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Braunton man jailed for sex abuse

10:59 19 May 2014

Anthony Dowsing from Braunton has been sentenced to four years for indecently assaulting boys while he was headteacher at a West London school.

Anthony Dowsing from Braunton has been sentenced to four years for indecently assaulting boys while he was headteacher at a West London school.

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Former deputy headteacher of West London school given four years for assaulting boys during the 1970s and 1980s.

A Braunton man has been sentenced to four years for indecently assaulting boys during school camping trips.

Anthony Roy Dowsing, 69, was jailed on Friday at Isleworth Crown Court having previously pleaded guilty to five counts of indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 14.

The historic sex offences occurred between 1975-84 while he was deputy headteacher at Hayes Junior School in West London.

He had also pleaded guilty to nine counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Dowsing came to the attention of police in 2013 after a man came forward to report he had been indecently assaulted as a child by his then deputy headmaster of Hayes Park Junior School, during a school trip approximately 35 years ago.

An investigation was launched by the Metropolitan Police, which led to a three more victims being identified, all of whom were between seven to 10 years of age at the time.

Dowsing was arrested at his Braunton home on April 9 last year. During a search of his address, officers seized a large quantity of indecent images of children appearing on his computer.

“This is a historical case going back nearly 40 years, where Dowsing used his position of trust as a deputy head teacher to abuse vulnerable children over a nine year period,” said Detective Constable Kate McDuff.

“We commend the actions of all four brave victims who have come forward to report Dowsing’s sickening actions. We take all allegations of child abuse and sexual assault extremely seriously regardless of how long ago the offences took place.

“Dowsing is known to have worked with a number of children’s clubs and charities in the London area and there may be further victims of his abuse who we would urge to come forward and speak to us.”

The Met has asked anyone who may have been affected by the actions of Anthony Dowsing to contact them on 020 8246 1901.

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