Jail for ex-teacher Peter Burr for sex assaults on pupils

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image captionPeter Burr was jailed for three and a half years at Hove Crown Court

A former teacher at a boarding school has been jailed for sexually abusing four of his pupils.

Peter Burr admitted nine counts of indecently assaulting the boys aged 11-14 at Christ's Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex, between 1969 and 1973.

The 73-year-old, from Kingswear, in south Devon, was jailed for three and a half years at Hove Crown Court.

He is the second former teacher from the school to be jailed for sexually abusing pupils.

Police said the cases were not linked.

Judge Christine Henson said he displayed a pattern of preying on his victims in a "gross abuse of trust".

She said: "You had unlimited access to vulnerable young boys separated from their families.

"They obtained a place at the school because of the death of a parent or a low income.

"This strengthened their reluctance to speak out about you."

Burr was given concurrent sentences for each victim and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

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