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Former schoolmaster jailed for sexually abusing pupils in North Yorkshire and London

A former housemaster at a prestigious Catholic private school has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing pupils in North Yorkshire and London.

A former housemaster at a prestigious Catholic private school has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing pupils in North Yorkshire and London. Credit: Press Association

David Lowe, 61, took advantage of boys as they slept in their dormitory beds and during singing lessons at Westminster Cathedral Choir School, London's Southwark Crown Court heard.

Lowe invited the youngsters to his flat and "spanked" them when they had broken school rules. He also crept into the vulnerable pupils' dormitory and touched them intimately while carrying out night-time checks, his trial was told.

Many of his victims studied at the #16,000-a-year choir school, while others were abused at the Benedictine monk-run Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

The attacks, which took place between 1978 and 1984, were carried out on boys aged eight to 13.

Sentencing Lowe, Judge Martin Beddoe told him: "All these boys were to some degree emotionally and physically vulnerable - some were more so than others. You took advantage of that and made it all the worse by what you did.

"What you did has remained more or less a secret for the best part of 35 years until now. But for the courage of all 10 complainants, in particular those most affected, a secret it would have remained."

A jury found Lowe, from Bristol, guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 following a trial last month.

David Lowe abused his position as a teacher to indecently assault young boys aged between eight and 13 years old. Lowe made some of his victims believe that the abuse they suffered was a legitimate form of punishment. With others he befriended them and paid them special attention to gain their trust. It has been proved that his actions were criminal and that he took advantage of these young boys for his own sexual gratification. I would like to thank all the victims who came forward to support this prosecution. Your courage has helped bring Lowe to justice. I hope that this conviction will give other victims of sexual abuse the confidence to report their abusers and will serve as a warning to other offenders that you can and will be brought to justice.

– Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London