Thursday, 14 December 2017

Sex abuse teacher’s plea fails

A FORMER teacher who sexually abused pupils more than 30 years ago has lost an appeal against his prison sentence.

A FORMER teacher who sexually abused pupils more than 30 years ago has lost an appeal against his prison sentence.

Jonathan Philip O’Brien, 57, preyed on boys aged 10 to 16 while working at the Oratory School in Woodcote and another school in Worcestershire in the Eighties.

His crimes came to light in February 2013 when one of the victims told police.

O’Brien, of Bosham, West Sussex, was jailed for 13 years at Chichester Crown Court in May last year after being found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault.

Last week, the Appeal Court rejected his appeal, saying his jail term was not “manifestly excessive”.



Mrs Justice Swift, sitting with Lord Justice Pitchford and Judge Paul Batty QC, said: “We consider the judge was right to say that ‘a graver abuse of trust is difficult to imagine’.”

The court also rejected a bid by O’Brien to challenge the terms of a sexual offences prevention order which bar him from having contact with children after his release from prison.

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