Former teacher sentenced to 13 years in jail for child sex abuse

Jonathan O'Brien
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FORMER teacher Jonathan O’Brien has been jailed for sexually assaulting young boys.

The incidents took place during the 1980s when O’Brien taught at two private schools.

He was given a 13-year jail sentence after being convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault.

O’Brien, of Fairfield Road in Bosham, also has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Chichester Crown Court heard that the offences were committed against six boys at Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett, near Kidderminster, between 1980 and 1985, and against three pupils at The Oratory School in Oxfordshire between 1985 and 1989.

Detective Sergeant Steve Cook, who led the investigation for North Worcestershire CID, said the inquiry began in November 2012 when a man came forward saying he had been sexually abused at Winterfold.

The victim informed former school friends about the investigation leading to other victims being traced, including some who went to The Oratory School.

O’Brien, 56, who taught subjects including sports and photography, was initially arrested and charged in February last year.

A jury found his guilty of the sex attacks in December last year.