Four male teachers from Christ’s Hospital Boarding School in West Sussex are facing charges over a range of sexual offences carried out during their employment at the school in the late 80s and early 90s.
Christ’s Hospital School Teachers Arrested
Three of the 4 former teachers at Christ’s Hospital School were arrested back in November of last year. Police travelled to Shropshire, Yorkshire and London to arrest 3 men over various alleged sexual offences against students who had been in their care. The offences ranged from rape to indecent assault against both male and female students. Since then, a 4th was remanded over counts of indecent assault against 4 different male ex-students.
Various Sexual Offences
All the men involved are in their 60s and 70s and taught at the boarding school in Horsham in the 1980s and 1990s. The alleged abuse took place over a 16 year period between 1980 and 1996.
Ajaz Karim has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault on a female. He is now 62.
Gary Dobbie has been charged with 10 counts of indecent assault on both males and females, as well as 1 count of attempted indecent assault. He is now 66.
James Husband has been charged with 4 counts of rape and 5 counts of indecent assault against a female. He is now 67.
Peter Webb has been charged with 6 counts of indecent assault against a male. He is now 74.
Safeguarding At Christ’s Hospital Boarding School
The school have responded to the charges brought against past educators of the establishment.
The school said:
“Christ’s Hospital is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of its pupils and continues to provide full support to the police in their investigations. We would always encourage anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward.”
“One former teacher being accused of abuse could be regarded as an appalling abnormality, whereas 4 teachers suggest that abuse was not an isolated incident.”
“It is likely that there would have been signs that something was amiss in the way children were behaving. Whether or not blind eyes were turned must be investigated.”
“It would be appropriate for the school to administer, through the current headmaster, a full apology to all the victims and survivors.”
“This is yet another example of the boarding school system creating a situation where abuse can take place in secret by someone in a position of power over a vulnerable child.”
“It will have taken real strength for the survivors to come forward. They can live safe in the knowledge that their bravery could be the trigger that helps others to come forward and tell their story.”