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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Former teacher jailed for sexual abuse


A former teacher who pleaded guilty at his first hearing in court to non-recent sexual offences against a pupil at a school in East Sussex has today (August 16) been jailed.

Christopher Jarvis, 73, had previously been sentenced to eight years' imprisonment in 2013 for a series of sexual offences and received a further concurrent jail term in 2015 for gross indecency against a boy.

Jarvis pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 19 July 2017 to three charges of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 between December 1966 and July 1969, when the victim was aged between 11 and 13.

The charges in all three cases related to St Peter's, a now-defunct boarding school in Seaford, East Sussex, where Jarvis worked.

Kathryn Newman, from the CPS, said: "The defendant abused his position of trust as a teacher and perpetrated this abuse over a number of years against a child in his care.

"Although these crimes occurred in the late 1960s, we have been able to bring Jarvis to justice all these years later, as his victim was able to find the strength to report what had happened to him as a child."

Jarvis was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment for each of the three counts, to run concurrently.


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