Gerard Singer, a former teacher at a boarding school based in Norfolk and then Suffolk, has been found guilty of a number of offences against several former pupils, including numerous sexual offences against children.
Singer, now 69 years old, was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of 27 offences which included such acts as gross indecency and performing oral sex on minors. The offences took place between 1978 and 1981 at St George’s School, where Singer was employed as a languages teacher. He remained working at the school for a period of time after it moved to Suffolk in 1980 and became an all-girls school.
The court was told that Singer abused the position of trust that he held with the pupils and even gave them gifts such as sweets to entice them into engaging in these acts with him, which took place both at the school and on trips abroad. It is said that Singer moved abroad in 1981 after having been confront about the abuse, but his behaviour did not change. He was convicted in France in 1998 of offences of sexual aggression against minors aged 15 at the time, with the offences taking place between 1994 and 1997.
Singer has not yet been sentenced although this has been timetabled to take place during the week beginning 29 August 2016 and no doubt the above factors will be taken into account.
The news of Singer’s conviction comes after previous allegations against other members of staff at St George’s. A former headmaster, Derek Slade, was found guilty in 2010 of abusing 12 boys and was sentenced to 21 years in prison before he died in March 2016. Further to this was the jailing of Alan Brigden, who taught maths at the school, who was handed a 5-year sentence in 2012 for 14 sex crimes against 2 boys. Finally another teacher Alan Williams committed suicide in 2011 after having been arrested on suspicion of sexual assaults against minors at St George’s in the 1980s.