It has taken since 2018 for allegations made against Russell Tillson (pictured far left) committing abuse upon his victims, who were pupils in his charge during the 1980s at the prestigious Tonbridge School, for him to be investigated, charged and sentenced to five years and eight months for his crimes at Maidstone Crown Court, yesterday Friday 1 Sept 2023.
Tillson was arrested in October 2020, and denied all allegations in police interviews and dismissed the claims as “fiction“, police said.
In March 2022 he was charged with 5 counts of historical sexual abuse. A later charge was added bringing the total to six
In mid June 2023 he went to trial for the crimes and on the 29 June he was found guilty of four of the six historical abuse charges.
Left Matthew Scott Kent Police Crime Commissioner – Middle Russell Tillson – Right Damian Collins MP
He was sentenced to five years and eight months, yesterday Friday 1 Sept 2023 at Maidstone Crown Court. Tillson also received a 15-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order
The presiding judge who passed sentence on Tillson at Maidstone Crown Court said Tillson was a:
“highly manipulative and arrogant man who held a distortive belief in his own self-importance”.
As the images make clear, Tillson got to rubs shoulders with the high and mighty during his time as a District, Town & Parish Cllr. It was well known he liked a drink or two and as the saying goes: one was not enough and thousand was too many. During the time he served as a Cllr he was hiding a dirty little secret that none of his colleagues were aware of.
We applaud the victims for their utter courage for coming forward and we hope that yesterday’s sentence will go some way in giving them some closure.
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