A teacher who sexually abused boys at two Catholic boarding schools has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

David Lowe, 61, from Bristol, who is now retired, assaulted boys aged from eight to 13 between 1978 and 1984, Southwark Crown Court heard.

The offences took place at Westminster Cathedral Choir School and Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

He targeted 10 boys, leaving treats for them and spanking them at his home, the jury heard.

Lowe took advantage of youngsters as they slept in their dormitories and during singing lessons at Westminster Cathedral Choir School, the court heard.

Lowe invited the youngsters to his flat and spanked them when they had broken school rules. He also crept into a dormitory and touched them while carrying out night-time checks.

Many of the victims felt Lowe had “violated them all over again” by denying the offences and taking them to trial.

Vicky Milner, Chartered Legal Executive at Jordan’s Solicitors said: “Victims of abuse often find it extremely difficult to tell their story. Many of my clients were abused by adults in a position of trust and so growing up, they are often weary of authority figures and find it extremely difficult to give a statement to the Police, knowing they may not be believed and will have to give evidence in a criminal Court.”

“The guts it takes for victims to stand up and tell their story is admirable.”

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