January 2019

Ex-teacher jailed for 1960s child abuse

A former prep school teacher has been jailed for child sex offences dating back to the 1960s.

Hubert Hallman, 82, admitted four counts of indecent assault against a pupil while he was a French teacher at the Stroud School in Romsey, Hampshire.

Southampton Crown Court heard his “traumatised victim” came forward in 2017 following high-profile child sex abuse cases.

Hallman was given a jail sentence of two years and six months.

The court heard Hallman, of Highfield Lane, St Albans, was regarded as a “ferocious school master” and pupils at Stroud School were “terrified” of him.

Prosecutor Mary Aspinall-Miles told the court he performed sex acts on the boy in a caravan he lived in on school grounds.

He also touched the boy inappropriately on multiple occasions, including at a swimming pool and in a tent.

In a victim impact statement referred to in court, the complainant was described as a “happy, cheerful little boy” who “went off the rails” during his teenage years because of the abuse.

The court was told Hallman was convicted of similar offences in Switzerland when he was a trainee Catholic priest, before he taught at Romsey.

He was also jailed in the early 1970s for 16 offences he committed while working a school in Greenwich.