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Former Eton College teacher convicted of sex offences

|News, Sexual offences

A former Eton College teacher who touched schoolboys inappropriately during late-night visits to their bedrooms has been found guilty of sex offences.

Housemaster Matthew Mowbray, 49, regularly entered pupils’ rooms at night claiming he needed to talk about schoolwork and, while sitting on their beds, touched or stroked their arms or legs.

The abuse came to light when one of the victim’s friends raised concerns with another housemaster. During the investigation that followed, it became clear that other boys had been the subject of Mowbray’s unwanted attention over a number of years.

The police discovered hundreds of indecent images of children on Mowbray’s computer, including a number where a pupil's head had been placed on downloaded child pornography. They also recovered a series of secretly filmed images of a pupil getting undressed in his bedroom.

Whilst he admitted downloading the indecent images, making pseudo-images and the secret recording, Mowbray denied eight counts of sexual activity with a child against four boys at the college. Today he has been found guilty of these offences.

Marc Thompson of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Mowbray’s victims described feeling uncomfortable with his nocturnal visits to their rooms. Whilst not overtly sexual acts, they knew the touching was wrong, but were at a loss to know what to do.”

"Mowbray’s intentions became clear with the discovery of the indecent images on his computer, it was through this evidence we were able to prove to the jury that the manner in which he touched the boys was intended to satisfy his own sexual desires.

“This has been a distressing experience for the victims who were let down by someone they should have been able to trust. We thank them for their help during the investigation and for their courage in giving evidence which has helped to secure today’s convictions.”

Notes to editors

  • Marc Thompson is Acting District Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS Thames and Chiltern
  • Matthew Mowbray (DOB 21.6.1971) was found guilty today (25/11/2020) of eight counts of sexual activity with a child and not guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child. He pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent photographs of a child/children and one count of voyeurism before the jury was sworn in at the trial
  • Mowbray will be sentenced at a later date
  • Read more about how we prosecute serious sexual offences.

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