Retired teacher to be sentenced for historic sex offences

Retired teacher Christopher Robin Jarvis will be sentenced today (Monday, December 16) after pleading guilty to a series of indecent assaults against ten young boys at a Seaford school during the 1960s and 70s.

Jarvis, 70, of Dukes Drive, Eastbourne, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Friday (December, 13) and following prosecution and defence submissions, was remanded in custody for sentencing by His Honour Judge Anthony after the weekend.

At a hearing earlier this year, Jarvis admitted to 14 charges relating to a series of sexual assaults and gross indecency, all committed over a period of time when he taught at St Peters Preparatory School between 1964 and 1976. The victims - ten young boys who were pupils at the school - were all 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.