May 2018

Teacher at Prince Charles’s old school was cunning sexual predator

A teacher at Prince Charles’s old school was a cunning predator who put his own lust above his pupils welfare

Jailing Andrew Keir for just a year – the maximum term available to her court – Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov said the sentence was “woefully inadequate”.

Keir, 67, was found guilty after a three-day trial in March of a string of lewd and indecent offences involving 13-year-old boys in his care

The sheriff described it as “a grooming situation” which followed a “predatory, premeditated and manipulative” course of conduct.

Physics teacher Keir was an assistant housemaster at Gordonstoun boarding school in Moray.

The school’s former pupils include rower Heather Stanning, David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones and royals including Prince Philip and Prince Charles.

Keir, now living in Tarporley, Cheshire, had denied swimming and showering in the nude while aroused with three pupils.

Sheriff Pasportnikov said he’d shown no remorse or contrition but she was limited to a one-year jail sentence because Keir had appeared on a summary charge, not an ­indictment.

She told Keir: “It is woefully inadequate and in no way reflects the gravity of your offending.”