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Former photographer jailed for sexually abusing children in the 1980s

News   •   Aug 15, 2017 15:22 BST

Image: David Trainer

A former photographer has been jailed for sexually abusing children in the 1980s.

David Trainer, 63, (19.02.1954) of Chiswick High Road W4, admitted to eight counts of indecent assault and six counts of indecency with a child at Inner London Crown Court on 2 August. The offences were committed against four victims between 1980 and 1991.

At the same court on Tuesday, 15 August, he was sentenced to a total of eight years and one month imprisonment. 

In 2011, Trainer - who worked in photography and special effects in theatre and film - was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of nine counts of historical indecent assaults against four victims.

On the last day of that trial, a further victim came forward and told police she has also been sexually abused.

Further enquiries led police to four other victims, some who had since emigrated abroad.

These victims were visited by officers and statements were taken.

They reported being abused in various different settings - in Kent and Cornwall at the victims’ home address or at Trainer’s former home in Brixton, and in one instance at a festival where the victim’s parents had entrusted Trainer to take her. All of the victims were aged under 14-years-old.

Trainer was produced from prison and arrested in relation to these allegations in June and September 2015, and he was subsequently charged on 13 January 2017.

DI Angela Craggs of the Met's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command said: “David Trainer preyed on and abused young children, and exploited the trust placed in him by the parents of the victims in the worst way possible.

“The victims in this case have been waiting for justice for decades, and it was Trainer’s previous conviction for similar offences which gave them the courage to come forward and report their ordeals at the hands of Trainer.

“This case sends out a strong message that the Metropolitan Police will listen to victims and investigate historical abuse allegations, and the passage of time is not a barrier to bringing the people responsible to justice.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victims in this case who have shown remarkable strength in recounting the abuse they suffered to ensure that Trainer was punished for what he did. It is possible that there are yet more victims, and we would urge them to contact us - we will support you and treat any information you give us with the strictest confidence."

If you would like to report any offences committed by Trainer, call the Child Abuse Investigation Team at Lambeth on 020 7232 6344 To be put in touch with a specialist investigator.

  = Two charges relating to allegations made by one of the five victims - inciting a boy under 14 years of age to commit an act of gross indecency, and indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 years - were ordered to lie on file.