October 2016

Two Hertfordshire House Masters Jailed For Historic Sexual Abuse Crimes

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Two house masters at a Hertfordshire boarding school who sexually abused a boy pupil have been jailed after their crimes finally caught up with them.

In 1989 young teacher Nicholas Mackey had taken the 13 year old from the Hertfordshire school to a hotel in Brighton where, after booking them into a room, he carried out sex acts on the boy which left him bleeding and in pain.

Then Mackey’s colleague at the school, Ronald Wiener, targeted the boy for himself after hearing what had happened. 

He twice had sex with the youngster in his room at the school near Watford, which has now closed down.

On Friday Mackey, who is 55 and from Butt Road in Hinkley in Leicestershire, appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentencing, having been found guilty by a jury at a trial earlier this month of attempted buggery. He was jailed for five years.

His co-defendant Wiener, who is now 67 and of no fixed address, appeared for sentencing having been found guilty of two offences of buggery on the boy when he was 13.

He had admitted a charge of indecently assaulting the youngster. He was jailed for eight years.

The court was told a third teacher at the school in Bushey near Watford had also abused the boy, but had subsequently died before he could be brought to justice.

It was years later and as an adult, that the victim told Herts police  what had happened in 1989 and early 1990 at the school, and  Mackey and Wiener were thentraced and arrested. By then the school had closed down.

At the men’s trial the jury was told how Mackey was in his 20s and had taken his first teaching post when he started grooming the boy.

He took the youngster out on school trips and in 1989 took the boy to Brighton where they stayed in a hotel together.That night Mackey had carried out a sex act on the boy.

At the trial the jury heard evidence that Wiener had set out to target youngsters for his own sexual gratification.The court was told that following his abuse of the boy Wiener went on to commit further offences involving young boys.

In 1999 at Guildford Crown Court he had been convicted of four offences of indecent assault involving three boys at another boarding school. 

In 2015 he had been convicted at Canterbury Crown Court of indecent assault on a young boy dating back to the mid 1980s, for which he received a 21 month prison sentence.

Passing sentence on the men, Judge Andrew Bright QC told Mackey his abuse of the boy had amounted to “an appalling breach of trust”.

He said the youngster had little contact with his family and the assault had taken place in a hotel room late at night “far from home.”

The judge told Wiener he had joined the school and set out to “target boys” for his own sexual gratification.

In addition to the jail sentences, Judge Bright made them both subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which prohibits them from having contact with any boy under 16 unless the child is accompanied by an adult or guardian who knows about their convictions.

Judge Bright said the Disclosure and Barring  Service would no doubt make an order preventing the men from being involved with children again.

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