Geoffrey Perryman, 88 years old, a former teacher at Exmouth Community College has been convicted of historical sexual abuse. Perryman taught music and sports at the College and was in charge of their outdoor pursuits centre near Kingsbridge.

The Court heard that Perryman, “abused boys aged 11 to 14 years old in his officer or after making them share a bed with him at Huccombe House near Beesands.” Perryman also joined boys in the showers after lessons. The Court also heard that his victims, “did not dare tell anyone” and “the boys who were known as his playmates were bullied and shunned by other pupils.”

Two years ago Perryman was found guilty of sexual offences against 4 boys and was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison from the Gloucester Crown Court.

The victims in the recent trial came forward after reading about Perryman’s previous convictions in the local press.

Perryman, who was due to be released in 17 days’ time, gave evidence by video link from Ashfield Prison. He admitted 11 offences of indecent assault and indecency dating back to the 1960’s and 1970’s against 5 boys. He was jailed for 4 years and 4 months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

Judge Evans told him:

“Your culpability was very high, and so was your abuse of trust. These were some of the worst forms of abuse possible.

You used the victims for your temporary sexual gratification but caused permanent emotional and psychological damage which was to blight their family and lives for decades to come.

It has taken a long time for justice to be served.”


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