Thatcham Reverend Jailed for Child Sex Offences
April 5, 2016
|Reverend Peter Jarvis|
A reverend from Spencers Wood has been jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to child sex offences and possessing indecent images of children.
Reverend Peter Jarvis of Clares Green Road was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday, April 6, two months after entering his guilty pleas.
The 51-year-old admitted to two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust and one count of possession of indecent images of children during a re-trial.
He was sentence to 15 months in prison in relation to the two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The judge also sentenced him to nine months for one count of possession of indecent images of children, but his sentences will run concurrently.
When he is released he will have to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
Chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Adrian Foster said: “This case involved sexual activity, between a vicar who is now 51-years-old and two schoolgirls between June 2008 and May 2012.
"Peter Jarvis abused his position of trust and took advantage of his status as a school counsellor"
“Reverend Peter Jarvis abused his position of trust and took advantage of his status as a school counsellor to prey on vulnerable young girls, befriend them and sexually abuse them for his own sexual gratification.
|Reverend Peter Jarvis|
"Despite his pastoral responsibility towards them, he had an inappropriate sexual interest in them, encouraged them to participate in sexual acts with others while underage, met them after school and at weekends, allowed them to smoke and bought them gifts.
"It is only due to the great courage of the victims that the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.
"The emotional impact, on the victims and their families, of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify"
"Jarvis denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct, but on February 4, at Winchester Crown Court, on the third day of his trial, he pleaded guilty.
"The convictions and today’s sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward and that time is no barrier to justice.
"The emotional impact on the victims and their families of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify.
"I hope that the convictions and sentence give some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."
Investigating officer detective sergeant Richard Jarvis said: "I am delighted that the hard work of our officers and staff have secured this conviction and sentence against reverend Peter Jarvis.
|Reverend Peter Jarvis, of St Michael’s Church in Spencers Wood, has been relieved of his duties pending a police investigation|
"I would like to thank all staff and officers who have worked on this investigation, including the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, and neighbourhood, shift and patrol officers.
"They have all put in a tremendous amount of work to bring this case to court and secure this successful conviction and sentence."
He added: "This case demonstrates that Thames Valley Police takes all reports of sexual offences seriously.
"If you have been a victim of such a crime, or believe you know someone who has then please contact the force. The easiest way to do this is by visiting your local police station or by calling 101."
During his initial trial in December 2014 the reverend was cleared of 11 out of 12 sexual offences, including three counts of adult abuse of a position of trust and inciting sexual activity with a boy between 13 and 17.