Former teacher jailed for indecently assaulting schoolboys more than 30 years ago

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A former Hertfordshire teacher has been given a four-year prison sentence after being found guilty of indecently assaulting five schoolboys during the 1970s and 1980s.

Christopher Hart, 79, targeted the boys, aged from eight to thirteen, while working at Edge Grove School in Radlett where he was a science and computer studies teacher.

Described as ‘scary’ by some of his victims, Hart would find ways to be alone with the one of the boys when he would indecently assault them; on other occasions he would engage in play fights with groups of boys, targeting one of the victims and sexually abusing them.

Most of the offences took place on the school grounds - many of them near the pool where Hart supervised the swimming. But one of the assaults took place near his cottage in Devon, where he took the boys for end-of-year school trips.

In 2017, some 30 years on from being assaulted, one of the victims reported the abuse to the head teacher at the school, who advised him to go to the police. The police began an investigation and approached other former schoolboys who agreed to give evidence.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Jason Wolfe for the CPS said: “Christopher Hart took advantage of his position as a teacher to commit these awful crimes which have had life-long consequences for his victims.

“We recognise how difficult it has been for the victims to give evidence in this case - for some of them this was the first time they have spoken about what happened to them. We hope they feel a sense of justice now Hart has been convicted.”

Notes to editors

  • Jason Wolfe is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit in CPS Thames and Chiltern.
  • Christopher Hart (DOB 19/1/1940) was found guilty on 10 April at Harrow Crown Court of eight counts of indecent assault against five boys who were all aged under 14 at the time. He was sentenced on the same day to four years in prison and will be placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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