Former teacher at boys' school convicted of indecent assaults

06/02/2017

A former master at a prestigious private school has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of indecently assaulting pupils he taught over more than a decade.

Patrick Marshall, 70, was found guilty of 24 counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency involving 10 victims, at both St Paul's School in west London in the 1970s and Windsor Boys School, where he had taught before moving to St Paul's.

He is the third person to be convicted  as a result of Operation Winthorpe - which has investigated accusations of historic sexual abuse made by former pupils against teachers of St Paul's School.

Former teacher Michael Ellis, 71, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in July 2016 of two counts of indecent assault against two boys, and admitted four counts of possessing indecent images of children. He received a total of eight years and six months imprisonment.

David Sansom, 70, was found guilty in November 2016 of sexual offences against four children, one of whom was a pupil at St Paul's School, and was sentenced to a total of 14 years and nine months imprisonment after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

CPS London reviewing lawyer Samuel Main said: "We hope the conviction of Patrick Marshall today, along with the convictions of two other former St Paul's teachers, will bring some sense of justice and closure for their many victims.

"They groomed and abused vulnerable boys using their status as teachers, in Marshall's case, befriending their families before going on to abuse their sons and their trust.

"In Marshall's trial the court heard the testimony of parents coming to terms with the horrific realisation their sons had been abused, and the evidence of the victims themselves, each forced to relive their experiences in court by his refusal to admit the truth.

"Ellis, too, had befriended the family of one of his intended victims before the abuse occurred, while Sansom's abuse included an offence in a changing room at St Paul's School and a classroom at another school in the 1970s and 1980s.

"Each of the victims has shown great bravery in coming forward and but for their courage it would not have been possible to bring these prosecutions.

Notes:

A postponement order banned reporting of the other verdicts until the end of Marshall's trial.