91-year-old man found guilty of historic sexual assaults


A 91-year-old man has today been found guilty of historic sexual assaults which he committed over 60 years ago while he was a physical education teacher in the city.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard how Marcus Marcussen from Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire was a teacher at a local secondary school in Birmingham during the 1950's, 60's and 70's. It was during this period when he indecently assault 12 students - some on the school grounds and others on school trips.

In 2012, nearly forty years after a sexually assault was committed by Marcussen on one of the victims, they eventually came forward and informed the police of what had happened.

An investigation was launched and following coverage of the assaults in the local media, more victims came forward to report similar offences which the defendant had carried out on them during their time at the same school.

Marcussen was eventually arrested and today he has been found guilty of 25 counts of indecent assault on boys  all under the age of 16.

He will be sentenced on Friday 13 February 2015.

Jeanette Bryant, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"This successful prosecution demonstrates that regardless when an offence was carried out, if there is enough evidence and if it is in the public interest, the CPS and its partners will work together to ensure that those responsible for committing such crimes are brought to justice.

"Marcus Marcussen was a serial sexual predator who over three decades abused his position of trust and preyed on young vulnerable victims for his own sexual gratification.

"It was only forty years later when one of his victims reported what had happened eventually led to Marcussen's arrest and today's conviction.

"I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the victims and witnesses who supported the prosecution case and their courage in giving their evidence during this trial."