Former Jackanory Presenter jailed for historic sexual assault


87 year old former Jackanory presenter John Earle was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment at Exeter Crown Court on Friday 28th April for historic sexual assault offence.

John Earle, then a teacher, subjected his victim to abuse between 1957 and 1961 at Upcott House Preparatory School.

Sentencing him, Judge Erik Salomonsen said: "This was a gross breach of trust. You used a young child to satisfy your sexual needs on many occasions. It was your responsibility to educate and protect him." 

Alison Longhorn, District Crown Prosecutor CPS South West, said: "John Earle took advantage of his young victim for his own sexual gratification. He was charged with serious and prolonged abuse against one of the very people he had a duty of care for in his role as deputy head teacher.

"We worked closely with the police to build a strong case and faced with the evidence against him, Earle pleaded guilty. Earle's offending has had a lifelong impact on his victim, to whom I would like to express my appreciation. Without him this prosecution would not have been possible. He has displayed immense courage during the investigation and prosecution of this case and I hope the sentence imposed today brings him some comfort."

Alison added: "These offences took place more than 50 years ago but regardless of when crimes are committed the CPS will always prosecute when there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so."

John Earle was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.