Patrick Marshall 68, a former teacher of St Paul’s School in London has been found guilty of 24 offences of indecent assaults and 1 count of indecency with a child.

The offences took place when  Patrick Marshall was teaching at St Paul’s School in London and Windsor Boy’s School in the 1970’s.

The offences involved 10 victims. The boys he abused were aged between 10 to 15 years of age. Marshall targeted a number of boys through the school’s rowing club of which he was the coach. It is thought that he gained the trust of the boy’s families in order that he could carry out his abuse. Two of the indecent assault charges related to this time at Windsor where he worked from 1968 to 1971.

Marshall was sentenced on the 6th February 2017 at the Southwark Crown Court to 18 years imprisonment.

Marshall was convicted as a result of Operation Winthorpe which had previously convicted 2 other teachers of St Paul’s School. Michael Ellis 71 was convicted in July 2016 of 2 counts of indecent assault against 2 boys and 4 counts of possessing indecent images of children. He is serving an 8 year sentence. David Sansom 72 was found guilty in November 2016 of abusing 4 children; one was a pupil at St Paul’s School. He is serving a 14 year and 9 month sentence.

Operation Winthorpe was launched in February 2014 after a number of allegations were made of sexual abuse from the 1960’s to the 1990’s in the Barnes area.

Detective Superintendent Scott said, “ The conviction of Patrick Marshall marks the end of Operation Winthorpe, which has been a 3 year investigation into allegations of non-recent sexual abuse by teachers of St Paul’s School.

Marshall abused his position of trust as a teacher to take advantage of 10 boys whom he targeted for over more than a decade. Marshall manipulated his way into the trust of the boy’s families and used threats to ensure that they stayed silent about the abuse. I would like to praise the bravery of the people abused by Marshall who despite the passage of time had the confidence to come forward and report the abuse to the Police and give evidence tin Court.

Samsom and Ellis, two former St Paul’s teachers have already received lengthy sentences and imprisonments after they were found guilty of indecently assaulting boys. These convictions demonstrate that no matter the length of time, allegations of sexual abuse will be thoroughly investigated and offenders brought to justice.”

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault should contact their local police force or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 500.

At Jordans we have a specialist team with many years of experience in bringing civil claims against schools, local authorities and youth organisations. We would encourage who would like help in pursuing a civil claim to contact us.

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