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Former Exmouth teacher sentenced for sexual assault

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Police welcome sentence

 A former teacher has today [Thursday 22 February] been sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court to 32 months imprisonment, given a sexual harm prevention order and placed onto the sex offenders register.

Geoffrey Perryman, aged 86, of Kings Meadow Court, Gloucestershire, was sentenced for sexual assaults on children over 50 years ago, whilst working at Exmouth Community College.

Perryman pleaded guilty to two counts gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14, two counts of indecent assault on boy under 14 and one count of inciting a boy under 14 to commit an act of gross indecency.

Investigating officer, Detective Rob Poole said:  “We welcome today’s sentence and thank the victims of these crimes for coming forward and helping to bring this offender to justice.

“Mr Perryman was a teacher at Exmouth Community College for over twenty years in the 1960s to 80s and during this time he systematically targeted young, vulnerable boys aged between 11 and 12. He utilised his position as a football coach and teacher to create environments where he could be alone with the victims and apply pressure on them to do what he wanted.

“The victims of these crimes have had to live with the consequences of these assaults for the past 40 – 50 years, one of whom has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence. 

“This is an important reminder that such reports will always be taken seriously by the Police and justice will be sought.

“If you would like to speak to someone about being a victim of historic sexual abuse please contact police and the Devon & Cornwall Police on or by calling 101.

“Alternatively contact the NSPCC 24hr helpline on 0808 800 5000 who can provide independent and confidential advice.”


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