Suffolk

Former boarding school teacher jailed for abuse

13/05/2016

Former teacher John McKno, who sexually abused five pupils at boarding schools in three counties, has been jailed for 14 years at Ipswich Crown Court today.

Paul Scothern, head of the CPS East of England Complex Casework Unit said: "John McKno was a serial sexual predator who abused boys at three schools where he worked in the 1970s and 1980s. The attacks took place at Kesgrave Hall School near Ipswich, Suffolk; the Beam College in Great Torrington, Devon; and St Michael's College in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.

"When the allegations were first put to Mr McKno he dismissed them as "drivel", "nonsense" and "total rubbish" but on 1 March 2016 at Ipswich Crown Court he pleaded guilty to nine charges: four counts of indecent assault, two of gross indecency and three of a serious sexual offence.

"These guilty pleas meant his five victims did not have to give evidence. At Mr McKno's sentencing today the court heard from them in their own words in Victim Personal Statements about the serious sexual assaults they suffered, which have had a lasting effect.

"Mr McKno's assaults on these children were the worst form of a breach of trust and we would like to pay tribute to the bravery of the victims who were prepared to give evidence against their abuser.

"Prosecuting cases of abuse which happened many years ago can be difficult because of the lapse of time but as this case shows, abusers can be brought to justice and receive significant sentences for their crimes no matter when they were committed."