, ‘generous to a fault’, ‘kind’, and ‘dedicated to the service of young people’.
Referring to Casey’s change of plea, Mr Jones said in mitigation: “That plea had one obvious effect – it prevented [the victim] from having to go through the trauma of the trial being conducted.”
He added: “He’s a broken man.”
Recorder Paul Mann QC said: “You are described as an inspirational teacher – someone who is dedicated and selfless to the welfare and benefit of young people, someone who has made a significant difference to the lives of young people.
“You certainly made a significant difference to your victim in this case.
“This is the most appalling breach of trust because your victim also regarded you in the same light.
He added that the incident will be a ‘stain that will never be removed’ from Casey’s record.
Casey is expected to serve half of his 12 month sentence, less the 56 days he has already spent in custody. He has also had to sign the sex offenders’ register.
Outside the court, the victim’s family said he had now ‘got justice’.
“It’s been hell for him but now he has got what he wanted,” they said.
“He is going to be devastated for the rest of his life. It has ruined his life.”