Scotsman: More on William Bain’s sexual abuse at Scottish boarding school

A former teacher at a boarding school has been jailed for six and a half years for sexually abusing boys.

William Bain attacked the five children who were pupils at a private school in Dunbartonshire where the 62-year-old worked at the time.

One boy was attacked after going to Bain for help because he was being bullied.

Bain went on to secure a post at Glenalmond College in Perth and Kinross. He was caught last year when one victim discovered he was still teaching and called police.

He returned to the High Court in Glasgow yesterday after pleading guilty to five charges of using lewd and libidinous practices while employed as a teacher.

Judge Lady Scott told him the crimes were “persistent” sexual abuse and that he appeared to have no “contrition” for what he had done.

She said the jail term had been cut from eight and a half years because of his guilty pleas. Bain showed no emotion as he was led handcuffed to the cells.

The abuse took place between 1989 and 1995. Bain was a teacher at the time at a fee-paying school in Dunbartonshire. The victims were all pupils there.

The attacks took place either in an empty classroom, a photography dark-room or at Bain’s private flat at the school.

The first boy was aged 11 when the abuse started. The next victim was 12 when Bain began molesting him several times a week. Around the same time, Bain repeatedly preyed on a third boy, who was also 11. The fourth pupil was the same age as he was abused a total of 50 times.

Prosecutor Ross McFarlane said the final victim – aged 12 – had spoken to Bain to seek help as he was being bullied at the school. But, instead, Bain inappropriately touched the child.

Bain left the school in 2000 and moved to Glenalmond College. The abuse remained unknown to bosses at Glenalmond until 2015.

His first victim had discovered Bain remained employed as a teacher. This led him to report the ordeal he had suffered more then 20 years ago. An investigation resulted in the other four who were abused being traced.

After a hearing last month, a spokesperson for Glenalmond said Bain had been “immediately suspended” when the accusations first arose.

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Monk jailed for abusing pupils at Scottish boarding school

A Catholic monk who carried out a catalogue of abuse on pupils at an East Lothian residential school during “a regime of fear” has been jailed for seven years.

Michael Murphy, 82, was known as Brother Benedict at St Joseph’s List D School in Tranent.

He was sentenced on Friday following a hearing before Lord Uist at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He denied a string of charges against but was found guilty on Thursday.

A jury convicted him of 15 charges of assault and indecent assault involving eight boys over the decade up to 1981.

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Boarding school teacher gets lifetime classroom ban over affair with pupil

The married head of religious studies at Canford School in Wimborne, Dorset, a top boarding school, who had a two-month affair with a sixth former – even taking her to a B&B during half-term – was banned from the classroom for life.

Disgraced John Boothby, 27, befriended the girl in 2014 after she “confided” in him and their “sexual relationship” developed once they began kissing.

He was banned after being found guilty of professional misconduct and bringing the profession into disrepute.

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UK Boarding school house master is jailed after admitting abusing more than 120 pupils in his care

A former teacher has been jailed after admitting making indecent films of more than 120 pupils using hidden cameras at a UK boarding school.

Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, of Wadebridge, pleaded guilty to making the films at Clifton College, Bristol, and also at an address in Cornwall.

Taunton Crown Court heard the victims aged between 12 and 17 were secretly filmed over a 16-year period.

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Ex-boarding school teacher in court over indecent child images

Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, who taught at Clifton College in Bristol, will face magistrates in Somerset accused of 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children.

It is understood the charges relate to more than 120 victims who were allegedly filmed by cameras at Clifton College and an address in Cornwall over a 16-year period.

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Boarding school headmaster faces life sentence for sexually abusing pupils.

The headmaster of a former Norfolk boarding school has been warned he could face a life sentence after admitting sex offences.  So reports the BBC and the Eastern Daily Press (EDP).

These are the abusers we know about and are no longer able to harm children.  But Boarding Concern are more worried about the ones we don’t know about, who are working in schools today.  No amount of vetting or checking will reveal a potential abuser waiting for the right opportunity to abuse…

While this is a potential problem in all schools, it is a particular worry for parents considering boarding, as our research with them shows.