Ex-teacher handed suspended sentence for abuse

13/01/2014

A former school teacher has today been sentenced to 20 months, suspended for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court after he was convicted of historic sexual offences dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.

Peter Dunbar, aged 67, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three indecency offences against two former pupils during his employment at a school in Birmingham.

Between 1968 and 1970, the defendant was a resident teacher and deputy house master at the Blue Coat School in Edgbaston. It was during this period that he committed his crimes whilst on the school premises against some of the boarders.

Dunbar then left the school and later became a vicar in Yorkshire.

He was arrested last year following a complaint made by the victims and he subsequently charged with offences of indecent assault on a male person, and in November 2013, he pleaded guilty to three such offences.   

The defendant was also made to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Sarah Hammond, Head of the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"Peter Dunbar was entrusted with the welfare of the students who were put into his care by the school and the parents, however, he abused his position of trust and he targeted two pupils who he would later sexually abuse.

"Following an initial complaint towards the end of 2012, the defendant was arrested and questioned over the allegations in March 2013. He initially denied them, but later said he could not recall the offences and he hoped he had not committed them. 

"For four decades Dunbar thought he had evaded justice but it has finally caught up with him and he must now deal with the consequences of his actions.

"I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the victims for assisting us with this prosecution. We understand how traumatic it must have been to relive what had happened to them all those years ago, therefore, we would like to pay tribute to their courage and support in this case."