December 2017

Teacher jailed for caravan rape

A teacher, formerly from Newton Abbot, has been jailed for 10 years for raping a woman in a caravan at a seaside holiday park.

William Putman forced the woman to have sex with him while she was staying at Challaborough, near Kingsbridge, with her children in a neighbouring room.

She made it clear she did not want sex but was unable to call for help because she was worried about waking the children.

Putman had previously forced the same woman to give him sex on at least two occasions and he was said to be ’obsessed with oral sex’, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Putman, aged 36, of Oak Hill Road, Torquay, denied two counts of rape and one of battery but was found guilty at a trial earlier this week.

He was jailed for 10 years by Judge Graham Cottle, who ordered him to sign on the sex offenders register for life.

He told him: ‘You were a controlling and aggressive man. You were absolutely obsessed by oral sex. That was a common theme of the evidence.

‘During the rape in the caravan the victim made it absolutely clear she had no interest in any sort of sexual activity at all that night.

‘You went into the room where she was sleeping and raped her. She did not fight or scream because she did not want to disturb a baby who was in the room or other children sleeping close by. She simply submitted.’

Putman was found not guilty of indecently assaulting another woman by forcing her to give him oral sex while he was living in Newton Abbot.

He was found guilty of raping the second complainant by making her have oral sex against her will on at least two occasions and of raping her at Challaborough.

He said all the sexual activity was consensual and claimed the victim of the Challabourough rape had joined him for breakfast in the on-site cafe the next morning.