No jail term for child sex abuser
A retired school housemaster from Yate who admitted sexually abusing one of his teenage boy pupils at Sedbury Park School 45 years ago has escaped a prison term.
The longest running child abuse inquiry ever carried out by the Gloucestershire Constabulary ended following the conviction of a 80-year old man for indecent assaults on young boys
Gerald Sweatman (80) was given a one-year suspended sentence yesterday by a judge, who also ordered him to pay his victim, now aged 59, compensation of £4,000.
Gerald Rex Sweatman appeared at Gloucester Crown Court in October 2005 to face one charge of buggery, two indecent assaults on a boy under 14 and two gross indecencies on boys under 18.
Having previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, no evidence was offered on the remaining offences. Sweatman, of Firgrove Crescent, Yate, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault on a 16-year-old boy between May 1960 and July 1961 on the second day of a trial at Gloucester Crown Court in October, no evidence was offered on the remaining offences.
The 80-year-old was an assistant house master at Sedbury Park School, near Chepstow, a boarding school for up to 85 boys between 13 and 16, who were referred there by local authorities throughout the South West.