Former Exmouth Community College teacher sentenced for sexual assault

PUBLISHED: 17:45 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:56 22 February 2018

Geoffrey Perryman.

Geoffrey Perryman.

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A former Exmouth teacher has been jailed for sex offences against children more than 50 years ago.

Geoffrey Perryman was given 32 months in prison after he was found guilty of a number of offences he committed whilst he worked at Exmouth Community College.

The 86-year-old was a teacher at the college for more than 20 years, between the 1960s and 1980s.

During this time he systematically targeted young, vulnerable boys aged between 11 and 12, by utilising his position as a football coach and teacher to create environments where he could be alone with his victims and apply pressure on them to do what he wanted.

Perryman, of Kings Meadow Court, Gloucestershire was sentence for two counts gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14, two charges of indecent assault on boy under 14 and one count of inciting a boy under 14 to commit an act of gross indecency.

The pensioner was also given a sexual harm prevention order and placed onto the sex offenders register when he was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court today (Thursday).

Detective Rob Poole said: “The victims of these crimes have had to live with the consequences of these assaults for the past 40 – 50 years, one of whom has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence.

“We welcome today’s sentence and thank the victims of these crimes for coming forward and helping to bring this offender to justice.

“This is an important reminder that such reports will always be taken seriously by the Police and justice will be sought.”

If you would like to speak to someone about being a victim of historic sexual abuse contact police and the Devon and Cornwall Police Victim Care Unit on 01392 475900.

Alternatively contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 for independent and confidential advice.

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