July 2023

Perverted biology teacher kissed and groped young female pupils

A perverted biology teacher who used to work at a north Bristol school kissed and groped young female pupils in secret lunchtime meetings, a court heard. And decades on at the age of 86, he has been jailed.

Offences were alleged against Graham Digby-Rogers in February last year, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Instead of a trial Digby-Rogers, of Stokefield Close in Thornbury, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting three girls aged 13 or under.

Judge Euan Ambrose jailed him for six years and four months. He told the pensioner: “Your offences will have had a significant impact on each of them. It is said a prison sentence will be harder for you than for a younger man and I accept that.”

Digby-Rogers was told to notify himself on the sex offender’s register indefinitely. He should be released half way through the prison term.

James Tucker, prosecuting, said Digby-Rogers sat one youngster on a desk, stroked her hand and kissed her on her mouth. Mr Tucker told the court: “Her friend would join her and the defendant in the office at lunchtime.”

The court heard Digby-Rogers touched one of the girl’s genitals, which she found “disgusting”, and rubbed his private parts against hers.

Digby-Rogers also sexually abused a third girl, Mr Tucker said, rubbing himself against her and committing a sex act on her thigh. The abuse left the youngster frightened, the court heard.