July 2016

Paedo teacher died in prison from heart attack

Anthony Roy Dowsing

A former deputy headmaster who committed sex acts on boys during school camping trips died in prison after suffering a massive heart attack.

Anthony Dowsing was serving a four year sentence for a number of sex offences when prison officers discovered him in his cell struggling to breathe on November 7, 2015.

Staff and paramedics tried CPR but the 70-year-old could not be revived and was declared dead at HMP Bedford.

Dowsing, from Braunton, Devon, had been suffering from numerous medical conditions during his time in jail and had spent time in a nearby hospital, the inquest was told today.

He had been jailed in 2014 after admitting five counts of indecent assault on boys under the age of 14 and nine of possessing indecent images of children, with some of the pictures rated at level five, the most sexually explicit.

The assaults on the four boys took place between 1976 and 1985 and came to light when one of his victims came forward in 2013.

Police were able to identity a further three victims, who were attacked by Dowsing when he was deputy headmaster at the Hayes Park Junior School in west London.

He admitted the offences and was jailed for four years by a judge sitting at Isleworth Crown Court in May 2014.

A post mortem examination gave the formal cause of death as a bilateral pulmonary embolism.

Mr Pears, sitting at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, recorded that Dowsing died as a result of natural causes.

May 2014

Former Teacher Jailed For School Trip sexual Assaults On Young Boys

A former deputy headmaster of a Hayes junior school has been jailed for indecently assaulting boys during school camping trips in the 1970s and 80s.

Now police are urging any other victims to come forward.

Anthony Roy Dowsing, 69, a former deputy headmaster of Hayes Park Junior School, was sentenced on Friday, May 16 at Isleworth Crown Court to four years’ jail, for five counts of indecent assault on boys under the age of 14, and nine counts of possessing indecent images of children.

The paedophile came to the attention of police in 2013, after a man came forward to report that he had been indecently assaulted as a child by Dowsing during a school trip approximately 35 years ago.

Dowsing of West Meadow Road, Braunton, Devon, admitted the offences in February. He has also been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

After the man’s accusation, an investigation was immediately started by the Metropolitan police, which led to a further three victims being identified, all between seven and 10 years old at the time. All five historic sexual assaults had taken place on the four boys between 1976 and 1985.

Dowsing was arrested at his home in April 2013, and during a search officers seized a large quantity of indecent images of children appearing on his computer, ranging from level one, to level five: the most serious.

Detective Constable Kate McDuff said: “This is a historical case going back nearly 40 years, where Dowsing used his position of trust as a deputy headteacher to abuse vulnerable children over a nine year period.

“We commend the actions of all four brave victims who have come forward to report Dowsing’s sickening actions. We take all allegations of child abuse and sexual assault extremely seriously regardless of how long ago the offences took place.

“Dowsing is known to have worked with a number of children’s clubs and charities in the London area and there may be further victims of his abuse who we would urge to come forward and speak to us.”