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Former teacher sentenced for sexual activity with a child

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A former teacher has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 24 months for sexual activity with a child.

Ian Rowley, who's 55, of Cherwell Street, Oxford, pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in sexual activity with a boy.

He was ordered to participate in a sex offenders’ programme for 63 days, and will be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.

Rowley will pay costs of £85 and a £115 victim surcharge.

In 2014, Rowley, who was a teacher at St Edward’s School in Woodstock Road, Oxford, inappropriately touched a male pupil.

He was charged with the offence on the 28th of February.

I am pleased that the defendant pleaded guilty to this offence, thereby sparing the victim from giving evidence.

I would also like to praise the bravery of the victim in coming forward and throughout this process, which I know has been extremely distressing for him and his family.

I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of this type of offence to report it to Thames Valley Police by calling the non-emergency number 101.

You will be listened to, we will fully support you, and we will look to secure convictions wherever possible.

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Holly Wood

The wellbeing of the pupils in our care is our highest priority. We notified the appropriate external authorities as soon as we became aware of the allegation against Ian Rowley and we have co-operated fully throughout the investigation that led to this sentence.

We take our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously. This matter was brought to light via the School’s well-established speak-up culture, which is well understood by all pupils and staff. The ISI recently reviewed our safeguarding procedures and judged them to be robust, and these policies are subject to regular review to ensure the highest standards are upheld.

– Stephen Jones, Warden of St Edward’s School

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