Bruce Roth victim describes 'devastating' effect of abuse
August 02, 2012
A victim subjected to “sickening” sexual abuse by ex-Wellington College housemaster Bruce Roth said reliving the events in court was the “hardest thing” he has done.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was one of five lonely and vulnerable pupils groomed and sexually abused at two schools by the 46-year-old paedophile, who was jailed for 11 years at Reading Crown Court last week.
Roth, of Alderman Willey Close, Wokingham, denied 17 charges of touching boys aged eight to 15, at King’s School, Rochester, and Wellington College, Crowthorne, over a period of 22 years.
The victim said: “Roth is a very, very disturbed, sick and manipulative man and reliving all that in front of that vile human being and other people was awful.
“To be accused of fabricating this was disgusting – for me as an adult and trying to become a man – having this in my mind was completely devastating.
“I am ecstatic he has been convicted of all the crimes – it is closure for me and hopefully for the other victims. Thank God the door has been shut – justice has been done.”
After the case Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College, said he was ‘sickened and appalled’ at Roth’s ‘terrible betrayal of trust’.
He added it was unforgivable that Roth could have preyed on vulnerable boys in his care.
Sentencing him on Tuesday, July 24, Judge Simon Davis condemned the ‘incalculable harm’ Roth had caused to his victims.
The victims were praised by police and the Crown Prosecution Service for the ordeal they went through to convict Roth. Det Con Stephen Middleweek, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit based at Windsor, said the investigation had been ‘long’ and ‘complex’.
He said: “Roth was in a position of trust and abused this position to target young boys, touching them in their beds, in his classroom and his living quarters.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victims; the bravery they have shown has been remarkable considering the ordeal they have been through.”