Former Herefordshire teacher jailed for historical child sex abuse

A former teacher who admitted sexually abusing teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s, has been jailed for nine years.

David William Panter, 68, worked at a school in Herefordshire when he abused seven boys, who were then aged between 13 and 18.

Panter, of Kettering, pleaded guilty to 23 charges at an earlier hearing and was found not guilty of two charges.

The judge at Worcester Crown Court also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

In 2015, one of Panter’s victims reported the abuse and an investigation was launched by West Mercia Police.

DC Sue Prosser said: “Panter held a position of trust as a teacher, a position he abused in the worst way possible.

“I would like to pay tribute to the men who came forward and gave evidence against Panter. Thanks to their bravery, he has been convicted of his appalling crimes and justice has been served.”

Panter, of York Road in Kettering, admitted historical charges including indecent assault on a male, inciting a boy under the age of 14 and a boy under the age of 16 to indulge in a sexual act.

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