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Teacher jailed for abusing boys at Bay House School

James Braid
The judge said Braid had committed hundreds of offences

A 58-year-old teacher has been jailed for seven years for sexually abusing teenage boys at a Hampshire school over more than 30 years.

James Braid, of Gosport, was convicted in December of seven charges of multiple offences of indecent assault between 1982 and 2002.

His victims were his pupils at Bay House School in Gosport.

The judge also ordered four offences against three boys between 1978 and 1995 to be taken into consideration.

'I was believed'

He described Braid as a "determined, deceitful and predatory paedophile".

Sentencing him, Ian Pearson told Portsmouth Crown Court the offences Braid was found guilty of were "only a specimen" of what he had committed and they represented "hundreds of others".

My sentence, along with the other men, is for the rest of our life
One of Braid's victims

One of Braid's victims, who has lifetime anonymity, told BBC News: "He's got seven years in jail, that's his sentence.

"My sentence, along with the other men, is for the rest of our life."

The victim said "feeling angry" did not "help" and that he was trying to "look forward and think 'right', I was believed, people believed me, and actually now it's time to move on".

"Now it's time to build my life from scratch."

Braid was also banned for life from working with children and will be on the sex offenders register for life.

James Braid's victims were pupils at Bay House School in Gosport

In a statement, the school said: "It is not easy to find the words that fully express the devastation felt within the Bay House School community.

"Our first concerns are for the former pupils, their families, and anyone else who has been directly affected by James Braid's despicable actions.

"We truly hope that the custodial sentence goes some way to providing justice and closure for those whose trust he betrayed.

"The school fully recognises its responsibility to pupils, students and their families to provide a safe learning environment.

"We continue to give the highest priority to safeguarding young people."



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