Former teacher guilty of string of sex offences against pupils

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A man who abused pupils at a now-closed Suffolk school while working as a languages teacher has been convicted of child sex offences.

Gerard Singer,69, had denied a string of charges but today was unanimously found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.

Judge Martyn Levett told Singer that he would continue to be remanded in custody while a pre sentence report is prepared by the Probation Service.

He is due to be sentenced at the end of August.

Singer, who had worked at the former St George’s School at Great Finborough, was extradited back to the UK following his arrest at his home in Elnes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

The court heard claims that Singer had fled to his native France from St George’s School in the middle of the night in November 1981 following a warning from headmaster Derek Slade that his activities were about to be exposed.

Slade, who died in prison last year, was himself subsequently convicted of the sexual and physical abuse of pupils.

During Singer’s trial, former pupils described their treatment at his hands and how the school had been subjected to a “reign of terror” led by Slade who had meted out severe beatings to boys as well as sexually abused them.

Singer was found guilty of 15 charges of indecent assault, nine charges of indecency with a child, one charge of assault with intent to commit a serious sexual offence and three charges of committing a serious sexual offence.

The court heard that the charged related to nine former pupils between 1979 and 1982.

The youngest victim was said to have been aged nine at the time.

Giving evidence, Singer claimed that he had left St George’s School to avoid the wrath of Slade after confronting him about beatings to be administering.

Singer said that he had never done anything inappropriate with pupils and said all the former pupils who had given evidence against him had been lying.