January 2019

Disgraced ex-teacher guilty of teen sexual abuse

A former teacher has been found guilty of sexually abusing two teenage girls in the 1990s and 2000s.

Ian David Priestly (66), who previously worked at Le Rocquier and Les Quennevais, learned his sentence at the Royal Court this afternoon following a three-day jury trial.

In total, he was found guilty of all ten charges against him – six counts of indecent assault and four counts of procuring acts of gross indecency 1990s and 2000s.

Throughout the trial, Priestly strenuously denied the allegations, even taking to the stand during the trial to defend his innocence. 

However, after five-and-a-half hours of deliberation, a jury of five women and seven men found the 66-year-old ‘guilty’ of all charges. 

The trial saw the jury hear from both of Priestly’s victims – one of whom said that she still feels “dirty” after what he did to her.

The other woman claimed that Priestly would text or call her to arrange meetings in Howard Davis Park where he would kiss and grope her as well as getting her to touch him inappropriately.

Summing up his case before the jury retired, Crown Advocate Julian Gollop said that the second victim told the Court that “she could still smell Ian Priestly, she could still feel his stubble. That’s how vivid her recollection was.” 

The Crown Advocate said that Priestly “targeted two girls of similar ages”. “They were naïve about sexual matters and they were virgins. They were frightened of him,” he told the court. 

Advocate Ian Jones appeared for the defence, while Royal Court Commissioner Sir Michael Birt presided over the trial.

Priestly has been taken into custody to await sentencing on 14 February and he has also been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.