Lambrook School

Lambrook School, Berkshire

Peter Hamilton Leggett also worked at the Old Ride Preparatory School, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.


Now it’s fiends reunited


A PAEDOPHILE teacher was jailed for eight years yesterday after cops tracked his victims through the Friends Reunited website.

Detectives emailed ex-pupils for information after one said he was abused by Peter Hamilton-Leggett, 58.

They got 140 replies — and found all but three of the science teacher’s 19 victims at two schools through the popular website. Pupil records had been destroyed when one of the schools closed in 1990.

Hamilton-Leggett preyed on the lads aged seven to 14 over 15 years at The Old Ride school in Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts, and Lambrook school at Bracknell, Berks. Some of the boys were raped.

The investigation started after an ex-pupil — now 40 — made a complaint to police.

Swindon Crown Court heard the housemaster used his computer — then a novelty — to lure boys to his room where he plied them with drink.

He sexually abused 13 boys at Old Ride and six at Lambrook between 1970 and 1985.

Judge Thomas Longbotham said: “Many of the raped boys thought they were going to die because of the pain that had been inflicted on them.”

Hamilton-Leggett, of Yelverton, Devon, admitted 54 counts ranging from indecent assault to more serious sex offences.

He married for the first time in 2001. Wife Pauline, who has three grown-up children, was in court.




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