Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paedophile Teacher, 74, Touched Boys as They Slept

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paedophile Teacher, 74, Touched Boys as They Slept

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A FORMER private school house master who sexually abused four of his pupils will spend Christmas behind bars.

Peter Webb would sneak into dorms to fondle the boys while they slept at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex.

The children would wake to find the teacher staring at them through the darkness with his hands in their pyjama bottoms.

Webb also pushed himself up against one of the boys during a woodwork class.

Judge Christine Henson described his crimes as a "gross abuse of trust" when she jailed the 74-year-old for four years at Hove Crown Court yesterday.

Webb pleaded guilty to 11 counts of indecently assaulting the boys over a decade during the 1970s and 1980s.

His youngest victim was 11 years old. One of the boys saw him as a father figure after losing his own at a young age.

Webb, who now lives in Authon-Ebeon, France, thought his actions would cause less distress because they were asleep, the court heard. …

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