Former teacher jailed for eight years for historic sexual offences

Christopher Jarvis, photo courtesy of Sussex Police
Christopher Jarvis, photo courtesy of Sussex Police

Former teacher Christopher Robin Jarvis has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a series of historic sexual offences against young boys while teaching at St Peters Preparatory School in Seaford.

Jarvis, 70, of Dukes Drive, Eastbourne, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court today (Monday, December 16) after pleading guilty to 14 offences of indecent assault and gross indecency at a hearing earlier this year.

The offences were all committed over a periods of time between 1964 and 1976 when Mr Jarvis was a teacher at the school in Seaford, with his ten victims, all pupils at the school, aged between ten and 14.

Eleven other charges alleging similar offences against the same boys during the same period were not proceeded with and were ordered to lie on the court file.

Following the closure of St Peters in 1982, Jarvis went on to teach at Bede’s School in Eastbourne, although there is no evidence to suggest any further assaults during this time.

Jarvis was first arrested on November, 5 2012 after one of the victims contacted Sussex Police for the first time in late October 2012. That resulted in further victims coming forward and Jarvis was charged when he answered his police bail on Monday, June 3 this year.