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Boarding school teacher jailed for having sex with pupils

Simon Ball abused pupils

A former boarding school teacher who sexually abused four teenage girls at two schools, including Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire, has been jailed for 12 years.

Simon Ball, who's 42, admitted sexually abusing one girl while he was director of music at a school in Cambridgeshire, and was found guilty of sexually abusing three girls at his former school, Giggleswick, in Settle, following a nine-day trial.

A jury at Peterborough Crown Court heard that an investigation into Ball's conduct at Giggleswick School in the early 2000s was reopened following the allegations at his new school and the offending was discovered.

Judge Sean Enright, sentencing Ball at Peterborough Crown Court, jailed him for five years for the Kimbolton offences and seven years for the Giggleswick offences, with the jail terms to run consecutively.

He told Oxford-educated Ball: "These offences were all about satisfying your fantasies. There was never anything in it for the girls." He added that Ball, whom he described as a "talented musician", would never work in a school again as a result of the "great harm" he caused to his victims.

In victim personal statements, the three former Giggleswick pupils told of their regret that Ball had gone on to offend at a second school.

Reading the statement of one of the Giggleswick victims, Prosecutor Charles Mr Falk said the girl "feels guilt and sadness that it took her 12 years to tell the truth and in those 12 years someone else got hurt".