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Teacher jailed for sexually abusing boys

Gerard Singer (Pic: Suffolk Police)
Gerard Singer (Pic: Suffolk Police)

A former languages teacher who carried out a string of historical sex offences against young boys has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Gerard Singer, 69, was convicted of 27 charges relating to eight victims, when he was teaching at the now-defunct St George's School in Wicklewood, Norfolk, and then in Great Finborough, Suffolk, between 1979 and 1981.

They included 16 counts of indecent assault, two count of gross indecency with a boy under 14, three counts of buggery, five counts of incitement to commit gross indecency and one count of assault with intent to commit buggery.

The eight victims were all boys aged between nine and 13 at the time of the offending, Suffolk Police said.

Detectives began an investigation in 2009 when a number of ex-pupils came forward and made allegations about abuse which had taken place during their time at the school.

Former school head teacher Derek Slade was arrested in 2010 and subsequently jailed for 21 years for his part in the abuse.

And last year, Singer, was extradited from Elnes, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, to face abuse accusations. He was convicted after trial in July.

Detective Constable Karen Crowther said: "This trial has brought to a close one of the longest child sex abuse investigations carried out by Suffolk Police.

"I would personally like to thank all those that gave evidence in this matter for their patience and the trust they put in us. Some of them were spoken to as far back as 2009 and have waited a long time for this matter to come to court.

"I hope that now these matters have been dealt with it will help them to deal with the awful events that took place at St George's school. They should feel very proud that they have helped to bring to justice a man who has been a sexual predator and a risk to young boys."

At Ipswich Crown Court Singer was given a 29-year sentence, 21 years to be served in custody and an extended eight years on licence. In addition he was given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

One of the victims said: "The life of a child is supposed to be a time of fun, adventure, learning and being carefree.

"Teachers including Mr Singer tainted my childhood which has affected my life over the past 35 years. Mr Singer's selfish and self-indulgent actions have made me question everything in the years since he abused my trust.

"Only now after 35 years since this abuse happened to me do I feel the weight lifted from my shoulders and able to move on with my life without having to look over my shoulder or be judged over something that was out of my control."