Convicted Teddington paedophile jailed for touching boy on bus

Edward Prior

Edward Prior

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A pensioner and serial offender who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy on a bus will serve an 18-month jail sentence.

Edward Prior, 78, of Fulwell Road, Teddington, sat next to the victim on a 33 bus on May 31 this year, and attempted to strike up a conversation before producing a photograph of a naked woman from his pocket.

The convicted paedophile, who was a law-abiding citizen until the age of 72, then held the picture in front of the boy and squeezed his leg, before telling him "good luck with the exams", and exiting the bus.

The victim later mentioned the incident to his mother, who called the police.

Upon his arrest Prior, who makes model aeroplanes and collects old flowers in his spare time, told police: "Oh God, not again."

He recalled the incident but denied that anything sexual took place, admitting only that he may have tapped the victim’s leg as a way of saying goodbye.

Prior has previously committed a number of similar offences and was found guilty of indecently assaulting two young boys in Bushy Park in 2008, but escaped a prison sentence in favour of a community order.

He failed to comply with this order and was given a jail term in 2012 after being found guilty of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy.

Judge Paul Dodgson ruled at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, September 3 that Prior represented "a significant risk to the public", and that he would serve a jail term in addition to an extended sentence.

Upon hearing his sentence, Prior exclaimed to the judge: "I honestly believe I will not do anything like this again, and am not a danger to the public."

Judge Dodgson replied: "I disagree."

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2:23pm Fri 5 Sep 14

kingstonpaul says...

Difficult to see, at 78, how this gentleman represents a 'significant risk to the public'. My recommendation would be a triple dose of bromide in his tea, rather than clogging up valuable prison space for eighteen months
Difficult to see, at 78, how this gentleman represents a 'significant risk to the public'. My recommendation would be a triple dose of bromide in his tea, rather than clogging up valuable prison space for eighteen months kingstonpaul
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9:28pm Sun 7 Sep 14

Twickenham Man says...

He has already been given a chance and not been sent to prison but has continued touching boys for his gratification. The story says that he was a law abiding citizen up until he was 72, I would suggest that he had never been caught until then. I don't profess to be an expert on this type of crime, but find it difficult to believe that he has started to commit them only in recent years and, if left out of prison that he would not commit more offences of this type. Bromide may be an option but how would anybody know if it had been taken on a regular basis. I appreciate that this is a very difficult subject and opinions differ but while this man is incarcerated he is not able to commit this crime on any more young men.
He has already been given a chance and not been sent to prison but has continued touching boys for his gratification. The story says that he was a law abiding citizen up until he was 72, I would suggest that he had never been caught until then. I don't profess to be an expert on this type of crime, but find it difficult to believe that he has started to commit them only in recent years and, if left out of prison that he would not commit more offences of this type. Bromide may be an option but how would anybody know if it had been taken on a regular basis. I appreciate that this is a very difficult subject and opinions differ but while this man is incarcerated he is not able to commit this crime on any more young men. Twickenham Man
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