Ex-Horsham teacher sentenced for sex offence against child

Ex-Horsham teacher sentenced for sexual offence against pupil. Photo: Google Maps.

A former teacher in Horsham has been sentenced for a historic sexual offence against a child.

Following a trial at Hove Crown Court, 83-year-old Roger Martin of Palgrave Road in Kings Lynn, Norfolk was convicted of committing an indecent assault on a 10 year-old boy while Martin was a teacher at Christs Hospital School in the 1970s.

Officers said Martin ‘took advantage of his victim’s natural vulnerability for his own sexual gratification, hoping that it would not come to light’.

Martin will be a registered sex offender indefinitely. 

The prosecution followed an investigation by officers from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit after information was received for the first time in November 2017.

Detective Sergeant Rebecca Wilde said:

“This victim had kept the experience to himself for more than 40 years, only coming forward when he learned of similar cases involving other teachers at the same school.

“We have had full co-operation from the school throughout the investigation and we make it clear that the case relates to a period nearly 43 years ago, having nothing to do with current or recent pupils or staff at the school.

“Victims of sexual abuse, now or in the past, can contact us at any time, online or by calling 101 and can arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.”