Former teacher jailed for sex offences against pupils

A former teacher who taught in the Melton area during his lengthy career has been jailed for committing sex offences against two of his pupils.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 6:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 12:17 pm
Gary Dexter, pictured during his spell as head teacher at Captain's Close Primary School, Asfordby EMN-200929-112012001

Gary Dexter (72) was sentenced to two years yesterday (Thursday) after admitting inappropriately touching two pupils more than 40 years ago.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years at the hearing, at Leicester Crown Court.

Dexter retired as head at Asfordby Captain’s Close School in 2007 but the court offences took place at a different school in another part of Leicestershire decades before.

Gary Dexter, pictured during his spell as head teacher at Captain's Close Primary School, Asfordby EMN-200929-112012001

The offences came to light following a school reunion in 2018 attended by one of the victims, where Dexter’s name was mentioned.

She was told another former pupil – who had not attended the reunion – had previously said she was abused by the defendant at the school.

The victim then decided to make contact with the other former pupil on social media and revealed she too had been abused.

Both victims then made a formal report to Leicestershire Police about the abuse, which happened between 1976 and 1978 when the victims were aged 10 to 11-years-old.

They said Dexter had touched them both separately on occasions when they were alone with him.

Dexter, who lives at Yarwell, near Peterborough, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child at a hearing on August 27 this year.

Det Con Anna Blockley, from the non-recent team in Leicestershire Police’s child abuse investigation unit (CAIU), was the officer in the case.

She said: “Dexter committed these crimes when he was in a position of trust – he was a teacher, looking after young children. But rather than look after them, he abused them for his own sexual gratification.

“For more than 40 years, both victims have lived their lives, having been victims of sexual abuse. They’ve shown courage and determination in reporting it to police and helping bring Dexter to justice.”

**There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to victims of sexual offences in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Further information on these services and details on who to contact if you have been a victim of a sexual offence can be found by visiting http://leics.police.uk