Paul Stevens, 60 was jailed on Monday for 19 years after being convicted of ten charges of indecent assault on a child and five charges of indecency with a child while working as a housemaster, football coach and head of maths at Abberley Hall School between 1982 and 1991.
Will Lockett, current headmaster of Abberley Hall School, Worcestershire has issued a ‘heartfelt apology’ and praised the courage of the victims and said the school community offered it’s sincere sympathy after Stevens, one of its former teachers was jailed for a string of sexual abuse charges against young boys. The abuse included masturbation, using a shampoo bottle to carry out a sex act, sexual touching and oral sex.
Will Locket has said “The courage of the victims and their families in coming forward is deeply humbling, and it is thanks to them that justice has finally been done” and added “On behalf of the whole school community, I would like to re-state our sincere sympathy to Stevens’ victims and to offer a heartfelt apology to all those who have suffered as a consequence of his actions.”
Detective inspector Mark Walters from West Mercia Police said: “Paul Stevens abused his position of trust as a teacher in the worst way possible by preying on vulnerable children. I would like to praise the victims who came forward and gave evidence against him. It is down to their courage and bravery that he has now been sentenced to nineteen years in prison for his despicable crimes. “My hope is that today’s sentence will provide the victims with some sense of closure.”
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