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Teacher who had sex with pupil on wife's wedding dress jailed for 12 years

Simon Ball. Credit: Terry Harris/Paperpix.uk

A former teacher who sexually abused four teenage girls at two boarding schools has been jailed for 12 years.

42-year-old Simon Ball admitted offences against one girl while he was director of music at Kimbolton School near Huntingdon and was also found guilty of abusing three others girls in Yorkshire.

A jury at Peterborough Crown Court heard an investigation into Ball's behaviour at Giggleswick School in the early 2000s was reopened following allegations made at his new school in Cambridgeshire.

Kimbolton School near Huntingdon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It was revealed that Ball had sex with one of the pupils on his wife's wedding dress.

He was sentenced to five years for his offences at Kimbolton, and seven for the offences at Giggleswick.

"These offences were all about satisfying your fantasies," Judge Sean Enright said.

"There was never anything in it for the girls."

Ball was also told he would never work in a school again in the future because of the "great harm" he caused his victims.

Ball has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

“These were predatory offences committed against vulnerable, young people by a person in a position of trust, whose duty was supposed to be to protect and safeguard those in his care," Detective Constable Hayley Kendall, from the Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (CAISU), said.

“This investigation could not have begun without the bravery of the first victim coming forwards and subsequently, the further victims who attended court to give evidence.

“No matter how long ago these crimes occur, they can have a devastating and long lasting effect on victims. I hope that this result offers them some form of closure and today’s sentence will encourage others to report abuse, whether historical or current, to the police.”