June 2019

Former teacher jailed for sexual abuse of five boys

A former teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing five boys in the 1960s and 1970s.

Geoffrey Perryman taught music and sports at Exmouth Community College and was in charge of their outdoor pursuits centre near Kingsbridge.

The 88-year-old, of Kings Meadow Court, Gloucester, admitted 11 offences of indecent assault or indecency.

He was jailed for four years and four months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

The court heard Perryman abused the boys, aged 11 to 14, in his office or after making them share a bed with him at Huccombe House, near Beesands.

He sometimes joined boys in the showers after lessons, and boys who were known as his “playmates” were bullied and shunned by other pupils.

The court heard his position meant his victims did not dare tell anyone what he had done. The only one who told his parents was not believed.

Judge Evans told him: “Your culpability was very high, and so was your abuse of trust. These were some of the worst forms of abuse possible.

“You used the victims for your temporary sexual gratification but caused permanent emotional and psychological damage which was to blight their family and lives for decades to come.

“It has taken a long time for justice to be served.”

Perryman was previously jailed for two years and eight months at Gloucester Crown Court in February last year for similar offences against four boys.

He had been due to be released in 17 days’ time but the new sentence means he will remain in Ashfield Prison, from where he appeared by video link.

Bathsheba Cassel, prosecuting, said all five victims contacted the police after reading about Perryman’s 2018 conviction in the local press.

February 2018

Former Exmouth Community College teacher sentenced for sexual assault

A former Exmouth teacher has been jailed for sex offences against children more than 50 years ago.

Geoffrey Perryman was given 32 months in prison after he was found guilty of a number of offences he committed whilst he worked at Exmouth Community College.

The 86-year-old was a teacher at the college for more than 20 years, between the 1960s and 1980s.

During this time he systematically targeted young, vulnerable boys aged between 11 and 12, by utilising his position as a football coach and teacher to create environments where he could be alone with his victims and apply pressure on them to do what he wanted.

Perryman, of Kings Meadow Court, Gloucestershire was sentence for two counts gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14, two charges of indecent assault on boy under 14 and one count of inciting a boy under 14 to commit an act of gross indecency.

The pensioner was also given a sexual harm prevention order and placed onto the sex offenders register when he was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court today (Thursday).