David Taylor, of Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, was a deputy headmaster at Stubton Hall School, near Grantham. He worked at the school between 1975 and 1995. Stubton Hall School was primarily a boarding school for children with special educational needs. The school was a local authority maintained special educational needs school, under the watch of Lincolnshire County Council. Taylor was deputy headmaster for 13 years. The school closed in 2003. The current owners of the school are not connected to the police enquiry.
Complaint and Investigation
The sexual assaults by David Taylor were investigated following a complaint by a former pupil of the school in 2016. It was alleged he sexually assaulted girls, who were pupils at Stubton Hall School, a special needs school, near Grantham, Lincolnshire. He denied 32 counts of abuse between 1983 and 1995. The investigation by Lincolnshire police found evidence of sexual offences, assault and ill-treatment by David Taylor and Raymond Longley, the latter being head of care at the school.
What sexual offences was David Taylor accused of and when did the trial take place?
David Taylor appeared at Lincoln Magistrates Court on 7 September 2020, when he pleaded not guilty to charges, which included indecent assault on a girl, rape of a female under the age of 16, assault, ill-treatment, neglect, abandon of a child or young person to cause unnecessary suffering. His case went to Lincoln Crown Court and following a five-week trial which concluded on 24 June 2021, David Taylor was found guilty of three counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault on a girl and two counts of assault, ill-treatment, neglect of a child or young person. The charges related to 5 separate victims.
What sexual offences was David Taylor convicted of?
David Taylor was found guilty of three counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault and two counts of assault, ill-treatment, neglect of a child or young person.
What Sentence was David Taylor given for being found guilty of sexual offences?
At Lincoln Crown Court, on 2 July 2021, David Taylor was handed down a custodial sentence, being sent to prison for 19 years and six months. He will remain on the sex offenders register for life.
What did the Police say after the trial of David Taylor?
Det Supt Richard Hatton of Lincolnshire Police, said: "I want to pay tribute to the victims and witnesses whose evidence has brought these two men to face justice.
"The courage to come forward and be prepared to give evidence in court should never be underestimated.
“We have completed a detailed and through investigation but this was only possible because of the evidence given by others. I want to pay tribute to the victims and witnesses whose evidence has brought these two men to face justice.”