Complaint / review text:
Another Court case for the Talbot paedophile as reported on the Bulgarian-related website http://www.britsinbulgaria.co.uk by the investigative journalist Christine Shaw. Talbot has a holiday home in Polkovnik Sveshtarovo, near Dobrich in the north east of Bulgaria. He is also being investigated for sexual offences in that country.
Photography teacher who sexually abused girl, 11, as he taught her the arts of photography spared jail because he is deemed to be insane
Leslie Bryan Talbot, 74, squeezed girl's chest under her dress
Attacks took place as he gave lessons to girl and her brothers
Father of two convicted of five counts of sexual activity with a child
He was handed a suspended sentence after judge told psychiatric reports found him insane
By daily mail reporter
Published: 09:06 gmt, 18 march 2014 | updated: 01:44 gmt, 19 march 2014
A photography teacher who repeatedly molested a terrified girl of 11 as he taught her the arts of photography has escaped a jail sentence because he is deemed to be insane.
Leslie Bryan Talbot, 74, repeatedly rubbed the youngster’s leg and reached under the folds of her dress to touch her chest.
He was given a suspended sentence because the court heard the father of two was totally mentally incompetent and he is ill with lung cancer after smoking heavily his whole life.
Talbot was supposed to be giving the girl and her two brothers private tuition.
He was said to have favoured the girl and claimed the touching was done to reassure her.
But his confused victim became terrified whenever lessons were due.
He was finally reported to police after the children’s mother overheard her two sons, aged 13 and seven, talking about the incidents.
Talbot used to be a respected photographer.
On the day he was arrested he was due to teach 30 children at a class near his home in Bloxham, Oxon.
He was later convicted of five counts of sexual activity but on Monday he escaped with a 40-week prison sentence suspended for two years.
A family friend condemned the sentence. ‘This is a total disgrace, ’ said the friend, who asked not to be named.
‘What type of message does this send out to paedophiles? He should be behind bars for this type of abuse. We are all horrified.’
Oxford Crown Court was told Talbot had been engaged by the children’s parents in 2012 to teach them about photography up to three times a week at their home in Oxford.
In September that year the girl and her two brothers started tuition of the arts of photography in their living room.
The court heard she was better at her lessons than her brothers, who were often told off. Talbot began touching the girl’s arms and head, then moved to her legs, feet and chest and her thigh.
The girl claimed that the touching typically occurred as she read books on photography while kneeling or sitting cross-legged.
She told the jury: ‘I was too afraid to say something. He would put his hand under my dress on my chest and he would squeeze.
‘He would only use the one hand. The other hand would be writing something or he would be pointing to my brothers and telling them to read harder.
‘No matter how hard my brothers tried to read it wasn’t good enough. He would always say I was better, even if I wasn’t.
‘My brothers asked me what he had been doing and I didn’t know how to describe it. I told them he had touched me up. They told me to tell Mum and Dad – but I just didn’t want to tell anyone.
‘It went on for ages, his hand going up and down. I was afraid of what my teacher would do.’
Her older brother said: ‘I knew what was happening for about a month before my parents. My sister would get very upset at the idea of anyone knowing.
It was difficult for me to know what to do. He favoured her. He would give her ten pages to learn and we would only get three.
‘That way he spent most of the lesson with her. He did it slyly. When it happened, she was trying to read. I have seen him touching her thigh in a stroking motion. It was inappropriate.’
This went on from September 2012 to June 2013 until the course of lessons ended. The girl’s father later confronted Talbot at his home but he denied all the charges.
Frida Hussain, defending, said: ‘He is married with two children. Psychiatric reports indicate he is insane.
'One of the children has learning difficulties. Because he doesn’t teach now he is reliant on benefits.’
Judge Michael Byrne told Talbot: ‘The parents invited you into the sanctity of their own home. They trusted you and left you with their children.
‘I have read a letter from the girl in which she sets out her initial confusion at conduct of this sort from one…who she and her brother were expected to trust.
‘The older brother felt he wasn’t able to protect his sister. She was of a tender age, young, vulnerable and impressionable.
‘There could be no greater recognition of trust than between a teacher and pupils whose care is entrusted to him by parents.
'You breached that trust deliberately and repeatedly.’
Talbot will be under supervision for two years and made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for ten years. Further psychiatric reports have been requested.