Vernon Holme School, Canterbury

Vernon Holme School, Canterbury

Ex-teacher jailed for indecent assaults

The former teacher was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court

A former boarding school teacher has been jailed for six years for indecently assaulting four boys in his care two decades ago.

David Dean, from the Isle of Wight, was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault on 10-year-old boys at a school in Canterbury, Kent.

The sentence also took into account two more indecent assaults on two other boys he admitted abusing at the Vernon Holme School.

The offences took place at the prep school between 1978 and 1983.

Maidstone Crown Court heard Dean, 59, had committed offences ranging from forcing one boy to perform oral sex and abusing another boy after enticing him back to his chalet in the school grounds.

Dean had originally pleaded guilty during a hearing in March to offences involving one of the boys, only to then deny them in an angry tirade in front of the victim, now in his 30s.

He was convicted because of his original guilty plea but when he appeared for sentencing, later in March, he applied to withdraw the plea, meaning a trial had to go ahead.

Having now been found guilty he was jailed for six years and ordered by Judge Anthony Webb to pay £12,000 towards the defence’s costs, which the judge said were high because of the amount of time the case had eventually taken.

Referring to the victim Dean had verbally attacked in court in March, Judge Webb said: “You targeted him from a young age.

“You systematically abused him and the emotional and psychological damage that he has suffered was plain for all to see.

“You have ruined his life and he cannot form any satisfactory sexual relationships and he is haunted by the memory of you and your activities.”

Dean was given sentences ranging from 12 months to six years, to run concurrently, for 10 separate counts of indecent assault on four boys under the age of 12.

BBC News 14/07/03

Paedophile teacher told he faces jail

A former boarding school teacher has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting three 10-year-old boys over a five-year period.

David Dean was warned he would face jail for the attacks, which he admitted took place at a school in Kent between 1978 and 1983.

The 58-year-old, who now lives on the Isle of Wight, pleaded guilty to five out of nine counts of indecent assault at Canterbury Crown Court.

The case had to be delayed on Monday after he suffered a suspected heart attack, which turned out to be a panic attack.

‘He abused trust’

Dean, from Totland on the Isle of Wight, was a master at Vernon Holme School in Canterbury where the offences took place.

Prosecuting solicitor Robin Johnson told the jury: “The abuse included touching children indecently and forcing one to perform oral sex.”

He was a manipulative, predatory paedophile who parents had entrusted the safety of their children to
Det Sgt Steve Woollcott

After pleading guilty, Dean told the court he had felt a great deal of shame over what he had done for more than 20 years.

Judge Anthony Webb ordered the four counts to which Dean pleaded not guilty to be left on file.

Dean was granted bail ahead of sentencing on a date next month, yet to be fixed.

But the judge warned him to expect to be sent to prison.

Detective Sergeant Steve Woollcott, an officer in the case, said after the trial: “He was a manipulative, predatory paedophile who parents had entrusted the safety of their children to.

“He abused that trust, assaulting these vulnerable children.”

BBC News 12/03/03

 

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