Peter Webb: Ex-teacher given four years for sex offences against pupils at Horsham public school

Peter Webb was sentenced to four years in jail

Peter Webb was sentenced to four years in jail

Friday, December 15, 2017

A retired teacher has been sentenced for sex offences against boys at a Sussex public school.

Peter Webb, 75 and of Ware, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to a total of four years' imprisonment at Hove Crown Court on Friday (15 December) for a series of sexual offences against young boys while he was a teacher at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham between 33 and 43 years ago.

Webb had admitted 11 offences of indecent assault against a total of four boys aged between 10 and 14 at the school while he was a woodwork teacher and housemaster there between 1974 and 1984.

One boy was assaulted three times, another on two occasions, another on five occasions, and the other on one occasion.

He pleaded not guilty to another alleged indecent assault against a fifth boy at the school during the same period, and the court ordered this charge to remain on the court file.

The offences came to light when one of the victims contacted Sussex Police for the first time in November 2016. Police enquiries then identified the other victims. 

Webb is now a registered sex offender for life.

He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court order, severely restricting his access to young people.

In May 2015, after a separate Sussex Police investigation, Webb had pleaded guilty to three offences of indecent assault on a boy then aged between 11 and 12 between 1983 and 1984 while Webb was a teacher at the school, and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. He was made a registered sex offender for 10 years.

Detective Constable Rebecca Wilde of the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit said; "Webb systematically targeted young boys while he was in a position of authority and trust."

Sussex Police had full co-operation from management at the School during both investigations, officers said.