November 2016

Former teacher jailed after indecently assaulting teenage boy in 1980s

A man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a teenage boy.

David Beard, 64, who had befriended the boy, sexually assaulted him for two years when he was a teenager in the 1980s.

Beard, of Gladstone Way, Cambridge, denied two offences of indecent assault on a male under the age of 16 – but was found guilty of one of the charges after facing trial at Cambridge Crown Court this week.

Beard, who was a science teacher at the time, was handed two and a half years in prison after the jury returned their verdicts on Monday.

William Carter, prosecuting, said the boy first got to know Beard in the 1980s when Beard was in his 30s.

He said Beard had also run a mobile disco which the boy was interested in.

“Mr Beard befriended him and over time invited him to his house where he was sexually abused,” Mr Carter said.

He told the court that Beard offered the boy whisky and told him he had a pornographic video upstairs.

Mr Carter said that sexual activity took place between Beard and the teenager in the bedroom where the boy was said to have found a photograph of a naked child.

The court heard that sexual activity continued for a number of months.

The jury at Cambridge Crown Court heard that the alleged victim had been ashamed at what had happened and did not report it, but decided to take action after reading a report that Beard had been acquitted of sexual activity with another young man in a separate court case.

Beard categorically denied any sexual offences had taken place