Former Sussex teacher jailed for sexually abusing pupils

Gary Dobbie: former teacher convicted (photo: Sussex Police)
Gary Dobbie. Credit: Sussex Police

A former chaplain and teacher at a public school in Horsham has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of a series of historical sexual offences against nine former pupils.

Gary Dobbie, 67, of Albi in France, was sentenced after being found guilty of 19 offences of sexual and indecent assaults against the former pupils, while he worked at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

Police said the victims were aged between 12 and 19 when the offences took place up to 33 years ago.

Dobbie will be a registered sex offender for life.

According to officers, the case does not involve any current staff or pupils at the school, and there are no safeguarding concerns.

DS Rebecca Wilde, of the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit, said:

“Dobbie preyed on the vulnerabilities of his victims for his own sexual gratification.

“This has been a very complex and sensitive investigation, in which the victims of Dobbie showed real courage to speak up and report, both to Christ’s Hospital and the police.

“We have had the fullest co-operation fro the school throughout this investigation, and they have supported us in providing all the information we requested, which helped us to contact these victims and witnesses.”

Anyone who is, or has been, the victim of sexual abuse, can contact police on 101, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.

Further advice and support is available from the Sussex Police website.