December 2017

Former Christ’s Hospital teacher sentenced for sex offences

A former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham has been sentenced for sex offences against young boys.

Peter Webb, 75, of Kennedy Road, Dane End, Ware, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to a total of four years imprisonment when he appeared at Hove Crown Court on Friday (December 15) for a series of sexual offences against four boys.

Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School – previously pleaded guilty to eleven offences of indecent assault when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court, sitting in Brighton, on September 6, 2017.

The court heard how one boy was assaulted three times, another on two occasions, the third on five occasions and the fourth on one occasion.

Webb pleaded not guilty to another alleged incident against a fifth boy which the court ordered to remain on court file.

Webb had previously been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, in April 2015, after pleading guilty to three offences of historic indecent assault against another boy.

On Friday, the court heard statements from three of the four victims who outlined the affect Webb’s abuse has had on their lives.

One of the victims said he had kept quiet until another victim contacted Sussex Police, in November 2016, inspiring him to come forward ‘to ensure nobody else experiences the same level of abuse’.

Webb was sentenced to two years and sixth months’ imprisonment for the first five offences to run consecutively with the 18 month sentence for the remaining six offences.

In all, Webb was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and is now a registered sex offender for life. He will serve half his sentence in custody and half on licence.

He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court order, severely restricting his access to young people.

September 2017

Former teacher pleads guilty to sex offences

A former teacher of a private school in Sussex has this morning admitted multiple charges of indecent assault against five boys.

Peter Webb, 74, of Authon-Edeon, France – and a former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, near Horsham – pleaded guilty to eleven charges of indecent assault when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court, sitting in Brighton, this morning.

He was granted bail and is now expected to be sentenced on October 12 at Lewes Crown Court. Three more former teachers of Christ’s Hospital School also appeared at Lewes Crown Court charged with historic sex offences.

Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi, France, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault against two males, as well as three counts of indecent assault against two females.

He spoke only to plead not guilty to all charges.

Appearing alongside Dobbie inside the dock on Wednesday morning was former colleague James Andrew Husband, 67, of Wigginton Road, York.

Husband is charged with four counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault against a female.

He spoke only to plead not guilty to all charges. Both Dobbie and Husband have been bailed until May 29 for trial at Lewes Crown Court.

Ajaz Karim, 62, of Baron’s Court, London, is charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault against six females.

He spoke only to plead not guilty to all charges.

He has been bailed to appear before Lewes Crown Court for trial on April 3.

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