July 2018

Former Horsham teacher jailed over historic sex offences

A former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham has been sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for sexual offences against a pupil in his care at the school in the 1990’s.

It comes following a Sussex Police investigation and a five-week trial at Hove Crown Court.

James Andrew Husband, 68, of Wigginton Road, York, was sentenced for five counts of indecent assault and one count of rape, all against a girl in her mid-teens between 1990 and 1994. 

He was given a twelve-and-a-half-year sentence for the rape, and concurrent sentences for the five indecent assaults amounting to four-and-a-half years, according to the force. 

Three further counts of alleged rape of the same girl by Husband had been discontinued during the trial.

After the same trial, Gary Dobbie, 67, of Rue De La Piale, Albi, France, was convicted on 6 July of 15 offences against eight pupils aged between 12 and 19. No date has yet been arranged by the court for Dobbie to be sentenced.