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Athletics coach, 66, who set up a spycam hidden inside an air freshener to film a young girl he abused for years is jailed


  •  Terence Price has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars
  • The abuse occurred over five years starting when the victim was just ten 

A man who set up a hidden camera inside an air freshener to spy on a young girl he was abusing has been jailed for child sex offences. 

Terence Price, a 66-year-old athletics coach from Clanfield near Portsmouth, has been found guilty on 13 counts of child sex offences and has been sentenced to 15 years in jail at Southampton Crown Court. 

The abuse occurred between April 2016 and April 2021 in the town of Hedge End, Hampshire. At the time of the first instance, the victim was just ten-years-old.

The court heard how Price, who is a Royal Navy Falklands veteran, ‘groomed’ her for years while she couldn’t understand what was happening.    

Addressing Price, Judge Peter Henry said the use of the spycam was ‘illustrative of a man who had become obsessed’.

Terence Price (pictured) has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for child sex offences. Price started abusing his victim when she was just ten-years-old.

Terence Price (pictured) has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for child sex offences. Price started abusing his victim when she was just ten-years-old. 

Southampton Crown Court (stock image). The court heard how the victim started to write down what Price had done to her. Judge Henry said when he found the notes and realised the 'game was up', he began 'concocting a story to try and undermine [the victim's] account'

Southampton Crown Court (stock image). The court heard how the victim started to write down what Price had done to her. Judge Henry said when he found the notes and realised the ‘game was up’, he began ‘concocting a story to try and undermine [the victim’s] account’

He described the offending as ‘revolting’ and ‘harmful’, adding: ‘It may be that the effect of what you were doing early on didn’t register so graphically with [the victim] because of her age.’ 

Price’s crimes first came to light in June 2021 when the brave victim reported him to the police.

The court heard how the victim started to write down what Price had done to her. Judge Henry said when he found the notes and realised the ‘game was up’, he began ‘concocting a story to try and undermine [the victim’s] account.’

Sentencing Price, he said he had been ‘grooming her at a young, impressionable age’ causing her to ‘misguidedly in her youth’ think she was in love with him.

He said: ‘That is how offenders like you are able to take advantage of children.

‘This was a course of conduct starting when [the victim] was extremely young and going on for years.’

Price shook his head and threw his arms down as his sentence was announced.

Speaking afterwards, the victim’s mother said the sentence was ‘not enough’.

‘I don’t think any amount of time will be enough for what he has done,’ she said.

‘It is going to affect her for a lot longer than that.

‘It’s been devastating for the whole family – it has taken so much from her.

‘Every single part of her life has been impacted. She is suicidal, is incredibly anxious and has complex PTSD.’   

Detective Constable Mark Gallagher, of the Criminal Investigation Department at Hampshire & Isle of  said: ‘It took a lot of courage and bravery for the victim to come forward and make these disclosures to us.

‘I have nothing but the greatest admiration for her. She fully supported our investigation and with the strength of the evidence against him Price’s account was rejected by the jury.

‘I am so pleased for her that justice has now been served in this case.

‘Price abused her for his own sexual gratification, without a moment’s thought for the child and the long-lasting effects his crimes would have on her.

‘While I know this result won’t rid her of the memories of what he did to her, I truly hope it allows her to move forward with her life, safe in the knowledge that because of her coming forward he can no longer harm any other children.

‘I also hope this sentence will reassure other victims that they will be listened to when reporting similar incidents to us.

‘We encourage other victims to come forward and speak to us. We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and work hard to bring offenders to justice.

‘This should also be a very clear message to other offenders out there that we will always work tirelessly to ensure you are brought to justice.

‘I would also like to thank everyone who assisted in getting this conviction, including the jury who ensured a dangerous offender is no longer free to harm anyone else.’



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