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Ex-teacher jailed for boys abuse

A former teacher has been jailed for four and a half years for a series of sexual assaults on young boys.

Stephen Douglas-Hogg sexually groomed his "favourites" at St Paul's Cathedral Choir School in central London where he taught during the 1980s.

The history and languages master from Filey, North Yorkshire, admitted 13 counts of indecent assault on five boys aged under 14 at an earlier hearing.

The 50-year-old was jailed at London's Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

Douglas-Hogg, who taught Latin, Greek, and classical history at the school, supervised the boys during activities such as football, cricket, bath times and meal times.

You had your favourites and those were the ones you abused
Judge Michael Gledhill QC

The court heard he touched the boys as they lay in bed and also invited some to his room and made them undress.

Sentencing him Judge Michael Gledhill QC labelled him a "paedophile" who had used his authority to strike fear into his victims, who were too afraid to report what happened.

The judge told Douglas-Hogg that as one of the father figures of the school he had breached the high trust that so many placed with him, especially the boys.

"Over those years you persistently sexually assaulted five of the boys in your care," said Judge Gledhill.

'Malign influence'

"You selected your victims.

"You had your favourites and those were the ones you abused."

He said he had no doubt Douglas-Hogg, who was arrested in December 2007, was a good teacher, but with his "strict discipline" his victims were frightened of him.

The judge also condemned Douglas-Hogg, who changed his plea halfway through the trial, for forcing the victims to re-live their ordeal.

He said Douglas-Hogg showed no remorse and that the only reason it had taken 20 years for his offences to be punished was because of the "malign influence" he had over the boys.

Father figure

After the sentencing, a statement was issued on behalf of the three victims.

It read: "We have had to live with this for so long and what happened to us has devastated our families and friends.

"Finally the man who pretended to be a father figure has faced justice.

"We hope that this case will give others the courage to speak out about abuse they have suffered."

Douglas's first trial was scheduled for last October but was postponed after he attempted suicide.

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