Four former teachers of St Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex have been charged with sex offences which took place at the School between 1980 and 1996.
Christ’s Hospital School is a 16th century independent boarding school. Boarding fees are £10,930 per term and day fees are £7110 per term. Pupils wear a Tudor style uniform; a long blue coat, yellow socks and a white neck band.
The alleged assaults were against 15 suspected victims.
Gary Dobbie, 66, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault on a male, one count of attempted indecent assault on a male and three counts of indecent assault on a female.
James Husband, 67, is charged with five counts of indecent assault on a female and four counts of rape.
Ajaz Karim, 62, is charged with nine counts of indecent assault on a female and one count of attempted indecent assault on a female.
Peter Webb, 74, is charged with six counts of indecent assault on a male
The school has made the following statement:
“Christ’s Hospital is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils and continues to provide its full support to the police in their investigations.”
“We would always encourage anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward. As criminal proceedings are active, we are unable to share any further information at this time.”
The former teachers will appear at the Crawley Magistrates Court on the 9th August 2017.
Jordans Solicitors represent victims who have suffered abuse in schools. We would urge anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police. Where a person abuses their position of trust and commits an act of assault a claim may be possible. We would encourage anyone affected to contact Jordans to pursue a civil claim.