A former teacher from south Gwynedd, who abused schoolboys during his teaching career, has been jailed for 19 years.
Paul Stevens, from Dyffryn Ardudwy, admitted indecently assaulting three boys at Abberley Hall in Worcestershire from 1982 to 1981.
Stevens (60) pleaded guilty to ten charges of indecent assault with a child and a further five counts of indecency with a child.
During the trial, Worcester Crown Court heard one of his victims had since died from an alcohol-related condition in 2010, after claiming his life had been left ”utterly ruined” from the abuse he suffered.
Prosecutors said the headmaster of Abberley Hall at the time of the offences had ignored concerns about Stevens’ behaviour – but under a new headteacher, he was given two formal warnings shortly before leaving the boarding school in 1999.
Stevens, who previously denied all charges, later changed his plea after it emerged five more ex-pupils had contacted West Mercia Police.
After sentencing on Monday, 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.”
”I also hope this case reassures anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, either non-recent or current, that West Mercia Police is committed to providing help and support to victims and bringing offenders to justice. We will thoroughly investigate, no matter when the abuse took place. There is help and support available, so please don’t suffer in silence.”