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A Reading magistrate who used the privacy of a secluded judges' car park to sexually abuse a boy was detained in a prison cell after being convicted by a jury.
Teaching assistant Rodney Fox was a Justice of the Peace and had a special key fob which gave him the privilege to park in the exclusive car park at weekends.
He was denied bail before his sentencing after a court heard he used the darkened car park to take a boy aged under 13 years old to eat fast food after he had tutored him at a weekend computer club.
The jury at St Albans Crown Court heard that after eating, the 49-year-old would kiss the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and on one occasion he performed a sex act on the boy.
The boy then stopped going to the club and a year after the abuse told a teacher about his ordeal as he had thought about walking out in front of a car to "stop the memories in my head".
On Friday, April 7 Judge Stephen Warner told Fox he now faced "a substantial custodial sentence" after the jury convicted him of two counts of sexual abuse and of making of indecent images of teenage boys by majority verdicts.
Fox, of Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, had denied all charges against him.
Fox held his head in his hands and cried as the judge told the former IT worker and teaching assistant he was to be denied his freedom until his sentencing on Friday, May 5.
Judge Warner said: "I am not prepared to grant bail.
"Mr Fox has been convicted of serious offences and a substantial custodial sentence is inevitable.
"I am remanding him in custody.
"I am asking for reports to be compiled to assess the dangerousness of Mr Fox to children."
Fox had almost yearly safeguarding training
The court heard that from 2010, when Fox started working with children, he had received almost yearly training on safeguarding youngsters.
However, he had been given a verbal warning at a primary school for being left alone with a student as well as a number of verbal pieces of advice about the "blurring of professional boundaries" with some children.
Samantha Cohen, prosecuting, told the court Fox had ingratiated himself into the family of the boy and his mother "implicitly trusted Mr Fox" after he helped her son as a teaching assistant at a primary school in Reading.
The abuse was revealed when a teacher spotted the boy looking pale and pre-occupied and she asked him what was wrong. He said he wanted to write it down as "things had gone too far".
The note said: "I have never talked to anyone about this because I was worried no-one would believe me. But it's gone too far.
"He used to look at me in a sickening way"
"Today when I was walking to school I saw a car and wanted to step out in front of the car because of this.
"When I was at school I had a male teacher called Rod Fox who helped me out with spelling and grammar and ran a computer club.
"He used to look at me in a sickening way. He would take me out to lunch and made friends with my mum.
"On my way back to the car he would get in my personal space and in the back of the car he would kiss me and wouldn't let me go.
"I don't want to write any more."
He said he decided to tell someone a year after the last incident because he "didn't want him to win".
Fox denied any sexual contact with the boy
The jury heard Fox accepted in police interview he gave lifts to the boy and would eat lunches in his car with him but denied any sexual contact.
He added the boy had kissed him and he had "blown a raspberry" on his tummy on one occasion and there had been also been some tickling.
A laptop computer found in a wardrobe in the bedroom at Fox's home which he shared with his wife and two children in Caversham was forensically examined by police who found two pornographic images of teenage boys.
Fox refused to say who the computer belonged to.
Fox denied one count of sexual assault of a child under 13 years, one count of inviting sexually activity with a child under 13 years between 2013 and 2014 and making indecent images of children sometime before November 20, 2015.
After the case an NSPCC spokesman said: “Fox abused a position of trust to groom and abuse a vulnerable young boy he should have been protecting.
“His victim showed tremendous courage in speaking out and it’s vital he receives all possible support to help rebuild his life.
“It is important that we are all vigilant to the signs of abuse and responsible enough to raise any concerns we have about a child.
“Adults can call the NSPCC’s helpline on 0808 800 5000, children can contact Childline anytime on 0800 1111.”