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Former school principal, 80, sentenced to jail for raping students 36 years ago

By Mason White 9:57 AM May 27, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
An old man was jailed after he was accused of raping students many years ago.

The rape took place 36 years ago, when the victims were in elementary school.

Three victims, who are all grown, came forward and spoke about the pain, loneliness and isolation they felt all these years.

Former school principal Trevor Crocker of Melbourne, Australia, pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault.

Before sentencing, judge Johanna Metcalf said that Crocker’s conduct was a gross breach of trust, which had a lasting and damaging effect on his victims.

Crocker, who retired in 1997, is a married man and a father of four, taught for more than 42 years at 17 schools during his a career. He later became school principal before he finally retired.

This is not the first time that Crocker was arrested for sexual assault. In 2005, he was arrested on 6 counts of sexual assault for incidents that took place in 1975. At that time, he was given a suspended sentence and served no jail time.

Now, judge Metcalf ordered him to serve four months in prison with an additional 24 month suspended sentence.