Sunday school teacher jailed for sexually abusing young girls
A SUNDAY school teacher has been jailed after admitting sexually assaulting three girls.
Alan Tucker, 65, previously from Neath, was jailed for eight months after he handed himself in to police and confessed.
His victims were aged 15, 13 and 7 during the attacks which took place around 30 years ago.
The 7-year-old was a pupil at his Sunday School class where Tucker was a teacher, prosecutor John Lloyd told Swansea Crown Court.
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The court heard Tucker had already been sentenced by Cardiff magistrates around a decade earlier for two similar offences which took place on an 8-year-old Sunday school pupil.
On December 5 last year, Tucker, who now lives in Gloucestershire, went to Neath police station and told a police officer he wanted to confess to sexually assaulting the girls.
One victim told police about her abuse by Tucker when she discovered he had recently become a grandfather and said she wanted to protect those children.
Georgina Buckley, representing Tucker, said her client had fully admitted to his crimes.
"He is somebody who is extremely remorseful and ashamed of his behaviour. He wanted to do the right thing and confess," she said. "There has been a devastating effect on Tucker's family.
"The defendant no longer lives with his wife, in the home has lived in for about 25 years. He now lives alone," said Miss Buckley.
She said his family, including his sisters and children no longer spoke to him and he had not seen his grandchildren since the court case began.
Tucker, who admitted four charges of indecent assault, was told by Judge Keith Thomas that his previous sentence should have acted as a warning.
"That should have been a sufficient warning to you that such behaviour would not be tolerated, particularly by somebody who was a Sunday school teacher as you were," he said.
Tucker was jailed for eight months. He will also have to sign the Sexual Offences Register for 10 years and was banned from having unsupervised contact with children for the next 10 years.