Peter Wells a former scout leader and teacher at Keble Preparatory School in Enfield has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after sexually abusing 3 boys aged between 8 and 13 years old during the period of 1974 to 1992.
Wells, 72 from Hertfordshire carried out the sexual abuse whilst he was a teacher and also a scout leader in the 1970’s in Edmonton and an athletics coach for Enfield and Haringey Athletics.
The investigation of Wells began in March 2017 when one of his victims first disclosed the abuse he had suffered to the Police. He told the Police that, “Wells had taken an unhealthy interest in him when he was a pupil at Keble Preparatory School.” “ “Wells had abused him on a number of occasions on school trips and after athletics sessions during a 7 year period.”
The second victim reported that, “Wells had put his hand inside his clothing and inappropriately touched him on numerous occasions.”
The third victims said, “ Wells abused him during his short time as a club scout whilst Wells was the club leader.”
Wells was convicted of 7 counts of indecent assault and 5 counts of gross indecency after a trial lasting 2 weeks at the Wood Green Crown Court.
Detective Constable Keith Kimberley, of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, made the following statement
“The lengthy prison sentence handed to Wells reflects the long-lasting impact of the sexual abuse, which took place over the course of 16 years. I would like to commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward and reporting this abuse. This conviction shows that it is never too late to report sexual offences and I would urge anyone affected by this investigation to come forward and speak to police.”
Jordans represent a large number of clients who have suffered sexual abuse when pupils at school and victims who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting activities and involved in clubs and organisations. 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 report their allegations to the Police and contact Jordans to pursue a civil case. Our Abuse team can be contacted free on 0330 300 1103 or you can request a call back.