Former chemistry teacher jailed after admitted non recent abuse at Widnes school Date published: 30th September 2015 7.13am

A former chemistry teacher has been jailed after admitting he sexually assaulted two pupils at a Widnes school in the 1970s.

Michael Wilde, 66, from Drake Close, Warrington was sentenced to 2 years at Chester Crown Court on 28 September after pleading guilty to five counts of indecent assault of a boy under the age of 14 at an earlier hearing.

Wilde had admitted assaulting the two boys while he was a teacher at at a grammar school in Widnes between September 1972 and July 1974, the boys were aged 12 and 13 at the time.

Police began an investigation after the two victims came forward independently of each other last year.

DC Karen Kendrick said: “I’d like to praise both victims for their bravery in coming forward after all this time and having the courage to see this through to a conviction. We provided them with help and support throughout, as no matter how long ago the crimes took place, it still has a devastating and lasting effect.

“I hope this successful result helps them to find some form of closure and that victims of abuse, no matter how long ago it happened, feel confident that Cheshire Police takes this type of crime seriously and will provide the sensitive support and help needed.

“Anyone who is a victim of abuse should contact Cheshire Police on 101.”